Normally, applications to the entry-to-practice Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program are considered from university students who have completed at least two years of undergraduate science. With CAP status, high school students receive a conditional offer of admission to the School of Pharmacy, to begin the PharmD program in their third year of university studies. Specific criteria must be met in order to maintain CAP status. Students who satisfy these requirements will have their place assured in the PharmD program at Waterloo.
CAP students will have the opportunity to connect with the School and pharmacy students through events and activities and will learn more about the degree program and the profession of pharmacy in the process. With the connections and friendships they will establish, CAP students will have a smooth transition into the PharmD program. In addition, School of Pharmacy staff will act as resource to CAP students, to guide them toward successful admission into the PharmD program.
Use the following checklist to assess whether you are eligible, or likely to be eligible, for CAP status:
- ≥ 90.0% high school admission average, as calculated for the Faculty of Science at Waterloo. This average is based on the student’s top six grades, including required courses for admission to the Faculty of Science, using the best available grade information at the time the interview offers are released.
- Have completed, or are registered to take this academic year, the courses required for admission to the Faculty of Science: Grade 12 U English (ENG4U), Grade 12 U Advanced Functions, Grade 12 U Calculus and Vectors, and any 2 of the following Grade 12 U courses: Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, Physics; and any other Grade 12 U or M course.
- Demonstrated leadership.
- Community involvement through volunteering and other efforts.
- Work experience (preferred qualification, not absolutely required).
- Interest in the profession of pharmacy – you will need to write about this interest in a short personal statement that is part of the CAP application process (a section within the CAP Admission Information Form (AIF).
- Provide two letters of reference:
- one academic (teacher, principal, guidance counselor)
- one from employer or volunteer agency
Students interested in applying to CAP Status should review these important dates and ensure that they plan far enough in advance to meet requirements.
|Sep 23, 2019||
Applications for Conditional Admission to Pharmacy open
|Jan 31, 2020||Deadline for CAP application and fee payment (midnight EST)|
|Mar 2, 2020||Deadline to submit CAP Admission Information Form (AIF) for those that applied|
|Apr 3, 2020||Deadline to submit supporting documentation (2 online Reference Letters, English Language Requirement scores if applicable, transcripts for out-of-province high school students)|
|May 7, 2020||Applicants selected for interviews are notified via email. Those not invited to an interview will also be notified by email.|
|May 22-23, 2020||CAP Interviews at the School of Pharmacy|
|May 26, 2020||CAP admission decisions communicated to all interviewed applicants|
|Jun 1, 2020||
Deadline to accept CAP offer
Applying for CAP status is a two-step process:
1. Apply for admission to Waterloo through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) website, for a science degree program that will allow you to meet the PharmD academic admission requirements within two years. Waterloo undergraduate science degree programs which allow students to meet this condition are:
- Life Sciences – with Biology as the subject of major interest;
- Life Sciences – with Biomedical Sciences as the subject of major interest; or
- Honours Science.
2. You must apply for Conditional Admission to Pharmacy through a separate application process, and pay the required fee. Achieving CAP status is a separate decision from admission to the Waterloo Faculty of Science for your chosen undergraduate degree program.
Email: After you submit your application, you will receive an email with information on how to proceed. It will contain details on how to submit your supplementary information and supporting documents AIF, references, English Language Requirement scores, transcripts for students outside of Ontario). Please note that it may take up to a week to receive this email.Note: Students who use popular email services like Hotmail, Yahoo, Gmail, etc. are strongly advised to check their junk/spam mail folders regularly if they do not seem to be receiving the expected correspondence from the university. Past experience has shown that certain email filters will route bulk emails from the university into those folders, so please check them before contacting us for any messages that appear to be missing.
Interview: After the screening of applicants using the academic and supplementary information, a select group will be invited for an interview in Kitchener with representative(s) of the School of Pharmacy.
After earning CAP status: All students who are awarded CAP status must take their first two years of science studies at Waterloo, and complete the academic requirements for admission to the PharmD program by the end of the winter term of their second academic year. Students are responsible for ensuring that, when selecting electives from within these degree programs, they take all of the courses required for admission to the PharmD program by the end of Year Two. Academic advisors will provide guidance and support in this regard.
Achieve a final high school admission average of ≥ 88.0%, including any courses required for admission to the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo; and
Enrol at Waterloo for the first two years of a science degree program, with a full course load each term of 2.5 units (5 lecture courses), exclusive of any associated labs; and
Successfully complete, within the first two years of study, all of the courses required for admission to the PharmD program, with a cumulative average of at least 75.0% and a special average (based on the required courses) of at least 75.0%; and
Provide evidence of completion of at least 200 hours of (paid or volunteer) experience related to pharmacy by submitting the Pharmacy Experience Tracking Sheet by the end of the first (fall) term of Year Two; and
Continue involvement and leadership in extracurricular activities in your first two years of university; and
Complete the Year One Update Form and the Academic Requirement Tracking Form and submit both before the end of Year One, so that the School of Pharmacy can monitor and provide feedback on your progress; and
Complete the Intent to Register Form in Year Two, to confirm your intention to join the PharmD program in Year Three; and
Achieve satisfactory performance on the Personal Characteristic Assessment (CASPer test) administered online in Year Two; and
Achieve satisfactory performance on the PharmD admission interview and Fundamental Skills Assessment, conducted at the end of the winter term of Year Two.
CAP students who meet all of the above requirements will have their place assured in the PharmD program. Please note that each form has a specific deadline which will be communicated to all CAP students.
1. What is Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) status?
Conditional Admission to Pharmacy (CAP) status is an opportunity for outstanding high school students to be pre-admitted to the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. Normally, applications to the Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree program are considered from university students who have completed at least two years in an undergraduate science program. With CAP status, high school students receive a conditional offer of admission to the School of Pharmacy, to begin the PharmD program in their third year of university studies. Reference the eligibility checklist for more information.
2. What are the benefits for students admitted to CAP status?
CAP was developed to provide a clear path for outstanding high school students to achieve their goal of becoming pharmacists. Therefore, high school students who are awarded CAP status will have the security and comfort in knowing that, provided they meet the conditions for maintaining their CAP status and are successful in the interview process in second year, they are assured a place within the PharmD program. CAP students will be able to participate in some social and educational activities organized by the School and the Waterloo Society of Pharmacy Students (SOPhS). This will enable them to learn more about the degree program and the profession of pharmacy. In addition, School of Pharmacy staff will act as resources to CAP students, to guide them toward successful admission into the PharmD program.
3. How many CAP spaces are available?
Each year, approximately 25 seats are reserved for CAP students in the PharmD program.
4. Do I have to attend Waterloo to be awarded CAP status?
Yes. All students who are awarded CAP status must take their first two years of science studies at Waterloo. If students choose to attend another institution for their pre-pharmacy studies, they will be eligible to apply to the PharmD program in the usual manner.
5. What undergraduate science program should I enrol in at Waterloo in order to qualify for CAP status?
Students who earn CAP status must complete the academic requirements for admission to the PharmD program by the end of the winter (January – April) term of their second academic year. Waterloo undergraduate science degree programs which allow students to meet this condition are:
- Life Sciences with Biology as the subject of major interest
- Life Sciences with Biomedical Sciences as the subject of major interest
- Honours Science
Students are responsible for ensuring that, when selecting electives from within these degree programs, they take all of the courses required for admission to the PharmD program by the end of Year Two. Academic advisors will provide guidance and support in this regard. If students decide to enrol in programs other than those listed above, they will be eligible to apply for the PharmD program in the usual manner.
6. When selecting my Waterloo undergraduate science program, can I select the co-op stream when I also plan to apply separately for CAP status?
7. Which grades are considered for CAP status decisions?
Students must have an admission average of at least 90.0%, as calculated by the Registrar’s Office for the Faculty of Science, to qualify for an interview. We consider the best available high school grades at the time the interview offers are released. Ideally, the admission average will be based on final grade 12 course grades plus second semester mid-term course grades (or spring interim grades for full year courses). Where available, the admission average will be calculated using the top six grade 12 marks including any courses that are required for admission to the Faculty of Science. If the University has not received all such grades, then the Registrar’s Office will use other course grades that are available.
If a student is awarded CAP status, the student’s final admission average, upon completion of high school, must remain at or above 88.0% in order to retain their CAP status. Students who do not meet this 88.0% final average requirement will not retain their CAP status, but will still retain their offer of admission to the Faculty of Science (assuming they meet all conditions related to that offer of admission). Students in this situation will then be eligible to apply for the PharmD program in the usual manner as early as their second year of post-secondary studies.
8. When and where are interviews conducted?
The CAP interviews, for a select group of applicants, will take place at the School of Pharmacy in May. Only those applicants who participate in the interview process will be considered for admission to CAP status, as this is an important component of the selection process.
9. Are international students eligible to apply for CAP status?
Yes, qualified international students are welcome to apply for CAP status. For information on the admission requirements for the Faculty of Science, please see the Undergraduate Admissions website.
10. What happens if I don't fulfil the criteria to maintain CAP status?
Students who do not meet the requirements for maintaining their CAP status will have their status removed. Providing they meet the requirements to progress in the science degree program they are registered in, students can continue their studies toward completion of a science degree. They would still be eligible to apply to the PharmD program as would any other candidate who does not have CAP status, as early as their second year at Waterloo. Such students’ applications will be considered using the same selection criteria as is applied to the rest of the applicant pool.
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