Program Details

The Canadian Pharmacy Practice Program (CP3) runs for 24 weeks. This includes 12 weeks of classroom instruction, a 12.5-week Structured Practical Training (SPT) placement, with a one-day “Getting Ready” session in the final month.   

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.

Classroom Instruction (12 weeks)

Students will participate in four days of classes each week in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Building. Depending on instructor availability or statutory holidays, some weeks students may be required to attend classes on a Monday. The schedule will be similar to the following:

       Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
AM: 9:30 to 12:30     Therapeutics Health Care Systems Overview Patient Dialogue Skills Practice Skills Lab  
PM: 1:30 to 4:30     Therapeutics Communications Patient Dialogue Skills Practice Skills Lab  


COVID-19: The September 2021, the January 2022, and the May 2022 classroom portion of CP3 will be delivered via an online medium due to COVID-19. Future session delivery formats will be re-assessed based on the current pandemic situation.

Structured Practical Training (SPT) program (12.5 weeks)

The Structured Practical Training (SPT) program provides students with the opportunity to gain Canadian pharmacy practice experience. Students spend this period working in a community pharmacy and will complete various assignments. The SPT program is modelled after the undergraduate experiential education program and the Office of Experiential Education will place and mentor students. The program is accepted by the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia as completion of the Structured Practical Training requirements necessary for licensure.

Starting September 2019, all CP3 students must be registered with UBC Student Health Services and immunized according to the Canadian Pharmacy Practice Program Immunization Review Instructions document.  This is a pre-practicum requirement.  If a student fails to complete the above, they will not be eligible for their practicum.

“Getting Ready” Mock-OSCE (One day)

There is a one-day “Getting Ready” session at the end of the program, designed to be a personal assessment of each registrant's readiness for the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE). It allows students to practise and assess their newly acquired skills and competencies in preparation for the national pharmacy licensing examinations. Students will receive resources and instruction on strategies for written test taking, as well as an opportunity to complete a mock-OSCE. Please note that this session is reserved for participants in the full CP3 program and is only open to other registrants if space permits.

Individual Classroom Instruction Modules

Pharmacists who have previously been licensed to practice in Canada and are looking to re-enter practice or update skills, may choose to complete one or more individual classroom instruction modules. Each module focuses on interactive, “hands-on” learning.

Please click on module titles to view the course outline (PDF format):

Communications: Canadian workplace culture, problem solving, interpersonal communication and written communication. Details are in the course outline.

Therapeutics: An introduction to Drug Therapy Problems (DTPs), the Therapeutic Thought Process (TTP), Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs), and Drug Interactions (DIs). Case studies will be used extensively to allow students to apply information presented during the lectures. Details are in the course outline.

Patient Dialogue Skills: Role-play sessions, some of which will utilize Standardized Patients (SPs). Students will be exposed to role-plays that include patient counselling (both prescription and self care scenarios), ethical, business, administrative and inter-professional scenarios. The extensive use of videotaping will assist the students to review and improve their counselling skills.  The activities in this module, along with the Practice Skills Lab module, count towards the final program mark. Details are in the course outline.

Health Care Systems Overview: Jurisprudence, practice management, ethics, BC PharmaCare and PharmaNet systems and substance abuse. Details are in the course outline.

Practice Skills Lab: All aspects of prescription dispensing plus selective aspects of drug information and Over-The-Counter (OTC) medications.  The activities in this module, along with the Patient Dialogue Skills module, count towards the final program mark.  Details are in the course outline.

"Getting Ready" Mock-OSCE: A one-day session including resources and strategies to be used in preparation for the national pharmacy licensing examinations. Details are in the course outline.