Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP)

prospective CAP students

Prospective CAP students toured the pharmacy building and celebrated Pharmacy Appreciation Month during March Break Open House 2022.


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CAP Overview​​​​​​

Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) status is a unique opportunity for outstanding high school students to be pre-admitted to the University of Waterloo’s Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program. Normally, applications to the PharmD program are considered from university students who have completed at least two years in an undergraduate science program.  CAP students who are successful in maintaining their eligibility criteria begin the PharmD program in their third year of university studies.

CAP Benefits

If you are a well-rounded student, who is community-minded, and passionate about pursuing your dream of becoming a pharmacist then CAP status may be the right path for you!

  • Dedicated academic advising

    • CAP students are assigned an academic advisor in the Faculty of Science’s Undergraduate Office and academic advisors at the School of Pharmacy. Each of these advisors support and guide students to be successful throughout their pharmacy journey.
    • Pharmacy advisors hold a prep session for CAP students in advance of their PharmD interview and Fundamental Skills Assessment.
  • Peer support and mentorship

    • First-year CAP students are assigned a second-year CAP student buddy/mentor to help them transition to university life and share their experiences with.
  • Connection to the School of Pharmacy

    • Throughout two years in CAP, there are various opportunities to participate in social and educational events and activities organized by the School. These experiences enable students to build relationships with current pharmacy students, faculty, and staff before they begin pharmacy school.

CAP Admission Requirements

All of the admission criteria listed below must be satisfied and completed by the deadline in the application timeline for an applicant to move forward for consideration by the Admissions Committee. Applicants must submit two applications to the University of Waterloo (see How to Apply for more details).

How to apply for CAP

Submit two applications to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website:

  1. Waterloo science degree program* application:
    1. Honours Science
    2. Life Sciences – with Biology as the major subject of interest
    3. Life Sciences – with Biomedical Sciences as the major subject of interest
  2. CAP status application (now closed)

*Students admitted into CAP will be automatically moved to the regular stream of their chosen science program if they have selected a co-op stream when they applied. It is not possible to complete all PharmD prerequisite courses in two years if enrolled in a co-op program.

CAP application timeline:

Date Event

Fri Oct 7

Application opens in OUAC

Wed Feb 1

Application deadline

Fri Feb 17

1. Admission Information Form (AIF) deadline

2. Supporting document deadline:

  • High school transcripts (only for out-of-province and international applicants) 
  • English Language Requirements scores (only for applicable applicants) 
Thu Mar 2

1. Last CASPer date

2. Snapshot and Duet deadline

3. Reference letter deadline

Thu May 11 CAP admission decisions released 

Thu Jun 1

Final day to accept your CAP offer 


CAP students are guaranteed the opportunity to be interviewed and to complete the Fundamental Skills Assessment provided that they maintain their CAP requirements throughout their first two years as a Science student AND that they achieve satisfactory completion of CASPer.

TWO DEGREES! Waterloo students who complete 2 years (at least 10.0 lecture units) of any Science program at Waterloo and then complete the PharmD degree at Waterloo are eligible for the Granting of Bachelor of Science (Honours Science) upon completion of the PharmD degree.

After you apply for CAP

You will receive an email from a member of the Admissions team which will contain details on how to submit your supplementary information and supporting documents. This email may take up to 2 weeks to be received. Reach out to if you have not received an email within the time frame specified. 

Check out the CAP Supplementary Information web page for next steps and important information.