Start Date
August 2024
SASCED/P
09160314
Duration
6 years
Fees
60,000 Saudi Riyals per year

Program overview

The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program is committed to provide a distinctive undergraduate educational experience that prepares PharmD students during their undergraduate studies for clinical and non-clinical pharmacy practices, and postgraduate studies and specialisation. The PharmD program is a comprehensive type of study that encompasses both scientific and humanistic aspects of pharmacy. This program provides a strong foundation for continuous professional development in the field of pharmacy.

The curriculum is interdisciplinary, thematic, and horizontally and vertically integrated, incorporating four themes within semester-long units of various general requirement, basic socio-behavioural, pharmaceutical clinical and advanced clinical courses.

The curriculum is designed to reflect recent changes in healthcare provider roles in Saudi Arabia and to prepare students to meet the increasing demand for pharmaceutical expertise. Over the course of six years, students will build their professional competencies, develop self-direction, and enjoy academic excellence. The program aims to produce future leaders in pharmacy practice by emphasizing excellence in education, research, and community service. As medical sciences continue to evolve rapidly, it is imperative that the workforce possess the requisite skills and proficiency to fulfil the roles required. The PharmD program therefore provides a rigorous and specialized education that prepares students for a successful career in pharmacy.

The Program Study Plan

  • 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 bachelor’s degree in Doctor of Pharmacy requires passing (170) credit hours, in addition to (32) credit hours as a mandatory year of the clinical practice (internship).
  • The program’s teaching materials are delivered in the English Language.

Description of the Courses

COMD 101 - Communication Skills
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BIOD 101 - Human Cell Biology
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ISLM 101 - Islamic Studies I
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ISLM 102 - Islamic Studies II
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BSTD 101- Biostatistics
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CHED 101- General Chemistry
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CPIT 101- Computer Skills
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ENGD 101- English Language 1
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ENGD 102 - English Language II
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ENGD 103 - Medical Terminology
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MATH 101 - Mathematics
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PHYD 101 - General Physics
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ARAB 101 - Arabic Language I
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PHM 212 - Body Functions I
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PHM 222 - Body Functions II
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ISLM 103 - Islamic Studies III
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PHM 211 - Anatomy and Histology
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PHM 213 – Microbiology
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PHM 214 - On Becoming a pharmacist
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PHM 215 - Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry I
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PHM 216 - Pharmaceutical Calculation
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PHM 221 - Biochemistry 1
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ISLM 104 - Islamic Studies IV
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PHM 223 – Immunology
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PHM 224 – Pharmaceutics I
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PHM 225 - Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry II
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PHM 311 - Pathophysiology 1
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PHM 312 - Principles of Pharmacology
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PHM 313 - Principles of Medicinal Chemistry
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PHM 314 - Pharmaceutical Marketing
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PHM 315 - Pharmaceutics II
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PHM 316 - Physical Assessment
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PHM 317 - Biochemistry II
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PHM 321- Pathophysiology II
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PHM 322 - Introduction to Community Pharmacy
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PHM 323 - Medicinal Chemistry
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PHM 324 - Pharmacology
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PHM 325 - Drug Information
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PHM 326 - Principles of Scientific Research
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PHM 327 – Biopharmaceutics
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PHM 328 – Pharmacy Laws and Ethics
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PHM 411 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy I
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PHM 413 - Health Insurance and Drug Coding
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PHM 414 - Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
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PHM 415 - Evidence-Based Herbal Medicine
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PHM 416 - Foundations of Social and Administrative Pharmacy
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PHM 421 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy II
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PHM 422 - Introduction to Hospital Pharmacy
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PHM 423 - Complementary and Alternative Medicine
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PHM 424 - Basic Pharmacokinetics
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PHM 425 - Pharmaceutical Industry
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PHM 426 – Pharmacoeconomic
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PHM 412 - Health Informatics
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PHM 511 - Integrated Pharmacotherapy III
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PHM 512 -Integrated Pharmacotherapy IV
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PHM 513 - Hospital Pharmacy
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PHM 514 - Applied Pharmacokinetics
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PHM 515 - Quality Control of Drugs
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PHM 516 – Entrepreneurship
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PHM 521 – Integrated Pharmacotherapy-V
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PHM 522 – Integrated Pharmacotherapy-VI
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PHM 526 – Leadership in Health Care
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PHM 523 – Introduction to Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE)
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PHM 524 – Public Health & Pharmacoepidemiology
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PHM 525 – Research Project
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Internship Year

  • PHM 611 Clinical Rotation I
  • PHM 612 Clinical Rotation II
  • PHM 617 Elective Rotation I
  • PHM 613 Clinical Rotation III
  • PHM 614 Clinical Rotation IV
  • PHM 618 Elective Rotation II

How will you learn?

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

How you will be assessed?

The assessments are constructive and recognize the development of key attributes and qualities rather than reward short-term superficial learning. Assessment is done through direct and indirect assessment methods. The direct assessment method includes written exams with different question types such as multiple choice (MCQs), extended matching (EMQs) and short and long essays. Individual and group assessment activities are evaluated via an approved rubric. These activities are assignments, student prepared presentation, poster presentation, team-based learning, problem-based learning, case-based learning, clinical portfolio, reflection, research activities, and community services activities. Laboratory reports are used to evaluate daily practical learning. Objective structured practical and clinical exams (OSPE and OSCE) are used to evaluate practical and clinical learning. On the other hand, the indirect assessment methods include various course surveys. The surveys including learning outcomes achievement, course evaluation, assessment satisfaction and OSPE/OSCE satisfaction.

Careers Overview

Upon successful completion of the requirements for the Bachelor of Doctor of Pharmacy Program, the graduates can apply for “Pharmacy Specialist” license from the Saudi Commission for Health Specialist (SCFHS). Pharmacy Specialist may work in hospitals, clinics, community pharmacies, pharmaceutical industry, pharmaceutical companies, health insurance, Saudi Food and Drug Association, academia, MOH and drug registration. In addition, graduates may seek specializations to advance their careers through Postgraduates Studies. Also, graduates would have the knowledge, skills, and values to be eligible to apply for an academic position such “Clinical Instructor” or “Lab Supervisor”.

Job Prospects

The current state of employment for PharmD graduates is highly promising, as the role of a pharmacy specialist is critical across a diverse range of healthcare settings, including hospitals, community pharmacies, and medical clinics. The primary duty of a pharmacy specialist is to prepare medications, ensuring that each patient receives an accurate dosage and is fully informed of the possible side effects and proper usage of the prescribed drugs. Moreover, pharmacy specialists often provide counseling to patients on the appropriate use and storage of their medications, along with managing inventory and ensuring that medications are appropriately stored and that accurate records are maintained. Beyond these fundamental duties, pharmacy specialists can also work in the pharmaceutical industry, with the option to pursue a career in scientific research. Within the Research and Development Department of the Pharmaceutical Industry or separate research institutes, pharmacy specialists may contribute their expertise as scientists or researchers. In addition, they can work in academia as part of their job. In any case, the health insurance industry, drug registrations, and Saudi FDA offer further job prospects for pharmacy specialists. Overall, the role of a pharmacy specialist is critical and multifaceted, requiring a diverse range of skills and expertise. As such, the continued growth of the role within the healthcare industry presents a vast array of promising employment opportunities for those with a PharmD degree.

Career Advice

It is essential that all students take advantage of the opportunity to meet with the career counselors assigned by the Student Career and Alumni Unit (SCAU) on a regular basis. Student career counseling is a critical process that enables students to gain crucial insights into their skills, abilities, and interests, as they relate to the workplace. This enables them to make informed decisions concerning their future career path. The process is highly interactive and collaborative, with a faculty staff member working closely with the student to ensure that their needs and goals are met.