Considering the current trend for curriculum revision of medical education, the pharmacy education has evolved from providing drugs and drug products to specialists in drug therapy, who identify problems early and reduce the emotional and monetary costs of patient hospitalization. This evolution in the pharmacy profession towards the provision of patient-focused pharmaceutical care requires a high level of clinical knowledge and skills on the part of practitioners. The main activity of Pharm. D. Program will be the clinical experiences for the pharmacist, and integration of basic, clinical, and research sciences over the program.
Rationale for establishing this program:
Health care in Saudi Arabia is facing a constant need for health care professionals to cope with the rapid growth of the population. This shortage includes pharmacists that play a basic role in health care. Based on the recent Saudi manpower council, the available pharmacist in the country is only 11% of the country’s need, and the expected need within the next 15 years is 17,000 pharmacy graduates. This large need will demand more and more graduates from the existing pharmacy colleges.
Since the NGHA and KSAU-HS visions are aligned with the big picture of the nation’s need, and as part of their participation in the education mission, the Pharmacy College was established.
The College of Pharmacy, KSAU-HS, prepares pharmacists to provide patient centered population-based care that ensures optimal medication therapy outcomes emphasizing patient safety. In addition, graduates will be able to manage healthcare system resources and to promote health improvement and disease prevention within the field of pharmaceutical care.
To be recognized as an institution of excellence utilizing advance concepts of evidence-based pharmaceutical practice and education to attract the best students and faculty.
To encourage and facilitate the development of advanced pharmacy practitioners capable of conceiving, implementing, and evaluating patient care services that promote the rationale, safe, effective, and economical use of drug therapy. As such, the program is structured to produce graduates that exemplify the highest standards of practice, demonstrate the commitment to excellence, and dedication to optimizing patient care. As a foundation for achieving this level of performance, the plan of study is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge based on the concepts and principles of pharmaceutical care (pharmacotherapeutics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacoeconomics, drug literature retrieval, and clinical research design).
The program will last for six (6) years (2 pre-professional years, 3 professional years, and 1 clerkship year)