Doctor of Pharmacy

The Pharm.D. Program is designed to offer a degree within at least one academic year on a full time study basis. The Pharm.D. Program starts by the first of October and end at the next October.

Pharm D program aims to prepare students to become an advanced pharmacy practitioner and educator. This is done by offering the students practical clinical care opportunities in a variety of practice settings including hospitals, ambulatory settings, and community pharmacies as well as experiential opportunities in the field of clinical pharmacy research. Thus, students completing this program will have all skills needed to work in various practice settings such as academia, hospitals, pharmacies and research centers.
To be eligible to apply for the Pharm D degree, the applicant should:
  • Hold a Bachelor in Pharmacy from Beirut Arab University or from any official recognized university;
  • Completed 6 Pharmaco-therapeutics courses within a delay of maximum 5 years as well as all Pharmacy Practice courses offered by BAU or their equivalence;
  • Have graduated with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.
  • All students should pass an interview with the Pharm D committee of admission.

Degree requirements

What does the admissions committee consider?:
  • The admission committee take into consideration in addition to the requirements the professional behaviour and attitude of the applicant as well as his/her motivation behind entering the program. English language fluency is also considered.
  • How many are accepted?:
Between 20 and 25 students are enrolled in the Pharm D program each year.

Admission’s Date:
The admission opens every year from May till end of July.

Seven Advanced Professional Pharmacy Practice (APPP) experiences (21credits), that are organized as follows:

Six Advanced Professional Pharmacy Practice (APPP) experiences conducted at nominated hospitals (18 credits):

These are clinical clerkships during which each student is assigned to a medical team in different wards of a selected reputable teaching hospital. The student is under the supervision of a medical coordinator and a preceptor. Each student has to complete three major APPP experiences (9 credits) and three elective APPP experiences (9credits). The length of each APPP course is one month. Attendance is mandatory during these courses on a full time basis. Selection of the elective rotations is tailored according to availability of the services and vacancies at that specific time.

One Advanced Professional Pharmacy Practice experiences conducted at a nominated community pharmacy (3 credits):

This is a clinical clerkship that is conducted in a nominated reputable community pharmacy, where the student is under the direct supervision of a community pharmacist and a preceptor and his/her major tasks are accomplished within the pharmacy premises. The length of this APPP course is one month. Attendance is mandatory during this course on a full time basis.

An Advanced Clinical Pharmacokinetics course (3 credits): /h3>

This course is an application of pharmacokinetics principles for the rational design of dosage and drug monitoring regimens in order to optimize drug desired therapeutic response and to minimize adverse or toxic effects in individual patients. This course also provides the basic knowledge and understandings of the clinical pharmacokinetics for selected drugs used in various disease states.

An applied thesis (6 credits):

This course is an application of pharmacokinetics principles for the rational design of dosage and drug monitoring regimens in order to optimize drug desired therapeutic response and to minimize adverse or toxic effects in individual patients. This course also provides the basic knowledge and understandings of the clinical pharmacokinetics for selected drugs used in various disease states.

Hospitals

1- American University medical center (AUB MC)

It is a public teaching hospital that serves the community since 2000, with a capacity of 430 beds. RHUH provides academic training to physicians, nurses, pharmacists and dietitians. It deals with ministry of public health, social security national fund, private insurance companies and all other competent authorities that care in the Lebanese society health. RHUH delivers quality care to the population through integrated, evidence-based medical and health services, at an affordable, sustainable cost, thus serving patients from different economical backgrounds mainly those with low to medium income.

2- Rafik Hariri University Hospital (RHUH)

It is a public teaching hospital that serves the community since 2000, with a capacity of 430 beds. RHUH provides academic training to physicians, nurses, pharmacists and dietitians. It deals with ministry of public health, social security national fund, private insurance companies and all other competent authorities that care in the Lebanese society health. RHUH delivers quality care to the population through integrated, evidence-based medical and health services, at an affordable, sustainable cost, thus serving patients from different economical backgrounds mainly those with low to medium income.

3- Makassed General Hospital (MGH)

It is a teaching hospital founded in 1930 located in the heart of Beirut city. It is a member in the European Society for Bone Marrow Transplant. It provides medical services in various specialties with a capacity of 200 beds.  This hospital has cooperative agreements with the American University of Beirut, Beirut Arab University, and the Lebanese University and is committed to provide high quality training in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and several other specialties thus ameliorating the students’ knowledge and skills required for the provision of patient-centered care. It also cooperates academically as well as for research aspects with international institutions.

4-Al Zahraa University Hospital

It is a non-profit health care organization with the primary mission of offering high quality health care to all people. It is located in the heart of Beirut city. It has evolved through years to admit, in 2010, 17947 patients. It is affiliated with Balamand University, Lebanese University, Beirut Arab University and Lebanese International University. Its mission is focused on meeting the need of the community.

5-Hammoud Hospital University Medical Center (HHUMC)

HHUMC is a 325 beds facility located in the south region of Lebanon that treats more than 24000 patients/year. It is established in 1966. Since the hospital founding, it has been committed to training and mentoring the next generation of physicians, nurses and pharmacists. The hospital has clinical affiliations with Beirut Arab University, Lebanese American University, The Lebanese University and other university health programs in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and other medical specialty. It performed the first cardiac transplant operation in the Arab Middle East in 1999 and it’s ISO 9000:2001 certified since 2004 and have achieved the highest level of Lebanese Ministry of Health Hospital Accreditation.

6- Labib Medical Center

It is a medical center with a capacity of 125 beds that was founded in 1943. LMC serves the community through advanced patient-centered care as well as student education and medical research. It provides an opportunity for professional education and training to the students from various medical faculties including physicians, nurses and pharmacists. It’s ISO 9000:2001 certified, and is among the pioneer hospitals that implemented clinical pharmacy services on the ward.

Pharmacies

A number of well reputed and famous retail pharmacies are sharing in the program. The owner of each pharmacy is holding a Pharm.D. degree and is available at the training site for close supervision and student assistance.
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