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    • College of Pharmacy

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    • Micro-certificate in Essentials in Advanced Patient Care for Pharmacists

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    Expected duration

    • up to 2 years

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    Program options

    • Standalone
    • For working professionals

Program details

This micro-certificate program provides practicing pharmacists with the chance to enhance and sharpen their clinical expertise and skills, focusing on areas directly applicable across various pharmacy practice environments. Pharmacists will gain additional proficiency to deliver up-to-date, evidence-based care to meet the growing complexity of patient needs.

Expected duration: up to 2 years

Required contact hours: 36 


This micro-certificate is designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Each course within the program is available online, featuring both asynchronous activities (allowing participants to work at their own pace) and synchronous evening classes (facilitating discussions with peers and instructors through video conferencing). Weekly commitments entail a minimum of two hours of asynchronous work alongside a one-hour synchronous session. While designed to be completed within one year, the program offers the flexibility to extend completion over a span of two years.

Accredited learning

You can log this continuing education opportunity as accredited learning in your Professional Development Log. Each contact hour corresponds to one Continuing Education Unit (CEU), following the guidelines established by the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM). If you're applying from a different province, please check with your respective provincial regulatory body for their specific continuing education requirements.


Course code Course title Class length Start date Online synchronous sessions
PHMD 0100

Scientific Literature Evaluation

3 weeks

Sept. 11, 2024

Sept. 17, Sept. 24, and Oct. 1, 2024 (evenings)
PHMD 0110 Patient Assessment 3 weeks Oct. 23, 2024 Oct. 29, Nov. 5, and Nov. 12, 2024 (evenings)
PHMD 0120 Advanced Clinical Topics 6 weeks Jan. 15, 2025 Jan. 21, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 18, Feb. 25, and Mar. 4, 2025 (evenings)

Program descriptions

PHMD 0100 – Scientific Literature Evaluation

In this course, we will delve into the fundamentals of common study designs, research methods and the interpretation and computation of pertinent medical statistics. You’ll learn how to effectively evaluate scientific literature and apply its findings to appropriate patient populations, enhancing your ability to implement evidence-based medicine into your daily pharmacy practice. Additionally, you’ll refine your skills to summarize and communicate relevant scientific literature to both health care professionals and patients.

9 contact hours

PHMD 0110 – Patient Assessment

This course will empower you to identify and resolve patient medication-related needs through systematic approaches in information gathering such as comprehensive patient interviews and basic physical assessments. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of your role in patient assessment and how it directly informs the selection, efficacy, tolerability and monitoring of the most suitable pharmacotherapy options for patients. You will interpret and describe physical assessment findings that are pertinent to clinical decision making and in formulating patient-centered recommendations.

9 contact hours

PHMD 0120 – Advanced Clinical Topics

Refine your ability to identify, prioritize and address patient medication-related needs through practical, realistic patient scenarios. You’ll utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills to provide pharmaceutical care to increasingly complex patients. Assess and evaluate the best available medical literature and apply it as needed to support your recommendations in the provision of pharmaceutical care. This course will prepare you to tackle the challenges of complex patient cases with confidence.

18 contact hours

Admission requirements

Applicants must have a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BSc Pharm) or a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) and have a license to practice pharmacy. Priority will be given to pharmacists practicing in Manitoba. All applicants must meet the English language proficiency requirements.

Students for the program will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Fees: $1,000 tuition (due upon course registration) plus a $100 non-refundable application fee.

How to apply

Domestic student application fee: $100

Applications for micro credentials at the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the "Start or continue your application" button.

The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit proof of age, proof of English Language proficiency and other documents.

Application deadline

Start Date Applications open Application deadline
September May 13, 2024 Jul. 19, 2024

Applicants must submit their online application with supporting documentation and application fee by the deadline date indicated.

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Contact us

Admission and application inquiries

Mailing address
Undergraduate Admissions
424 UMSU University Centre
University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Circle
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Office location
Room 424 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)

Submit a question
Phone: 204-474-8808
Toll-free: 1-800-224-7713 ext 8808

Microcertificate program inquiries

College of Pharmacy
Apotex Centre
750 McDermot Avenue West
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T5 Canada

Phone: 204-474-9306
Email: PharmacyPD@umanitoba.ca

College of Pharmacy
Apotex Centre
750 McDermot Avenue West
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T5 Canada