Nova Scotia College of Pharmacy

The evolution of the College of Pharmacy

1908: Formal pharmacy education began with evening classes at the Nova Scotia Technical College.

1911: The Nova Scotia College of Pharmacy was born, with a September enrolment of six students. It originally offered a one-year program that led to a Diploma in Pharmacy.

1912: The Nova Scotia College of Pharmacy became affiliated with Dalhousie University. Classes were held in the Forrest Building. A four-year Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy was introduced and the diploma program was phased out.

1917: The New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Society joined in the operation of the college and the name was changed to the Maritime College of Pharmacy.

1920s: Classes moved to the Medical Sciences Building on College Street.

1950: The Prince Edward Island Pharmaceutical Association joined in the operation of the college.

1960: Classes moved to the Education Building at the corner of Coburg Road and Oxford Street (no longer standing).

1961: The Maritime College of Pharmacy was incorporated into Dalhousie University as the College of Pharmacy and part of the newly created Faculty of Health Professions.

1968: The College of Pharmacy relocated to its present location in the Medical Sciences Building on College Street. The building was renamed in honour of George A. Burbidge, the first dean of Pharmacy, for his contribution to pharmacy education in the Maritimes. This facility now accommodates approximately 360 students.

1972: The first of several twelve-month hospital residency programs was initiated.

Modern day

Undergraduate: The current undergraduate curriculum uses an integrated problem-based learning (PBL) format. The emphasis has shifted from the sciences to drug information, patient care and clinical pharmacy.

Graduate: In the fall of 2010, the Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences program began accepting students. This marked the reintroduction of the graduate program, which saw 43 students awarded Masters degrees and eight students awarded doctoral degrees between 1970 and 1997.

It's Interesting

  • Lindsay Cann Gardner (December 27, 1875 – August 23, 1938) was a druggist and political figure in Nova Scotia, Canada. He represented Yarmouth County in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly from 1928 to 1938 as a Liberal member.
    He was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia...
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