Why choose Pharmacy at Dalhousie?

You might think of the pharmacist as wearing a white lab coat and standing behind the drugstore counter. But pharmacy as a profession has undergone a dramatic shift in recent years—today, it’s much more patient focused.

Pharmacists now take medication histories, identify goals for drug therapy, provide education to patients regarding medications, make recommendations to other health-care providers about drug therapy, and much more.

The College of Pharmacy gives students the knowledge and skills to provide drug therapy toward improving patient health. The program’s curriculum offers problem-based learning (PBL) and other types of courses, which may include tutorials, lectures, labs, and practical experience in various settings.

Dalhousie's College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). The Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy program of the College of Pharmacy at Dalhousie University has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a three year term 2016-2019.

In anticipation of the approval of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, the admission requirements have been adjusted for the September 2020 intake. Students will now need to complete 60 credit hours (2 years) of course work before applying for admission. Detailed course pre requisites are listed below.

Program details

Bachelor of Science - Pharmacy (BScPharm)

Program Options

  • Bachelor of Science - Pharmacy (BScPharm)


For September 2018 and 2019: To apply to the College of Pharmacy, you must have completed a minimum of one year of an undergraduate degree program with the following courses (minimum final grade of 70% (B-) in each course):

Chemistry CHEM 1011/1012 or 1021/1022 (one full year) or equivalent
Biology BIOL 1010/1011 or 1020/1021 (one full year) or equivalent
Social Science one full-year or two half-year university credit(s) in any Social Science subject(s)
Mathematics MATH 1000 (one half-credit Calculus course), or 1215 or equivalent
Statistics STAT 1060 or 2060 (one half-credit course) or equivalent
English ENGL 1030.06 or any two English courses designated as a writing requirement (i.e., ENGL 1005.03, 1015.03, 1025.03, 1040.03, 1050.03, or 1100.03) or equivalent

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents, and preference is given to residents of Atlantic Canada; students living outside the Maritimes but whose parents reside in the Maritimes are considered Maritime residents. Up to 10% of the 90 available seats may be held for non-Maritime residents.

Applicants must have completed, or be in the process of completing, a minimum of 1 full year of study in which they have successfully completed a minimum of 15 credit hours (equivalent to five 3 credit hour courses) in both the fall and winter terms.

For September 2020: Dalhousie University is in the process of approving an entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D) degree to replace the current Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) degree.

In anticipation of the approval of the Doctor of Pharmacy program, and to support prospective applicants for September 2020, the following Dalhousie University courses have been identified as pre-requisites for the program. Applicants must successfully complete the following courses (or their equivalent from another university) with a minimum grade of 70% (B-) in order to be considered for admission. Normally it will take students at least two full time academic years to complete the required courses.

Subject Dalhousie Course
Intro Chemistry CHEM 1011.03 & 1012.03 or
CHEM 1021.03 & 1022.03 or
CHMA 1000.03 & 1001.03
Intro Biology BIOL 1010.03 & 1011.03 or
BIOL 1020.03 & 1021.03 or
BIOA 1002.03 & 1003.03
Social Science
6 credit hours of a social science
Intro Calculus MATH 1000.03 or
MATH 1215.03 or
MTHA 1000.03
Intro Statistics STATS 1060.03 or
STATS 2060.03 or
STAA 2000.03
Intro English ENGL 1030.06 or
Any two English courses designated as a writing requirement (i.e., ENGL 1005.03, 1015.03, 1025.02, 1040.03, 1050.03, or 1100.03) or equivalent.
Human Anatomy ANAT 1010.03
MICI 2100.03 or
MCRA 2000.03
Organic Chemistry CHEM 2401.03 & 2402.03 or
CHMA 2000.03 & 2001.03
Biochemistry BIOC 2300.03 or
CHMA 3001.03
BIOL 2030.03 or
GENE 2000.03
Electives 12 credit hours of general electives

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • Contact the College of Pharmacy no later than August of the year preceding expected start date, for prerequisites, information about class equivalents, and deadlines.
  • Submit application to the Registrar's Office before February 1 for entry in September. (The Dalhousie Undergraduate Application Form may also be completed online.)
  • Prerequisite classes must be completed no later than June 30. When you are applying, if you are aware that you are missing a prerequisite, please state the class and class number, as well as the expected completion date.

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • The College of Pharmacy admits up to 90 students into the BScPharm program each year.
  • In some classes, students will be divided into smaller groups of 8 or 9.

Tuition Fees

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Residence & Housing

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Housing options

  • Meal plans
  • Dorm-style traditional residences
  • Apartment-style, non-traditional
  • Off-campus housing