Pharmacy School Information

Pharmacy In Canada

What is Pharmacy School?

In Canada, Pharmacy school is a 4 year program resulting in a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy which allows one to become a licensed pharmacist and practice in Canada.

What schools offer Pharmacy in Canada?

The University of Toronto, The University of Waterloo, Universite de Montreal, Universite de Laval, UBC (University of British Columbia), Memorial University, Dalhousie University, University of Alberta, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Manitoba

What Do I need to get into pharmacy school?

Each school has different admissions criteria. For the most detailed and up-to-date requirements, visit the school website. In general, pharmacy schools in Canada require a fairly strong cumulative GPA, as well as the completion of a handful of prerequisite courses. Most schools consider those with at least a 10 CGPA (A-) to be competitive. Additionally, some schools require you to write the Pharmacy College Admissions Test (PCAT).

What prerequisite courses do I need to complete?

Each school has their own list of prerequisite courses that must be completed in order for your application to be considered. Please visit each school website to find an updated list of these courses. In general, most pharmacy schools in Canada require you to complete the following courses:

  • 1st year Chemistry with lab
  • 1st year Biology with lab
  • Organic Chemistry with lab
  • Introductory Calculus
  • Introductory English

What is the PCAT?

The PCAT is a 4 hour standardized test with six sections, and is required for admittance into some pharmacy schools in Canada. The sections included in the PCAT are Writing, Verbal Ability, Biology, Chemistry, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Ability. The PCAT costs $199 to write, and tests are given on July 9-10, September 16-18, October 26-30, November 2-6, January 5-6 (2016). PCAT results are generally valid for five years depending on the institution. To register or obtain more information on the PCAT, please visit

How much do pharmacists make in a year?

The average salary for a pharmacist is over $80,000 per year.

How much does pharmacy school cost?

Generally, pharmacy school in Canada costs around $14,000 per semester. Financial support is sometimes available (see for more information).

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