Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy (MPharm)

Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy is offered by the College of Pharmacy, Gulf Medical University (GMU) in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), United States. The collaboration includes experts from CCAD and VCU contributing to the delivery of some courses. CCAD is also a site for certain speciality rotations including Parenteral Nutrition and Infectious Diseases.

MPharm in Clinical Pharmacy is a specialized degree not only advancing the Pharmacist to be a Clinical Pharmacist but also specializing in a student selected clinical area of focus. The advantage of being a clinical specialist with a chosen speciality course (3 credits), speciality rotation (4 credits) and research thesis on same speciality (6 credits) is a highlight of GMU MPharm Program.

GMU has been offering the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program since 2008. With 10 years of experience, it is now in a position to provide excellent Clinical Pharmacy training at the master level especially with its own teaching hospitals and clinics in the UAE. Thumbay group of teaching hospitals have diverse patients and trained clinical preceptors for high quality advanced experiential learning.

GMU, being one of the leading Medical Universities in the region, offers multi-professional clinical research opportunities that impact clinical practice and are published in high-quality international journals.

For working pharmacists, the study plan is flexible to complete all the courses in 4 or 5 semesters. All classes are in the evenings and/or weekends.

Who will benefit from the program

  • Pharmacists who seek to advance their careers as clinical pharmacists
  • Graduates of PharmD or BPharm to specialize in a clinical speciality
  • National and International pharmacists who would prefer to be trained by GMU-Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi-Virginia Commonwealth University experts and facilities
  • Pharmacists who wish to perform a multi-professional clinical research at GMU and affiliated institutions

Goals

The goals of the MPharm in Clinical Pharmacy program are;

  • Equip and enable Clinical Pharmacists to become change agents and to meet the challenges in a changing healthcare system in the country and deliver specialized patient-centered and evidence-based clinical pharmacy services.
  • Adopt national and international best practices in clinical pharmacy education.
  • Improve research productivity in clinical pharmacy and promote the professional development of pharmacists.
  • Enhance the quality of care to a specialized clinical level provided by graduates to the community it serves.
  • Encourage self-development and collaborative practice.

Outcomes

The Outcomes of the MPharm in Clinical Pharmacy is based on American College of Clinical Pharmacy competencies for Clinical Pharmacists with additional research outcome.

  1. Direct patient care
  2. Pharmacotherapy knowledge
  3. System-based care and population health
  4. Communication
  5. Professionalism
  6. Continuing professional development and
  7. Research

Study Plan

Name of the Program

Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy

Credit Hours

40

Min Semesters

3 Semesters

Max Semesters

8 Semesters

In Collaboration with

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, UAE and

Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Courses to be completed before Internship and Thesis

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Pre-requisites

MCP610

Pharmacy Practice Ethics & Law

2

-

MCP611

Advanced Clinical Pharmacokinetics

3

-

MCP612

Advanced Pharmacotherapy

3

-

MCP613

Evidence-based & Patient-centered Practice

1

-

MCP614

System-Based Care & Population Health

2

-

--

Specialization Course I (Elective)

3

-

--

Specialization Course II (Elective)

3

-

MCP620

Antimicrobial Stewardship

2

-

MCP621

Research Seminar & Biostatistics

2

Evidence-based & Patient-centered Practice

MCP630

Innovations in Pharmacy Practice

1

Pharmacy Practice Ethics & Law

Internship

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

MCP631

Ambulatory Care Pharmacy Rotation

4

MCP632

Critical Care Pharmacy Rotation

4

--

Specialization Rotation (Elective)

4

Thesis

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

MCP640

Thesis

6

Specialization courses (Two of the following to be selected)

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

MCP650

Advances in Cardiac Pharmacotherapy

3

MCP651

Parenteral Nutrition, IV Therapy & Sterile Preparation

3

MCP652

Advances in Infectious Disease Pharmacotherapy

3

MCP653

Advances in Renal Pharmacotherapy

3

MCP654

Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research

3

MCP655

Pharmacy Management

3

Specialization rotations (One of the following to be selected)

Rotation Code

Rotation Title

Credit Hours

MCP660

Cardiology Rotation

4

MCP661

Parenteral Nutrition Rotation

4

MCP662

Infectious Disease Rotation

4

MCP663

Nephrology Rotation

4

MCP664

Pharmacy Administration

4

General Admission Requirements

  • All applicants shall meet all criteria for admission into each program offered by the University as laid down in the Standards for Licensure and Accreditation published by the Ministry of Education (MOE)
  • All eligible applicants shall be selected on the basis of preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, motivation, and integrity.
  • All applicants shall first be screened for eligibility for the program applied for before being interviewed by the Program Director or Department Chair.
  • The applicant shall be a graduate of an accredited Pharmacy school in the UAE or a graduate from an accredited pharmacy school outside the UAE
  • The Admission Committee shall interview the individuals for their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, motivation, and integrity.
  • No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin or disability status.
  • The University shall develop and set additional admission requirements for each program with input from respective program faculty members.
  • The University shall require the submission of official transcripts of credit earned from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
  • Students from outside the country are required to complete the following steps in their countries where they completed their schooling before submitting the application to the Ministry of Education in Dubai, UAE;
    • Ministry of Education attestation stamped on their original school documents: Grades 10, 11 and 12 transcripts and Certificate/Diploma or undergraduate degree.
    • Ministry of Foreign Affairs attestation stamped on their original school documents.
    • UAE Embassy attestation stamped on original school documents.
    • In the UAE, students from outside the country are required to attest their original school documents from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before submitting their application to the Ministry of Education in UAE. 

Specific Admission Requirements

The following are the minimum requirements for admission into the Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy Program at GMU.  The candidate must show the capability to pursue an academic career and research. Minimum requirements include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy (BPharm, BSc, or PharmD) from a University/Institute recognized by UAE
  • A valid Ministry of Health license from UAE as a Pharmacist is preferable
  • Distinct undergraduate performance GPA of 3 on a 4-point scale, or equivalent grade (“B”)
  • English language proficiency test score of TOEFL 550 and IELTS 6.0 or any other standardized internationally recognized test approved by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA), Ministry of Education – Higher Education Affairs, UAE  

Required Documents: 

  • Attested copy of the baccalaureate degree
  • Equivalency Certificate of the baccalaureate degree from the Ministry of Education, UAE
  • Passport copy and Emirates ID Card (if UAE Resident)
  • Valid English Proficiency Scoresheet (EmSAT/IELTS/TOEFL etc.)
  • Passport-size Photographs x 15
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two Reference Letter

Graduates can advance their career as:

  • Specialized Clinical Pharmacists in Hospitals and Clinics
  • Pharmacy Administrators at Hospitals, Clinics, or Pharmacies
  • Clinical staff at Pharmaceutical Industries, e.g., medical affairs
  • Teaching Staff and specialty Preceptor at Universities
  • Clinical Consultants at the Ministry of Health
  • Research Staff at Clinical Organizations