Diploma of Pre-Pharmacy Sciences

Program description

Osler Education’s Diploma of Pre-Pharmacy Sciences program provides aspiring pharmacy school students with the prerequisites required for attending international pharmacy schools. This program plays an important, intermediary role in a student's educational path. We enable our students to partake in greater learning opportunities through our Diploma Pre-Pharmacy Sciences program. Our knowledgeable and professional instructors not only educate but also tutor and advise students throughout the course of their study. Students are instructed based on a rigorous curriculum, which will set a solid foundation for students to build upon in their future studies.

Semester 1

  • Calculus
  • This course serves as an introduction to the fundamental concepts of calculus and their applications. It covers limits, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, applications of the derivative, integration and application of the definite integral. The course consists of lectures and a recitation.

  • General Chemistry
  • This course will introduce basic concepts in physical and inorganic chemistry.

  • Foundation Biology
  • This course aim to explain the role of macromolecules in the organization of cells and the compartmentalization of metabolic reactions, as well as the role of the cell cycle with regards to inheritance.

  • Pharmaceutical Terminology
  • This course is designed to further students understanding with pharmaceutical terminology used by healthcare professionals and pharmacists. This course is aimed to ensure that students will learn to recognize word roots, prefixes and suffixes used in medical language today. Additionally, students will learn how to combine words used in medical conditions as well as comprehend their definition and know the correct spelling.

  • Community Health and Wellness I
  • Throughout this course, students are taught how to screen for important health risk indicators as well as the importance of carrying out preventive screening tests. Students apply these skills towards patients at various voluntary community health screenings and wellness seminars.

Semester 2

  • Organic Chemistry I
  • This course will introduce students to the structural and physical characteristics of organic compounds. Furthermore, this course will touch upon reactions of various compounds and will be further examined during the second semester of organic chemistry. This course will allow students to understand and apply basic foundations of organic chemical reactions and properties to complex problems.

  • Cell Biology and Histology
  • This course develops the necessary understanding of how the cell functions at the cellular, organelle and molecular levels. Students are exposed to a wide variety of topics, such as cell structures and their functions, membrane transport, signal transduction, DNA replication and repair, transcription, translation, regulation of gene expression. Additional topics include replication and transcription of the genome; regulation of the cell cycle and mitosis; protein biosynthesis and membrane targeting; cell motility and the cytoskeleton; signal transduction; nerve and muscle function. Lectures also deal with signal transduction processes and cellular functions that are required for cell growth and programmed cell death.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • This course covers the basics of human anatomy and physiology including anatomical terminology, basic biochemistry, cells and tissues, and the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine,cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Students will be introduced to common human disease processes.

  • Physics I
  • This course focuses on linear kinematics, work, power and energy, momentum and a brief introduction to heat, thermodynamics and sound. It is designed for students to understand the basic principles of mechanics, heat and sound.

  • Community Health and Wellness II
  • Throughout this course, students are taught how to screen for important health risk indicators as well as the importance of carrying out preventive screening tests. Students apply these skills towards patients at various voluntary community health screenings and wellness seminars.

Semester 3

  • Organic Chemistry II
  • This is an advanced course in structure and reactivity of functional groups (aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds, carbohydrates, organ metallic compounds, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines and amino acids).

  • Microbiology
  • This course covers the basic principles of microbiology, including classification and taxonomy, microbial physiology and genetics, genetic engineering, control of microorganisms through the use of physical and chemical agents, antibiotics, host-parasite relationships, and epidemiological concepts. Bacterial, fungal, and viral infectious organisms are all represented in this series.

  • Introduction to Pharmacology
  • During this course, students will be introduced to the effects and uses of drugs. Students will learn about the therapeutic use and origin of drugs as well as the properties and reactions.

  • Physics II
  • This course is a continuation of Physics I. Students will get an introduction to basic principles of electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, alternating current, electric fields and optics.

  • Community Health and Wellness III
  • Throughout this course, students are taught how to screen for important health risk indicators as well as the importance of carrying out preventive screening tests. Students apply these skills towards patients at various voluntary community health screenings and wellness seminars.

The objective of the Pre-Pharmacy Sciences program is to facilitate an accessible pathway for pre-pharmacy students to complete the accelerated diploma program and lead onto their future educational path in medicine by studying at international pharmacy schools.

The Diploma of Pre-Pharmacy Sciences program is a three-semester lecture style program. The program consists of three 14-week semesters (42 weeks total) and students earn a total of 150 credits upon completion of the program. It is recommended that notes are taken during class and the Instructors will provide a list of recommended textbook that will be required for the program. The textbook will be a useful source to follow and even after the courses are complete. Students will undergo various testing methods including quizzes, tests, midterm exams, final exams and assignments.

This program is for aspiring pharmacy school students who would like to get an in-depth knowledge and foundation as well as get the require prerequisites to attend an international pharmacy school. This program plays an important intermediary role in a student’s educational path. We enable our students to partake in greater learning opportunities provided through the program.

What are the registration requirements?
  • Completed application form

  • Official transcript(s) from high-school or post-secondary school with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 (“B” grade)

  • Color photograph of the applicant

  • Resume or Personal Statement. A personal statement is summary of the students’ interests, goals, personal attributes, etc. that can classify the student as a suitable candidate for the program of their interest. Please limit personal statements to 500 words.

  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, professor, employer, work/volunteer supervisor or any professional individual that is not personally related with the applicant.

  • Proof of English proficiency (IELTS – 6.0 or better); if applicable.

What credential will be awarded upon completion of the Program

Upon successful completion of all academic and financial obligations, students will receive a Diploma of Pre-Pharmacy Sciences.

Program delivery

This program is available in-class and through distance education (online).

  • Fee $225
  • Duration 42 weeks
  • Credit 180
  • Semester 3