Since its formation in 1351H (1932CE), the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has made the welfare and health care of its citizens a priority by establishing such health institutions as the medical, dental, pharmacy and applied medical sciences colleges. With the current development in the private and government hospitals, the pharmacist’s work has evolved from a mere dispenser of medicines to an active participant in the total care of patients. This has led to changes in the curricula of existing pharmacy colleges to cover this new role. Most of the newly established colleges of pharmacy are designed as “colleges of clinical pharmacy” with the focus on patient care.

The College was established by the Royal Decree no. 5088/MB dated 7/8/1432H (8/7/2011CE). The College has since then strived to deliver the high-caliber PharmD program for pharmacy students in 1434/1435H (2013/14CE). The College has a six-year PharmD program. The program is structured in the semester system with the total of 177 credit hours and the medium of instruction is English.

The first cohort of pharmacy students was enrolled in the program in the academic year of 2013/2014 with 11 male and 26 female students. There are a total 196 graduates (i.e. 80 males and 116 females) from the program and most of them have been employed by academia, hospitals, community pharmacies and pharmaceutical industry. Currently the total number of students enrolled in the program is 418 students (i.e. 182 males and 236 females).

The College is at the final stages of submitting the self-study report of the PharmD program to apply for the NCAAA accreditation.


A pre-eminent college of pharmacy recognized in pharmacy practice education, pharmaceutical services and research.


Providing high quality pharmaceutical education and research serving patients and community.


Equality, Diversity, Professional excellence, Creativity & Innovation, Teamwork, Life-long learning and Social responsibility.

College Objectives

  • 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.