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Pharmacist

Pharmacist

University

$ Min. 41,23$ / h
Max. 52,07$ / h

Description and Responsibilities

Pharmacists provide pharmaceutical care based on the needs of patients and according to rules of the profession, and this at the best possible cost. Their support in terms of education and information about medicines is essential in ensuring the effectiveness and safety of the care given to patients.

Pharmacists are healthcare professionals whose practice is governed by federal and provincial health laws and regulations, as well as by a code of ethics. Increasingly complex drug treatments and the increased role of drugs in the treatment of diseases make pharmacists indispensable to patients and healthcare professionals. 

Education and Training Requirements

To practice, pharmacists must hold an undergraduate degree and be members of the Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ).

  • Université Laval offers an entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program, which replaces the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree program. This program opens the door to practicing in a health institution
  • The Faculté de pharmacie de l’Université de Montréal offers an entry-level Doctor of Pharmacy program, which replaces the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree program. This program opens the door to practicing in a health institution

Both universities offer a master’s program in advanced drug therapy, allowing students to acquire and hone theoretical and practical skills and knowledge to be pharmacists in healthcare institutions.

Scholarships in advanced pharmacotherapy are offered to students under the scholarship program of the ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux. For more information, see Bourses en pharmacothérapie avancée page (in French only).

Required Interests, Skills and Personality Type

  • Must be a good communicator and listener
  • Must be responsible and organized
  • Must enjoy working in a team with colleagues and other professionals
  • Must have good summarizing and analytical skills
  • Must know how to observe and analyze situations and people
  • Must love contact with the public

Personality Type (RIASEC)

IES
  • I - Prefers studying, understanding and solving problems
  • E - Prefers supervising, making decisions and managing, influencing and persuading others
  • S - Prefers to be in contact with people and to help them

Work Environment

Pharmacists in the health and social services network work in: 

Pharmacists can also work in community or local pharmacies, which are independent or affiliated with chain stores. Note that Québec is the only place in North America where ownership of a pharmacy is exclusive to pharmacists.

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