Year 1

In Year 1 of the PharmD program, students undertake several foundational courses which are important in preparing them to become medication therapy experts. These include physiology and anatomy, biochemistry, pathobiology, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmaceutics, health systems, social and behaviourial health, pharmacy informatics and clinical trials, medication therapy management (including a laboratory component), and the first pharmacotherapy course – General Medicine I. During the year, students also participate in a 16-hour Academic Service Learning component, and at the end of their course work, undertake 160 hours of experiential education in a patient care setting during the summer.

Courses are taught in a variety of formats which include large class discussions, small group discussions, laboratory-based simulation, seminar discussions, and online learning.