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Undergraduate tracks

Undergraduate pharmacy degree tracks

Regular track

Most students take the regular track.

See the regular track program outline (in French only).

International Profile

Are you seeking a study abroad adventure? The International Profile is your passport to the world as part of an undergraduate pharmacy degree. A certain number of places are reserved for students who wish to complete a semester (12 credits) abroad at one of the faculty’s partner universities.

The International Profile is built in to your program and does not alter the length or the number of credits. Once you graduate, your diploma will specify “International Profile.” Study abroad takes place during the fall semester of the fourth phase.

Students selected should note the following:

  • Courses must be chosen from a list approved in advance by the program director
  • The International Office will award a travel scholarship of up to $3,000 per semester to cover expenses

Eligibility criteria

  • Students must: Have passed the compulsory courses in the first three years of an undergraduate pharmacy degree program
  • Still be working towards their undergraduate pharmacy degree program at the time of their travel abroad
  • Demonstrate knowledge of English (Advanced Level I) and, if required, Spanish (Intermediate Spanish II)
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.00 out of 4.33
  • Demonstrate an interest in study abroad along with the right personal skills
  • Be a Québec citizen or permanent resident
  • Submit their application in accordance with the posted instructions and deadlines

Application package

You must submit your application package to your program director’s office by the deadline. Be sure to include:

  • A letter explaining your interest in the International Profile program and your learning objectives, in the local language for your study abroad location
  • An up-to-date CV

Successful applicants must then provide, in addition:

  • An official transcript
  • Proof of language skills

More information

mobilite@pha.ulaval.ca

Program outline

See the International Profile program outline (in French only).

Partner universities

For the International Profile, the faculty has signed a student exchange protocol with seven partner universities in France and Chile.

Predeparture training

The International Office will invite successful applicants to a mandatory predeparture training session  to help them prepare for life outside Québec. Students will also be given information on various topics, including insurance, host country formalities, and registering at Université Laval.

Entrepreneurial Profile

Bring out the entrepreneur in you! Centred on project creation and management, the Entrepreneurial Profile will draw out and develop your entrepreneurial potential. You’ll have an opportunity to plan, manage, and execute a pharmacy-related project on your own or in a group, under the supervision of professionals you can rely on for support every step of the way.

The Entrepreneurial Profile is a 12-credit track built into the complementary courses for an undergraduate pharmacy degree. Once you graduate, your diploma will specify “Entrepreneurial Profile.”

Eligibility criteria

  • Students must: Be enrolled full time in an undergraduate pharmacy degree
  • Have earned at least 24 credits in their program
  • Have passed ENT-1010 Being Entrepreneurial: Passion for Creation and Action
  • Have a program GPA of at least 2.67 out of 4.33

Credits for the Entrepreneurial Profile are earned as follows:

  • ENT-1010 Being Entrepreneurial: Passion for Creation and Action (prerequisite – 3 credits)

    This introduction to entrepreneurship will develop your initiative and entrepreneurial thinking. You’ll hear entrepreneurs talk about their experience and learn about all the different types of entrepreneurship.
     
  • ENT-3000 Entrepreneurial Portfolio I (3 credits)
    ENT-3010 Entrepreneurial Portfolio II (3 credits)

    In these Entrepreneurial Portfolio courses, you’ll work on a project related to your area of study, create a network of contacts, and hone your entrepreneurial skills, all with one-on-one support from professionals at each step in your project. Under expert guidance, you’ll substantiate and develop your idea, fine tune the process, and develop a plan of action.
     
  • PHA-3111 Exploratory Project I (3 credits)

    This specialized course will draw a connection between entrepreneurship and your field of study.

Responsible for the entrepreneurial profile

Guy Verret
guy.verret@dgpc.ulaval.ca

Global Health Concentration

Expand your horizons, get involved in community projects, and share your know-how with healthcare professionals from different cultures. 

Students in the faculty can undertake for-credit internships abroad lasting ten weeks (six credits). They’ll work on pharmacy-related projects in emerging countries in Africa or Latin America. An information session is held in the fall semester in cooperation with the association for pharmacy students, Association générale des étudiants en pharmacie.

About the internships

Each internship is supervised by a faculty coordinator and a local manager from the host organization. They are usually offered in summer and must be at least eight weeks long in order to count. Students who participate earn at least six credits towards their program of study. A mandatory ten-day familiarization session is held at the site before the internship starts.

Eligibility criteria

Students must:

  • Have passed the compulsory courses in the first three years of an undergraduate pharmacy degree program
  • Still be working towards their undergraduate pharmacy degree program at the time of their travel abroad
  • Have a working knowledge of the local language
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.00 out of 4.33
  • Demonstrate an interest in study abroad along with the right personal skills
  • Submit their application in accordance with the posted instructions and deadlines

Application package

You must submit your application package to your program director’s office by the deadline. Be sure to include:

  • Your application form
  • A letter of interest in the International Internship program (about one page) including your preferred location, written in the primary local language (French, English, or Spanish)
  • An up-to-date CV

As soon as possible after being accepted, successful applicants must then also provide:

  • An official transcript
  • Proof of a working knowledge of the local language, if applicable

More information

mobilite@pha.ulaval.ca

Program outline

See the Global Health Concentration program outline (in French only)

Financial aid

All successful applicants are entitled to $2,000 in financial aid awarded by the International Office. They do not have to submit a scholarship application.

Current projects

Students participate in various projects in Nicaragua, Burkina Faso, Benin, Senegal, and Laos. 

Before you go

Once your application has been approved, the International Office  will send you a guide for interns. It contains everything you need to know as you prepare and explains what to do before, during, and after your internship. You will also be invited to planning meetings organized by your program director, the International Office, and sometimes the partner organization. 

Research Profile

The Research Profile is an introduction to pharmacy-related science literacy and research. This 12-credit track is personalized to help each student develop research skills by learning about the scientific method, the critical analysis of scientific papers, and scientific communication, and, most importantly, through hands-on participation in a scientific development project. These qualities and aptitudes are not only very important in your career as a pharmacist but also essential if you plan to continue on to a master’s in research or advanced pharmacotherapy in a healthcare facility. Information sessions are held in the fall semester of the first year of the program.

Once you graduate, your diploma will specify “Research Profile.”

Eligibility criteria

  • You must: Have earned at least 24 credits in your program of study
  • Have a program GPA of at least 2.67 out of 4.33

Enrolment

To enroll in the Research Profile, notify your program director by the start of the fall semester in the second year of the PharmD program (fourth semester).

Progression

The Research Profile includes two research internships: the first (Internship 1) during the second phase of your program and the second (Internship 2) during the fourth phase. Students on this track must also take a three-credit introduction to research course and a three-credit scientific communication course.

Research Profile coordinator

Frédéric Picard, Ph. D.
frederic.picard@pha.ulaval.ca

Program outline

See the Global Health Concentration program outline (in French only)

Testimonials

“The Research Profile completely changed my perception of basic research and research for healthcare. The outstanding instruction helped me grow personally and equipped me with knowledge that will serve me throughout my career. I recommend this profile to anyone seeking to learn more and understand the fundamentals of pharmacy and to anyone who plans to continue their education beyond the PharmD.”

Patricia Poulin, third year PharmD student

 

“The undergraduate pharmacy degree Research Profile introduces new students to the world of research. For me, it was a unique opportunity to meet researchers with a true passion for their topic and to learn more about the role pharmacists play in research. I recommend it to anyone eager to discover how research is building tomorrow’s world.”

François Métivier, third year PharmD student

Detailed course descriptions

PHA-1151 Introduction to Research (3 credits) (in French only)

Offered in the fall semester of the second year

There are two complementary components to this course. Through classroom participation you’ll learn about the scientific method and how it is used to solve problems in pharmaceutical sciences, about the critical analysis of research  work, and about scientific communication (oral and written). Through real-life examples, you’ll also learn about the methodology applied to the discovery and development of medications and how medications are used once they’ve been brought to market.

Visits to research centre laboratories and discussions on research as a profession help students become familiar with the various aspects of research and experience the energy and enthusiasm of faculty professors who talk about their background, current projects, and passion for research.

PHA-2171 Internship 1 (3 credits) (in French only)

Course spanning the winter and summer semesters of the second year

In this course students see how things work in a laboratory through direct contact with the practical side of research. Internship 1 offers ample opportunity to connect with researchers, research staff, and graduate students and introduces students to the research process and the critical analysis of scientific results.

To increase your exposure to various types of research, you’ll be asked to choose three active research settings within the faculty. In choosing, you may wish to consider presentations and documentation from the professors who teach the Introduction to Research course or any course offered by the faculty. You will join the research team in each of your chosen settings for a 15-hour rotation (3 x 15 hours = 45 hours) where you’ll spend more time observing than helping with experiments. Then you will switch to more active involvement in the experiments at one of your three chosen locations, for total of 45 more hours. 

PHA-3110 Internship 2 (3 credits) (in French only)

Offered in summer prior to the third or fourth year

Eight-week full-time internship in the summer following Internship 1. Only offered to students enrolled in the Research Profile. A similar experience may also count. You must have taken and passed PHA-2171 Internship 1. The internship must allow for the setup and full execution of real-life experiment techniques and for scientific communication in the form of an internship report written as a scientific paper. Immersion in a research team at an affiliated centre is also an excellent opportunity to jump right in to an exciting research environment that includes thought-provoking discussions and presentations. The internship also serves as a strong foundation for graduate study. Summer internship scholarships are available for this course. See the form and application deadline under the “Summer Research Internship for Undergraduates” tab.

Scientific communication course (3 credits)

Communicating results is an essential part of any researcher’s job and can be done orally at symposiums, in posters at conferences, or in scientific papers. With that in mind and to round out the Research Profile, students must also choose one of the following three-credit classes:

FRN-1914 Communication for Scientists (3 credits) (emphasis on syntax) (in French only)

COM-1500 Public Speaking (3 credits) (how to be an effective public speaker) (in French only)

COM-4060 Scientific Communication (3 credits) (science popularization) (in French only)

Sustainable Development Profile

The Sustainable Development Profile teaches the skills you need to address the issues facing society, sustainably. You’ll come away with tools that will help you find a job in line with your values.

Upon successful completion of the entire track, your Université Laval diploma will specify “Sustainable Development.”

Advantages: 

  • Showcase your professional abilities
  • Add value to your education
  • Broaden your skill set to play an active role in sustainable development

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for the Sustainable Development Profile, you must:

  • Be enrolled full time in an undergraduate pharmacy degree
  • Have earned at least 24 credits towards an undergraduate pharmacy degree
  • Have passed DDU-1000 Fundamentals of Sustainable Development
  • Have a program GPA of at least 2.67 out of 4.33

Progression

See the Progression for the Sustainable Development Profile (in French only)

Sustainable Development Profile coordinator

Daniel Forget, Operations Coordinator
418 656-2131, poste 7413
daniel.forget@dgpc.ulaval.ca

Program outline

See the Sustainable Development Profile program outline (in French only).

See the full description of the Sustainable Development Profile (in French only) on ulaval.ca.