Candidates with Previous Registration in a Pharmacy Program

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Candidates Who Are Currently Registered in a Pharmacy Degree Program (uncompleted degree)

Candidates who are currently Pharmacy students, or who have had previous Pharmacy studies at another institution, should note that there are no direct transfers to our program (i.e. if you have already completed one or more years of a Pharmacy program you will still be considered for admission to  Year 1 of our program and would be assessed for appropriate transfer credit at that time).   All qualified candidates are welcome to apply to our program but need to be aware that all application processes must be followed, all published deadlines met, and all published requirements must be met when applying for admission. All qualified candidates are considered in the same applicant pool.

If offered admission, candidates who have successfully completed one or more years of a CCAPP or ACPE-accredited Pharmacy program may be considered for course exemption on a case-by-case basis, up to the maximum allowable number of exemptions/transfer credits. Please note that this assessment cannot be done prior to the time admission is granted. Candidates from non-CCAPP or non-ACPE accredited Pharmacy programs would be considered for course exemptions in the same manner as those applying from general science programs (i.e. would be eligible for a very limited number  of course exemptions).

Due to the differences in course material and sequencing in Pharmacy programs, it is unlikely that any candidate would be eligible for direct entry into Year 2 and none will be considered for direct entry to Year 3.  Instead, all candidates who are offered admission will likely begin their studies in Year 1 of the program. As a result, it will take a total of four years to complete the PharmD degree at the University of Toronto, though you may be eligible to carry a reduced course load in one or more years due to course exemptions. As well, please note that there are no exemptions from the experiential components of our program. In the unlikely event an admitted candidate was granted exemption for all Year 1 courses, s/he would still be required to complete EPE1 (Early Practice Experience) before proceeding to Year 2.

The maximum number of allowable course exemptions for any candidate is 9.0 full-credit equivalents.


Candidates Who Have Graduated From a Pharmacy Degree Program Outside of Canada

Candidates who have graduated from a non-Canadian Pharmacy program who wish to become licensed in Canada must follow the procedures as set out by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC).  If your credentials are recognized you will be allowed to write the relevant Board Exams (Evaluating and/or Qualifying Exam). For more information on this process, please visit the PEBC website at Note that the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy does not conduct evaluation of foreign Pharmacy degrees.

If you have attempted, but have not been successful in, the Evaluating Exam, you may consider applying  as a Special (Non-Degree) Student for individual courses. The Faculty does not offer any courses geared specifically for candidates who have not been successful in the Evaluating Exam, and therefore candidates should work with the PEBC to identify the proper courses or alternative methods of upgrading.

Due to the nature of the courses offered in our program, as well as the pre- and co-requisites and space limitations, registration in courses is restricted. Please refer to the Special Student section for more information.

If your credentials are recognized and you have been successful on the PEBC Evaluating Exam, you may be interested in, and eligible for admission to, our International Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) Program. The IPG Program is a unique “best practices” bridging program designed to assist pharmacists trained in countries outside Canada to meet Canadian entry-to-practice standards.

Candidates who have completed a non-recognized Pharmacy degree may apply for admission to the PharmD program if all published admission requirements are met.


Candidates Who Have Graduated From a Recognized Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Degree or Equivalent (Canadian and International)

Candidates who have completed a recognized Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (BScPhm) degree, or equivalent, and who have successfully passed the PEBC Evaluating Exam (where relevant), may be interested in our PharmD for Pharmacists program.

The PharmD for Pharmacists program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is a bridging program designed to bridge the gap between a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy education (from Canada or elsewhere) and an entry-to-practice PharmD program.

Practicing pharmacists, graduates of the Faculty’s Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy program, graduates of other Canadian BScPhm programs, as well as internationally trained pharmacists are eligible to apply for admission to the PharmD for Pharmacists program. For more information, please visit the PharmD for Pharmacists website.


Candidates Who Have Completed a Pharmacy Technician or Pharmacy Assistant Program

Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacy Assistant programs do not meet the academic requirements for admission or transfer credit purposes to our PharmD program. Graduates of these programs must supplement their studies by completing the required courses at the university level.