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Pharmacy Practice Residency Program

Several hospitals in BC offer a one-year post-graduate pharmacy practice residency program in affiliation with the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the BC Branch of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. These residencies are conducted following standards established for accreditation by the Canadian Hospital Pharmacy Residency Board. Residencies normally commence in June of each year. Those selected are registered as Pharmacy residents in the Faculty and are assessed the applicable Tuition fee as indicated in Fees. The residencies are offered by the following agencies/authorities: Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services (Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health Services), Northern Health, Vancouver Island Health, Interior Health, and BC Cancer Agency.


Graduates of any Canadian pharmacy school are eligible for admission. All candidates must satisfy the requirements for registration with the College of Pharmacists of BC. Graduates of foreign pharmacy schools must be registrants of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. The selection is highly competitive and is determined using a matching process conducted by the BC Pharmacy Practice Residency Program Committee and the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists. Admissions decisions are based on health authority preferences, interviews, letters of reference, and academic performance during the undergraduate pharmacy program.


Applications are submitted online and descriptive literature may be obtained from the Canadian Society for Hospital Pharmacists. Inquiries may also be directed to the residency coordinators in any of the health authorities offering a residency program. The closing date for submission of completed applications is usually in October for entry into programs the following June.

Program Requirements

The residency program consists of required and elective rotations in the resident's health authority and other affiliated hospitals and agencies. A certificate signifying completion of the program is awarded jointly by the health authority and the University based on satisfactory performance in rotation assignments, oral and written assessments, and project work as determined by the BC Pharmacy Practice Residency Program Committee.

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