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How can I become a Successful Pharmacist in Canada?

by Charu Malik

What is Pharmacy or Pharmaceutical Sciences?

Pharmacy is the health profession that links the health sciences with the chemical sciences and it is charged with ensuring the safe and effective use of pharmaceutical drugs. This article has been developed to help prospective pharmacy students make an appropriate decision about a career in pharmacy in Canada.

Pharmaceutical Sciences are a group of interdisciplinary areas of study involved with the design, action, delivery, disposition, and use of drugs. This field draws on many areas of the basic and applied sciences, such as chemistry (organic, inorganic, physical, biochemical and analytical), biology (anatomy and physiology, biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology), epidemiology, statistics, chemo metrics, mathematics, physics, and chemical engineering, and applies their principles to the study of drugs.

What are the key areas of a Pharmacist?

Difference between Pharmacology and Pharmacy

Often students get confused between Pharmacology and Pharmacy. It is important to understand that both offer different careers.

Pharmacology is the scientific study of drugs and how they work in the body. It can be subdivided into pharmacodynamics (i.e. what drugs do to the body) and pharmacokinetics (i.e. what the body does to the drugs - including absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion).

Pharmacy is a quite different area of study involving the scientific, legal and managerial aspects of dispensing medicines. The main responsibility of the pharmacist is to provide safe and effective use of medication for the patient. Pharmacists require a license in order to practice. A degree in pharmacology does not qualify you to practice pharmacy.

Career Scope as a Pharmacist in Canada.

The scope of pharmacy practice includes more traditional roles such as compounding and dispensing medications, and it also includes more modern services related to health care, including clinical services, reviewing medications for safety and efficacy, and providing drug information. Pharmacists, therefore, are the experts on drug therapy and are the primary health professionals who optimize medication use to provide patients with positive health outcomes.

A career in pharmacy, offers a vista full of opportunities leading to a bright future for a young career aspirant. You can work in various areas/fields such as:

  1. Production and Manufacturing
  2. Research and Development
  3. Analysis and Testing
  4. Marketing
  5. Hospital Pharmacy
  6. Community Pharmacy
  7. Academics
  8. Regulatory Affairs
  9. Documentation, Library Information Services
  10. Consultancy

A qualified Pharmacy professional is offered a best package and can earn very well in this industry. Pharmacy has great scope in countries including Canada, USA, European countries, African countries, Southeast Asian countries such as Singapore etc, and the Australian continent including New Zealand.

How do I get my Pharmacy License in Canada?

You should follow the following procedures for a Registered Pharmacist License in Canada:

1. First of all your back home degree should be evaluated by Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada.(PEBC, Canada)

2. Then you have to pass two exams conducted by PEBC called 'Evaluating Exam and Qualifying Exam'.

3. Once you pass the above two exams (PEBC Evaluation and Qualifying exams) you will be given a certificate called 'Certificate of qualification' by PEBC.

4. Now it's your turn to choose which province you would like to practice and obtain English score according to that province regulation

5. Next you have to finish sufficient hours of training in the pharmacy (usually there are 2 stages of training, studentship and internship)

6. Finally, pass the Law exam (Jurisprudence exam) and get the 'Pharmacist License'.

For any queries, please leave a comment below.

Best of Luck!!!

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    anurt
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    anurtWed, 23 Jul 2014 04:15:13 -0000

    Hello..i completed B.Pharm,M.Pharm from Primeasia University,Bangladesh. i kindly request please inform me how to apply in Canada hospital pharmacy job,retail pharmacist job,pharmacist technician job please give me suggestion and provide complete procedure and information how to apply in cannada pharmacist job please help me …thank you

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    sweeduSun, 29 Jun 2014 23:36:40 -0000

    I love Pharmacist job, can i appear in 'Evaluating Exam and Qualifying Exam' through online from india or if stay in canada only

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    shahbaz siddique_75
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    shahbaz siddique_75Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:57:05 -0000

    Hello..i am complet diploma in pharmacy (Dpharm) in Maharashtra state board technical education(MSBTE) in india and i also appeared Bpharm final year in RTMNU UNIVERSITY NAGPUR SO i kindly request plz inform nd help how to apply in cannada hospital pharmacy job,retail pharmacist job,pharmacist technician job plz give me suggestion and provide complet procedure and informtion how to aply in cannada pharmacist job in degree or diploma base..plz help me …thank you

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    Sarah-greenThu, 22 May 2014 17:37:57 -0000

    Good day. I've completed my B.pharm here in Nigeria and I'm presently doing my internship. Do I have to be in Canada before the evaluation of my degree and the evaluation and qualifying exam can be carried out? Or I could start the process here in Nigeria? Basically what I need to know is if I have to move to Canada for one reason or the other like maybe coming over to do my masters before I can be qualified to register?

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    niviiSun, 18 May 2014 14:50:50 -0000

    I hv completed my 12th standard in india…..I want to do my b.pharm studies in canada. …..if we complete our b.pharm studies in canada . .should we need to write any licensing exam for working as pharmacist (like usmle for medical gradutes in usa)

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    navdhillonFri, 04 Apr 2014 14:27:26 -0000

    hey…i m doing b.pharmacy in punjabi university patiala.i will complete my degree in may 2014..i want to continue my study in abroad.please give me suggestions and knowledge about studies and jobs related to pharmacy.i will be really thankfull to you.

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    abhagatpharma
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    abhagatpharmaThu, 12 Dec 2013 08:43:22 -0000

    Sir I've done b.pharmacy from India approved college from PCI . Now what I should do to be a pharmacist in Canada .
    Thanks

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    nikhil smiley
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    nikhil smileySun, 27 Oct 2013 16:42:29 -0000

    Sir i have completed my under graduate of pharma d course in india nd i want to complete my post bactularate of pharma d in cannada
    plz give me guidence

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    bikram_jaswalSat, 19 Oct 2013 20:07:09 -0000

    Dear ,
    Im compleated b.pharmacy cource in 2010 at india. still I have three year experience as a sales marketing in pharmaceuticals company.i would like to come Canada and as a work like pharmacist .so please help me.and expecting your instruction about how I will get job in Canada i am waiting your response

    With regards,
    Bikram jeet singh
    chandigarh,ut
    India

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    prmkattunadTue, 15 Oct 2013 09:16:03 -0000

    Dear ,

    Im compleated b.pharm cource in 2012 at india (kerala university)..still I have one year experience as a pharmacist in oman .I am more interest to work as a pharmasist in canada.so please help me.and expecting your instruction about how I will get job in canada

    With regards,

    Premraj p r

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    Shashi patilMon, 23 Sep 2013 06:00:45 -0000

    Hi, Gm sir/Madam. I completed my B.Pharm in 2012. And i m having near about 1.5 years experience regarding working as a pharmacist.. Can i have any appourinty to work in canada? If yes,the what is procedure for that.

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    niranjana murthy
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    niranjana murthySat, 17 Aug 2013 03:25:51 -0000

    dear sir/madom
    i completed b-pharmacy in india,i am a registered pharmacist in india.i would like to became a registered pharmacist in canada ,so please tel me how can i apply for that regarding exam and othes, etc

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    vengadesh venu
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    vengadesh venuWed, 26 Jun 2013 10:06:21 -0000

    This is V.Vengadesh,,,I am working as a Quality control chemist in India and i would like to work in a pharmaceutical industry in Canada and what are the procedure to apply job there.

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    rajkumarpathipaka
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    rajkumarpathipakaFri, 14 Jun 2013 11:45:48 -0000

    good evening sir/madam
    i completed my m.pharm(pharmacology) and i got registered certificate from india(PCI) and i want to do pharmacy practice(as a pharmacist) in canada can you suggest the procedure and duration and expenses of processing to CANADA and is there any necessary to be a canadian citizen to write the exam ?how i can attempt the exam from india is there any online r offline and if need to write exam in canada how can i migrate to canada for exam

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    r_diptanuTue, 11 Jun 2013 10:53:58 -0000

    i have completed diploma in pharmacy from Bangalore. now i have four year experience in medley pharmaceutical ltd as a sr. territory manager.now i want to join at Canada as a pharmacist in a any pharmaceutical industries.please help me or give the information about the jobs in Canada as soon as possible.

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    naikkrishna18Sat, 15 Jun 2013 04:45:17 -0000

    i hav same question……wats ur suggestion???/

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    nadimsqTue, 14 May 2013 16:04:08 -0000

    Hello, I have completed M.Pharm from Dhaka University, Bangladesh. I want to have a career as a pharmacist in Canada. Pls. tell me the procedure. It may be noted that, I planned to try through 'cic' website. But this year they did not keep any quota for pharmacist. what are the other ways to come to Canada & work as pharmacist ?

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    pharma_natureTue, 02 Apr 2013 06:44:32 -0000

    I have completed my M.Pharm and iam planning to register as a pharmacist in Canada. What i want to know is these exams can be attempt in India also or we have to come Canada for writing exam. Please let me know this one

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    FemontopcityMon, 31 Dec 2012 17:18:08 -0000

    I'm currently studying Zoology in a university. I love to be a pharmacist/pharmacolgist, can zoology leads me to study pharmacy/pharmacology for my Master??

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    MahmudaTue, 18 Dec 2012 07:35:19 -0000

    Pharmacy License is required for which fields to practice in Pharmacy?If I want to work in industry or in research unit should I have a Pharmacy License in Canada?

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    katmiraTue, 27 Nov 2012 16:00:46 -0000

    I've completed b.pharm in Nigeria and I want to work as a pharmacist in canada. What do I have to do to be a registered pharmacist in canada?

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    dhanya_hariThu, 08 Nov 2012 11:35:24 -0000

    i am a final year PHARM.D (post baccalaureate)student.can i join any universitiesin canada as a research scholar ,if yes then what is the procedure for that!do i need to pass any specific test or tofel,ielts necesssary for applying!
    hoping for an early reply.

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    viky141Fri, 19 Oct 2012 11:41:51 -0000

    i hav completed my b,pharm in india, now i want to go for PHARMA, MBA in canada . so plz tell me ..is there possible to get good job and also PR. in canada? plz rly.
    regard by - viky.

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    ConcernedWed, 17 Oct 2012 07:00:55 -0000

    I am a 20 year old student in the province of ontario, I got charged with possession of marijuana charge which have been dropped/dismissed, I never did anything wrong I was just with the wrong crowd at the wrong time, I'm concerned if this will have any negative fall back on my endeavour to become a pharmacy technician. I start my program in January

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    SolRxTue, 02 Oct 2012 16:23:07 -0000

    I am part of an institution that specializes in helping foreign trained pharmacists become licensed in Canada. We offer in class and online programs so if you would like you could prepare for the exams while still in your native country. If you are interest in taking any courses or would like any additional information please contact me at neil.jobanputra@solrx.ca or check our website at www.solrx.ca. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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    jimmy123456Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:03:05 -0000

    i have completed my b.pharm and now i am doing m.pharm… after completion of m.pharm i want to go abroad australia or canada… so is there good scope for me at this level???please guide me….

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    rawatharishSat, 15 Sep 2012 17:34:28 -0000

    i have done bpharma in 2011 and recently i m working in samarth life science as medical representative now i want job in canada .please tell me the procedure for getting the job in canada

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    Sat, 08 Sep 2012 09:49:13 -0000

    i just want an admission in degree pharmacy in canada, tell me the complete procedure to apply for that………..Ph : +9185284-97297

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    amulchahar Mon, 27 Aug 2012 03:47:17 -0000

    i have done m pharma in pharmacology in july 2010, i want to go canada with job in canada, how its possible, please suggest me to how can i go at canada, if any agent or agency are there please sir/mam show me the way

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    mangesh_nishaFri, 24 Aug 2012 10:52:00 -0000

    Hi, i am completed Msc in applied chemistry and now since one year three monthsworking in pharma limited company as a production officer can i apply for abroad job on the base of that experience reply

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    tripathysai1Tue, 21 Aug 2012 07:40:03 -0000

    i have d.pharm and b.pharm certificate and three year experience in crpf as a pharmacist in india as a central govt. emplyee……..wanna go to canada n usa…..is there any scope in canada or usa paramilitary service…pls suggest me

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