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Bachelor of Pharmacy (PharmD) Program- Credit Hour System

Details of the Academic Program

Degree awarded to graduates:

The Cairo University Council grants the Bachelor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree at the request of the Faculty of Pharmacy’s Board in accordance with the credit hours system.

Qualification for higher academic degrees:

The Bachelor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree is the first undergraduate degree in pharmacy required to obtain a license to practice the profession in all available pharmacy fields.

System of study:

  • The duration of study in the program is five academic years (five levels over ten semesters) according to the credit hours system and an advanced training year (Residency) in professional places (5 + 1), in addition to 100 actual hours initial field training in private or government pharmacies or hospital pharmacies that takes place during the summer holidays after the end of the third level and before the beginning of the final year of training.
  • Each level (year) is divided into two semesters (fall and spring). Some courses may be offered in a summer semester of intensive study.
  • The credit hour is a unit of measurement equivalent to a weekly theoretical study hour or a practical lesson of not less than two hours per week and taught over one semester.
  • The program includes 175 credit hours in addition to 6 credit hours of university requirements. The student should study 4 elective courses (8 credit hours) in the last two levels to be selected from the list of offered elective courses. (Link to Academic Courses Tables)
  • Learning is through theoretical lectures, panel discussions, practical lessons, workshops, field training, research, and presentations, as well as cooperation with the community around the University.

Academic Advising:

The Faculty assigns an academic adviser from the faculty staff to each group of students to carry out the tasks of care and guidance and who is responsible for the student in scientific, social and psychological affairs and guides him/her in all matters related to their university life in addition to helping students choose the courses from the list of courses offered by the faculty in each semester.


  • The student must personally register the courses that he/she wishes to study in each semester.
  • To register the course, the student must have successfully passed the registration requirement (pre-requisite) for this course.
  • The student must complete the registration form at the specified times according to the university calendar announced for each semester.
  • The student is not allowed to register late for the specified times, except with a compulsory excuse accepted by the Dean of the Faculty provided that the period of delay is not more than a week from the end of the registration period.

Academic load:

  • The academic load is the number of credit hours that the student registered in one semester.
  • The academic load should not be less than 12 credit hours and not more than 22 credit hours, and the study load for students with poor academic performance (GPA <1 should not exceed 12 credit hours.
  • The maximum academic load in the summer semester is 10 credit hours.

Add, Drop and Withdrawal:

  • The student can, after completing the registration procedure, add or drop to his credit hours one or more courses in any semester provided that this is within the periods specified according to the faculty calendar announced for each semester taking into account the minimum and maximum academic load.
  • A student may, after registering, withdraw from one or more courses in any semester without being considered a failure in this course if he/she applies for withdrawal within the specified periods according to the declared faculty calendar for each semester.

Language of study:

Study language is English. However, some courses may be taught in Arabic based on the recommendation of the concerned scientific department and the approval of the Faculty and University councils.

Initial Field Training:

The student should hold a field training period in local or government pharmacies or hospital pharmacies approved by the Faculty council under the supervision of a faculty member. Training is during the summer holidays after the end of the third level with a total of 100 actual hours, and before starting the advanced field training (Residency).

Advanced Field Training (Residency Year):

  • The sixth year of the study is devoted to advanced field training for an academic year (9 months) and a total of 36 weeks in which the student trains in various fields of pharmaceutical practices (companies and factories of human and veterinary medicines, medical supplies and equipment, cosmetics, food supplements, herbs, medicinal plants, disinfectants, pesticides, distribution companies and stores, local and international centers and bodies of pharmaceuticals monitoring and follow-up, pharmaceutical and medical research centers, bioavailability, clinical studies, information and drug marketing ...... etc), and those who wish to specialize in the field of academic (teaching and research) spend a training period in the faculties of pharmacy or research centers.
  • Advanced field training should include one clinical training course.
  • The advanced training program is designed in an integrated and systematic manner in a periodical rotation recorded in hours and training tasks and under the strict supervision of the faculty and the training organization.
  • The committee responsible for supervising the program is responsible for designing the advanced training program annually based on the number of students and the availability of training places.
  • The student must submit and pass a graduation project in a specific specialization determined by the committee responsible.

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