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Clinical pharmacy specialists are responsible for the pharmaceutical care of patients within a patient care team, as well as drug therapy, control/analysis of prescriptions, drug monitoring, and remediation of any adverse side effects.

These specialists also provide advice regarding medication safety and practices within the organization and ensure that employees follow all established policies and procedures within the department, as well as all state and federal regulations. Other duties include counseling patients, providing basic patient care services, participating in developing policies and procedures, and serving as a mentor to pharmacy residents, students, and interns.

These specialists should be independent and able to work without supervision, and they are expected to communicate regularly with physicians, nurses, and other support staff regarding medication issues, as well as maintain relationships with local colleges of pharmacy. They may also serve an advisory role for both patients and staff to ensure the fullest understanding of medications and proper drug treatments.

A degree in pharmacy and prior experience as a registered pharmacist are generally required for this position, and computer skills are also necessary. Clinical pharmacy specialists are expected to stay up-to-date with all current pharmaceutical practices, and they typically work full-time within hospitals, pharmacies, universities, or care-giving facilities.

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Tasks

  • Review, prepare, dispense and document medications.
  • Interact across departments to improve patient quality of care and drug safety.
  • Communicate with caregivers and patients to ensure flow of information and safe drug administration.

Check for interactions and problems, ensuring safety of patients.

Clinical pharmacy is defined as an area of pharmacy concerned with the science and practice of rational medication use. Clinical pharmacy is a health science discipline in which pharmacists provide patient care that optimizes medication therapy and promotes health, wellness, and disease prevention. The practice of clinical pharmacy embraces the philosophy of pharmaceutical care; it blends a caring orientation with specialized therapeutic knowledge, experience, and judgment for the purpose of ensuring optimal patient outcomes. As a discipline, clinical pharmacy also has an obligation to contribute to the generation of new knowledge that advances health and quality of life. Clinical pharmacists care for patients in all health care settings. They possess in-depth knowledge of medications that is integrated with a foundational understanding of the biomedical, pharmaceutical, socio-behavioral, and clinical sciences. To achieve desired therapeutic goals, the clinical pharmacist applies evidence-based therapeutic guidelines, evolving sciences, emerging technologies, and relevant legal, ethical, social, cultural, economic, and professional principles. In accordance, clinical pharmacists assume responsibility and accountability for managing medication therapy in direct patient care settings, whether practicing independently or in consultation or collaboration with other health care professionals. Clinical pharmacist researchers generate, disseminate, and apply new knowledge that contributes to improved health and quality of life. Within the system of health care, clinical pharmacists are experts in the therapeutic use of medications. They routinely provide medication therapy evaluations and recommendations to patients and health care professionals. Clinical pharmacists are a primary source of scientifically valid information and advice regarding the safe, appropriate, and cost-effective use of medications. Clinical pharmacy is a key area of the pharmacy profession. Future pharmacists should be concerned with advancing the profession as a whole.


Basic Information:
Program Type: Degree Based
Level Of study: Ph.D.
School / Faculty: Pharmacy
Department: Clinical Pharmacy
Major (Name Of Program): Clinical Pharmacy
This program contact information:
Telephone: +98 5131801592
Fax: +98 5138823251
Mobile: +98 9153162909
Email Address:
Address: Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Mashhad University Of Medical Sciences
Contact Person Name: Amirhoushang Mohammadpoor
Program Detail:
Length of Training:

5  years


Language Requirement:


Language requirements: Evidence of English Proficiency on the TOEFL or IELTS tests. The minimum score for TOEFL PBT, TOEFL iBT and IELTS is 533, 72 and 5.5 respectively.

Applicants from Persian (Farsi) Speaking countries (They shall both speak and write in Persian) who have applied for graduate Degree-based programs may be exempted, based on the decision of the department, from submitting any certificates regarding their English Language Proficiency. Nevertheless, they are required to hand in their English language certificate which meets MUMS’ minimal language proficiency requirements, within one year from commencing their studies at MUMS.

Admission Requirement:

Doctor of Pharmacy


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