The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made the welfare and health care of its citizens a priority by establishing numerous medical schools throughout the Kingdom that specialize in the following health care fields: medical, dental, pharmacy and applied medical sciences. With current developments in both the private and government hospitals, the pharmacist’s work has evolved from only compounding and dispensing medicines to actively participating in patient care. This has led to changes in the curricula of existing pharmacy schools in order to be fully prepared for this new role. Colleges of pharmacy are now designed as Colleges of Clinical Pharmacy with the focus on patient care. One such example is the College of Clinical Pharmacy at the Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, which was established by a Royal Decree Number 5088/MB on 7-8-1432 AH /8-7-2011 CE. The College since then has endeavored to deliver a well structured and academically sound PharmD program for their pharmacy students. In 2013 two postgraduate programs were proposed, an MS/PhD in Clinical Pharmacy/Pharmacy Practice as well as an MS/PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences which are both currently in the planning stages as well as a proposed residency or fellowship program for our pharmacy graduates.
- Scientific excellence in the various branches of the pharmaceutical sciences.
- Qualified pharmacists who provide the community with high-quality, locally manufactured medicines and who scrutinize the quality of imported ones.
- Active interaction and cooperation with healthcare team members to provide optimum pharmaceutical care with global standards for patients and customers.
- Active participation in scientific research to promote the well being of the community in order to meet the health needs of the patient.
- Respect the equality, dignity, freedom and diversity of staff and students.
- Promote accountability, integrity and honesty in the students and staff members.
- Appreciate professional excellence, quality, innovation and creativity, while motivating ethical scientific research in order to promote the profession.
- Appreciate the institutional and personal roles involved in leadership, participation and partnership.
- Seek an environment that is inviting and motivating in order to ensure health.
- Encourage teamwork, the exchange of knowledge and expertise and encourage life-long learning.
- Ensure that the graduates from the PharmD program incorporate the values, principles and Islamic ethics in their practice, whether it is in hospitals, community pharmacies, pharmaceutical industry and other settings.
- Enable the students on all levels to stay current with the newest knowledge and skills that will enable them to continue their education or pursue their career goals.
- Revise the curricula on a regular basis in order to keep pace with the health needs of the society and international developments in the field.
- Encourage faculty members and students to conduct quality research using the state-of-the-art facilities and resources available to them at IAU and to actively participate in conferences and encourage them to publish.
- Prepare academic continuing education programs (CPD) and organize various seminars and scientific conferences in the pharmaceutical practice and sciences.
- Participate in community service through the preparation of educational programs that will be disseminated via various media.
- Provide support services for other state institutions and for industry in order to verify the quality of medicines whether they are manufactured locally or imported.
- Make use of petrochemical and natural resources in the region for the development of new products and pharmaceutical compounds.
- Enable students to develop their understanding of the principles of the pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences and apply them in their practice.
- Help the students acquire the basic knowledge and skills of research in order to futher their future careers.
- Prepare them for their professional careers in the pharmacy profession as well as give them the option of continuing their education in graduate school.