Pharmacy School Information

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Pharmacy In Canada

What schools offer Pharmacy in Canada?

If you are interested in studying pharmacy in French, there are two school which offer a completely French program:

Pharmacy Admission Requirements

Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy (University of Toronto)

  • 2 semesters of biology
  • 3 semesters of chemistry 
  • 2 semesters in math (including 1 semester in calculus)
  • 2 semesters in humanities/social sciences
  • PCAT not required
  • CASPer required
  • Cut off overall average is 70%

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University of Waterloo

  • 1 semester of cellular biology 
  • 1 semester of genetics
  • 1 semester of microbiology
  • 2 semesters of chemistry 
  • 1 semester of biochemistry 
  • 1 semester of organic chemistry 
  • 1 semester of calculus
  • 1 semester of statistics
  • 1 semester of English
  • 2 semesters of humanities/social sciences
  • Recommended to take human anatomy, human physiology, organic chemistry II, physics, communication courses, and leadership courses
  • PCAT not required
  • CASPer required
  • Cut off overall average is 75%
  • Recommended that applicants do not opt for SAT/UNS grades
  • Full course load required

Lab requirement:

  • Three labs must be taken: one lab for 1 semester of chemistry; one lab for 1 semester of cellular biology, genetics, or microbiology; and one lab for 1 semester of chemistry, cellular biology, genetics, microbiology, biochemistry, or organic chemistry

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University of British Columbia (UBC)

  • 2 semesters of first-year biology w/ labs
  • 2 semesters of first-year chemistry w/ labs
  • 2 semesters of English composition, literature, communication, and/or writing courses at any year level 
  • 2 semesters of first-year calculus (differential & integral)
  • 1 semester of second-year biology or genetics
  • 1 semester of second-year biochemistry
  • 2 semesters of second-year organic chemistry w/ labs
  • 1 semester of second-year microbiology
  • 1 semester of statistics
  • 2 semesters of humanities/social sciences
  • PCAT not required
  • CASPer not required
  • Minimum GPA = 2.50 (65%) calculated on all attempts at first-year biology, chemistry, and calculus 
  • Cut off GPA = 2.80 (70%) calculated on the last year of coursework completed
  • SAT/UNS accepted for the Winter 2020 semester only

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Memorial University

The following required courses are specific Memorial University pre-requisite courses. Carleton applicants must contact the Memorial University Registrar's Office at pharm_registrar [at] mun.ca to get information about transfer credits.

  • 2 semesters of biology 
  • 2 semesters of chemistry 
  • 2 semesters of English 
  • 2 semesters of mathematics
  • 2 semesters of physics
  • PCAT not required
  • CASPer Test and CASPer Snapshot required
  • Cut off academic score is 76% for the Newfoundland pool, and 84% for the Out-Of-Province pool (for information about the calculation of the academic score, please click here)
  • SAT/UNS grades are accepted and not included in the overall average calculation

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Dalhousie University

A minimum grade of B- (70%) is required for each pre-requisite course.

  • 2 semesters of chemistry
  • 2 semesters of biology
  • 2 semesters of social science
  • 1 semester of calculus
  • 1 semester of statistics
  • 2 semesters of English
  • 1 semester of human anatomy
  • 1 semester of microbiology
  • 2 semesters of organic chemistry 
  • 1 semester of biochemistry 
  • 1 semester of genetics
  • 2 semesters of physiology
  • PCAT not required
  • CASPer not required
  • SAT/UNS grades not accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year

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University of Alberta

A minimum grade of C- (60%) is required for each pre-requisite course.

  • 2 semesters of English
  • 2 semesters of chemistry
  • 2 semesters of organic chemistry
  • 2 semesters of human physiology (mammalian physiology, exercise physiology, and combined anatomy and physiology courses not accepted)
  • 1 semester of math
  • 1 semester of statistics
  • 1 semester of cell biology 
  • 1 semester of biochemistry 
  • 1 semester of microbiology
  • PCAT not required
  • CASPer not required
  • Cut off GPA = 3.5 for Albertans, and 3.7 for Out-Of-Province applicants

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University of Saskatchewan

Please refer to this course equivalences chart to see which Carleton courses are accepted.

  • 2 semesters of biology
  • 1 semester of chemistry 
  • 2 semesters of organic chemistry 
  • 2 semesters of English (must include English literature and composition)
  • 2 semesters of biochemistry (1 semester each of biomolecules and metabolism)
  • 2 semesters of human physiology
  • 1 semester of calculus
  • 1 semester of statistics
  • 1 semester of microbiology 
  • 1 semester of nutrition
  • 2 semesters of psychology, sociology, native studies, or philosophy
  • PCAT not required
  • CASPer required
  • Cut off average is 70%
  • SAT/UNS grades are not included in the GPA calculation, and it is highly recommended that students not opt for a SAT/UNS grade

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University of Manitoba

  • 2 semesters of chemistry w/ labs
  • 1 semester of organic chemistry 
  • 1 semester of biochemistry 
  • 2 semesters of biology w/ labs
  • 2 semesters of human physiology 
  • 1 semester of microbiology w/ labs
  • 1 semester of calculus
  • 1 semester of statistics or biostatistics
  • 4 semester of humanities/social sciences
  • 1 semester of Written English (must meet the University of Manitoba's Written English requirement. Can be part of the above requirements.)
  • PCAT not required
  • CASPer not required
  • Cut off AGPA = 3.0

Click here for more information. Here, you can also determine how the AGPA is calculated, as well as the type of course that meets the University of Manitoba's Written English requirement.

What is the PCAT?

The PCAT is a 4 hour standardized, computerized, multiple choice test with five sections. It is not required for any pharmacy schools in Canada, however it may be required for schools elsewhere. The sections included in the PCAT are Verbal Ability, Biology, Chemistry, Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Ability. The PCAT costs 210 CAD to write. PCAT results are valid for five years. To register or obtain more information on the PCAT, please visit their website.

How much does pharmacy school cost?

Generally, pharmacy school in Canada costs around 15,000 CAD per semester (approximately 18,000 CAD per semester at the University of Toronto). Financial support is sometimes available (see this link for more information).

 

Last updated 08/22/2021

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