Tips | Pharmacy

1. Pharmacy Overview

Pharmacists prepare and dispense medications and advise patients on how to use them. They also answer any health questions patients might have. Pharmacists are taking on expanded roles and are increasingly being recognized as the medication management experts of the health care team. They are often the most accessible and first point of contact with the medical system when someone has a health issue.

 

More Information about Pharmacy

News release from the Ontario Pharmacists Association 

Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute journal article   

 

2. Pharmacy Schools in Ontario

 

For a full listing of Canadian and International universities offering pharmacy programs, visit:

The Canadian Pharmacists Association 

Before applying to international programs, investigate the licensing requirements of the province/country where you wish to practice.

 

3. CASPer and PCAT Tests

The Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT) is an online multiple-choice assessment covering topics including biological processes, chemical processes, critical reading, and quantitative reasoning. 

Neither of the two pharmacy schools in Ontario requires it but both do require CASPer - an online situational-judgement test used to assess non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics. See this overview of application requirements but always verify directly with the faculties themselves. Learn more about CASPer here

 

4. Pharmacy - Gain Experience 

Experience working in a pharmacy as a pharmacy assistant is a great way to gain exposure and the basic skills needed for this career. Students are sometimes hired for cashier, stocking, and support roles in pharmacies. They may progress to counting pills and solving problems with insurers.

 

In addition to this, any experience that demonstrates your ability to apply scientific knowledge and social skills in research, medical, pharmaceutical or patient care settings will help you stand out as an applicant. Examples include research assistant, pharmaceutically relevant major projects, medical admin positions, first aid responder, hospital volunteer, and long-term care patient aide. 

 

5. Pharmacy - Useful Links

 

6. Pharmacy - Additional Links

A related career to pharmacist is pharmacy technician.  To learn about accredited programs visit:

The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs  

Ontario College of Pharmacists 

Ontario Colleges - Pharmacy Technician Programs 

 

updated September 2021