Pharmacists are medication experts who identify, resolve, and prevent medication-related problems for their patients. Many pharmacists work in community pharmacies, but they also provide care in hospitals, family health teams, and long-term care facilities, often collaborating closely with other health professionals.

As the only co-op pharmacy program in Canada, you'll get paid, hands-on experience throughout your studies. Spend co-op work terms at a community pharmacy practice, or choose to explore careers in industry and government.

The School of Pharmacy is located at our Health Sciences Campus in downtown Kitchener, approximately five kilometres south of Waterloo's main campus. You'll gain direct experience in patient care through close collaboration with the other services at the Health Sciences Campus, including a full-service medical clinic.

Be sure to visit our Beyond Ideas website to learn how to become a pharmacist in Canada.

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Through co-op work terms, you'll gain paid work experience and be able to explore different areas and types of employers within the pharmaceutical industry.

Admission requirements

  • Successful completion of at least two full years of university-level science with specific course requirements
  • Minimum overall university average of 75%
  • Admission Information Form, reference, online assessment of personal characteristics (CASPer test), interview, Fundamental Skills Assessment required
  • High school students may qualify for Conditional Admission to Pharmacy

Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) status

Normally, applications to the Pharmacy program are considered from university students who have completed at least two years of undergraduate science. By applying to – and receiving – CAP status at Waterloo, high school students receive a conditional offer of admission to begin the Pharmacy program after two years of studies at Waterloo.

As a CAP student, you can connect with the School and pharmacy students through events and activities and learn more about the degree program and the profession. With the connections and friendships they establish, CAP students will have a smooth transition into the Pharmacy program. School of Pharmacy staff are also available to guide CAP students toward successful admission into the PharmD program.

  • Get complete details about the Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) including requirements, how to apply, and important deadlines.
  • If you are admitted to CAP, you will receive two offers of admission: one to Honours Science or Life Sciences (Biology or Biomedical Sciences as your major) and one for CAP. You need to accept both offers of admission. 

About the program

  • Available as a co-op program only
  • Requires previous university study
  • Graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD)

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megaphone icon"In co-op, I was nervous to work in a hospital as I thought I lacked clinical knowledge. But by the end of the term, not only did I know many medications and their uses, but also how to effectively communicate with patients."Cherry, second-year Pharmacy student

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