Jurisprudence Exam Modernization - Seeking Input from Pharmacy Professionals

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Jurisprudence Exam Modernization

Seeking Input from Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians

The College of Pharmacists of BC is inviting pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to help modernize the Jurisprudence Examination (JE) by providing input through a series of workshops. 

Based on legislation contained in federal and provincial acts, the JE is designed to assess registrants’ knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply this legislation, including the code of ethics, as a requirement for registration as a pharmacy professional in BC.  

The JE is a vital step in the entry-to-practice process, ensuring prospective pharmacists and pharmacy technicians understand their responsibilities to patients and the public under the relevant legislation. 

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to contribute to the pharmacy profession and be involved in modernizing the JE in British Columbia!

Registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are invited to participate in one or more of the following virtual workshops:

  • Blueprinting – develop the blueprint for the JE which will inform the development of exam items and forms. This workshop will be split into two parts – the first part will determine the test specifications document (the areas of pharmacy practice that are critical to test) and the second part will determine the final content areas to be tested on the exam and their relative weighting. By volunteering for this group, you may be involved in one or both parts. 
  • Item writing – develop new JE questions based on specific content areas for the exam.
  • Item review – review JE questions to ensure they reflect entry-level practice of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • Form review – develop exam forms for the JE based on the new blueprint. 
  • Standard setting – establish and validate the minimum passing score.

To be considered for participation, you must be a Full Pharmacist or Pharmacy Technician who:

  • Has been registered with the College and practising for at least two years and is in good standing,
  • Works with new pharmacists and/or pharmacy technicians in one or more of the following practice settings: 
    • Community Pharmacy
    • Hospital Pharmacy 
    • Residential Care Facilities and Homes.
  • Is familiar with federal and provincial professional competencies for pharmacists and/or pharmacy technicians at entry-to-practice. 

In addition, you will need to…

  • Have secure internet access, a computer, a web camera and microphone, in order to work remotely.
  • Be able to attend all virtual meetings within a workshop. Each workshop may have anywhere between 2 – 4 meetings. Meetings may occur on weekends or in the evening depending on availability and each meeting may last up to 4 hours. 
    • Tentative Workshop Dates: 
      • Blueprinting – May 2021 
      • Item writing – July 2021 (must be able to commit time during this month for two remote training sessions and item writing over a specified amount of time)  
      • Item review – August 2021  
      • Form review – September 2021  
      • Standard setting – March 2022  

Meeting dates will be confirmed one month prior. You may be asked to review or complete preliminary work prior to any meetings.

Will I be compensated for my time?

You will receive an honorarium for your time at meetings as well as meeting preparation time. 

Diversity Equity and Inclusion

The College is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and encourages women, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (2SLGBTQ+), and others to apply. 

How do I apply?

Complete the following survey and include your up-to-date resume by Sunday March 21, 2021.

Take the Survey

If you are selected to participate in the one or more of the workshops, you will be contacted with next steps in the month of April 2021.

A previous invite for JE Modernization workshops was extended to pharmacy professionals in early 2020, however, following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshops were placed on hold. If you previously applied to participate, you can email: jeadmin@bcpharmacists.org to indicate your continued interest, or feel free to use the survey above to submit a new application. 


If you have any questions, please contact the College at: jeadmin@bcpharmacists.org. 


The College acknowledges with respect that the College of Pharmacists of BC is located on the unceded and traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples – sḵwx̱wú7mesh úxwumixw (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

As the regulator for pharmacy practice in what is now known as British Columbia, we recognize all the traditional territories of First Nations peoples and the Indigenous peoples living across BC. The College encourages all registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to reflect on the traditional territory where they live and practise pharmacy.

Learn more about the College's commitment to cultural safety and humility.

Mar 05, 2021