Aptitude and attitude
Students seeking to enter the Pharmacy program must have an interest in health and a desire to assist individuals, groups and populations in improving and enhancing health status, through the effective management of drug and other therapies. They must demonstrate sensitivity, compassion, integrity, and concern for others. Students must have the cognitive abilities to understand and develop the theoretical knowledge and technical expertise to work collaboratively as part of a team with their peers, clients, staff and colleagues. Students must have the capacity to develop leadership, management and supervisory skills. They must be willing to comply with the standards and requirements set by the program and the profession of Pharmacy to ensure patient safety.
Information gathering/sensory skills
Students must be able to participate in learning situations that require skill in gathering and remembering information about a patient, a client, a group, an organization, a community or the population in the course of an assessment. This information is normally acquired through observing, listening, talking to others and by gathering information from charts, reports, the literature, and other written material. The student must be able to observe a patient and acquire visual, auditory and tactile information.
Students must be able to speak, hear and observe (aided or unaided) patients, staff, clients, health professionals and others in order to effectively and efficiently elicit information, describe mood, activity, and posture, and perceive non-verbal communication. Students must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients, families, clients, other health professionals, staff and others, in small and large groups and to maintain confidentiality.
Critical thinking and cognitive skills
Students must demonstrate the cognitive skills and memory necessary to measure, calculate, and reason in order to analyze, integrate and synthesize information. They must have the capacity to be able to understand and use complex medical, scientific and technical information. Students must be able to accurately recognize numbers and perform relevant calculations. These comprehensive problem solving activities must be done in an acceptable time frame relative to their peers; proficiency in practice is determined both by accuracy and by completion of tasks within specified time frames. Students also need to be able to demonstrate the ability to accurately assess their performance to further direct their learning by engaging in self-reflection.
Psychomotor / Physical skills
Students must demonstrate sufficient motor function to safely perform some aspects of physical examination on a patient (e.g., blood pressure measurement, taking a temperature). The examination must be done independently and in a timely fashion..
Students must consistently demonstrate the emotional health required for full use of their intellectual abilities, in the context of the physical, emotional, and mental demands of the program. Students must demonstrate adaptability to changing environments and the ability to function and respond effectively in situations of high stress and potential conflict. They must be comfortable working in close proximity with colleagues and clients. The development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients, families, staff and others is also required. Students must consistently demonstrate the emotional resilience and balance to manage a myriad of emotionally charged or ethically challenging scenarios that frequently arise in all work settings.