Canada Pharmacy Details

Bridging Programs

A pharmacy bridging program is a gathering of educational courses offered by a perceived Canadian institution composed particularly for International Pharmacy Graduates (IPGs). These projects will offer you some assistance with acquiring the information and skills you have to meet Canadian practice standards.

Learners are taught about all components of pharmacy practice as sketched out in the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacists at Entry to Practice.Bridging programs likewise cover numerous different subjects which are vital to IPGs. These include language and communication, Canadian culture, professional behaviours and orientation to the Canadian health care system. Programs for the most part incorporate a mix of independent study, seminars, case-studies, role-playing and simulated work experiences.

Studies have demonstrated that internationally educated professionals who complete Bridging Programs build their odds of achievement and they will probably discover work in their field. (SP Consulting and The Whetstone Group. (2008). Budgetary help for worker preparing (FAIT). Creators: Ottawa ON.)

In order to attend a bridging program, you will first need to pass the PEBC Evaluating Exam, except in the province of Québec. In order to submit an application to the bridging program offered in Québec, candidates must have received the results of their training and education equivalency assessment. Candidates in Québec are not required to complete the PEBC Evaluating Exam prior to application.

Why should I consider enrolling in a Bridging Program?

Bridging programs are greatly useful to all International Pharmacy Graduates who are new to Canada. These projects will offer you some assistance with preparing for the Canadian certification exams and will offer you some assistance with becoming a great deal more more familiar and comfortable with Canadian practice and a pharmacist’s role. Now and again, an licensing authority might conclude that you require extra preparing before you can qualify for a licence.. By finishing a Bridging Program, you will have the capacity to fulfill huge numbers of those requirements.

Benefits of Bridging Programs

    • Increases the chances of success in licensing exams; regulated professions have reported significantly higher pass rates for those who complete bridging programs
    • Increases IPGs’ awareness of the realities of the Canadian practice setting
    • Increases IPGs’ understanding of differences in professional roles, regulatory requirements and client service relationships.
    • Increases professional and social interactions for IPGs and develops networks within the profession

This is what some IPGs have said after completing a Bridging Program:

Bridging Programs in English

Two university-based bridging programs are available for international pharmacy graduates (IPGs) who wish to practise in a province or territory other than Québec:


International Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) Program offered by the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario

The IPG Program is a 16-week intensive course designed to assist pharmacists trained in countries outside Canada, to meet Canadian entry-to-practice standards. The IPG Program is comprised of two, 8-week modules: Canadian Pharmacy Skills I and Canadian Pharmacy Skills II.

Award:  Canadian Pharmacy Skills I and Canadian Pharmacy Skills II.
Course Type BSc after 4 years with the option of an additional 1 year to graduate with MPharm
Duration: 16-week intensive course
Eligibility Pass the PEBC Evaluating Exam
Topics will be Covered Therapeutics, law, practice management, pharmaceutical care, drug information and the Canadian health care system.
Mode of Teaching Online/ Classroom
Fees Canadian Pharmacy Skills I (CPS I) – $6500.00
Canadian Pharmacy Skills II (CPS II) – $6750.00
Course Dates

University of British Columbia

The CP3 program is a comprehensive bridging program designed to help International Pharmacy Graduates achieve the skills and competencies required to practice pharmacy in Canada. The program includes a 12.5-week practicum, which satisfies the Structured Practical Training requirements necessary for licensure with the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia. Enrolment in the full program is required. While not an exam preparation course, we have found that graduates of the CP3 program have achieved an average 87% success rate in the Qualifying Exams. The success rate for candidates who have not completed a bridging program is approximately 40%.

Award:  Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Exam
Duration: 24-week program includes Classroom Instruction (12 weeks), Structured Practical Training (SPT) program (12.5 weeks), “Getting Ready” Mock-OSCE (One day)
Eligibility Pass the PEBC Evaluating Exam,
Topics will be Covered Communication,Therapeutics,Patient Dialogue Skills,Healthcare System Overview,Practical Skills Overview
Mode of teaching Online/ Classroom
Fees The tuition fee for the entire program (classroom instruction modules, SPT program and one-day “Getting Ready” session) is $10,000,
Course Dates

Université de Montréal in Montréal

  • Bridging Program in French
  • Université de Montréal in Montréal, Québec, offers a 16-month (64 credits) specialized program for international pharmacy graduates (IPGs).
  • This program includes mandatory classes, labs and professional practice placements. Candidates who successfully complete this program will be granted educational equivalency by l’Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec.
  • In order to apply you must be recommended by the of l’Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ)
  • The program is offered once each year, starting in September.
  • The program is offered to a limited number of students each year
  • The total cost of this program is between $7,500 and $8,000 (approximately)

Student Visa

You need the following documents to apply for a study permit:

  1. Proof of acceptance
  2. Proof of identity
  3. Proof of financial support
  4. Letter of explanation

In addition to these documents, you may have to provide other information when you apply for a study permit. Check the visa office instructions for your country or region for local requirements.

If you are not a citizen of the country where you submit your application, you may have to provide proof of your present immigration status in the country where you apply.

If the government that issued your passport or travel document requires a re-entry permit, you must get one before you apply for a Canadian visa. Other documents may also be required.