Canadian faculties (schools) of pharmacy are actively engaged in the advancement and
restructuring of their programs in response to the shift in pharmacy to pharmacists
having/assuming an advanced practitioner role. Unfortunately, there is a paucity of
evidence outlining optimal strategies for accomplishing this task. This review explores
several educational changes proposed in the literature to aid in the advancement of
pharmacy education such as program admission requirements, critical-thinking assessment
and teaching methods, improvement of course content delivery, value of interprofessional
education, advancement of practical experiential education, and mentorship strategies.
Collectively, implementation of these improvements to pharmacy education will be crucial
in determining the direction the profession will take.