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:

CPS1 CPS2
3610 – Pharmacotherapy 1 3614 – Pharmacotherapy 2
3611 – Clinical Skills in Medication Management 1 3615 – Clinical Skills in Medication Management 
3612 – Foundations of Pharmacy Practice 1 3616 – Foundations of Pharmacy Practice 2
3613 – Professional Practice Laboratories 1 3617 – Professional Practice Laboratories 2

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

Block Dates Activities Location
CPS 1 Block 1 April 8-12, 2020

April 13-19, 2020

Getting Started Online

On-Campus Orientation

Completed remotely

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.

Requirements

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

Required documents

  • 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.