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Post-Acceptance Requirements

The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences requires all students to be fully compliant with the current guidelines against vaccine-preventable diseases prior to the commencement of practicum activities. These guidelines state proof of immunity status must be available and the practicum site can request a copy of immunization documentation from students at any time in preparation for or during a practicum. Prior to the deadline determined by Student Health Services or prior to the start of any practicum or patient contact (whichever occurs first), students should be enrolled in Student Health Services, who will screen for compliance with BC Guidelines that may include Tetanus/Diphtheria-Toxoid, Polio, MMR, Chickenpox and Hepatitis B, and a negative TB skin test result (if the skin test is positive, a chest x-ray is required). Failure to comply with documentation requirement could result in the individual being barred from the practicum. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all immunizations remain up-to-date throughout their time in the program.

All students will have their vaccination records reviewed. Students with a positive test result or those who are unable to comply with vaccination requirements for any communicable disease may face restrictions in the course of their pharmacy training and may be constrained in their ability to practice.

In addition, all students are required to obtain an influenza vaccination each year. If it is contraindicated for a student to receive the influenza vaccine, the student must declare their contraindication to the Office of Experiential Education in advance of the stated deadline in order to meet their pre-practicum requirements. Pharmacy students must comply with the institutional/corporate policy of the site to which they are assigned. Individual institutions and practice sites may have immunization, testing, or documentation requirements for student placements beyond those required by the Faculty. Information regarding these requirements will be provided to students when practicum site assignments are confirmed.

All newly admitted students to the Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy program are required to register with the College of Pharmacists of B.C. by September 1st. Registration includes, but is not limited to, submission of a Notarized Identification form and a Criminal Record Check Authorization form. Students are required to renew their registration with the College each year that they are registered in the Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy program. Additionally, students are responsible for informing the College of any changes to their registration as students in the Entry-to-Practice Doctor of Pharmacy program.

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