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Welcome to the University of Sharjah Welcome to The University of Sharjah (UOS), a University that provides first class education to students from the UAE, Arab countries, and students from around the globe. 04 10 12 Future Opportunities Admission Requirements College of Pharmacy The University of Sharjah offers academic programs in a broad range of disciplines that truly define it as a worldclass university. Programs cover an impressive range of fields and scope including the arts, humanities and social sciences, Islamic studies and Sharia law, international and civil law, communications and the media, the sciences, business, engineering and architecture, fine arts and design, medicine, pharmacy, dental medicine, health sciences and community college programs. Studying at the University of Sharjah, a prominent and comprehensive university, offers many advantages. You will be exposed to numerous course and program options that will allow you to combine disciplines so that you may participate actively in addressing both today’s challenges and those of the future. You will also enjoy the flexibility of choosing from a wide range of options the program that best matches your talents, aptitude and interests. Lastly, at the University of Sharjah, you will experience a wonderful journey of self-discovery and learning that will bring your best abilities to the forefront. Contents 1 2 3 4 5 5.1 5.2 The College of Pharmacy Bachelor of Pharmacy Future Opportunities Admission Requirements Graduate Studies Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctor of Pharmacy 3 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

The College of Pharmacy The College of Pharmacy aims to graduate highly competent pharmacists who can make a positive change in the community through proper pharmaceutical practices and improving healthcare services. Our education is provided according to international standards, while maintaining the traditions and identity of the UAE society. The College of Pharmacy was established in 2004 and since then has witnessed and continues to cross important milestones in its academic and infrastructural development. We provide specialty laboratories tailored to hands-on training for pharmacy students, in addition to computer-simulation based learning. Future plans include a state-of-theart research building, well-equipped research and media laboratories, and a hospital for clinical training. VISION The vision of the College of Pharmacy is to achieve excellence in pharmaceutical education, research and services to the society and profession and to be recognized in the region for offering a comprehensive pharmacy program of the highest quality that prepares students to meet the health challenges of today and tomorrow. MISSION The College of Pharmacy is committed to: providing its students with pharmacy education and learning of the highest quality; promoting the personal, social, academic and career growth of pharmacy students to prepare them for leadership roles in the pharmaceutical care system in Sharjah and the UAE; contributing to the enhancement of human health through engagement in discovery; and the development of new drugs and drug delivery systems. 4

GOALS • Provide a creative program for pharmacy students that prepares them with the attitudes, knowledge and skills to ensure their competency and recognition in the pharmacy profession. • Equip pharmacy students with professional skills to optimize their interaction with healthcare providers, patients and the society. • Prepare pharmacy students to be capable of understanding themost advanced technologies and researchdiscoveries. • Contribute to the progress of the pharmacy profession through effective engagement and collaboration with other institutions, organizations and authorities in the public and private pharmacy sectors. PROGRAM OUTCOMES The pharmacy program curriculum is structured to result in a set of clear and concise competency-based outcomes based on high international standards. These outcomes define what graduates of the program are able to do as a result of acquired knowledge, skills, and attitudes during their educational program. Competency outcomes are structured around the following six domains: • Knowledge • Ethics and professionalism • Interpersonal and communication skills • Evidence-based practice and lifelong learning • Effective, safe and economic pharmaceutical care • Principles of multidisciplinary research knowledge DEPARTMENTS: The College of Pharmacy consists of three cluster departments, which in addition to their academic roles, provide extensive services to healthcare organizations, institutions, government agencies and the industry. Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapeutics • The department combines two integrative units; the pharmacology & the pharmacy practice. • The Department’s mission is to enhance the international stature of the College and of the UOS by combining high quality teaching with internationally recognized research. • The department supports the College of Pharmacy’s vision by providing an education to students that enables them to acquire in-depth expertise in the pharmaceutical, social/ economic management, and related sciences. Our students are provided with a deep knowledge and understanding of optimum drug use, drug abuse, adverse drug reactions, drug-drug interactions and the concept of personalized medicine. • Modern teaching methodologies like problem-based learning (PBL) and team-based learning (TBL) are used within the department. Department of Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Technology Today medicines are becoming more complex as advances are made in protein therapy, genomics and drug delivery systems therefore the mission of our department is to provide modern undergraduate pharmacy education by combining science, technology, professional training and personal growth and development. We prepare students to have the academic knowledge, practical experience, andprofessional values of apharmacist. The department faculty members model the values, ethics, and attitudes of the pharmacy profession for their students and are committed to helping each student meet his or her career objectives in the pharmaceutical sciences. Department of Medicinal Chemistry The overarching mission of the medicinal chemistry department is to create new knowledge for the discovery and design of new pharmaceutical drugs. Our graduate students receive a diverse educational experience at the interface between chemistry and biology that prepares them for the evolving multidisciplinary research of the drug design and discovery arena. The department offers many organic chemistry courses and many medicinal chemistry courses related to qualitative and QSAR, drug design, discovery and development. Furthermore, the department offers many courses in regard to many disease states e.g. CNS, endocrine, infectious, cancer…etc diseases. 5 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

Pharmacy Bachelor in The Bachelor of Pharmacy program consists of a five-year program of study. The program equips students with the basic science knowledge needed to understand applications of drug therapy and management of diseases in the practical world. Graduates also become versed in the skills needed to practice their profession according to the laws and regulations of the country in an ethical manner and in the best interest of the patient. UNPARALLELED RESOURCES Laboratory Facilities Laboratory facilities in the College of Pharmacy are equipped with high quality state-of-the art equipment necessary for experimental work in teaching, learning and research. All laboratories are supervised by highly qualified and well-trained lab assistants and technicians. In addition to actual experimental practicals, instructors utilize a number of software simulators for pharmacy labs. The Model Pharmacy Amodel pharmacy resembling a real community pharmacy is available in building M23 and is used to train students in the principles of medication dispensing, communication skills and patient counseling. The model pharmacy room is equipped with multimedia systems including computers, video cameras and sound capabilities. Students act out scenarios where 6

they encounter sick patients with special needs, pharmacists taking care of patients and physicians communicating with pharmacists. The scenarios get taped and then played back to class so that students may analyze their own behavioral interactions and determine ways to improve communication in such scenarios. In essence, this room is a student’s window to the real world while studying pharmacy. PROGRAM OF STUDY Competency outcomes acquired in the various courses will help students attain basic knowledge in the pharmaceutical and clinical sciences and enable them to integrate this knowledge with the practical skills needed to offer pharmaceutical care for patients. Graduates will acquire analytical thinking processes that help them communicate within multidisciplinary teams and in making evidence-based decisions about the safe, effective and economic utilization of medications in the management and prevention of disease. As students progress through these courses, they make a transition from dependent to active self-directed learners who behave professionally according to the ethical principles governing pharmaceutical practice in their care of patients and in dealing with other professionals. Students are also introduced to different researchmethods used in conducting research projects, along with drug information resources available in conducting research projects and in providing patient care. PROGRAM OUTCOMES Upon completion of the five-year Bachelor’s Degree Program in Pharmacy, students will have acquired a broad base of pharmacy knowledge, values and skills. Our College offers challenging, interesting and intellectually stimulating study programs that serve to develop a student’s ability to apply their knowledge and understanding in the practice of pharmacy. Additionally, students will be trained under appropriate modern methods of teaching and learning and acquire the ability to solve pharmacy problems in order to provide quality pharmaceutical care. 7 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

Students in our program: • Acquire a broad base of pharmacy knowledge, understanding and skills. • Find their program of study demanding, interesting and intellectually stimulating. • Develop the ability to apply knowledge and understanding in the pharmacy practice. • Experience appropriate modern methods of teaching, learning and assessment. • Gain the ability to solve pharmacy problems and are able to perform competent pharmacy services. • Develop a range of transferable skills, including knowledge of information technology, independent learning, verbal and written communication, time management, and presentation and teamwork skills. • Gain an appreciation of the needs of the pharmacy industry and an awareness of recent developments in pharmacy, facilitated by staff involvement in research and consultancy and the involvement of professionals in the teaching programs. • Develop an appreciation and understanding of the ethical and social issues related to pharmacy. AFTER GRADUATION Graduates from the College of Pharmacy are qualified to directly improve the quality of people’s lives and make a difference in society. They are committed to the challenge of lifelong learning that will lead to a prestigious and fulfilling profession with a good income. 8

Former and Current Student Opinions: “ Not only were the professors teaching us academics, they taught us life lessons for which we will always be grateful. ” Rahaf Alhirsh - Graduate 2021 “ The College of Pharmacy helped guide my ambitions and chart a path for my desire to come true one day. ” Amer El Sherbini - Graduate 2020 In my five years, there was never a dull moment. It had its highs and lows, as any university experience does, but I can say mine had a lot of highs. Jood Hamdoun - Graduate - 2021 Success Rates Over the past two years 80% of our graduates have passed the national boards on their first attempt. The same percentage has secured jobs in various pharmaceutical sectors. 9 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

Future Opportunities EXPERTISE DEVELOPMENT The various general and pharmaceutical skills, knowledge and experiences acquired through the Bachelor of Pharmacy program at the University of Sharjah provide graduates with a variety of career opportunities including: • Community pharmacy • Hospital pharmacy • Clinical pharmacy • Pharmacy consultant • Pharmaceutical industry • Academia and graduate studies • Government & regulatory work • Nuclear pharmacy • Research THE WORK PLACE Community pharmacists practice medication dispensing, drug compounding and preparation, and patient counseling on the appropriateness of their drug treatments. They also provide advice to patients on the management of minor ailments. In the hospital, pharmacists dispense medications for both in-patients and out-patients. A clinical pharmacist in the hospital is involved in critical decisions about patient treatment; many doctors depend on pharmacists to check the doses of medications so that medications do not cause harm to the patient and to ensure the most beneficial effects of medications. Some doctors employ pharmacists to help them do these activities in their clinics or consult with them upon demand. Oncology pharmacists are involved in preparing chemotherapeutic medications, checking the appropriateness of treatments and medication doses, and making sure patients are able to tolerate medications. Pharmacists in general are involved in drug regulation and control; they make sure appropriate drugs are registered within a country, and that these medications are pure and are from reliable sources. They serve on committees that pass laws and regulations about the appropriate use, storage, and handling of medications and the pharmacies and the pharmacists themselves. Pharmacists may seek employment in the pharmaceutical industry, at companies as researchers and consultants, and in drug development, sales and marketing. Some pharmacists choose to work at drug information and poison control centers where they provide information to the community and other health professionals about medications, poisons, toxic substances and drug abuse. Graduates seeking a career in academia may work in colleges or universities where they may teach students, be involved in research, and offer educational programs to other pharmacists in the community. 10

We are here to help There are plenty of faculty, staff and pharmacy students on hand at the University of Sharjah to help new students. Do not hesitate to contact the Student Service Offices if you need any assistance. GRADUATE STUDIES Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences The study and practice of Pharmacy has expanded considerably over the last few years due to the growth of the health care system and pharmaceutical industry. In line with this, the COP is offering a MASTER OF PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES program. The academic aim of the program is to prepare students for professional roles in the area of pharmacy, with the knowledge and skills to advance the discipline from the academic, research and practical standpoints. The M. Pharm. Sci. program will prepare the students to address the current and future challenges in disciplines such as patient care, pharmaceutical industry, health promotion, research and development, management and investment in drug industry, and academic positions. The intent is also to prepare students to engage in independent and collaborative research in academic, governmental and applied life science contexts. During this educative process, students will participate in knowledge generation and improvement, research synthesis, and knowledge/technology transfer. The proposed Master program is thesis-dependent program, which includes both courses and thesis. After the initial general study during the first semester, students select one of three concentrations; Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics or Medicinal Chemistry. A completion of 33 credits is required for the completion of the program. The course work includes 12 credit hours of general compulsory courses, 12 credit hours of specialized courses, and 9 credit hours of master thesis. Master in Pharmaceutical Sciences Goals 1. Provide students with advanced knowledge and experimental techniques in research in the field of pharmaceutical sciences. 2. Train students and enhance their ability to analyze and interpret data, design and conduct research in their field of expertise and apply analytical and critical thinking in reviewing literature 3. Develop students’ ability to effectively communicate scientific information both orally and in writing to scientists and non-scientists. 4. Provide a challenging and innovative learning environment so as to prepare the students for further advanced graduate or professional programs or scientific careers in the pharmaceutical industries. 5. Develop the students’ ability to engage in life-long learning and exhibit professionalism with the highest ethical standards. 6. Foster problem-solving and decision-making skills applied to facilitate employment in scientific careers that contributes to the growth and development of the society. 11 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D) Pharmacy is becoming a key player in primary and preventive health care. The study and practice of pharmacy have evolved and expanded considerably over the years due to the exponential growth of the health care and pharmaceutical industry. Considering the facts related to the shortage in the qualified pharmaceutical scientists worldwide, to keep up with the developments of various pharmacy fields in the UAE and across the Gulf region, the CoP proposes a program of doctor of pharmacy (Pharm.D). The academic aim of the program is to prepare students for professional roles in the area of pharmacy, with the knowledge and skills to advance the discipline from the academic, research, and practical standpoints. The Pharm. D programwill prepare the students to address the current and future challenges in disciplines such as patient care, health promotion, research and development, management and investment in patient health, and academic positions. The intent is also to prepare students to engage in independent and collaborative clinical and outcomes research. During this educative process, students will participate in knowledge generation and improvement, and knowledge/technology transfer to the healthcare system. There is only one Graduate Pharm. D program offered in the UAE, the existence of COP within the medical & Health Sciences campus of the UOS and having the Sharjah Institute of Medical & Health Sciences Research inside this campus will make the program highly attractive for pharmacy graduates looking for graduate patient care related programs. PharmD Program Goals • Provide students with advanced knowledge and techniques in clinical related and outcomes research. Train students and enhance their ability to providing pharmaceutical care to patients and promoting public health. • Develop student›s ability to effectively communicate scientific information both orally and in writing to provide drug information and education. • Provide a challenging and innovative learning environment to prepare the students for further advanced graduate or professional programs or scientific careers in the clinical pharmacy and pharmacy practice. • Develop the students› ability to engage in life-long learning and exhibit professionalism with the highest ethical standards. Foster problem-solving and decisionmaking skills applied to facilitate employment in scientific careers that contribute to the growth and development of society. Program Description The Pharm.D curriculum is designed to produce a scientifically and technically competent pharmacist who can apply this education in such a manner as to provide maximum health care services to patients. During the two years at UoS, students will complete a total of 72 semester hours of credit: 18 hours in required courses during the first year (Fall semester), and 18 credit hours during the spring semester of the first year. A total of 36 credit hours in clinical/experiential education has to be completed by every registered student in the second year of the program. 12

Certified Activities • The College of Pharmacy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, offers accredited lectures, seminars, workshops and short term diplomas in various pharmaceutical fields. Future Pharmacists’ Day • “The Future Pharmacists’ Day” is held annually and is a memorable day filled with enjoyable science, social and sports games, competitions, and activities, plus tasty food enjoyed by students, faculty and staff. White Coat Ceremony • The White Coat Ceremony is held annually to welcome new students entering the College of Pharmacy. 13 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

Admission Requirements BACHELOR DEGREE MAKING THE GRADE On competitive basis, students with a minimum overall average of 85% on the UAE Secondary School Scientific Certificate or its equivalent, as approved by the Ministry of Education, may apply for admission to the College of Pharmacy. IGCSE, GCSE, GCE Students are required to present a certificates indicating a minimum of 12 years of schooling. All applicants must have taken the following subjects at the GCSE level with a minimum grade of (BBCCC) or above in any order: Biology (or Human Biology), Chemistry, English Language, Mathematics (or additional Mathematics or Statistics), Physics. Two A-level grades (B & C) in Biology and Chemistry. American-Style High School Students must have passed grades (10, 11, and 12) and taken a minimum of five (5) subjects in each grade with a minimum grade point average B. Only subjects classified as academic are considered in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average (CGPA). ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TESTS All new students applying to the College of pharmacy are required to obtain a passing score on one of the English language proficiency exams recognized by the University of Sharjah. Students may take the institutional TOEFL exam at the University of Sharjah upon registration and must achieve a minimum score of 500. The University of Sharjah also accepts a minimum of 61 on the international iBT TOEFL (Internet-based exam), or a minimum of 5.0 on the academic IELTS exam provided that the student’s test score certificate is still in effect. 14

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS Students in the clinical programs are required be immunized for tuberculosis (TB) and Hepatitis B and will have the opportunity to arrange for vaccinations at the University. Students are encouraged, however, to arrange for their own vaccinations and to provide appropriate documentation as proof of immunization. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS The five years degree in B. Pharm comprises 170 credit hours of study made up as follows: • University Requirements: 24 credit hours, which are composed of: - Compulsory Courses: 18 credit hours - University Elective Courses: 6 credit hours • College Requirements: 146 credit hours Period of Study: • The Bachelor Degree in Pharmacy may be completed in a minimum of eight (10) semesters. • Students may not exceed the maximum period of study (15 semesters) in the College of Pharmacy. • Students in the program are required to maintain a minimum GPA average of no less than 2.00. In order to graduate, students are required to complete all other study plan requirements. MASTER IN PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES The College of Pharmacy only offers programs on the University of Sharjah main campus. The proposed M. Pharm program will be offered on the main campus of the University of Sharjah . ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS • The student must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a recognized university with a CGPA of 3.00 out of 4.00. Students with a CGPA between 2.5 and 2.99 may be admitted conditionally. • The degree must be in a major that qualifies the student to study the Master’s program. •Students inprograms taught inEnglishmustobtain550ontheTOEFL (PBT) (shouldbetakeninsidetheuniversity),79onthe TOEFL (IBT) (outside theuniversity), or6on IELTS (Academic). For theAppliedSociologyandLawprograms, thestudentmust obtain450onTOEFL(PBT)(shouldbetakeninsidetheuniversity),45-46ontheTOEFL(IBT)(outsidetheuniversity),or4.5onIELTS. PHARM. D DEGREE The Pharm. D is available to students who meet the requirements for admission. Every candidate student must pass the Placement Examination conducted by the college of pharmacy for evaluation of the candidate’s background in pharmaceutical sciences. Candidates with deficiencies will be required to take, within the first year, all remedial courses for which no credit will be given towards the Pharm. D degree. MASTER IN PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES As Per the University requirements for graduate degrees, a candidate to be admitted into the Pharm. D programmust fulfill the followingminimumrequirements: • To hold a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from a UAE-recognized university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3 out of 4 or its equivalence. • The undergraduate degree must have been achieved by attending no less than 75% of the required period. Students with degrees obtained by distance learning will not be considered. - To achieve the required English Proficiency score. A minimum of 550 in TOEFL or 6 in IELTS (or its equivalence) is required. A student may be admitted conditionally if he/she obtained 530 points or better on the TOEFL provided that the student must enroll in an English language course and receive a TOEFL score of 550 at the end of his first semester of study. The student will be expelled from the program if these two conditions are not met. • The student must submit a letter of approval by his/her employer if he/she is employed. 15 UNIVERSITY OF SHARJAH - COLLEGE OF PHARMACY

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