The brand-new undergraduate Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) in French! An innovative curriculum in the largest bilingual university. Internships in francophone minority settings.
Registrations start in the fall of 2022!

Becoming a Pharmacist

Interested in developing specific scientific expertise in the field of health, and contributing to the improvement of health in your community? Consider a career as a pharmacist.

Beginning in the fall of 2023, we will be offering the first ever undergraduate Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program in French outside Quebec. The goal of this program? To train future pharmacists who can practice:

  • In community or hospital settings

  • In healthcare teams or ambulatory clinics

  • In the pharmaceutical industry or regulatory agencies

  • In academia

Senior man buying medicine in a pharmacy

Steeped in the unique context of French Ontario and offered within the largest bilingual – English and French – university in the world, this pharmacy program will allow you to study in French while evolving in a bilingual environment. We also offer a research-oriented environment and a long history of health education experience in French as part of the uOttawa's PharmD program.

At the leading edge of modern learning methods

With 144 credits over 4 years and 40 weeks of practical training, our program offers a wide variety of courses, labs, team learning sessions and workshops. The most innovative learning principles and elements have been incorporated, including:

  • Competency-based approach

  • Active and experiential learning

  • Spiral learning progression

  • Interprofessionalism

Readily available without an appointment, the pharmacist is the accessible and reassuring health professional. As a patient’s point of contact with the healthcare system, the pharmacist takes the time to answer patients’ questions, reassure them and refer them as needed.

The practice of pharmacy is also a collective effort: physicians, nurses and technical staff, as well as patients collaborate on a daily basis with the pharmacist.

The pharmacist provides pharmaceutical care in a variety of settings: community, hospital, long-term care, etc., and ensures the optimal therapeutic care plan for the patient. The pharmacist may also himself prescribe certain medications for simple treatments, adjust certain dosages independently and even order certain lab tests.

Studies conducted as part of the development of the program have shown a clear lack of pharmacists able to express themselves in French in minority settings across the country. Given the growing importance of the pharmacist's role in primary care, the Francophone pharmacist is a key player to help solve problems related to access to care in French.


All undergraduate professional pharmacy programs in Canada are subject to the accreditation standards of the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).

“Accreditation is the public recognition accorded to a professional program that meets established professional qualifications and educational standards through initial and periodic evaluation. Accreditation concerns itself with both quality assurance and program enhancement. It applies to programs and is to be distinguished from certification or licensure, which applies to individuals.” (CCAPP, 2018)

We have developed the PharmD program based on the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities' (NAPRA) and on the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada' (AFPC) competency frameworks as well as in accordance with CCAPP standards. We are proactively preparing for the first accreditation visit. 

On June 22nd 2022, the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences' PharmD program has been awarded Qualifying Accreditation status by CCAPP.

Contact Us


Pavillon Roger-Guindon
451, ch. Smyth, room 4510G
Ottawa (Ontario)
Canada K1H 8M5

Email: [email protected]