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 specialisation.

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 organised 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 recognised as important pillars of effective care delivery in clinical practice. In addition, students should recognise that the assessments at various phases of the program are designed to recognise achievements and development rather than reward superficial learning. The assessments are constructive and recognise 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-centred 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).

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 65% 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.