Admissions Overview – for admission in September 2019

The PharmD program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is an entry-to-practice professional degree program.  Of the various degree programs offered at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, this is the program to which you would apply if you wish to become a licensed pharmacist, and if you have not already completed a professional Pharmacy degree program elsewhere.

Our foremost PharmD program is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and experience to meet the exciting new scope of practice for pharmacists in Canada.

To be considered for admission, candidates must submit the online application by January 23, 2019 for September 2019 admission consideration. Although the application deadline occurs in January, final grades and other required scores and documents may follow later as per dates given below and in the Application Process section.  Applicants are considered based on the following factors:

  • Academic performance
    • Successful completion of all pre-requisite courses
    • Minimum cumulative average of 70% (equivalent to a ‘B-’ at the University of Toronto) or higher
  • Pharmacy College Admission Test
  • Admission Interview

Supporting documents (PCAT results, final grades for the current year, transcripts, English facility test scores, etc.) may be submitted after the application deadline, as outlined in Important Dates section below.

Academic Performance 

To be eligible for admission to the PharmD program for September 2019, applicants must:

  • Successfully complete all pre-requisite courses by the end of April 2019
  • Possess a cumulative university average of 70% (equivalent to a ‘B-’ at the University of Toronto) or higher

Preference will be given to candidates with a proven ability to successfully carry a full-time course load, i.e., a minimum of 5.0 full credit course equivalents in the regular academic year. (Also refer to Frequently Asked Question #15)

For important details about academic performance and subject requirements, please click here.

Pharmacy College Admission Test 

All applicants must write the Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) – a specialized test that includes sections on Biological Processes, Chemical Processes, Quantitative Reasoning, Critical Reading, as well as a writing sub-test to assess applicants’ ability to think and write effectively.

Applicants must achieve minimum standards on each of the PCAT sections to proceed to the interview stage.

To learn more about the Pharmacy College Admission Test, register to write this test, or determine upcoming PCAT test dates, please visit the PCAT website.

Admission Interviews 

The interview is an important component of the admission process. Applicants who meet minimum required thresholds in the Pharmacy College Admission Test, and other academic criteria, will be invited to the Faculty to participate in an interview session. Up to approximately 500 candidates are typically invited to participate in admission interviews.

All admission interviews will take place at the Faculty on one of the following dates:

  • Saturday, March 30, 2019
  • Sunday, March 31, 2019
  • Saturday, May 11, 2019 (preference given to out-of-province applicants who enter this date as their first choice on the application)

Applicants must participate in the admission interview process on the specific date and time scheduled by the Faculty.

Admission Selection

Once the admission interviews have occurred and final grades have been submitted, a composite score (Index) will be calculated for each eligible applicant. This Index calculation will be based on the cumulative university average and interview performance and may also include the PCAT composite score.  The Faculty will use the Index  score to rank candidates for selection. Generally, those with higher rankings are offered admission, but other considerations such as (but not limited to) performance in science courses, failed or repeated courses, reduced course loads, and history of course withdrawals may also be used to determine candidate rankings.

A sufficient number of offers of admission will be made in June 2019 to the top candidates to fill a class of 240, while some remaining qualified candidates may be placed on a waiting list.  Due to the limited number of spaces, admission cannot be offered to all qualified applicants.

Important Dates

Applicants should take note of the following important dates for September 2019 admission to the PharmD program:

Final Deadline for PharmD Online Application January 23, 2019
PCAT Registration and test dates September 2018 to February 2019- Check PCAT website for registration and test dates
Preliminary Transcript Submission Deadline January 31, 2019
Admission Interviews  – Saturday, March 30, 2019
– Sunday, March 31, 2019
– Saturday, May 11, 2019 (preference given to out-of-province applicants who enter this as their first choice on the application)
Final University transcript submission deadline May 31, 2019
Admission decisions released June 14, 2019 (tentative)