Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

If you’re a Flex PharmD student and feel that you have the required knowledge, skills and attitudes to address program learning outcomes, you may be eligible for course credit. UBC Pharm Sci’s Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process awards university-level credit for learning. Whether you’ve acquired this knowledge through formal learning (e.g. structured credit programming by accredited educational bodies) or non-formal learning (non-credit learning attained outside of formal studies), you are eligible to apply for credit toward selected didactic courses and/or Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) courses. The maximum credit that you can attain through PLAR is 50% of the overall credits in the Flexible Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Not all courses are eligible for PLAR credit.

The application for September 2018 is now closed. We are currently accepting applications for January 2019.

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If you have accepted admission to the Flex PharmD program, we invite you to apply for PLAR credit. If a PLAR-eligible course has prerequisites, these prerequisites must be completed prior to applying for prior learning credit for that course.


Check this page regularly for upcoming deadlines associated with the Flex PharmD program PLAR process.

Last date to notify PLAR Coordinator that you need support with putting together your challenge application. PLAR challenge application and fee deadlineIn order to receive credit during the term period
May 15June 15Winter Term 1 (Sep–Dec)
September 15October 15Winter Term 2 (Jan–Apr)
January 15February 15Summer Terms (May–Aug)


Prospective PLAR candidates should plan for the following fees:

Challenge Examination$450
Abbreviated Portfolio$450
Full Portfolio$750

For more information regarding the above assessments, click here.

  • Fees are per course challenge or appeal.
  • Fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Fees shall be paid to UBC Flex PharmD Program.


If you have questions or if you’d like more information, you can reach the PLAR office here:

(604) 822-1945