New Pharmacy Graduate From United States
If you are a recent pharmacy graduate from an university in the United States accredited by ACPE, here are the steps to register with the College
Note that if you have graduated more than 3 years ago and not registered as a pharmacists in Canada or the US, you must complete the Structured Practical Training (SPT) requirement in accordance with Registration Committee Policy-6.
Note: Steps 2 and 3 can be completed in any order.
- Pre-register with the College
Please allow at least 30 business days for processing.
Checklist for Pre-Registration - USA - New Graduate
Application for Pre-Registration - USA - New Graduate
You must submit your IPG Gateway Canada Account # at time of application.
Note: the application processing time is due to the completion of the criminal record check (CRC) process. If adjudication or fingerprinting is required for the CRC, then the processing time will be further extended.
A notarized affidavit is required if your name is not the same on all identification submitted or you cannot provide the supporting documents for the name differences. See Related Resources below for a sample.
SIN cards that are submitted must be attached with a valid work permit, if applicable.
- Successfully complete the Jurisprudence Examination (JE)
Results are valid for 3 years from the exam date in accordance with Registration Committee Policy-10.
- Successfully complete the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Exam – Part I (MCQ) and Part II (OSCE)
Visit the PEBC website for more information.
Effective August 20, 2014, all US pharmacy graduates that have not initiated the certification process with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) prior to this date, must now register first through the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), the Pharmacists’ Gateway Canada before applying for the PEBC Qualifying Exam.
- Apply to be a Full Pharmacist
If paying by credit card, please allow 5 business days for processing. However, if paying by cheque please allow 10 – 12 business days for processing.
Professional Liability Insurance - all 3 criteria listed in the professional liability insurance section are required for registration.
- Apply for Drug Administration (Optional)
Refer to the Certification for Drug Administration by Injection and Intranasal Route page for more information.
You are now registered as a Full Pharmacist. The College will send you a confirmation notice and issue a certificate of registration. You may access your registration card through eServices. Registration must be renewed annually. You will receive an email reminder six weeks before your renewal deadline.
Note: Effective December 1, 2020, all newly registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians needing access to PharmaNet must enrol in PRIME by applying to the Ministry of Health and obtain approval to access PharmaNet. You may complete Step 1 of the enrollment process at any time, but you should only complete Step 2 of the enrollment process after 8pm on the day your Full registration is granted and a registration number is issued or else your approval will be delayed. For more information, visit the PRIME web page or contact PRIME@gov.bc.ca.