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?
The Entry-to-Practice PharmD program 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 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 spots are available each year?
We admit 224 new students 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 2020 courses will not be considered if you're applying for the Winter 2020/21 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. 

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 to the Undergraduate Admissions office when you apply. 

I completed IB courses. Will my credits count toward the admission requirements?
UBC 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 to the Undergraduate Admissions office 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 was the average admission GPA for the most recent incoming class?
The combined admission averages (core average + last 30 credit average) for the most recent incoming classes are:

  • 2018/19: 79.71%
  • 2017/18: 80.95%
  • 2016/17: 79.65%

If I complete a pharmacy technician program, will it be recognized?
Pharmacy technician programs usually will not satisfy 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, with the exception of humanities/social sciences and elective requirements. Prerequisite coursework completed more than 10 years ago will need to be repeated regardless of your academic background, degree credentials, and career experience.

Admission Process 

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

When are transcripts due?
Please see our Application Timeline 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 Admissions Information page. 

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

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 admission offer?
Admission offers cannot be deferred.