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.
Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (B.S.P.)
Visit the College of Nutrition and Pharmacy's website for detailed admissions information.
- At least 30 credit units of course work, including specific pre-requisite courses, with a minimum average of 70%
- 6 credit units of general biology (with lab) (Biology 120.3 and 121.3 at the U of S)
- 3 credit units of General Chemistry (with lab)
- 3 credit units of Organic Chemistry (with lab)
- 6 credit units English Literature and Composition
- 6 credit units of electives in Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy or Native Studies
- 6 credit units of electives in Humanities, Social Sciences or Fine Arts
- Test of critical skills
- Personal profile
- Proficiency in English
Ranking for admission is based on academic performance and personal qualities.
Academic Record — 60% weighting
The admission average is based on the 30 credit units of required subjects (weighted as 40% of the admission average) and the cumulative average obtained on all courses at the university level
(weighted as 60% of the admission average).
Test of Critical Skills — 30% weighting
Applicants are required to attain a minimum level of achievement on the Test of Critical Skills to be considered for admission.
Personal Profile —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 may be considered for readmission under this category.
2012-2013 Pharmacy Entry Admission Statistics
Total Applicants: 515
70.53 to 92.89%
Years of University
1 year: 14
+2 years: 80
Age Range: 19-44
If you answer “yes” to the following questions, Pharmacy might be the right choice for you:
- How are new drugs discovered?
- Why do some antihistamines make people sleepy?
- Is it alright to take medications with food?
- What herbal product can be used to treat a headache?
- How do forensic scientists determine if a drug is toxic?
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.
- PHAR 303: Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Dispensing II
An extension of PHAR 203, this course continues the discussion of the design and preparation of dosage forms for drugs, especially semi-solids and other topical dosage forms, devices and modified release dosage forms and includes discussion of bioequivalence. This course will also extend the discussions of the physicochemical principles of drugs introduced in PHAR 201 as they relate to the development of dosage forms. Students will also continue to develop their skills in the dispensing of prescriptions including the application of appropriate laws and standards of practice, and in the extemporaneous compounding of drug products and relevant pharmaceutical calculations.
- PHAR 409: Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
An introduction to the principles of biotechnology as they apply to the development of pharmaceutical products. Discussions will also focus on the uses of these products in the treatment of various conditions, the pharmacist's role in their provision, and the legal, ethical and economic issues associated with pharmaceutical biotechnology.
- PHAR 465: Patient Care II
The second of three courses dealing with Patient Care activities, including discussion of alternative or complimentary health care practices and the development of skills in providing pharmaceutical care to patients.
- 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).