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Entry-Level PharmD Degree Programs in Canada: Some Facts and Stakeholder Opinions

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Background: Pharmacy education in Canada is about to change radically with the initiation of it's first Entry-to-Practice Level PharmD (ELPD) degree program. As we move toward a potential nation-wide change to our entry-to-licensure requirement, a review existing and planned programs is warranted.
Objective: To update information about existing Canadian and pharmacy degree programs, characterize the new “made in Quebec” ELPD degree program, and obtain some stakeholder opinions about the merits of such a curricula conversion.
Methods: We assessed multiple sources of information in order to gather information on the characteristics of existing and planned programs, and stakeholder opinions.
Results: Eight provinces offer nine pharmacy programs leading to a baccalaureate degree. As of 2005, there were 1,137 1st year students enrolled in these 4-year programs. The University of Montreal (UM) plans to transition from its existing baccalaureate program to an ELPD degree program in 2006. The new degree program will reportedly remain as a 4-year program, but will expand from eight to nine 4-month semesters in length. Required course credits will increase from 142 to 164 credits (15%). Support for conversion to ELPD degree programs is divided, and six national stakeholder groups have declared their opposition.
Conclusion: Many parallels between pharmacy education in Canada and the US exist. While the likelihood of conversion to an all ELPD degree requirement in this country appears high, we also have an apparent absence of unified support for this transition. Yogi Berra’s infamous quotation “…this is like déjà vu all over again” seems appropriate.
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Jewesson, Peter., Koleba, Tamar. and Marin, Judith. "Entry-Level PharmD Degree Programs in Canada: Some Facts and Stakeholder Opinions" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA, Jul 05, 2006 <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p113491_index.html>

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Jewesson, P. J., Koleba, T. and Marin, J. , 2006-07-05 "Entry-Level PharmD Degree Programs in Canada: Some Facts and Stakeholder Opinions" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, California, USA <Not Available>. 2013-12-16 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p113491_index.html

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Abstract: Background: Pharmacy education in Canada is about to change radically with the initiation of it's first Entry-to-Practice Level PharmD (ELPD) degree program. As we move toward a potential nation-wide change to our entry-to-licensure requirement, a review existing and planned programs is warranted.
Objective: To update information about existing Canadian and pharmacy degree programs, characterize the new “made in Quebec” ELPD degree program, and obtain some stakeholder opinions about the merits of such a curricula conversion.
Methods: We assessed multiple sources of information in order to gather information on the characteristics of existing and planned programs, and stakeholder opinions.
Results: Eight provinces offer nine pharmacy programs leading to a baccalaureate degree. As of 2005, there were 1,137 1st year students enrolled in these 4-year programs. The University of Montreal (UM) plans to transition from its existing baccalaureate program to an ELPD degree program in 2006. The new degree program will reportedly remain as a 4-year program, but will expand from eight to nine 4-month semesters in length. Required course credits will increase from 142 to 164 credits (15%). Support for conversion to ELPD degree programs is divided, and six national stakeholder groups have declared their opposition.
Conclusion: Many parallels between pharmacy education in Canada and the US exist. While the likelihood of conversion to an all ELPD degree requirement in this country appears high, we also have an apparent absence of unified support for this transition. Yogi Berra’s infamous quotation “…this is like déjà vu all over again” seems appropriate.

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