This program has been postponed from an April 13, 2020 planned start date, due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The program may be re-scheduled, once social distancing precautions are no longer deemed necessary.
The International Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto (U of T) is an academic bridging program that prepares internationally educated pharmacists to meet Canadian entry-to-practice requirements, and develop skills to care for patients as the profession evolves.
The IPG program is committed to ensuring academic excellence in pharmacy education, and providing a supportive learning environment. In addition to covering current and emerging topics in pharmacotherapy, pharmacy practice, and the Canadian healthcare system, learners will also gain critical language, workplace, and patient care skills necessary for licensure in Canada.
The IPG Blended Program is a 30-week full-time program, with a break between the two academic terms, titled Canadian Pharmacy Skills 1 (CPS 1) and Canadian Pharmacy Skills 2 (CPS 2).
CPS1 and CPS2 are comprised of the following courses:
The Blended Program is broken into nine Blocks, alternating with onsite and online learning
- Most lectures and some assessments are delivered or conducted online
- During Blocks 2, 4, 6 and 8, learners complete structured online activities in a flexible manner
- During Blocks 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9, learners attend and participate in face-to-face activities and assessments that are held on the University of Toronto campus
Spring 2020 schedule – 26-week blended program
Session Dates: April 13, 2020 – October 25, 2020
CPS 1: April 13 – July 19, 2020
CPS 1 Tuition: $6825 + HST CAD
CPS 2: August 5 – October 25, 2020
CPS 2 Tuition: $6825 + HST CAD
Application Deadline: March 13, 2020
|CPS 1 Block 1||April 8-12, 2020
April 13-19, 2020
|Getting Started Online
University of Toronto campus
|CPS 1 Block 2||April 20 – May 24, 2020||Online lectures and activities||Completed remotely|
|CPS 1 Block 3||May 25 – June 7, 2020||Activities and CPS 1 mid-term exams||University of Toronto campus|
|CPS 1 Block 4||June 8 – July 5, 2020||Online lectures and activities||Completed remotely|
|CPS 1 Block 5||July 6 – July 19, 2020||Activities and CPS 1 final exams||University of Toronto campus|
|Break||July 20 – August 4, 2020||Break|
|CPS 2 Block 6||August 5 – August 30, 2020||Online lectures and activities||Completed remotely|
|CPS 2 Block 7||August 31 – September 13, 2020||Activities and CPS 2 mid-term exams||University of Toronto campus|
|CPS 2 Block 8||September 14 – October 11, 2020||Online lectures and activities||Completed remotely|
|CPS 2 Block 9||October 12 – October 25, 2020||Activities and CPS 2 final exams||University of Toronto campus|
Please note that dates, schedules, and fees are subject to change.
To enroll in the IPG Program you must have successfully:
- Completed the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Evaluating Examination
- Met minimum requirements on an Objective English Language Proficiency Test. If you are a native English speaker you may request a Non-Objective Evidence of Language Proficiency from the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP). In order to do so, you must have a file open with OCP in order for them to review your documents. You can find additional information on their website
- A copy of the letter stating that you have successfully completed the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Evaluating Examination
- A copy of your valid Objective English Language Proficiency test score that meets the minimum requirement. For a summary of the minimum requirements for English fluency scores on an Objective English Language Proficiency test, please visit the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) website by clicking here
- A recent resume with your current contact information, including address, email, phone number, and a summary of your education and career history in PDF format
Internationally trained professionals with financial need, who apply for this program may qualify for a one-time bursary to cover the cost of tuition, books and equipment costs. See the description of the “Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program” in our post on this website on Training programs in various occupations.