Introduction

The PharmD program at FCMS is committed to providing a distinctive undergraduate educational experience that prepares Doctor of Pharmacy students during their undergraduate studies for clinical and non-clinical pharmacy practices, postgraduate training, and further studies and specialization.

The FCMS provides students and other stakeholders with detailed information on the PharmD program specifications. This includes required and elective courses, modules, credit-hour requirements, and college requirements together with details of the courses to be taken each year or semester. (Program Specification).

The PharmD curriculum includes a six-year annual undergraduate degree program. It consists of three phases. It applies an interdisciplinary thematic approach, integrating biomedical and clinical sciences with communication skills, and clinical training at hospitals and other primary healthcare facilities. The learning environment is organized to provide appropriate facilities with flexibility in time, place, and style of learning according to international standards.

The PharmD program is structured as an integrated spiral curriculum according to the National Qualification Framework for Higher Education in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Its learning strategies include interactive lectures, Team-Based Learning (TBL), Problem-Based Leaning (PBL), and tutorial sessions, together with student presentations and small-group learning supported by appropriate clinical experience. Such learning activities employ various delivery strategies at both hospitals and community-based facilities.

The PharmD program promotes a culture that enhances teamwork, collaboration, critical thinking, scientific inquiry, lifelong learning, time management, and service delivery. Those elements are embraced by PharmD students and recognized as important pillars of effective care delivery in clinical practice. In addition, students should recognize that the assessments at various phases of the program are designed to recognize achievements and development rather than reward superficial learning. The assessments are constructive and recognize the development of key attributes and qualities rather than reward short-term superficial learning.

Program Objectives and Outcomes

Program Objectives

The measurable objectives of the PharmD program at FCMS are summarized as follows:

  1. Optimize educational excellence and clinical pharmacy practice,
  2. Maximize professionalism and patient-centered care,
  3. Optimize Expertise in pharmaceutical medication management,
  4. Generate and sustain standard health-care system and interdisciplinary teamwork.

PharmD Program Study Plan

The PharmD program at FCMS uses a horizontally and vertically integrated annual system with clinical rotations and preparation for supervised practice.

The program consists of the following components:

  • General requirements: 19 credit hours (8 courses).
  • Basic sciences: 38 credit hours (15 course).
  • Socio-behavioral sciences: 29 credit hours (15 courses).
  • Pharmaceutical sciences: 32 credit hours (13 courses).
  • Clinical sciences: 19 credit hours (7 courses).
  • Integrated pharmaceutical/ Clinical sciences: 29 credit hours (6 courses).
  • Integrated socio- behavioral / Clinical sciences: 4 credit hours (2 courses).
  • Advanced Experiential Training: 32 credit hours (8 courses).

Courses

CPIT 101 - Computer Skills - Level1 – First Semester of the First Academic Year
ENGD 101 - English Language I - Level1 – First Semester of the First Academic Year
ISLM 101 - Islamic Culture I - Level1 – First Semester of the First Academic Year
MATH 101 - Mathematics - Level1 – First Semester of the First Academic Year
PHYD 101 - General Physics - Level1 – First Semester of the First Academic Year
BIOD 101 - Human Cell Biology - Level2 – Second Semester of the First Academic Year
BSTD 101 - Biostatisctics - Level2 – Second Semester of the First Academic Year
CHED 101 - General Chemistry - Level2 – Second Semester of the First Academic Year
COMD 101 - Communication Skills - Level2 – Second Semester of the First Academic Year
ENGD 102 - English Language II - Level2 – Second Semester of the First Academic Year
ENGD 103 - Medical Terminology - Level2 – Second Semester of the First Academic Year
ISLM 102 - Islamic Studies II - Level2 – Second Semester of the First Academic Year
ARAB 101 - Arabic Language I - Level3 – First Semester of the Second Academic Year
ISLM 103 - Islamic Studies III - Level3 – First Semester of the Second Academic Year
PHMD 211 - Anatomy & Histology - Level3 – First Semester of the Second Academic Year
PHMD 212 - Body Function I - Level3 – First Semester of the Second Academic Year
PHMD 213 - Microbiology - Level3 – First Semester of the Second Academic Year
PHMD 214 - On Becoming a Pharmacist - Level3 – First Semester of the Second Academic Year
PHMD 215 - Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry I - Level3 – First Semester of the Second Academic Year
PHMD 216 - Pharmaceutical Calculations - Level3 – First Semester of the Second Academic Year
ARAB 102 - Arabic Language II - Level4 – Second Semester of the Second Academic Year
ISLM 104 - Islamic Studies IV - Level4 – Second Semester of the Second Academic Year
PHMD 221 - Biochemistry - Level4 – Second Semester of the Second Academic Year
PHMD 222 - Body Function II - Level4 – Second Semester of the Second Academic Year
PHMD 223 - Immunology - Level4 – Second Semester of the Second Academic Year
PHMD 224 - Pharmaceutics I - Level4 – Second Semester of the Second Academic Year
PHMD 225 - Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry II - Level4 – Second Semester of the Second Academic Year
PHMD 311 - Pathophysiology I - Level5 – First Semester of the Third Academic Year
PHMD 312 - Principles of Pharmacology - Level5 – First Semester of the Third Academic Year
PHMD 313 - Principles of Medicinal Chemistry - Level5 – First Semester of the Third Academic Year
PHMD 314 - Pharmaceutical Marketing - Level5 – First Semester of the Third Academic Year
PHMD 315 - Pharmaceutics II - Level5 – First Semester of the Third Academic Year
PHMD 316 - Physical Assesment - Level5 – First Semester of the Third Academic Year
PHMD 321 - Pathophysiology II - Level6 – Second Semester of the Third Academic Year
PHMD 322 - Introduction to Community Pharmacy - Level6 – Second Semester of the Third Academic Year
PHMD 323 - Medicinal Chemistry - Level6 – Second Semester of the Third Academic Year
PHMD 324 - Pharmacology - Level6 – Second Semester of the Third Academic Year
PHMD 325 - Drug Information - Level6 – Second Semester of the Third Academic Year
PHMD 326 - Principles of Scientific Research - Level6 – Second Semester of the Third Academic Year
PHMD 327 - Biopharmaceutics - Level6 – Second Semester of the Third Academic Year
PHMD 328 - Pharmacy Laws and Ethics - Level6 – Second Semester of the Third Academic Year
PHMD 411 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy I - Level7 – First Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
PHMD 412 - Health Informatics - Level7 – First Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
PHMD 413 - Health Insurance and Drug Coding - Level7 – First Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
PHMD 414 - Pharmaceutical Biotechnology - Level7 – First Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
PHMD 415 - Evidence-Based Herbal Medicine - Level7 – First Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
PHMD 416 - Foundations of Social and Administrative Pharmacy - Level7 – First Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
PHMD 421 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy II - Level8 – Second Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
PHMD 422 - Introduction to Hospital Pharmacy - Level8 – Second Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
PHMD 423 - Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Level8 – Second Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
PHMD 424 - Basic Pharmacokinetics - Level8 – Second Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
PHMD 425 - Pharmaceutical Industry - Level8 – Second Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
PHMD 426 - Pharmacoeconomics - Level8 – Second Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
PHMD 511 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy III - Level9 – First Semester of the Fifth Academic Year
PHMD 512 - Intergrated Pharmacothrapy IV - Level9 – First Semester of the Fifth Academic Year
PHMD 513 - Hospital Pharmacy - Level9 – First Semester of the Fifth Academic Year
PHMD 514 - Applied Pharmcokinetics - Level9 – First Semester of the Fifth Academic Year
PHMD 515 - Quality Control of Drugs - Level9 – First Semester of the Fifth Academic Year
PHMD 516 - Entrepreneurship - Level9 – First Semester of the Fifth Academic Year
PHMD 521 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy V - Level10 – Second Semester of the Fifth Academic Year
PHMD 522 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy VI - Level10 – Second Semester of the Fifth Academic Year
PHMD 523 - Introduction to APE - Level10 – Second Semester of the Fifth Academic Year
PHMD 524 - Public Health & Pharmacoepidemiology - Level10 – Second Semester of the Fifth Academic Year
PHMD 525 - Research Project - Level10 – Second Semester of the Fifth Academic Year
PHMD 526 - Leadership in Health Care - Level10 – Second Semester of the Fifth Academic Year
PHMD 611 - Clinical Rotation I - Level11 – First Semester of the Sixth Academic Year
PHMD 612 - Clinical Rotation II - Level11 – First Semester of the Sixth Academic Year
PHMD 613 - Clinical Rotation III - Level11 – First Semester of the Sixth Academic Year
PHMD 614 - Clinical Rotation IV - Level11 – First Semester of the Sixth Academic Year
PHMD 615 - Inpatient Pharmacy Rotation - Level12 – Second Semester of the Sixth Academic Year
PHMD 616 - Outpatient Pharmacy Rotation - Level12 – Second Semester of the Sixth Academic Year
PHMD 617 - Elective Rotation 1 - Level12 – Second Semester of the Sixth Academic Year
PHMD 618 - Elective Rotation 2 - Level12 – Second Semester of the Sixth Academic Year

 

PharmD Curriculum Phases

The PharmD program at FCMS is divided into three phases:

  • Phase 1 – Preparatory Year and year 2.
  • Phase 2 – Foundations of Medical Sciences: years 3, 4, and 5.
  • Phase 3 – Clinical Medicine: year 6.

Admission Requirements for the program

The Board of Trustees (BOT) of FCMS determines the number of students that will be admitted each academic year based on the recommendation of the College Council. The admission requirements for new students to the PharmD program at FCMS should:

  • Be a high school graduate of the Scientific Section within the last 5 years.
  • Provide a high secondary school certificate with score of at least 80% or higher.
  • Provide an achievement test result with a score of 60% or higher.
  • Provide an abilities test result with a score of 60% or higher.
  • Not exceed 25 years old.
  • The applicant should pass the interview at FCMS.

Transference

Students may transfer from one program to another program within FCMS and thus change their specialty. Transference within FCMS is performed per the following guidelines:

  • The applicant completes a transfer request form and submits it to the Academic Affairs Unit (AAU).
  • The AAU processes the request and sends it with the student’s transcript to the Program Director.
  • The Program Director reviews and submits a report to the VDAA for review and recommendations.
  • The VDAA reviews the report and related documents to ensure their agreement with FCMS policies and regulations and then forwards them to the FCMS Academic Affairs Committee for a decision.
  • The decision of the Academic Affairs Committee is ratified by the College Council and the Dean of FCMS.
  • The AAU notifies the student of the decision.