College of Pharmacy
Location: George A. Burbidge Building
5968 College Street
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902) 494-2378
Fax: (902) 494-1396


Formal pharmacy education in the Maritime provinces began in 1908, with evening classes in pharmacy and chemistry conducted in the Nova Scotia Technical College. Success of these courses encouraged the Nova Scotia Pharmaceutical Society to establish the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacy in 1911. The College was affiliated with Dalhousie University in 1912.

The New Brunswick Pharmaceutical Society and the Prince Edward Island Pharmaceutical Association were admitted to affiliation with the College in 1917 and 1950, respectively. With the affiliation of the former society, the College was renamed the Maritime College of Pharmacy.

In 1961, the Maritime College of Pharmacy was admitted into Dalhousie University as the College of Pharmacy, a constituent part of the new Faculty of Health Professions. A four-year baccalaureate program was introduced.

In 1966, a Master’s program was established, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy program in 1977.

In 1972, a twelve month pharmacy residency program was initiated by Camp Hill Hospital in cooperation with the College of Pharmacy. Programs were initiated at the Halifax Infirmary in 1974, at the Victoria General Hospital in 1981 and at the Saint John Regional Hospital in 1982, at the Moncton Hospital in 1995 and at the IWK Health Sciences Centre in 2018.

In the fall of 1968, the College of Pharmacy moved into the George A. Burbidge Pharmacy Building. This building, the former Medical Sciences Building was renamed in honour of the first Dean of the College, in recognition of his contribution to pharmacy education in the Maritimes. Present facilities accommodate approximately 360 undergraduate students.

College of Pharmacy Mission Statement


Enhancing health and wellness through pharmacy education, research and community service.  Through our work, we support the conscientious use of medications in society.


The College of Pharmacy leads the profession's evolution.  Our expertise, programs and graduates are sought after and valued.


The Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy program of the College of Pharmacy at Dalhousie University has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a four year term, 2016-2020.