The Faculty of Pharmacy was established in 1991 with a vision to contribute to the indispensable pharmacy profession. In recent years there have been rapid changes in the pharmaceutical industry where there has been significant development of pre-packed medications and patient counseling in the field of health care systems. This has restricted the traditional role of the pharmacist to a dispenser of medicine. In autonomous health care systems like hospitals, significant changes required pharmacists to assume total responsibility of pharmaceutical needs as well as the development of pharmaceutical care plans for individual patients. Therefore, the pharmacy profession has to adopt a more patient-oriented approach so that pharmacists can expand their role as advisors for both patients and other health care professionals within the health care team.
In the past, pharmaceutical education was mainly drug-oriented concentrating on the art of compounding and detailed description of drug properties. A second phase of pharmacy education then concentrated on product formulation. This phase was associated with the introduction of physical pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology, structure-activity relationship, and drug design. Later, pharmacy education was more biologically oriented with emphasis on pharmacokinetics and drug equivalence. Therefore, topics like biopharmaceutics, pharmacokinetics, and clinical therapeutics were introduced. It was then followed by a patient-oriented phase where topics like clinical pharmacy, community pharmacy, and communication skills were introduced.
Recently, pharmaceutical education has moved further toward a more patient-centered and practice-centered approach rather than being drug-centered and product formulation-centered. We, at the faculty of pharmacy at Isra University are closely observing these dynamic changes in the pharmacy profession. Accordingly, we have modified our undergraduate curriculum several times to cope with these changes. The general features of these modifications were as follows:
First: Improving the quality of practical courses so as to play a bigger role undergraduate education with the aim to better prepare graduates to deal with the pharmacy profession.
Second: Concentrating on clinical pharmacy, therapeutics, and pharmacy practice through introducing several core courses in these areas of study.
Third: More time has been dedicated for pharmacy training in a community or a hospital pharmacy to cover major classes of drugs in terms of how to counsel patients receiving such medications.
Fourth: Introducing new elective courses which address newer trends in pharmaceutical sciences to suit the needs of our undergraduates and their prospective employers.
Vision Our vision is to become the leader in the education of pharmacy in Jordan and the Middle East.
Our mission is to produce highly skilled pharmacists capable of excelling on a professional level.
We also aspire to maintain the highest standards of pharmaceutical education, research and services.
Welcome to the Faculty of Pharmacy at Al-Isra University of Jordan.
Pharmacy is an essential part of the healthcare system that reaches into almost all aspects of medicine and healthcare with special emphasis on the manufacture, the supply, appropriate use and effects of medicines. Pharmacists represent the major component of continuing healthcare for the community.
Bachelor degree of Pharmacy:
Al-Isra Bachelor degree of Pharmacy focuses on the quality use of medicines in patient care incorporating diverse practice such as community or hospital pharmacy, dispensing, medication management and health counseling to equip graduates with skills for immediate employment. Students develop knowledge and skills in health promotion, learn treatment of minor ailments, and become fluent in communication and health information management. Al-Isra Bachelor of Pharmacy is well respected in the pharmacy profession, is recognized by the industry and is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education. The Faculty of Pharmacy is located at Al-Isra campus. The campus offers excellent facilities. The University's campus is set on an area of three hundred thousand meter square, at Amman airport road, not far from the city of Amman. The Faculty is recognized as one of the leading centers for Pharmacy education in Jordan and enjoys an outstanding national and international reputation for research and innovation. Innovative teaching, clinical and experiential placements and business skills programs provide our students with a well rounded and professionally relevant pharmacy degree, putting them in high demand with employers.
The duration of Bachelor studies takes 5 years full-time on campus. To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 160 credit hours. After graduation students are required to meet the registration standards set by the Jordanian Pharmaceutical Association JPA. These standards include undertaking 1,440 hours of supervised practice, completing an intern training program and passing examinations set by the Pharmacy Board of JPA of Jordan.
Master of Pharmacy:
The Master of Pharmacy is an innovative postgraduate entry program designed to fast track you into a rewarding and challenging career in the profession of pharmacy. As one of the leading centers for pharmacy education and research in Jordan, the Master of Pharmacy at Al-Isra University is a ranked above the best.
Dr Amjad Naji Abu Irmeileh