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
*More courses can be required but each school is different so research the schools you are interested in.
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. Registration Deadlines and test dates are listed below in table format. PCAT results are generally valid for five years depending on the institution. To register or obtain more information on the PCAT, please visit www.pcatweb.info.
PCAT Registration Deadline
PCAT Test Date
July 10, 2017 (regular registration)
For all test administrations occurring in September 2017
October 6, 2017 (regular registration)
For all test administrations occurring in October and November 2017
November 3, 2017 (regular registration)
For all test administrations occurring in January 2018
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 $15,000 per semester (Approximately $19,000 per semester at University of Toronto). Financial support is sometimes available (see this link for more information).
University of Toronto Pharmacy School Requirements
*(each school's entry requirements vary so research each school independently)
- First Year Biology (minimum of two terms/semesters)
- Introductory Chemistry and labs (minimum of one to two terms/semesters, plus labs)
- Organic Chemistry (minimum of one to two terms/semesters, plus labs)
- Physical Chemistry (minimum of one semester, upper-year course)
- Biochemistry(minimum one term/semester)
- Human Physiology (minimum of one to two terms/semesters)
- Calculus (minimum of two terms/semesters)
- Statistics (minimum of one terms/semester)
- Humanities or Social Science (minimum of two terms/semesters)
- English (minimum of one term/semester)
- Physics (High School or Grade 12)