International Pharmacy Graduate Program

ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

The International Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the UofT School of Continuing Studies is an academic bridging program that prepares internationally educated pharmacists to meet Canadian entry-to-practice requirements, and develop skills to care for patients as the profession evolves.

The IPG program is committed to ensuring academic excellence in pharmacy education, and providing a supportive learning environment. In addition to covering current and emerging topics in pharmacotherapy, pharmacy practice, and the Canadian healthcare system, learners will also gain critical language, workplace, and patient care skills necessary for licensure in Canada.

Fall 2021 application will be available in summer 2021.

Financial assistance may be available to eligible students through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program (OBPAP) provided by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Once funding has been determined, eligible students enrolled in the program will be contacted.

To view our most frequently asked questions, please visit our Help Centre

 

The IPG Program is a 23-week full time program, with a break between the two academic terms, titled Canadian Pharmacy Skills 1 (CPS 1) and Canadian Pharmacy Skills 2 (CPS 2). The program is comprised of the following courses:

Canadian Pharmacy Skills 1 (CPS 1)
Course Name Course Description
3610 - Pharmacotherapy 1

Pharmacotherapy 1 is designed to enhance the pharmacist's basic knowledge of pharmacotherapy and integrate it with problem solving skills. The course includes reading materials and synchronous and asynchronous online lectures to provide the learner with an understanding of several chronic disease states and the management of drug therapy problems commonly encountered in pharmacy practice. Online lectures reinforce the pathophysiologic and pharmacotherapeutic issues required to identify and solve actual and potential drug therapy problems (DTPs). Topics are sequenced within blocks organized by medical discipline.

 

Learners will be required to apply recently acquired knowledge to a problemsolving framework in order to create care plans for patient scenarios and explain and justify any proposed intervention in their care plans in a concise and comprehensive manner--verbally and in writing -through a online facilitated workshops.

3611 - Clinical Skills in
Medication Management 1

The Clinical Skills in Medication Management 1 course introduces the learner to various sections of the patient interview including: an interview framework, a profession specific language, a template for patient counselling/education, and a skill set for identifying and resolving drug therapy problems and documenting patient care. Fulfilling these course outcomes will require assimilating material from other CPS courses such as Pharmacotherapy and Foundations of Pharmacy Practice.

 

This course is comprised of two distinct parts delivered virtually: Language of Patient Care Sessions (LPC) online and virtual role-play/simulation sessions on campus. The course is designed to allow learners to integrate developing profession-specific language skills within the context of pharmacy practice Later in the course learners will examine how to best identify, prevent and resolve drug-related problems. Documentation of all encounters is a priority in this course. A workshop on Motivational Interviewing will provide more advanced techniques for communicating with patients.

3612 - Foundations of
Pharmacy Practice 1

The Foundations of Pharmacy Practice (FPP) Course is a series of lectures, tutorials, and self-study modules that will expose learners to pharmacy practice in Ontario and the healthcare system in Canada. Completion of this course will enable learners to practice as registered pharmacy students with an understanding of legal responsibilities, patient care skills and other key aspects of pharmacy practice. The material in this course is considered foundational; completion of all modules is essential to deepening one's understanding of the profession, current issues in pharmacy practice. Modules are designed to develop critical skills and attitudes.

3613 - Professional Practice
Laboratories 1

This course provides learners with practical experience in a simulated pharmacy setting. Successful completion requires assimilation of material from other courses including Foundations of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapy. Learners are introduced to pharmacy practice management software and receive, process, and verify the accuracy of written and verbal prescriptions. Learners respond to simple drug information requests to familiarize themselves with the references available in the pharmacy.

 

Canadian Pharmacy Skills 2 (CPS 2)
Course Name Course Description
3614 - Pharmacotherapy 2

Pharmacotherapy 2 continues with the previous structure and objectives as CPS 1 and is designed to enhance pharmacists' basic knowledge of pharmacotherapy and integrate it with acquired problem-solving skills. Synchronous and asynchronous online lectures will give the learner the opportunity to gain an understanding of more complex disease states and the management of drug-related problems commonly encountered in pharmacy practice. Each learner will be required to apply recently acquired knowledge to a problem-solving framework in order to create care plans for the patient scenarios. Learners will be required to explain and justify any proposed intervention in their care plans in a concise and comprehensive manner – verbally or in written form. Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to assume responsibility for the common and more complex issues arising in the management of a patient's drug therapy.

3615 - Clinical Skills in
Medication Management

Clinical Skills in Medication Management (CSMM) focuses on the provision of comprehensive patient-centred care. CSMM provides learning opportunities to apply and integrate material learned from all courses in the program to date, using simulated practice-based interactions (role-play sessions) with patient actors and Clinical Instructors to enhance learners' patient-care, decision-making, and documentation skills. Simulated interactions will focus on developing effective patient-centered management of multidimensional drug therapy problems anchored in a professional context.

3616 - Foundations of
Pharmacy Practice 2

The Foundations of Pharmacy Practice 2 (FPP) Course continues from CPS 1 as a series of lectures, tutorials, and self-study modules that will continue to expose learners to pharmacy practice in Ontario and the healthcare system in Canada. Completion of this course will enable learners to practice as pharmacy students with understanding of legal responsibilities, communication skills and other key aspects of pharmacy practice. Completion of all modules is essential to deepening the learner's understanding of the profession, current issues in pharmacy practice. Modules are designed to develop critical skills and attitudes.

3617 - Professional Practice
Laboratories 2

This course provides learners with practical experience in a simulated pharmacy setting. Successful completion requires assimilation of material from other courses including Foundations of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacotherapy. Learners are introduced to pharmacy practice management software and receive, process, and verify the accuracy of written and verbal prescriptions. Learners respond to simple drug information requests to familiarize themselves with the references available in the pharmacy.

SPRING 2021 Schedule - 23-week blended program

Session Dates: April 12, 2021 to September 24, 2021
Application Fee: $250 +HST
CPS 1: April 12 – July 4, 2021
CPS 1 Tuition: $6825 + HST CAD
CPS 2: July 12 – September 24, 2021
CPS 2 Tuition: $6825 + HST CAD

Deadlines
Application Deadline: March 12, 2021
CPS1 Registration & Tuition Deadline: March 26, 2021 
CPS2 Registration* & Tuition Deadline: July 7, 2021

*Continuance in CPS2 is dependant on sucessful completion of all courses in CPS1. Once final grades for CPS1 are confirmed, those that have not sucessfully passed all CPS1 courses will be notifed, withdrawn from CPS2 and provided with a full tution refund.

Block Dates Activities Location
CPS 1 Block 1

April 12-25, 2021

Program Orientation and Introduction to Courses

Completed remotely

CPS 1 Block 2 April 26 - May 16, 2021 Online lectures and activities Completed remotely
CPS 1 Block 3 May 17-30, 2021 CPS 1 Assessments and midterm exams Completed remotely
CPS 1 Block 4

May 31 - June 20, 2021

Online lectures and activities Completed remotely
CPS 1 Block 5 June 21 - July 4, 2021 CPS 1 Assessments and final exams Completed remotely
Break July 5 - 11, 2021 Break  
CPS 2 Block 6 July 12 - August 8, 2021 Online lectures and activities Completed remotely
CPS 2 Block 7 August 9 - 22, 2021 CPS 2 Assessments and midterm exams Completed remotely
CPS 2 Block 8 August 23 - September 12, 2021 Online lectures and activities Completed remotely
CPS 2 Block 9 September 13-26, 2021 CPS 2 Assessments and final exams Completed remotely

Please note that dates, schedules, and fees are subject to change.

To enroll in the IPG Program you must have successfully:

  • Completed the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Evaluating Examination
  • Met minimum requirements on an Objective English Language Proficiency Test. If you are a native English speaker you may request a Non-Objective Evidence of Language Proficiency from the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP). In order to do so, you must have a file open with OCP in order for them to review your documents. You can find additional information on their website
  • A copy of the letter stating that you have successfully completed the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Evaluating Examination
  • A copy of your valid Objective English Language Proficiency test score that meets the minimum requirement. For a summary of the minimum requirements for English fluency scores on an Objective English Language Proficiency test, please visit the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) website by clicking here
  • A recent resume with your current contact information, including address, email, phone number, and a summary of your education and career history in PDF format

1. Review the program’s minimum requirements to ensure you meet them

2. Complete the online IPG Application 

3. Prepare and upload all required documents to the online IPG Application 

4. Pay the $250 + HST CAD non-refundable application fee through the online IPG Application. We accept Visa, Mastercard, and AMEX only. We do not accept cash, debit, or personal cheques. If you need to pay by Canadian Bank Draft/Money Order (payable to the University of Toronto) please complete and save the online form and then mail the Canadian Bank Draft/Money Order to the following address: 

School of Continuing Studies – IPG Program 
158 St. George St. 
Toronto, ON
M5S 2V8

5. Your application will be reviewed to ensure that the minimum requirements have been met. If they have not been met, an SCS team member will reach out to you.

6. We will contact you by email within three business days to notify you whether your application has been approved or denied. 

7. If your application has been approved, you will receive a link to register into the program and courses and pay the CPS1 Semester 1 tuition fee: $6825 + HST CAD. Please pay the full tuition fee by the posted deadline. As a reminder, we do not accept cash, debit, or personal cheques.

8. To confirm your enrollment into the program, we must receive your full tuition payment. Once the full tuition payment is received, a receipt and Confirmation of Registration and Acceptance Letter will be emailed to you. 

9. Learners who require a letter to apply for a student visa can use the emailed Confirmation of Acceptance and Enrollment

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