Certificate to Canadian Pharmacy Practice


Are you an internationally-trained pharmacist wanting to practice pharmacy in Canada? Or a Canadian-trained pharmacist looking to re-enter practice after a long absence?

If so, the Certificate to Canadian Pharmacy Practice is for you.

The Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) have partnered to offer a bridging program to prepare you to enter pharmacy practice in Alberta and across Canada.

Graduates will be prepared to provide quality and safe patient-centred care in Alberta’s dynamic healthcare environment, as well as diverse settings across Canada’s healthcare system.

Keep working while you study online (part-time)

This program uses a mix of online and in-person learning, with most coursework done online.

Classes begin in September every year and run over the course of three semesters (10 months) until June.

The Fall and Winter Terms (Terms 1 and 2) are delivered part-time and online, allowing students to maintain employment while enrolled. The Spring Term (Term 3) uses a blend of online and in-person delivery designed to optimize student learning, with students engaging in simulated patient care experiences in the Patient Care Skills laboratory.

Study with educators where the scope of pharmacy practice is broadest in the world

Many services that once required an appointment with a family doctor can now be provided by an Albertan pharmacist, including the provision of health advice, precision medicine, disease screening, injections and vaccinations, prescriptions and referrals.

In Alberta, pharmacy is much more than dispensing pills. Our faculty serves a transformative role with research and education that drives policy decisions, implementation, and support for an integral new approach to healthcare as we educate future pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists.

Complete the program in 10 months

The Certificate to Canadian Pharmacy Practice program will take 10 months to finish.

By completing this program, you will be prepared to:

  • Meet the health needs of patients by taking responsibility for medication management of common conditions and diseases
  • Apply your expertise in knowledge of medications and disease management when providing patient care
  • Work effectively in independent, collaborative, and interprofessional team-based health care delivery models
  • Demonstrate effective and culturally safe communication with families, communities, and health team members
  • Advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the Canadian healthcare system, when providing care, and in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action
  • Educate patients, the public, and other health care professionals regarding medication therapy to treat and prevent diseases and maintain wellness
  • Anticipate change and continually adapt to meet challenges of professional practice
  • Fulfill ethical, legal, and professional obligations to the profession, the community, and society at large
  • Prepare for the development of further expertise in pharmacy practice and patient care

Enrolment and Email List

The enrolment deadline for this year is August 1, 2024, for most applicants. The deadline is earlier for internationally-based applicants; please refer to our Enrolment page.

Please review the Enrolment, Courses + Schedule, Tuition + Funding, and Frequently Asked Questions web pages for more details. 

If you have additional questions about this program, please email our program office at ccpp@ualberta.ca.  


Implementation of this program was made possible by funding from the Government of Alberta.