The education in Pharmacy cover the study of various aspects relating to health, nursing, oral sciences, pathology, dental sciences, dietetics, clinical laboratory, general psychology, medical technology and the role of technologists, managing care, community health and preventive medicines etc. depending upon the selected course.
The education in Pharmacy often involves both coursework and clinical experience. The students gain clinical experience through internships, which they choose to opt in their desired field. Apart from meeting different course requirements, students also need to appear in examination conducted by Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC). The degrees are accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).
- Diploma courses
- Certificate courses
- Associate Degree
- Bachelors Degree
- Masters Degree and
- PhD Degree
- IELTS score – may vary for different universities.
- Certificates showing strong academic background.
- Statement of Purpose
- Financial documents showing adequate funds for living and study in Canada.
Popular Colleges and Universities in Canada
- Vancouver community college – http://www.vcc.ca/
- College of Pharmacist of British Columbia – http://www.bcpharmacists.org/contact_us/index.php
- College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University – http://pharmacy.dal.ca/
- College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan – http://www.usask.ca/pharmacy-nutrition/
- School of Pharmacy, Memorial University of Newfoundland - http://www.mun.ca/pharmacy/aboutpharmacy/
- School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo – http://www.pharmacy.uwaterloo.ca/
- Faculté de pharmacie, Université de Montréal – http://www.pharm.umontreal.ca/
- Faculté de pharmacie, Université Laval – http://www.pha.ulaval.ca/
- Faculty of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Alberta – http://www.pharm.ualberta.ca/
- Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia – http://www.pharmacy.ubc.ca/
- Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Manitoba – http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/pharmacy/index.html
- Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto – http://www.pharmacy.utoronto.ca/Page4.aspx
- Faculty of Health Care, KLC Colleges – http://www.klccollege.ca/w_pharmacy_technician.aspx
- Faculty of Health Care, MTI Community College – http://www.mticc.com/English/Programs.aspx#health
- Pharmacy Technician Training, CDI College – http://www.trade-schools.ca/cdi-college/pharmacy-technician.asp
- Trillium College – http://www.trade-schools.ca/trillium-college/pharmacy-assistant.asp
- Everest College – http://www.everest.edu/campus/ontario/program/pharmacy-technician
- Faculty of Health Care, TriOS College – http://www.trios.com/career/?section=PharmacyTechnician
Career in Pharmacy in Canada
A degree in Pharmacy teaches both medical and management skills, which can be applied at various places. Therefore, education in Pharmacy brings various opportunities for work and career growth. A Pharmacy graduate can work as a registered Pharmacist in hospitals, clinics or in medical stores, could work as a Pharmacy technician or run his/her own Pharmaceutical stores.
In industry pharmacist may also work in sales and marketing, medical information, and quality assurance/product formulation. Knowledge of Pharmacy also opens the door for community and social work particularly those relating to health. Such opportunities are expected to grow in future with more demands for young practitioners.
Apart from an international degree and facilities, many Canadian institutions also assist with job placement in this field. Their referral also helps to work in Canada and abroad.
Challenges for international students
Apart from various opportunities, there are number of challenges that students can face during admission or establishing a career in Pharmacy in Canada. These include:
- Intense competition for admission. In major universities, since many students apply for admission, competition for admission is very tough. However, good academic background helps to overcome this barrier.
- Pharmacists in Canada are not licensed nationally. Mostly pharmacists are registered for a province, and they need to take certain examination for which guidance is readily available for students.