Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy

IMPORTANT: The Pharmacy program is currently under review, including prerequisite courses and other admission requirements. It is expected that revisions to the program will be implemented in 2016. Further information about a revised program and any changes to admission requirements will be announced on this website when it becomes available in 2014. There will be NO changes in admission requirements for individuals considering applying for admission to Pharmacy in 2014 or 2015.

The College offers a four-year program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (B.S.P.). The program provides a high quality, challenging education with significant clinical practice experience, increased integration and application of material throughout, and delivered in a way that actively involves students in the teaching-learning process and develops self-directed habits for lifelong learning.

Applicants require a minimum of one year (30 credit units) of university training, a “pre-Pharmacy year”, prior to April 30 of the year of application, to be considered for admission.

Pre-Pharmacy Year – the following courses or equivalents

Biology 120.3 (The Nature of Life) and Biology 121.3 (The Diversity of Life)
Chemistry 112.3 (General Chemistry I)
Chemistry 250.3 (Organic Chemistry I)
English 110.6 OR 6 cu from English 111.3, 112.3, 113.3 and 114.3 OR French 121.3 (or 122.3) and 125.3 OR Literature 100.6
12 credit units of electives*
*Electives must be in humanities, social sciences or fine arts.  Six (6) credit units of electives must include any two of Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, or Native Studies
Total Credit Units:  30

Students interested in pursuing a degree in Pharmacy are encouraged to review the following document that outlines the requisite skills and attributes for completion of the program leading to registration as a licensed Pharmacist.

Essential Skills for Students in Pharmacy at the University of Saskatchewan

Curriculum for the B.S.P.

First-Year Pharmacy

Biomedical Sciences 200.3 (Biomolecules)
Biomedical Sciences 230.3 (Metabolism)
Chemistry 255.3 (Organic Chemistry II)
Physiology 208.6 (Human Body Systems)
Mathematics 125.3 (Mathematics for the Life Sciences)
Nutrition 120.3 (Basic Nutrition)
Pharmacy 200.1 (Pharmacy Skills I)
Pharmacy 201.5 (Physicochemical Principles of Drugs)
Pharmacy 203.5 (Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Dispensing I)
Pharmacy 216.2 (Introduction to Pharmacy and the Health Care System)
Pharmacy 280.2 (Structured Practice Experience I)
Total Credit Units: 36

Second-Year Pharmacy

Microbiology 224.3 (Microbiology for Pharmacy & Nutrition)
Pathology 205.3 (Elementary Pathology)
Pharmacology 350.6 (Pharmacology)
Pharmacy 300.1 (Pharmacy Skills II)
Pharmacy 303.4 (Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Dispensing II)
Pharmacy 307.2 (Pharmacokinetics and Biopharmaceutics)
Pharmacy 365.5 (Patient Care I)
Pharmacy 372.2 (Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice)
Statistics 246.3 (Biostatistics)
3 cu electives (humanities, social sciences or fine arts)
Pharmacy 380.4 (Structured Practice Experience II) – in Spring & Summer Session
Total Credit Units:  32 plus 4 cu in Spring & Summer Session

Third-Year Pharmacy

Pharmacy 400.1 (Pharmacy Skills III)
Pharmacy 408.3 (Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Dispensing III: Sterile Dosage Forms)
Pharmacy 409.3 (Pharmaceutical Biotechnology)
Pharmacy 417.4 (Management in Pharmacy)
Pharmacy 418.2 (Issues in Pharmacy I)
Pharmacy 455.7 (Pharmacotherapeutics I)
Pharmacy 456.7 (Pharmacotherapeutics II)
Pharmacy 465.2 (Patient Care II)
Pharmacy 472.2 (Evidence-Based Practice)
Pharmacy 480.4 (Structured Practice Experience III) – in Spring & Summer Session
Total Credit Units:  31 plus 4 cu in Spring & Summer Session

Fourth-Year Pharmacy

Pharmacy 500.1 (Pharmacy Skills IV)
Pharmacy 518.2 (Issues in Pharmacy II)
Pharmacy 557.6 (Pharmacotherapeutics III)
Pharmacy 565.2 (Patient Care III)
Pharmacy 580.16 (Structured Practice Experience IV) – all of Term Two
Pharmacy Elective (3 credit units)
Total Fourth-Year Credit Units:  30

Other Degree Requirements

  • First Aid and CPR Certificates. At the time of graduation, B.S.P. students must hold a valid Class A First Aid Certificate and must have been certified for CPR (Level C including AED training) by the Heart and Stroke Foundation within 12 months prior to graduation. A combined course will be made available to students during their final year.
  • A Public Speaking program (Speechcraft) is arranged through Saskatoon Toastmasters Clubs and is made available to students during their second year.

License to Practice Pharmacy

The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) defines the core requirements for licensure as a pharmacist in Canada. These are:

  • Degree program in Pharmacy – accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) – our B.S.P. program has full accreditation status.
  • Language Fluency Requirements – please see NAPRA’s Language Fluency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacist in Canada for more information.
  • Pharmacy Jurisprudence Requirements – this involves practicing within legal requirements, demonstrating professional integrity and upholding professional standards of practice and codes of ethics. See NAPRA’s Pharmacy Jurisprudence Competencies for Licensure as a Pharmacist in Canada.
  • Practical Experience/Training – this experience is included within the B.S.P. degree at the University of Saskatchewan in the "Structured Practice Experiences Program" (SPEP). Pharmacy students must register with the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists (SCP) in order to participate in the SPEP.
  • National Licensing Examination – the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s (PEBC) Qualifying Examination consists of two parts: a written portion and an OSCE (Observed Structured Clinical Examination), which are designed to test the candidate’s knowledge and performance of NAPRA’s Professional Competencies.

For more information on the above, please see:
Canadian Pharmacists Association
Canadian Council for the Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs
National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities
Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada
Saskatchewan College of Pharmacists

For more information on the Pharmacy program, please see the following sections of the U of S Course Calendar:
General Information
Pharmacy Program
Pharmacy Course Descriptions

We welcome your inquiries! For more information on undergraduate programs, please call (306) 966-6327 or e-mail Undergrad-Pharmacy-Nutrition@usask.ca