September 2022 PharmD Final Application Deadline - January 3, 2022 (11:59pm eastern time)

CASPer final valid test date and registration deadline - January 5, 2022 (5:00pm Eastern time registration deadline)

Admission Requirements for the PharmD program:

Pharmacists serve an important role in each community across Canada, as key professionals within the healthcare system. To be successful in this multifaceted role, individuals must be effective communicators, collaborative, empathetic and possess strong problem-solving skills. 

For admission in September 2022 applicants to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program are considered based on three key factors:

  • Academic Performance;
  • CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test score, and;
  • Online Individual Assessment (formerly referred to as ‘Admissions Interview).

Academic Performance 

  • Applicants must successfully complete a minimum of 1.5 FCEs (full-credit equivalents)* in Chemistry, 1.0 FCE in Biology, 1.0 FCE in Mathematics (including 0.5 in Calculus)  and 1.0 FCE in Humanities/Social Science at the university level, by the end of April of the year for which application has been made**.
  • Applicants must have successfully completed a total of at least 8.0 FCEs at the university level by the end of April of the year for which application has been made.
  • Applicants must achieve a cumulative university average of no less than 70% (equivalent to a ‘B-’ at the University of Toronto).

*(FCE = Full-credit equivalent.  1.0 FCE= 2 terms or semesters, 0.5 FCE = 1 term or semester)

**Refer to important details including restrictions on acceptable courses in the ‘Academic Requirements’ and ‘Handbook’ sections.

CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) 

All applicants must complete the CASPer Test, an online situational-judgement test used to assess non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics. This test is administered online, and may be completed anywhere you have a reliable internet connection.  You may refer to www.takealtus.com for details, practice test and test dates. Note that the final acceptable test date occurs January 5, 2022. Applicants are encouraged to review details and consider taking the practice test.

Online Individual Assessment ) formerly referred to as 'Admission Interviews'  

NOTE: The ‘Admissions Interview’ has been renamed as ‘online Individual Assessment’ effective January 2022.
This new title is more reflective of the fact that our online assessment does not involve live one-on-one interaction with an interviewer. The format (video-recorded questions and responses, along with written/typed responses and multiple-choice responses) has not changed, and the information published earlier on our website remains correct. Only the title of this component of our admissions process has changed; this is not a change in our requirements or processes. You would prepare for this step of our admission process as you would for an interview although there is no direct interaction with a live interviewer.

Minimum thresholds in academic performance and CASPer scores will be set to determine elibility for the Online Individual Assessment. Applicants who meet minimum required thresholds  will be required to complete the Online Individual Assessment which will be facilitated through a video-enabled interviewing platform. A maximum of approximately 600 applicants will be selected to proceed to this stage or our admissions process. Eligible  applicants must complete the Online Individual Assessment to remain eligible for further admissions consideration. For admission in September 2022 this Assessment is scheduled only on Friday, March 25, 2022 between 0600 and 1800 h Eastern Time Zone (the specific time will be announced 4-6 weeks prior). No additional or alternative dates or times will be offered.

Selection Process

  • All applicants will be assessed and selected on academic criteria (as noted above) as well as performance in the CASPer Test.  It should be noted that although 70% is the minimum published average, this is used as a ‘screen out’. This means that no applicants below 70% will be considered, however those at or above 70% are not automatically considered.  The minimum ‘threshold’ to proceed to the Online Individual Assessment may be higher than 70% depending on the performance of all of the applicants  in any given year. Eligible applicants, who meet the required threshold in the academic criteria, and in the CASPer Test, will proceed to the Online Individual Assessment where a minimum threshold performance (score) must also be met.
  • A sufficient number of offers of admission will be made in June to the top candidates to fill a class of approximately 240, while some remaining qualified candidates may be placed on a waiting list. 
  • International students who meet the published requirements and are competitive within the applicant pool will be considered for admission; however, the class of approximately 240 will be comprised mainly of domestic students (Canadian citizens and permanent residents).
     

    Important Dates  

  • Visit the Application Process & Timelines section of our website for important dates and deadlines.  The final application deadline is January 3, 2022 for admission in September 2022