Pharm D

About the program

Driven by a keen interest and inspired by the comprehensive renaissance taking place in the Kingdom across various domains, particularly in the realms of health and education, Royal Decree No. 89 was issued on 2/6/1422 AH to establish the College of Pharmacy, complete with its various departments, within the esteemed King Abdulaziz University. It marked the second college of its kind in the Kingdom, following the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University, and notably, it became the first institution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to confer the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree.
The College of Pharmacy's advanced study program stands as a unique and distinguished offering in the Arab region. Developed in accordance with the latest international methods in pharmaceutical education, this program equips its graduates with the coveted Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree. These graduates possess a solid foundation in both theoretical and practical studies, enriched by their hands-on experience. They play an integral role within the therapeutic medical team, demonstrating an exceptional ability to comprehend medical diagnoses, select the most appropriate medications and dosages, and explore alternative treatment options when necessary. Moreover, they excel in communication with both the medical team and patients.
This distinctive role of a College of Pharmacy graduate translates into enhanced healthcare services, reduced medication misuse, and lower medical treatment costs. These graduates are also fully qualified to practice the pharmacy profession in all its forms, spanning public and private hospital pharmacies, drug manufacturing and development, as well as scientific and academic research centers specializing in pharmaceutical sciences.

Faculty system
  • ● The college offers a six-year study program, following a full academic year system, which comprises 214 academic units.
  • ● The study period consists of five academic years, followed by the sixth year, referred to as the year of advanced pharmaceutical training.
  • ● Each academic year is divided into two semesters, with one semester spanning no less than fifteen weeks, excluding the period allocated for semester or final exams.
  • ● English is the language of instruction at the college.
  • ● To earn the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, students must complete six years of study. This includes five years of academic coursework with intervals for the preparation of a graduation project, supervised by faculty members in various fields of pharmaceutical sciences. Additionally, students are required to undertake two early training periods during the summer semester, each lasting four weeks, beginning after the third academic year. Finally, they must fulfill the sixth-year requirements for advanced pharmacy training, which prepares them for professional practice in the field of pharmacy.

faculty departments

The college includes five scientific departments: the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, the Department of Pharmaceutics, the Department of Pharmaceutical Practice, the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and the Department of Natural Products and Alternative Medicine. These scientific departments share one study program for the bachelor’s level (Pharm D).

The program aims to provide the graduate with the following skills
  • 1. Providing pharmaceutical care as an essential part of the medical team.
  • 2. Maximizing the safety and effectiveness of medication administration systems.
  • 3. Providing pharmaceutical expertise as part of patient-centered health care.
  • 4. Providing pharmaceutical care by applying evidence-based best practices.
  • 5. Educating patients and healthcare providers to improve healthcare outcomes.
  • 6. Preserving patients’ rights.
  • 7. Commitment to achieving common health team goals.
  • 8. Developing creative ideas to improve the pharmacy profession.

Last Update
1/28/2024 11:31:01 PM