In addition to the 40 clinical practicum credits that are part of the program, students in the University of Ottawa PharmD program will develop, during their 4 years of study, all the competencies required for entry to the profession.

These are grouped into the following 4 main areas:

  • Being a pharmacist (6 credits)
  • Pharmacy and access to medication (13 credits)
  • Pharmacy and patient-centred care (70 credits)
  • The pharmacist as health educator and promoter (15 credits)

See the complete list of courses for this program.

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Contribute to optimizing pharmaceutical services and care
  • Respond to the needs of the Francophone minority populations and communities they serve by advocating on their behalf for changes to the healthcare system
  • Contribute to the literature and knowledge generation on pharmaceutical practices, particularly in Francophone minority settings
  • Apply their expertise in pharmacotherapy to optimize pharmaceutical services and care in the healthcare system
  • Integrate the best evidence in pharmacy practice
  • Provide patient-centred care that takes into consideration the patient’s language and culture, particularly in the Francophone minority context
  • Ensure accurate product distribution in a safe and appropriate manner for the patient
  • Contribute to the evaluation and management of healthcare treatments and resources
  • Communicate responsibly and proactively to encourage autonomy and confidence
  • Work effectively with members of the healthcare team, including patients, pharmacy colleagues and other health professionals
  • Practise according to their field of practice and expertise
  • Ensure continuity of care for their patients with other professionals in order to promote the provision of safe care
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and a sense of initiative in the practice of their profession
  • Demonstrate workplace management skills and respond positively to challenges
  • Respond to patients’ health needs by advocating for them in the health system

We are actively recruiting adjunct faculty members. Find the application procedures here (pdf, 120.52 KB).


Before you can do rotations in clinical settings, you must ensure that you meet the following requirements:

  • Immunization: Your baseline immunization status must be kept up to date. You may be required to receive additional immunizations in order to access the various placement sites, to ensure your safety and that of patients, their families and other healthcare workers.

  • Criminal record check: You must provide a criminal record check. This process may be repeated during your years of study in order to access certain placement sites.

  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course: You must pass a CPR course prior to the start of your practical training. It is also your responsibility to keep your certification up-to-date throughout your academic career.

  • Registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists: You must meet the student registration requirements of the Ontario College of Pharmacists in order to do your practical training.

Due to the anticipated extensive use of information technology in our educational program, all admitted candidates will be required to use a laptop computer in class on the first day of class. They will be allowed to use their own computer as long as it meets the requirements of the pharmacy program. More information will be provided in the offer of admission package.

Some skills and attributes are considered essential to succeed in the PharmD program and eventually to practice pharmacy. It is the responsibility of potential applicants to be aware of these so that they can make an informed choice regarding admission to the program.

Placement Sites

Our program includes 40 weeks of practical training, spread over 4 years of study. A variety of placement sites, most of them in Francophone minority communities, will be offered:

  • Placements in the greater Ottawa area and elsewhere in Ontario to fully understand the Francophone minority context
  • Placements in community pharmacy and hospital settings to develop all necessary skills for the practice of the profession
  • A professional exploration placement in the 4th year, allowing for observation of a specific field of interest
Pharmacy student in training, being explained a concept by her preceptor
Photo credit: Montfort Hospital


Our ambition is to train pharmacists capable of collaborating effectively with other health professionals, governmental and non-governmental health organizations, and healthcare establishments. Our program encourages interaction with other health professionals throughout your career. Whether you are developing your professional or research skills, you will benefit from the Faculty of Medicine's extensive network of partnerships, including the Office of Francophone Affairs.

Contact Us


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

Email: [email protected]