Bringing the International experience to the Canadian healthcare system
The International Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) program at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy is an academic bridging program that prepares internationally educated pharmacists to meet Canadian entry-to-practice requirements and develop skills to care for patients as the profession evolves.
The IPG program is committed to ensuring academic excellence in pharmacy education and providing a supportive learning environment. Learners in our program will cover current and emerging topics in pharmacotherapy, pharmacy practice and the Canadian healthcare system, while gaining critical language, workplace, and patient care skills necessary for licensure and effective practice across a range of settings in Canada.
The IPG Program is a 23-week full-time online program comprised of two academic terms: Canadian Pharmacy Skills 1 (CPS 1) and Canadian Pharmacy Skills 2 (CPS 2). There is a scheduled break between CPS 1 and CPS 2.
Program Dates and Deadlines
|Session Duration||25 weeks (including weekends)|
|Session Dates||September 11, 2023 to March 24, 2024|
September 11 - 24, 2023 (2 weeks)
|CPS 1||September 25 – December 17, 2023 (12 weeks)|
|CPS 2||January 8 – March 24, 2024 (11 weeks)|
"The International Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) program by the University of Toronto provided an amazing learning experience for internationally-educated pharmacists like me to become familiarized with and trained to meet entry-level standards of the Canadian pharmacy practice.
The foundation of knowledge and experiences that I was able to build through with the help of the IPG program instructors and course coordinators has led me to a good start of my career in a long-term care pharmacy setting, and now in the community practice. I believe that my learning experiences, self-development, and continuous education have improved my competence and confidence in providing the best quality of care to patients."
- Dyan Pagkaliwangan, IPG class of 1T9
Application Deadline: August 13, 2023
CPS 1 Registration & Tuition Deadline: August 20, 2023
CPS 2 Registration* & Tuition Deadline: January 1, 2024
*Continuance in CPS 2 is dependent on successful completion of all courses in CPS 1. Once final grades for CPS 1 are confirmed, those that have not successfully passed all CPS 1 courses will be notified, withdrawn from CPS 2 and provided with a full tuition refund.
- Full refund: withdraw by the end of the first week
- 75% refund: by the end of the second week
- 50% refund: by the end of the third week
Tuition and Financial Assistance
CPS 1 Tuition: $6965 CAD
CPS 2 Tuition: $6965 CAD
Financial assistance may be available to eligible students through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program (OBPAP) provided once annually by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Ministry funding decisions are made annually in March/April. Once funding has been determined, eligible students enrolled in the program will be contacted.
Please refer to the University of Toronto Financial Aid for information on additional funding resources that may be available. Learners may be eligible for private loans:
"Not only did the IPG program help me prepare for the PEBC exams, but more importantly, it helped me as an international graduate learn how to navigate the complex journey to become a successful pharmacist in Ontario, and in Canada.
My journey was guided and supported by all the Academic Personnel, who constantly aimed at making the learning experience a pleasant and fruitful one, and always strived to find ways for improvement despite the many limitations imposed by the pandemic."
- Hazem Fahmi, IPG Class of 2T1
Admission and Technology Requirements
Learn about the requirements to apply to the International Pharmacy Graduate (IPG) program and the technology requirements.
Learn about the requirements to apply to the International Pharmacy Graduate program.
The IPG Program is a 23-week full-time online program comprised of two academic terms: Canadian Pharmacy Skills 1 (CPS 1) and Canadian Pharmacy Skills 2 (CPS 2).
Mandatory Technology Orientation Sessions
Learn about the mandatory orientation sessions IPG learners must complete.
Learn about the IPG program policies on attendance, time commitment and schedule accommodations.
Check out Frequently Asked Questions about the program
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