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Admission

Important Note: Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy (B.Sc. (Pharm.)) is suspended. Applicants interested in an entry-to-practice pharmacy degree should consult the admissions requirements for the entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy.

To be considered for admission to the four-year program, a student must first achieve an average grade of at least 65% in the courses listed below, or their equivalents, at an approved college or university. Because of the limitations in clinical clerkship sites, laboratory facilities, and resources, enrolment is limited.

The Faculty will select for admission those students who not only demonstrate academic potential, but who also most aptly display a motivation to study pharmaceutical sciences and who demonstrate the qualities and skills most necessary to be a caring and competent pharmacist. Candidates may be invited for an interview at the discretion of the admissions committee.

Note: Because enrolment in the program is limited and competitive, applicants should be aware that satisfying the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants with a competitive average will be invited for an interview. In the selection of applicants, preference is given to well-qualified residents of BC who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Special consideration may be given to Aboriginal applicants and applicants from under-represented areas of BC.

Applications received with incomplete documentation or without the correct fees will not be processed. Late applications will not be considered.

Students are not admissible to the program directly from a high school or secondary school program (BC Grade 12 or equivalent obtained in any province). Admission to the program is to the first year of a four-year program following at least one post-secondary year. Students must complete at least 30 credits of coursework by the end of the academic term in which application is due. The required courses are:

Biology BIOL 112 or MICB 201, plus BIOL 121 and BIOL 140
Chemistry CHEM 111 & 113 or CHEM 121 & 123
English 1st year (6 credits)1. ENGL 112 is recommended.
Mathematics MATH 102 (recommended) or MATH 100, 104, 120, 180 or 184, plus MATH 103 (recommended) or MATH 101, 105 or 121
Physics PHYS 101
1 SCIE 113 will be accepted in lieu of 3 credits of first-year English. The English requirement may be waived for students who have a degree from an eligible institution.

Also acceptable is the UBC Science One Program (plus 6 credits of first-year English).

Applicants without these specific UBC courses need to present a full year each (i.e., 2 semesters) of:

  • first-year university biology with a lab
  • first-year university chemistry with a lab
  • first-year university English (for which UBC gives transfer credit)
  • first-year university calculus
  • first-year university physics with a lab (also acceptable is a one-semester physics course that has a prerequisite requirement of PHYS 12)

Students who have any doubts about their preparedness for the first-year Pharmacy program should consult an Advisor, 604.827.2673. Non-UBC students taking courses in BC may also wish to consult the BC Transfer Guide.

Additional Requirements

  • Pharmacy College Admission Test (PCAT)
  • Pharmacy Online Undergraduate Application
  • Two letters of reference
  • Interview for selected applicants

Detailed information on admission requirements for all applicants is available from the Faculty.

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