Prompted by the sematic directives to provide University education nationwide, the Ministry of Higher Education approved the establishment of the College of Pharmacy in 1429 H (2009) in Rafha as a college affiliated to the Northern Border University (NBU) to satisfy the needs of the city and the surrounding villages and hamlets.
The college has six departments, namely, Clinical Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Pharmaceutics, Phytochemistry and Natural Products, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Basic Health Sciences (under establishment). The duration of the study in the college extends to six years starting with a preparatory year and culminating to a clerkship in the final year. Upon successful completion of the requirements, Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) degree is awarded. The aim of Pharm. D. program in the NBU is the preparation of students to participate actively in providing the regional services as members of the health care team.
In their future career, the students having acquired necessary skills and abilities will perform their duties competently as clinical pharmacists. Moreover, the Pharm. D. program focusses on preparing students not only as professionals, but also as citizens who are aware of contemporary changes in the health care field and the outcomes of the innovation and dissemination of recent knowledge, regarding the various dosage forms and the different pharmaceutical formulations and their role in the distinguished health care system in the Kingdom.
The medium of instruction during the study is English and the program courses are distributed to twelve levels. The first year is preparatory and the sixth year is for clerkship and a summer course. The clerkship consists of mandatory and elective clinical rotations under supervision of both the college and a team of medical specialists from different teaching hospitals and of diagnostic and therapeutic background. In the in-between four years, the students are exposed to basic sciences, and specialized pharmaceutical courses and two summer training periods of 6 credit hours each.
The graduate is awarded the Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) degree.