Pharmacy Education in Jordan

 

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a small Arab country in the heart of the Middle East with a total population not exceeding 6 million people. Jordan is considered a developing country with inadequate supplies of water and other natural resources. 

The establishment of pharmacy schools in Jordan started in 1979 with the establishment of the faculty of pharmacy at the University of Jordan, located in the capital, Amman, followed in 1980 by the initiation of the pharmacy program at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), in the northern city of Irbid. In 1985, Ninety pharmacy students graduated providing the first Jordanian pharmacy graduates. Now in addition to the two governmental pharmacy institutions, there are seven privately funded universities have pharmacy programs in Jordan. Over the past years, the total number of pharmacy graduates in Jordan has surpassed 6000.

Bachelor of pharmacy (BPharm) is the degree offered in all Jordanian universities. Although JUST has started a Pharm D program, JU has established a similr program, However, the program still lacks the acknowledgement of the Jordanian Pharmacists Association as a professional certification that is different from the dominant bachelor program,.

Jordan is the third country in the region to run PharmD programs following the Lebanese American University (LAU), accredited by the Accreditation Council on Pharmaceutical Education (ACPE) and the Faculty of Clinical Pharmacy at KFU at Al-Ehsa in Saudi Arabia.

In order to graduate with a BPharm degree in Jordan, students are required to complete a minimum of 161 credit hours of university and faculty requirements and 1440 hours of practice training throughout the 5-year pharmacy program in community pharmacies, hospitals, or industry.

For the PharmD program, the number of credit hours required is 219. The sixth year of study of the PharmD program is the experiential year during which students spend 14 weeks in community and hospital pharmacies, followed by 5 consecutive 6-week rotations in various medical specialties such as paediatrics, internal medicine, and surgery. The language of instruction for all pharmacy teaching in Jordan is English. The Faculty of Pharmacy at JU is taking serious steps in the direction of being internationally accredited, in collaboration with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) in the United Kingdom.

Teaching methodology in Jordan combines traditional didactic lecturing with more modern methods of instruction based on interactive discussions, research, and creative thinking. Didactic teaching is supplemented by interactive multimedia teaching techniques such as videotapes, slides shows, and other computer-based instructional material.

The majority of pharmacy students Jordan are female. They come from all over the region especially, the gulf countries, Syria, the occupied territories, and Palestine.

 

The majority of pharmacists (93%) in Jordan work in the private sector. Community pharmacies are the most accessible primary health care facilities in Jordan with over 1500 registered pharmacies distributed throughout the country. Still, patients rarely consider community pharmacies as health care facilities. This leads to limited interaction between pharmacists and patients, resulting in a poor public image of community pharmacists. However, the patient care-oriented PharmD programs are supposed to providel graduate pharmacists who are capable of providing better pharmaceutical care to patients.
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2 thoughts on “Pharmacy Education in Jordan

  1. Thanks for your post but I believe there are 8 private universities which offer pharmacy courses, including the recent American University of Madaba. However, I am not sure whether any students have been enrolled onto their programme yet.

    Also, the percentage of graduates working in the private sector is striking. May I ask where that figure is from? Many thanks.

    Lina R. Bader

    • This is exactly right. we pointed AUM as the newest program. The program is running, students are enrolled in the program no grads yet. Our data was the reflection of different studies done at the University of Jordan and Isra University in Amman, Jordan

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