IPG Frequently Asked Questions
There are many PEBC exam preparation programs available. Why should I attend the IPG program?
The IPG program is an academic bridging program that supports internationally educated pharmacists to meet Canadian entry-to-practice requirements and develop skills to care for patients in an evolving profession.
It is the only program that is recognized by the Ontario College of Pharmacists as meeting educational training requirements for international pharmacy graduates.
We don’t prepare internationally trained pharmacists to simply pass an exam, but instead prepare them for a lifetime of practice and patient care in Canada.
Is the IPG Program mandatory?
We welcome and encourage all IPGs to take the program to prepare for practice in Ontario.
The IPG Program is mandatory for all internationally trained pharmacists intending to practice pharmacy in Ontario that have not passed any component of the PEBC Qualifying Examination Parts I and II on the first attempt.
For more information about becoming licensed as a pharmacist in Ontario, please visit the Ontario College of Pharmacists’ website: http://www.ocpinfo.com/registration/register-pharmacist/
Can I attend CPS 2 first and then complete CPS 1?
No. You can only enroll in CPS 2 after successful completion of CPS 1.
The IPG program is presently offered as a comprehensive program only.
How long is the IPG Program?
The program is comprised of two 14-week Academic Terms (CPS 1 and CPS 2). There is a break of approximately 2 weeks between the terms.
Do you offer the entire program online?
Parts of the program are offered online, but other parts are conducted in person on the University of Toronto campus.
The Blended Program is a single-stream blended model that combines the best of both classroom and online learning.
Are the dates for CPS 1 and CPS 2 fixed, or will they change to meet my specific needs?
Program dates are fixed for 2018. Please note that they are subject to change at the discretion of the university.
The program is designed to allow learners the time needed to acquire knowledge, develop skills, and have opportunities to apply and practice material covered in the program.
Why isn't there an online program/in-class program offered any longer?
These former programs have been replaced by the Blended program to create optimal conditions for learning. The Blended program combines the best of both the online and in-class programs.
The advantage of the online portion is that discussions and other activities are asynchronous allowing learners to participate and complete work, at their own pace at different times.
The advantage of the in-class sessions is that activities that are best conducted fact-to-face, such as lab simulations, group discussions or role-plays, can be scheduled to maximize learning and provide access to our excellent teaching faculty.
What if I miss a graded assessment or exam while in the program?
Learners who miss an assessment because of specific circumstances may petition to be allowed a makeup assessment. Please note that all petitions are considered on a case-by-case basis and not all petitions will be granted.
Do you provide a course to prepare me for the PEBC Evaluating Exam?
We do not offer a program to help individuals prepare for the Evaluating exam. Please visit the PEBC website for more information about how to prepare for the Evaluating Exam.
Is there an expiration date on the PEBC Evaluating Exam results?
There is no expiry on the PEBC Evaluating Exam results. You may submit a results letter that was taken in any year with your application for the IPG program.
I will not be able to submit all of my documents before the deadline date of the session I would like to attend. What should I do?
We make clear offers of admission to individuals who have submitted all of the necessary documents and meet the requirements.
However, if you are unable to meet the deadline, please contact the IPG office with specific details of your individual situation.
Where can I get more information about fluency requirements and scores?
For a summary of the minimum requirement for English fluency scores on an Objective English Language Proficiency test, please visit the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) website by clicking on this link: http://www.ocpinfo.com/registration/training-exams/language-proficiency/language-pharmacists/. The IPG program will accept scores within the “Standard Error of Measure”.
Individuals who would like to submit non-objective evidence of fluency must be approved by an OCP panel. The Faculty does not make this determination.
How can I afford the tuition?
You may be eligible for the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program (OBPAP) which is offered by the Ministry of Advanced Education. Eligible learners may be awarded up to a maximum of $5000 to offset costs of the education. Please see the Tuition page for more information about this and other financial options.
What is the refund policy?
The application fees for CPS 1 and 2 (plus HST) are non-refundable. A full refund on the tuition fee is possible until the end of the first week of the program. A 75% refund is possible until the second week of the program , and a 50% refund can be processed until the third week of the program.
I've confirmed my acceptance and paid my tuition fees. What do I need to do now?
An Orientation Package will be sent to you prior to the start of the program.
I'm not really comfortable learning via computer. Do you have any suggestions?
Some computer skills are essential in order to succeed in the program. Learners should be comfortable using a keyboard, accessing information on the internet, and creating word documents.
Navigating the learning management system used at the University will be thoroughly covered during Orientation.
What textbooks do you use in the IPG program?
Details of the textbooks required will be provided before classes start.
The University of Toronto has an extensive digital library collection; access to these resources is included in your tuition.
Do I have to let the College (OCP) know that I've passed the courses?
We will forward proof of successful completion of CPS 1 and 2 to the College promptly so that you may proceed with next steps in licensure.
What happens if my studies are interrupted due to personal or unavoidable reasons?
Individuals can withdraw from the program at any time with written notice. The refund policy is outlined in the FAQs about the Program Costs and Financing section.
What happens if I fail a course?
If you fail a course, you will be required to take a supplemental exam at a date offered by the IPG program.
Can you suggest options for short-term housing while attending the blocks that are conducted in Toronto?
If you require short-term housing during your time in Toronto, there are many options available to you. The IPG Office is located centrally downtown, and there are many hotels in the area which will accept short bookings.
For a less expensive option, you can look into local hostels, which can offer a wide variety of housing types including single, double, quad, and multi-person room sharing. Some of these hostels include amenities such as laundry facilities, breakfast, and security lockers to store your luggage and valuables.
Another alternative would be to stay on campus at one of the University of Toronto student residence buildings at one of the Colleges: Victoria College, St. Michael’s College, University College, Innis College, New College, and Trinity College. During the summer months, some of these buildings operate as “hotels” and accept bookings from the general public. More information can be obtained directly from the Colleges themselves on the University of Toronto website.