Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

How many intakes are there per year for the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program?
There is only one intake per year for the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program. The program starts in September. 

What does “Winter session” mean?
At UBC, Winter session refers to the regular academic term that runs from September to April. Each Winter session has two terms: Term 1 (September to December) and Term 2 (January to April).

Can I apply if I am an international student?
The Entry-to-Practice PharmD program is only available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Can I transfer from another pharmacy program?
The UBC Entry-to-Practice PharmD program does not accommodate transfer students.

I am entering university and/or have to select my major. Does it matter which major I choose if I eventually want to apply to the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program?
UBC does not give preference to applicants with any particular pre-pharmacy background. As the applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have met the admission prerequisites regardless of the academic program or major you’ve chosen to study prior to applying.

Do you give preference to students from specific universities/colleges?
In the selection of applicants, preference is given to well-qualified residents of BC who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Special consideration may be given to Aboriginal applicants and applicants from under-represented areas of BC.(,213,956,1563). Preference is not given to applicants based on their specific universities/colleges. 

Do you give preference to students who carry full course loads?

Do I have an advantage if I am a degree-holder?

How many spots are available each year?
There are 224 spots in the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program each year. 

How long is the degree program?
The Entry-to-Practice PharmD is a four-year program (full-time). There is no option to complete this program on a part-time basis.

Admission Requirements 

Do I need to have the prerequisites completed by the time I apply?
You must complete your prerequisite coursework by the end of the regular academic session prior to your desired entry date. For example, if you are applying to the Winter 2020/21 intake, your prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of the Winter 2019/20 session (end of
April 2020).

Will you consider courses I completed in the Summer term?
UBC will consider transferable coursework that you completed in previous Summer terms, but not those taken in the Summer term immediately prior to the program start date (i.e. Summer 2019 courses will not be considered if you're applying for the Winter 2019/20 intake).

Do I need to take the PCAT?
No, the PCAT is not required. 

Do I need to take university-level physics?
UBC does not require applicants to the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program to have credit for university-level physics. 

How do I know if my courses meet the admission requirements?
Due to the complexity of transfer credit evaluations and the large number of post-secondary institutions, we are unable to provide a listing of acceptable courses. UBC recommends that applicants who have studied at other institutions refer to the course descriptions on our Admission Requirements page under the section, “Non-UBC Students.” Additionally, we recommend that you consult the academic calendar of your home institution to determine which courses are the most appropriate. To receive an evaluation of your academic qualifications, you would need to apply for admission. 

I completed AP exams. Will my credits count toward the admission requirements for the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program?
UBC does award transfer credits for successful AP exams. These credits will be recognized when you apply to the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program. You can find information about how first-year credit is awarded here. You will be required to submit official AP scores when you apply. 

I completed IB courses. Will my credits count toward the admission requirements?
UBC also awards transfer credits for some IB courses. These credits will be recognized when you apply to the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program. You can find information about how first-year credit is awarded here. You will be required to submit official IB scores when you apply. 

What if I do not meet the minimum averages? Can I still be considered for admission?
No, you must meet both minimum core and overall averages in order to be eligible to be considered for admission. 

What is the minimum average I need to get an interview?
Applicants can expect to present high 70s to low 80s (B+/A-) admission averages to be competitive. 

What was the average admission GPA for the most recent incoming class?
The average GPA for the Class of 2020 was 80% or 3.67 on a 4-point scale. 

Do I need to have extracurricular activities, volunteer experience or work experience?
Although not required, demonstrated achievements, involvement and learnings through these types of experiences is considered. 

If I complete a pharmacy technician program, will it be recognized?
Pharmacy technician programs usually will not meet or count toward the admission requirements for the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program. 

I completed a degree over 10 years ago. Will my courses be recognized or do I have to take them again?
Only recognized undergraduate coursework that was completed within 10 years of the intake session will be considered. Prerequisite coursework completed more than 10 years ago will need to be repeated. Exceptions to the 10 year limit on coursework may be considered for the humanities/social science or elective requirements only.

Admission Process 

When do applications open? When is the deadline to apply?
Please see our Deadlines page. 

When are transcripts due?
Please see our Deadlines page. 

How do I send my transcripts?
All transcripts are to be sent to the Undergraduate Admissions Office and not the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. More information on how to send transcripts can be found here

How is my admission average determined?
Please see our Admission Requirements page. 

Do I need to submit reference letters?
No, reference letters are not required. 

When will you contact my references?
If needed, referees will be contacted during the period when Personal Profiles are read. 

How can I prepare for my interview?
Admission interviews follow the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format where candidates rotate through multiple interview stations to make multiple first impressions. Candidates are presented with situational and behavioural based questions. While we don't offer suggestions on how to prepare, applicants are encouraged to utilize the resources that are available to them and choose the method that best suits them. Remember, there is no "right" way to prepare for the MMIs. Be punctual, come mentally prepared and dress as you would for a job interview.

I interviewed this year but did not receive an admission offer. Can I find out what my interview score was?
UBC does not release information on how interviews are scored. As an applicant, your final ranking is based on a combination of your performance on the interview relative to the performance of other interviewees, and your Personal Profile scores. An applicant’s position in the rankings one year has very little indication of how that applicant will rank in future years. Receiving an interview one year does not guarantee you an interview in the future. 

What is an acceptance deposit?
If you are a successful applicant and you choose to accept UBC’s offer of admission, you are required to submit a non-refundable acceptance deposit of $2000 CAD to secure your seat. Deposits are payable through the Student Service Centre (SSC) upon acceptance of your offer. UBC will apply this deposit toward your tuition fees if you continue with registration. Should you change your mind after you have paid the acceptance deposit, the deposit will be forfeited and UBC will offer the seat to another qualified applicant. Acceptance deposits will not be partially or fully refunded. 

Where can I get advice on student loans, awards and bursaries?
You can direct questions about student finances to your assigned enrolment services professional. For prospective students, find out how you can speak to an enrolment services professional here

Can I defer my admission offer?
Admission offers cannot be deferred.