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What is the difference between the Entry-to-Practice PharmD, Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology?
The Entry-to-Practice PharmD is the only program that gives students the education requirement to become a licensed pharmacist. The curriculum has an emphasis on pharmacology, therapeutics, medication management, case-based learning, and clinical rotations (practicums).
The Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, offered by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, focuses on discovery and development of drugs and therapies, formulations, nutraceuticals, supplements, and personal care products. The Bachelor of Science in Pharmacology, offered by the Faculty of Science, explores sources, chemical properties, biological effects, mechanisms of action, therapeutic uses, and adverse effects of drugs. Pharmacology is one branch of Pharmaceutical Sciences and is offered through UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, with initial classes in the Faculty of Science.
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 session 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. Permanent residents of Canada must hold a valid PR card by the application deadline.
I am entering university and/or have to select my major. Does it matter which I choose if I eventually want to apply to the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program?
The Entry-to-Practice PharmD program does not give preference to applicants with any particular pre-pharmacy or other educational 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 have chosen prior to applying.
Do you give preference to students who carry full course loads?
There are no minimum course load requirements.
Do I have an advantage if I am a degree-holder?
No, degree holders are not prioritized.
How many seats are available each year?
We admit up to 224 new students each year.
How long is the degree program?
The Entry-to-Practice PharmD is a four-year full-time program. There is no option to complete this program on a part-time basis.
Do UBC applicants receive priority in the admissions process?
No, UBC applicants are not prioritized in the admissions process for the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program.
I am not a resident of BC. Can I still apply to the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program?
Yes, all qualified Canadian Citizens and permanent residents of Canada can apply for admission to the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program. Preference is given to qualified applicants who are residents of BC, Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Up to fifteen percent (15%) of interview spots are offered to the most academically competitive out-of-province applicants.
What would be the average income I could expect to earn as a licensed pharmacist?
This is variable. Please refer to the WorkBC website for more information on earnings and outlook as a pharmacist in BC.
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 2024 Winter Session intake, your prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of Term 2 of the 2023 Winter Session (see Winter Session definition above).
Will you consider courses I completed in the Summer Session?
UBC will consider transferable coursework that you completed in previous Summer Sessions, but not those taken in the Summer Session immediately prior to the desired program start date (i.e. 2024 Summer Session courses will not be considered if you are applying for the 2024 Winter Session [September] intake).
Do I need to take the PCAT?
No, the PCAT is not required.
I completed AP, IB or British A-level transfer credit. Will these credits count toward admission requirements for the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program?
UBC awards transfer credits for certain successfully completed AP, IB and British A-level 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 AP, IB or British A-level transcripts to the Undergraduate Admissions office when you apply. AP, IB and British A-level course grades will not be included in your admission average calculation.
What if I do not meet the minimum average? Can I still be considered for admission?
No, you must meet the minimum average in order to be eligible for admission consideration. The minimum average is considered a program prerequisite.
If I complete a pharmacy technician or a graduate program, will it be recognized?
Only transferable undergraduate coursework will be considered.
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, with the exception of humanities/social sciences and elective requirements. Prerequisite coursework completed more than 10 years prior to the desired program start date will need to be repeated regardless of your academic background, degree credentials, or career experience.
Is graduate coursework included in average calculation?
No, only transferrable undergraduate coursework is used to calculate admission averages.
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. If you have any questions concerning your transcripts or application, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office directly.
UBC applicants are not required to submit their UBC transcript as the Undergraduate Admissions Office has access to their academic record.
How is transfer credit assessed by UBC?
How is my admission average determined?
Please see our Admissions Information page for more details.
How will Credit/D/Fail or Pass/Fail courses affect my application?
All prerequisite coursework must be completed for graded credit with the exception of courses completed during the January-April 2020 term which was affected by COVID19.
Where can I get advice on student loans, awards and bursaries?
You can direct questions about student finances to your assigned Enrolment Services Advisor. For prospective students, find out how you can speak to an Enrolment Services Advisor here.
Can I defer my offer of admission?
As a limited enrolment professional program, the Entry-to-Practice PharmD program does not defer offers of admission.
When and how will I be notified of the decision on my application?
When you apply to UBC, you will be able track your application status through your Applicant Service Centre (ASC) account. Select applicants will be notified in early April if they have been shortlisted to participate in the Pre-Recorded Interview Questions and Scenarios (PIQS). Admission offers are typically sent out in late May/early June.
What is the English Language Admission Standard (ELAS) required for admission to UBC?
All applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English competency in order to be eligible for admission to UBC. There are nine ways to meet UBC’s minimum English Language Admissions Standard (ELAS) – more information can be found here.
The English Language Admission Standard (ELAS) is a University requirement and is separate from the English prerequisite for the PharmD program.