Admissions Overview – for admission in September 2020

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 PharmD program is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and experience to meet the challenges of current and future careers for pharmacists in Canada.

Candidates must submit the online application by January 10, 2020 to be considered for admission in September 2020.  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 consideration to the PharmD program for September 2020, applicants must:

  • Successfully complete all pre-requisite courses by the end of April 2020
  • Possess a cumulative university average of 70% (equivalent to a ‘B-’ at the University of Toronto) or higher

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.  The last valid testing dates for admission in September 2020 occur in January 2020, with a registration deadline of December 18, 2019.

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 the other academic criteria, will be invited to the Faculty to participate in an interview session. Typically, a maximum of approximately 500 candidates may be invited to participate in admission interviews.

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

  • Saturday, March 28, 2020
  • Sunday, March 29, 2020
  • Saturday, May 9, 2020 (preference given to out-of-province applicants who enter this date as their first choice on the application)

Each selected applicant must participate in the admission interview process on the specific date and time scheduled for them 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, interview performance and the PCAT composite score.  The Faculty will use the Index  score to rank candidates for selection. Generally, those with higher rankings are offered admission.

A sufficient number of offers of admission will be made in June 2020 to the top candidates to fill a class of approximately 240, while some remaining qualified candidates may be placed on a waiting list.  For the 2020 admission cycle, the class of approximately 240 will be comprised mainly of domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents).  International students who meet the published requirements and are competitive within the applicant pool will be considered for admission.  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 2020 admission to the PharmD program:

Final Deadline for PharmD Online Application January 10, 2020
PCAT Registration and test dates September 2019 to January 2020- Check PCAT website for registration and test dates (Note: Dec 18, 2019 is final registration date for January 2020 test dates)
Final PCAT Registration Deadline December 18, 2019-final deadline for registration for January 2020 PCAT test dates which are the last valid testing dates for admission in 2020
Preliminary Transcript Submission Deadline January 31, 2020
Admission Interviews  – Saturday, March 28, 2020
– Sunday, March 29, 2020
– Saturday, May 9, 2020 (preference given to out-of-province applicants who enter this as their first choice on the application)
Final University transcript submission deadline May 29, 2020
Admission decisions released June 12, 2020 (tentative)