Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP)

PharmD CAP banner featuring Waterloo's STC.


CAP status is an 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.  

Approximately 25 CAP status spots are available each year. While students with CAP status are not guaranteed admission to the program, a place is held for those who satisfy the conditions of their offer. Those who are successful begin the PharmD program in their third year of university studies.

Waterloo Pharmacy is committed to increase the admission of students who self-identify as Indigenous. Click here for more information about the CAP Indigenous Applicant Pathway.

Check out our CAP 2022 Brochure (PDF)!

Information for current CAP students

CAP students are:

  • Well-rounded
  • Community-minded 
  • Motivated and driven
  • Passionate about pursuing their goal of becoming a pharmacist!

CAP Students at CAP2019 Information Session

CAP students are welcomed to the School each September for the annual CAP Reception.


  • 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.
  • 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 their two years, 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.

Admission Requirements

  • High school admission average of 90.0% or greater, as calculated for the Faculty of Science at Waterloo.
  • Successful completion of the CASPer, Snapshot, and Duet
  • Demonstrated leadership, community involvement, and, if possible, pharmacy experience (work or volunteer). 

  • Interest in the profession of pharmacy, as demonstrated through the CAP Admission Information Form (AIF). 

  • Two letters of reference; one academic (e.g., teacher, principal, or guidance counsellor) and one from an employer or volunteer agency. 

  • Qualified international and domestic students may apply.

How to apply

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

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

*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.

Application timeline:

Date Event

Fri Oct 1

Application opens in OUAC - APPLY NOW

Tue Feb 1

Application deadline

Tue Mar 1

1. Admission Information Form (AIF) deadline

2. Last CASPer date
(Note: 6 test dates availabale starting Nov 4) 

Tue Mar 15

Snapshot and Duet deadline

Thu Apr 5

Supporting document deadline:

1. Two online reference letters (all applicants)

2. High school transcripts (only for out-of-province and international applicants) 

3. English Language Requirements scores (only for applicable applicants) 

Wed May 18 CAP admission decisions released 

Wed Jun 1

Final day to accept your CAP offer 

After you apply

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 timeframe specified. 

More information about admission requirements:

*New* For the CAP 2022 admission cycle, all applicants will be required to complete the Altus Suite of admission tools consisting of CASPer, Snapshot, and Duet. 

Altus Suite is a multi-part assessment that evaluates applicants for people skills in a fair and reliable way, while giving applicants multiple opportunities to showcase their unique personal and professional strengths.

These non-academic assessment tools will replace the traditional interview component for the CAP 2022 admission cycle.

For more information about the CASPer and Snapshot, including available test dates, visit the Waterloo Pharmacy CASPer and Snapshot web page. For more information on Duet, see below. 


Duet is a short value-alignment assessment that compares what you value in a program with what the program has to offer.

Duet is completed through your TakeAltus account. It is a 15-minute assessment, and there is no set time or place you are required to complete it. However, you must complete Duet by the supporting documentation deadline. For CAP students, the deadline is March 15, 2022.

Admission Information Form (AIF)

The AIF provides the Admissions Committee with insights into the applicant’s personal qualities, extracurricular accomplishments, and motivation for a career in Pharmacy.

For guidance on how to complete your AIF, please visit the Waterloo AIF information web page and watch the Waterloo AIF video series

Prepare to complete your AIF - See Quest.


A section within the AIF asks you to provide the name and contact information for two individuals who will serve as your references. Once you complete the AIF, your references will automatically receive a link to complete an online form.

Note: applicants who submit only one reference or submit three or more references will not be considered for admission.

One reference must be an academic reference examples include teacher, principal, or guidance counsellor.

One reference must be from an employer or volunteer agency. Note, this reference should be from someone you had a contractual responsibility with to either provide a service through employment or a service through a volunteer agreement.

References will not be accepted from relatives of the applicant.

English Language Requirement (ELR)

If the last four years of your education have not been taught completely in English, you must provide a score from an acceptable test of English proficiency.

More information can be found on the English language requirements web page.