This program is not available to students with only a high school diploma. University credit is required before admission.
Pharmacy is the art and science of preparing and dispensing medications, and the provision of drug and health information to the public. Pharmacists are vital members of healthcare teams. They work with patients to determine their medication needs and the care required to best meet these needs. This is called “pharmaceutical care”, the goal of which is to improve an individual patient’s quality of life.
Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
Visit the College of Nutrition and Pharmacy's website for detailed admissions information.
Candidates for admission must have completed 60 credit units (or equivalent) by April 30 of the year admission is desired.
The following courses (or equivalent) are included in the 60 credit units:
- Biology : 6 credit units (BIOL 120.3 and BIOL 121.3 at U of S)
- Chemistry : 3 credit units General and 6 credit units Organic (CHEM 112.3, CHEM 250.3, and CHEM 255.3 at U of S)
- English : 6 credit units (ENG 110.6 or two of ENG 111.3, 112.3, 113.3, 114.3 at U of S)
- Biochemistry : 3 credit units Biomolecules and 3 credit units Metabolism (BMSC 200.3 and BMSC 230.3 at U of S)
- Physiology : 6 credit units (human body systems) (PHSI 208.6 at U of S)
- Mathematics (Calculus) : 3 credit units (MATH 125.3 at U of S)
- Statistics : 3 credit units (STAT 246.3 at U of S)
- Microbiology : 3 credit units (BMSC 210.3 at U of S)
- Nutrition : 3 credit units (NUTR 120.3 at U of S)
- Electives : 15 credit units : 6 credit units from psychology, sociology, native studies, or philosophy; and 9 credit units any electives
Other Admission Requirements: 1) Test of Critical Skills; 2) Personal video interview
Applicants must also meet the university's English language proficiency requirements.
Ranking for admission is based on academic performance and personal qualities.
Academic Record — 60% weighting
Test of Critical Skills — 30% weighting
Personal Video Interview —10% weighting
There are 90 first year seats.
Applicants must have lived and worked full-time in Saskatchewan for at least 12 consecutive months prior to admission without being a full-time student. To qualify, you must pay income taxes in Saskatchewan and have a Saskatchewan health card. You cannot qualify for residency by attending school if your home is elsewhere. Applicants from border communities (e.g., Lloydminster, AB and Flin Flon, MB), residents of the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, members of the R.C.M.P. or the Canadian armed forces, graduates of the University of Saskatchewan, and children or spouses of graduates of the University of Saskatchewan are considered Saskatchewan residents for the purpose of their admission application to Pharmacy or Nutrition.
Non-Saskatchewan Canadian Residents and International Applicants
Up to 14 of 90 positions may be offered to out of province and international applicants.
Education Equity Program- Saskatchewan Residents
A maximum of 4 spaces are reserved for qualified Aboriginal applicants. Applicants under this category must have completed the pre-Pharmacy year with a minimum average of 70%. Applicants must supply proof of Aboriginal ancestry.
Special Case Category
One Saskatchewan student may be admitted under special circumstances or for compassionate reasons. Applicants applying under this category must provide supporting documentation for review and are considered on a case-by-case basis. This position may not be filled every year.
Repeating or Returning Student
Applicants who have previously attended the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition (and completed at least one full semester in the program) may be considered for readmission under this category.
2014-2015 Pharmacy Entry Admission Statistics
Total Applicants: 543
70.92 to 94.04%
Years of University
One year to six years
Age Range: 20-37
Educate patients about their medications and answer a wide range of questions.
Provide diet, exercise, and other health information that does not involve prescription medication.
Respect and protect patient privacy.
Conduct experiments if you go into research and development.
Keep up with the latest advances.
Students receive extensive practice experiences (internship) during the program – in a community pharmacy, a hospital setting and a specialty practice site (e.g., research lab, RCMP, clinical practice in psychiatry or geriatrics). This enables them to obtain almost immediate registration as a professional on graduation.
- Community pharmacies – pharmacists own, manage or are employed in pharmacies, where they provide pharmaceutical care to patients, including preparing and dispensing medications and answering questions about drugs.
- Hospitals and medical centres – pharmacists provide pharmaceutical care to patients and drug information services to other health care practitioners. They can specialize in fields such as oncology, infectious disease, psychiatry and other areas.
- Pharmaceutical industry – pharmacists are involved in research, development of drug information materials and sales of pharmaceutical products (advanced studies may be needed for some careers in industry).
- Federal and provincial agencies – pharmacists deal with laws to protect the public with respect to drug products and pharmacy practice, and work in RCMP forensic laboratories.
- Universities – pharmacy professors educate future professionals and conduct research (advanced studies are needed for this career path).
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