Canadian Pharmacy Skills Toronto

Program Overview

The International Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto, provides academic modules and experiential learning necessary for internationally-educated pharmacists to gain enculturation to Canadian pharmacy practice and training for the purpose of meeting entry-level standards of practice for pharmacists. Course content is adapted from courses offered in the Faculty of Pharmacy undergraduate program and is comprised of Canadian Pharmacy Skills (CPS) I and CPS II course modules and the Canadian Practical Experience (CPE) mentoring program.

Therapeutics, law, practice management, pharmaceutical care, drug information and the Canadian health care system are just a few of the content areas covered. Students also gain critical language, workplace, and practice skills necessary for licensure in Canada. Students enrolled in IPG program course modules and Canadian Practical Experience (CPE) learn innovative Canadian models for pharmacy practice, which will help them identify and resolve medication-related issues and upgrade their skills in pharmaceutical care.

CPS I courses are offered in October and April each year. CPS II courses are offered January and July each year. Please submit your application electronically at

Content areas include:

  • therapeutics
  • patient counselling skills
  • law
  • drug distribution
  • practice management
  • pharmaceutical care
  • communication skills
  • drug information
  • the Canadian health care system
  • and workplace success skills.

The academic modules are very intensive and consist of a combination of didactic, problem-based, practical and simulated course work. All courses in Canadian Pharmacy Skills I (CPS I) must be successfully completed and a minimum average of 60% must be achieved prior to beginning the CPS II module.

An examination period follows each module. Results are made available to participants following review and approval by the IPG Examinations Committee.

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