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    Faculty

    • College of Pharmacy
    • Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

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    Degree

    • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

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    Expected duration

    • 4+ years

Program details

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) is an undergraduate doctoral program that requires four years, in addition to two years of previous university studies. Your studies will focus on clinical practice, experiential learning and pharmaceutical sciences, preparing you for a successful career in pharmacy.

Expected duration: 4 years (plus 2 years of qualifying study)

The undergraduate Doctor of Pharmacy program is meant to prepare students for entry-level practice in the profession of pharmacy by providing them with a solid foundation in the basic, pharmaceutical and clinical sciences which is applied to the provision of patient care.

In addition, the program is designed to provide students with a broad experience in patient care through experiential placements in health orientated settings, hospital and community pharmacies. The experience is further enhanced with an elective rotation in the final year of studies.

Areas of focus

  • medication use and safety
  • applied pharmacy practice
  • simulation labs
  • interprofessional education
  • experiential learning
  • Indigenous health

For a full listing of courses, please visit the academic calendar.

Program outline

Year 1

The first professional year explores the scientific underpinnings of Pharmacy with courses in Pharmacology, Human Anatomy, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutics, and Applied Pathophysiology. As well, students are introduced to the professional role of the pharmacist, with Pharmacy Informatics, Extemporaneous Pharmaceutical Compounding, and an Applied Pharmacy Practice Laboratory. A general introduction to the Pharmacotherapy Literature is also provided in the first year.

Year 2

The second professional year continues the Applied Pharmacy Practice Laboratory and further develops study in Pharmacotherapy Literature and Clinical Therapeutics. The second professional year explores the actions of drugs on the body in greater detail (Drug Delivery, Applied Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacogenetics), as well as the relationship between nutrition and health. The professional role is further developed with an introduction to the regulatory environment (Pharmacy Law), and the community and hospital practice environments.

Year 3

In addition to continuation of the Applied Pharmacy Practice Laboratory, ongoing study in Pharmacotherapy Literature and Clinical Therapeutics and further development of the topics introduced in the second professional year, the third professional year provides greater exposure to the pharmacist’s clinical (Advanced Therapeutics, Toxicology of Medications and Drug Abuse, and Concepts of Integrative Medicine) and professional roles (Applied Professional Practice, and Pharmacy Management).

Year 4

The PharmD is designed to provide students with service-learning opportunities throughout the program, with in-depth experiences in patient care settings through placements in hospital, community, and primary care settings in the final year of studies.

These experiences are further enhanced with an elective rotation and exposure to the research domain (Pharmacy Research Project) in the final year.

Experiential education

Being a successful pharmacist means being as skilled at patient relationships as you are at understanding medications. The Doctor of Pharmacy curriculum is patient care-focused, which means you will leave the program ready for practice to your full scope immediately upon graduation.

The Experiential Education Program is a series of rotations that help students transfer knowledge and skills from the classroom into real life pharmacy practice.

Working closely with experienced preceptors in settings like patient care clinics, hospitals, community pharmacies and primary care centres, students develop confidence and build the strong patient-care skills they’ll need for careers of their own. There are Introductory Pharmacy Practice rotation opportunities early in the program along with Advanced Pharmacy Practice rotations in the 4th year of the program.

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements for entry into the PharmD program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Admission is highly competitive with 55 seats available each year.

The Doctor of Pharmacy is an advanced entry program. Before you can be considered for admission, you must complete 48 credit-hours of university-level study, including several required courses. You must achieve a minimum adjusted grade point average of 3.0 or higher. You must also complete a situational judgement test (CASPer).

NOTE: commencing with the 2022-2023 intake, admission requirements for the Doctor of Pharmacy program have been significantly modified to address changes to subjects in the Faculty of Science and the greater clinical focus of the new Doctor of Pharmacy program.

For complete admission requirements, please consult the advanced entry applicant information bulletin below.

If you do not meet the requirements for entry into the Doctor of Pharmacy program, you may be eligible for admission to the Faculty of Science or another program. If you have not attended university before, you can apply for a program with direct entry, such as University 1.

 

How to apply

Domestic student application fee: $100

Applications to 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 transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.

To learn more about the application process, review the applicant information bulletin below.

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Academic requirements

All applicants must:

  • Complete a minimum of 48 credit hours of required (core courses and electives) courses by April of the year of application
  • Complete a minimum of 1 Regular Fall/Winter session (Sept-April) with a minimum of 24 new credit hours of university level degree-credit courses
  • Achieve an AGPA of 3.00 or higher
  • Complete the English CASPer test. Applicants must achieve a threshold CASPer score greater than 1.5 standard deviations below the mean for their respective applicant pool in order to maintain their eligibility.
  • Meet the University of Manitoba written “W” requirement

Applicants who have completed some of their core courses through an Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) program must still complete one regular session (Sept-April) with a minimum of 24 new credit hours. No credit will be given for any course which was completed more than ten years before the year of application.

CASPer test

CASPer® test

All applicants to the College of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba are required to complete the online CASPer® assessment, to be eligible for admission. CASPer® is an online test that assesses for the personal and professional characteristics we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. In implementing CASPer®, we are trying to enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

In order to take the CASPer® test, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation and taking the test:

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Valid email address
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection

There are a limited number of testing dates available. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer® test, and you must select College of Pharmacy – University of Manitoba for distribution before the posted distribution deadline. There likely will not be any additional tests scheduled, but the most up-to-date information can be found at this link: https://takealtus.com/dates-times/.

The CASPer® test can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants who are unable to take CASPer® during one of the available test dates. Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to create your Altus Suite account and sign up for the Pharmacy/ CSP-10201 – Canadian Professional Health Sciences version of CASPer®.

To account for the identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least three days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. If you require testing accommodations for CASPer®, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional three weeks in advance of your desired test date.

The CASPer® test is comprised of 12 sections: eight video-based and four word-based scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of three probing questions in five minutes or less. Halfway through the test, there is an optional 10-minute break. The test typically takes between 60-90 minutes to complete. Each of the 12 responses are anonymized and scored by a unique rater, giving a robust and reliable impression of your personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required, however you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the test format via the System Requirements Check and 12 section sample test prior to taking CASPer®. Additional helpful resources are available free of charge at https://takecasper.com/test-prep/ and https://takecasper.com/faq/

CASPer® test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the CASPer® test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

For more information about the test, email support@takecasper.com or use the chat function at takecasper.com.

Application categories

The College of Pharmacy accepts an annual intake of 55 students to the PharmD program. Applications will be accepted under the following three admission categories:

  • Manitoba Resident Applicant Pool
  • Canadian Indigenous Applicant Pool
  • Out of Province Applicant Pool

Please refer to the College of Pharmacy Application Bulletin 2022-2023 (PDF)  for details.

GPA requirements and scores

Applicants must achieve an Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 3.0 or higher. For additional information, see the

The AGPA will be calculated as follows:

(0.55 x the Core Course GPA) PLUS (0.45 x the Cumulative Other GPA)

The Core Course GPA represents the average for the required prerequisite core courses, inclusive of all attempts.

The Cumulative Other GPA represents the average grade for all courses, exclusive of the prerequisite core courses, completed at the university degree level within the past 10 years, inclusive of all attempts.

All eligible applicants are ranked for selection using an overall score according to the following criteria (subject to eligibility provisions):

  • Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA) 75%
  • CASPer 25%

Required (core and other) courses for University of Manitoba applicants

IMPORTANT: applicants who have previously completed the historic CHEM 1300/1310 (6 credit hours) Introductory Chemistry sequence, rather than the new CHEM 1100/1110/1120 (9 credit hours) requirement, must complete an additional 3 credit hours of 'Other courses (any Faculty)' in order to meet the total of 48 credit hours of course work needed for admission.

Courses Credit hours
Introductory Chemistry - CHEM 1100/1110/1120 or CHEM 1300/1310 9 (or 6)
Organic Chemistry - CHEM 2100 or 2210 3
Biochemistry - CHEM 2360 or 2700 3
Biology BIOL  - 1020/1030 6
Physiology BIOL - 2410/2420 6
Microbiology - MBIO 1010 3
Mathematics - MATH 1500 or 1230 3
Statistics – STAT 1000 or 1150 3
Total Core Courses 36 (or 33)
Humanities/Social Sciences 12
Other courses (any Faculty) for applicants with CHEM 1300/1310 only (+3)
Total Other Cores 12 (or 15)
Total Required (Core and Other) 48

Required courses for University of Winnipeg applicants

Courses Credit Hours
Introductory Chemistry CHEM 1111 & 1112 6
Organic Chemistry CHEM 2202 3
Biochemistry CHEM 3502 3
Biology BIOL 1115 & BIOL 1116 6
Physiology KIN 2204 & 3505 6
Microbiology BIO 2902  3

Mathematics MATH 1101 or 1102 or 1103

3
Statistics STAT 1501 or 1301 & 1302 3
Total Core Courses 33
Humanities/Social Sciences 12
Other courses (any Faculty) 3
Total Other Courses 15
Total Required (Core and Other)  48

Required courses from Brandon University

Courses Credit Hours

Introductory Chemistry 18.160 & 18.170

6
Organic Chemistry 18.261 3
Biochemistry 18.363 3
Biology 15.162 and 15.163 or 94.162 & 94.163 6
Physiology No equivalent course 6
Microbiology 15.269 3
Mathematics 62.181 3
Statistics 62.171 3

Total Core Courses

33
Humanities/Social Sciences 12
Other courses (any Faculty) 3
Total Other Courses 15
Total Required (Core and Other) 48

Required courses from other universities

If you attended or are attending an institution external to the University of Manitoba please review the Transfer Credit Equivalency Database [DC1] to determine if your course(s) have been previously assessed.

Courses submitted for consideration by external applicants that have not been evaluated as directly equivalent on transfer may be considered by the College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee on a course-by-course basis, for admission purposes only, using the following.
If your course(s) are not a direct equivalent to the University of Manitoba required course listed in Section 2: Eligibility Requirements, B. Required Courses, 1. Required Courses from the University of Manitoba, a syllabus must be submitted for evaluation after the application is submitted and before the listed deadline. The College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee reserves the right to refuse admission if they determine that the prerequisite requirements have not been met.

Courses Credit Hours
Two semesters of 1000 level (first-year) Introduction to Chemistry, with a laboratory 6
One semester of 2000 level (second-year) Organic Chemistry 3
One semester of 2000 level (second-year) Biochemistry 3
Two semesters of 1000 level (first-year) Biology, with a laboratory 6
Two semesters of 2000 level (second-year) Human Physiology 6
One semester of 1000 level (first-year) Microbiology, with a laboratory 3
One semester of 1000 level (first-year) Calculus 3
One semester of 1000 level (first-year) introductory Statistics or Biostatistics 3
Total Core Courses 33
Courses designated Humanities / Social Sciences at the 1000 level or higher 12

Other courses (any faculty)

3
Total Other Courses 15
Total Required (Core and Other) 48

Applicants must also have completed a 3 credit-hour course which meets the University of Manitoba’s Written English (W) requirement. This can be included as part of the above requirements. 

If your course(s) are not a direct equivalent to the University of Manitoba required course listed in the UM Transfer Credit Equivalency Database [DC1] , a syllabus must be submitted for evaluation after the application is submitted and before the listed deadline. The College of Pharmacy Admissions Committee reserves the right to refuse admission if they determine that the prerequisite requirements have not been met.

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College of Pharmacy, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
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University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
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pharmacy@umanitoba.ca
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