Frequently Asked Questions


When is the application deadline and when can I start?
The program begins in Fall Term (September) every year. Please see the Enrolment page for details.
How many students are admitted into the program?
The initial offering of the program will include a maximum of 50 students. Subsequent offerings will accommodate more students.
Do I need to provide proof of English language proficiency?
Yes, the majority of applicants will need to submit acceptable test scores from within the last 2 years. Some exceptions may apply depending on the country or institution where previous studies were completed. Please see the Enrolment page for more details.
When can I expect an admission decision?
For Fall 2021, selected candidates will be notified at the beginning of July to complete the enrolment process. Priority will be given to applicants who are on the provisional pharmacist register or have completed the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Examination (MCQ and/or OSCE). The application date will also be considered. Once the limited capacity for the 2021-22 program is full, all remaining applicants will be notified. For information pertaining to the Fall 2022 intake of the program please see the Enrolment page.


What is the cost of the program?
Tuition for the entire program is $13,500 CAD. Please see the Tuition + Funding page for more details.
Are there any additional costs for the program?
Additional costs include textbooks and other materials required for the coursework. It is highly recommended that all students own a laptop computer. Students are also required to have a high quality (external or internal) webcam and microphone. Students may also incur costs in order to attend the in-person component of the Spring semester of the program.
Is financial support available for students?
Please see the Tuition + Funding page for details.


Is there any preliminary coursework?
Learners must complete NAPRA’s online Pilot Program to Prepare for Practical Training (P4T) diagnostic tool and learning modules prior to starting the CCPP program. Please see the Courses + Schedule page for more details.
How is the program delivered?
CCPP is a blended program, meaning there are both online and on-campus requirements. Terms 1 and 2 (fall and winter) will be online. Term 3 (spring) will be delivered face to face on-campus at the University of Alberta.
How long will it take me to complete the program?
The program takes 10 months (September to June) to complete.
What is the estimated weekly workload to complete the program?
For Fall and Winter terms (both 13 weeks, online), there will be between 6-8 hours of online class time per week; an additional 6-10 hours each week will be required to complete assignments, review materials, or study, depending on the individual. For Spring Term (8 weeks, on campus), there will be between 10.5 - 12 hours of on campus class time per week; an additional 8-12 hours each week will be required to complete assignments, review materials, or study, depending on the individual. Please see the Courses and Schedules page for more details.
How are courses graded?
Learners will be required to demonstrate acceptable performance within each course to successfully complete the program. More information will be provided once learners begin their program.


How do I obtain a permit to practice pharmacy in Alberta?
The Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) is responsible for all requirements, processes, and decisions pertaining to the registration of pharmacists in Alberta. The University cannot advise in this regard. Please refer to the ACP website for current information and to obtain support related to Applying to ACP.
Will the program help me to prepare for the PEBC qualifying exams?
Preparation for the PEBC Qualifying exams is not the focus of the program. The focus of the CCPP program is pharmacy practice in a Canadian context. However, the program will support IEPGs in developing the knowledge and skills expected for the PEBC Qualifying exams. The CCPP program will particularly support the development knowledge and skills necessary for the OSCE.

Still have questions?

Additional inquiries about the CCPP program can be sent to ccpp@ualberta. Overall guidance related to the requirements and processes for becoming a registered pharmacist in Alberta must be obtained from the Alberta College of Pharmacy.