Why UBC Canadian Pharmacy Practice Programme

“CP3 (has helped) me have right vision and proper approach to pharmacy practice in Canada.” – Mehrdad Rezaei, Spring 2013 graduate. Read more graduate testimonials.

Welcome to the Canadian Pharmacy Practice Programme (CP3) website. 

The CP3 program is designed for:

• International Pharmacy Graduates (IPGs)

• Canadian-trained pharmacists looking to re-enter practice or update core skills


International Pharmacy Graduates (IPGs)

The CP3 program is a comprehensive bridging program designed to help International Pharmacy Graduates achieve the skills and competencies required to practice pharmacy in Canada. The program includes a 12.5-week practicum, which satisfies the Structured Practical Training requirements necessary for licensure with the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia.  Enrolment in the full program is required.  While not an exam preparation course, we have found that graduates of the CP3 program have achieved an average 87% success rate in the Qualifying Exams. The success rate for candidates who have not completed a bridging program is approximately 40%. 

Recognizing that many students are taking the CP3 program to increase their chances of passing the PEBC Qualifying examinations, the Canadian Pharmacy Practice Programme does not recommend that students attempt either of these exams during a session.  If a student chooses to do so, there will be no exceptions or exemptions from course work and students will be expected to be in class and have all assignments completed on time.  Recognizing that sitting these examinations during the session is a voluntary choice, any student missing an assessed class will receive a mark of zero on the activities in the missed class and should take this into consideration.

Canadian-trained Pharmacists

Canadian-trained pharmacists who wish to re-enter practice in British Columbia after a prolonged absence will find undertaking the CP3 program tremendously useful. Pharmacists who are looking to update core competencies are also eligible to complete one or more individual classroom modules outside of the full program. 

Studying at UBC Pharm Sci

Classroom instruction is held in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building, a quarter-million square foot, state-of-the-art learning and research facility in Vancouver, British Columbia. Learn more about studying at UBC Vancouver

A student must achieve a minimum average of 60% in the classroom portion to be eligible for the SPT placement.  Prospective students are reminded that CP3 is an intensive, university-level program with corresponding expectations and workload.

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

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Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z3

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