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Certificate to Canadian Pharmacy Practice (CCPP) program

The Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) and the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Alberta (U of A) have partnered to create an Alberta bridging program for internationally educated pharmacist graduates (IEPGs). 

The goal of the program is to build upon and further develop the knowledge and skills of IEPGs and prepare them to be competent and confident practitioners prepared to enter pharmacy practice in Alberta or elsewhere in 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. The program prepares graduates to be future leaders and lifelong learners who will

  • meet the health needs of patients by taking responsibility for medication management of common conditions and diseases;
  • apply their expertise in knowledge of medications (including access to medications) and disease management when providing patient care;
  • work effectively in independent, intraprofessional, collaborative, and interprofessional team-based health care delivery models;
  • demonstrate effective and culturally safe communication with families, communities, populations, 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 call to action;
  • educate patients, public and other health care professionals regarding medication therapy to treat and prevent diseases, and maintain wellness;
  • advocate for and support patient decision making regarding medication therapy;
  • manage daily pharmacy practice, compounding and distribution of medications;
  • anticipate change and continually adapt to meet challenges of professional practice;
  • advance pharmacists’ professional contributions in the health care system, the profession, and society throughout their careers;
  • fulfill ethical, legal and professional obligations to the profession, the community and society at large; and
  • prepare for development of further expertise in pharmacy practice and patient care.

The initial offering of the CCPP program is a 10-month program that runs between September and June.

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 the 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.

The CCPP program 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.

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.

  • To apply to participate in the Diagnostic Tool and Learning Modules, please contact Andrea Nelson, Project Manager, at P4T-4PF@napra.ca

Learners must also attend a synchronous orientation in August (optionally online or at the U of A) prior to the start of the CCPP program.

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.

The tuition fees for the CCPP program will total approximately $13,500 CDN.

The initial offering of the CCPP program will include a maximum of 50 students. Subsequent offerings of the program will accommodate more students.

No, there are no winter intakes at this time. All learners must begin the program in the fall (September).

The CCPP program is still under development. More information will be available in the coming months. If you have a question about the CCPP program, please contact ccpp@ualberta.ca.

To apply for the CCPP program, you may choose one of the following pathways:

Based on your personal circumstances, you may wish to complete the U of A’s CCPP program prior to registering as a provisional pharmacist. To enroll in the CCPP program without being on the provisional pharmacist register, you must, at a minimum, complete the following steps:

  1. Enroll in the NAPRA Pharmacists Gateway Canada.
    • Ensure you have chosen the Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) as your designated PRA. If you have previously chosen a different PRA you will be required to add ACP as an additional PRA on your Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada profile.
  2. Successfully complete the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Evaluating Exam.
  3. Meet English language fluency requirements.
    • Evidence of English Language Fluency must be added to your Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada profile.

Once you have met the above requirements, you can apply for the next available fall intake (September) of the CCPP program by submitting the application to the ACP.

A representative from the U of A will begin to notify selected candidates towards the end of June to complete the enrollment 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.