Course Exemptions (Transfer Credit)

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The Faculty will complete an assessment of transfer credit for all candidates admitted to the PharmD program after admission has been granted. This assessment cannot be provided prior to admission. Decisions regarding course exemptions (transfer credit) are normally available during the first week of September in the year in which admission is granted.

As per policy adopted by the Governing Council at the University of Toronto, acceptance of transfer credits shall be based on the recognition that, while learning experiences may differ in a variety of ways, their substance may be essentially equivalent in terms of their content and rigour. This premise should be based on an understanding that the integrity of the Pharmacy program must be maintained. Although, in general, students should not be required to repeat previous learning experiences in which they have demonstrated competence, the fact that Pharmacy is a professional faculty where most courses are specially tailored for Pharmacy students must be taken into consideration. Therefore, a very limited number of courses are eligible for transfer credit consideration. The information below is applicable for the 2018-19 academic year.

Exemption may be requested for:

  • PHM145H1 Human Histology and Anatomy (refer to the Course Exemption Request form for samples of acceptable courses).  Eligibility for exemption requires course(s) which cover all major topics in Human Anatomy; a significant histology component must also be included.  At universities where the material is offered over the span of two terms/semesters (e.g., Anatomy I and II) both courses are required for exemption eligibility.  The course(s) must have an emphasis on human anatomy.
  • PHM146H1 Fundamentals of Pharmacology – refer to the Course Exemption Request form for samples of acceptable courses.
  • PHM140H1 Molecular Pharmacology is equivalent to the University of Toronto course PHC301H1 (or former PHC300Y1).  Those from a Pharmaceutical Chemistry program at other universities may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • PHM141H1 Pharmaceutics is equivalent to the University of Toronto course PHC230H1 (or former PHC330Y1). Those from a Pharmaceutical Chemistry program at other universities may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • PHM240H1 The Science of Pharmacotherapy is equivalent to University of Toronto PHC420H1. Those from a Pharmaceutical Chemistry program at other universities may also be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • PHM340H1 Introductory Toxicology is equivalent only to the University of Toronto course PCL362H1. Due to the focus of the course and assessment methods used, other Toxicology courses are not eligible for exemption consideration.
  •  Candidates who have taken a Microbiology course(s) as part of another professional health professions program may also be eligible for exemption in PHM242H1 Microbiology of Infectious Diseases.  To ensure a clinical appreciation, Microbiology courses from general science programs will not be considered.  These assessments will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Candidates who have successfully completed another professional health professions program  (e.g., Nursing or Medicine), and are licensed in the field may also be eligible for exemption in PHM230H1 Physical Assessment andInjection Techniques.  These assessments will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students with previous attendance at a CCAPP (Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs) or ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education)  accredited program may be considered for exemption in individual courses not listed above on a case-by-case basis, up to a maximum of 9.0 full-credit equivalents.  Note:  Students granted course exemptions must maintain full-time status, i.e., they must remain registered in at least 4.0 full-credit equivalents per academic year.  Therefore, it may be necessary to forfeit exemption(s) if the exemption(s) would result in a course load of fewer than 4.0 full-credit equivalents.

Exemptions Process:

i)          All requests for course exemption must be submitted in writing by the applicable deadline, unless exemption has been processed automatically by the Faculty upon admission (i.e., unless the course has already been removed from your course enrolment on the University’s student records system). For any exemption not processed automatically by the Faculty, a Course Exemption Request form must be submitted for relevant consideration. Note, however, that there are restrictions on course exemptions as outlined in the section above. The completed form and relevant course outlines must be submitted to the Assistant to the Admissions Officer in the PharmD Admissions Office, Room 436, no later than September 28, 2018 for courses beginning in September 2018 or by January 25, 2019 for courses beginning in January 2019. It is recommended that requests be submitted in advance of these deadlines where possible to allow time for decisions to be confirmed as early as possible.

Provide detailed course outlines/syllabi along with the request form.  Detailed course outlines/syllabi should include a breakdown of all topics studied as well as details on lecture/lab hours, assessment methods and required textbooks.

ii)         Course outlines/syllabi, for courses for which a previous assessment has not been completed, are forwarded to the course coordinator/instructor for review. In most cases detailed outlines/syllabi are routinely required before any assessment is made.

iii)        The Faculty will verify applicable courses and grades against the student transcript.

iv)        Where exemption is granted the course is removed from the student’s course enrolment on the University’s student records system in the applicable year.

v)         Students who wish to forfeit an exemption, and have a course re-added to their course enrolment  must notify the Assistant to the Admissions Officer in writing no later than the applicable course add deadline for the term in which the course takes places.

Exemptions Policy:

(a)        The minimum grade requirement for course exemption is 70% (i.e., equivalent to B- at the University of Toronto).

(b)        Students from CCAPP or ACPE accredited Pharmacy programs will be considered for exemption in the courses listed above as well as various other courses on a case-by-case basis.

(c)        A maximum of 9.0 full-credit equivalent course exemptions may be granted.

(d)        Only overall final course grade(s) in relevant courses will be considered for exemption purposes.

(e)        Exemption will not be considered for any experiential components of the program.

(f)         Students granted course exemptions must maintain full-time status, i.e., they must remain registered in at least 4.0 full-credit equivalents per academic year. Therefore, it may be necessary to forfeit exemption(s) if the exemption(s) would result in a course load of fewer than 4.0 full-credit equivalents.  For example, students granted exemption for up to four courses each weighted at 0.5 (within the same academic year) would have 2.0 full-credit equivalent course exemptions within that year and would not fall below the minimum required course load. Any students eligible for 2.5 or more full-credit equivalent exemptions, within the same academic year, may fall below the minimum required course load depending on the year in which the exemptions occur.

(g)        Students granted course exemptions will not be eligible for awards based on the overall grade point average.

(h)        Course exemption shall be based on an assessment of the student’s competence in a specific course or combination of courses of suitable content. If there is doubt about course content no decision will be made until more details have been received, in writing, and reviewed. The course must cover sufficient breadth and depth and the student must have achieved similar learning objectives. In borderline cases an oral or written exam may be given at the instructor’s discretion. It should be borne in mind that Pharmacy has an integrated curriculum where material from certain courses forms the cornerstone of advanced learning in subsequent courses (i.e., certain concepts are vital).

(i)         Since the assessment methods used in the Pharmacy course may differ than those used in similar courses completed through other Faculties, the Faculty reserves the right to deny exemption where assessment methods are substantially different.

(j)         Courses completed more than 10 years ago, as of the year in which the course is required, are not considered for exemption purposes. However, as some courses may be more time-sensitive the maximum allowable timeframe may be less than 10 years in some cases; this will be at the discretion of the course coordinator. Course coordinators must ensure material is current and must be cognizant of item ‘h’ above.

(k)        A half-credit course may be used for only one half-credit (0.5) course exemption. That is, the same half-credit course may not be used toward more than one exemption request.

(l)         Students denied exemption must provide further details in writing before any re-assessment is undertaken. Students must direct all inquiries regarding denials to the Assistant to the Admissions Officer. Any additional information provided will be reviewed by the course coordinator. Notification of final decisions, including decisions on re-assessments, will be given by the Assistant to the student. Normally, instructors must not inform students of decisions.

(m)      Students are responsible for all course work until exemption is confirmed.

(n)       If a student subsequently decides to forfeit a course exemption, a later claim for exemption (if made past the course drop date) will not be considered and the course will be included in the student’s regular course load and annual grade point average.

(o)        Although exemption eligibility is usually determined upon admission, exemptions are granted on a yearly basis. Decisions may be overturned based on changes in minimum grade requirements, re-assessment of the course content or evidence of insufficient preparation regarding comprehension of material in other pharmacy courses.

(p)        Students proceeding toward another degree, while simultaneously pursuing the PharmD degree, must be registered as a full-time student in Pharmacy and only part-time in the other degree program.

(q)        The tuition fee is a program fee and, therefore, there is no reduction in the fees payable for students granted course exemptions.