This undergraduate Doctor of Pharmacy program is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are able to follow a university program in French and who meet various criteria and requirements.

The admissions process takes time and careful preparation. You will find here all the information you need to apply to our program.  

We will welcome our second cohort in the fall of 2024:  

  • 60 seats per year will be offered
  • Admission to this program will be in the fall term only

The portal to submit an admission application for fall 2024 will open on September 11, 2023. The limit date to apply is January 15, 2024.

Indigenous students

We reserve 2 seats in our pharmacy program for Indigenous candidates.  

Join our undergraduate Doctor of Pharmacy program to help shape the future of pharmaceutical care and services in our communities in a bilingual environment.

Tuition Fees

The total cost of the undergraduate Doctor oh Pharmacy for Canadian students and students who are permanent residents in Canada is estimated to be approximately at $18,500 per year.

For more information, please consult the University fees website.

Application Criteria

Before submitting your application, ensure that you meet the following criteria:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident at the time of application
  • Have completed a minimum of 2 years of full-time university studies (60 credits or equivalent)
  • Have a 75% (B+) overall average or equivalent as calculated by University of Ottawa's rules
  • Successfully complete the required prerequisite courses with a minimum grade of 75% (B+) in each course.


Students who have obtained a Diploma of College Studies (DCS) only or from CEGEP are not eligible for the undergraduate Doctor of Pharmacy program.

To be admitted to the program, you must also: 

  • Successfully complete the CASPer test
  • Successfully complete the admission interview
  • Demonstrate your ability to follow a university program in French
  • Demonstrate your ability to work in a bilingual environment

The following courses must be taken and passed prior to initial program registration.

33 university-level credits in Humanities, Math and Science:

  • 6 credits in Humanities/Social Sciences
  • 6 credits in Biology (we also accept anatomy and physiology courses)
  • 6 credits in Organic Chemistry
  • 3 credits in Chemistry
  • 3 credits in Biochemistry
  • 3 credits in Statistics
  • 6 laboratory credits*

* The laboratory requirements can be met by either having 6 course credits (part of the above list) that include a laboratory component or by having completed additional laboratory-based courses up to 6 credits. The Faculty of Medicine will be responsible for determining equivalencies.

Letter of reference procedure

  • Recommendation form to be completed online; 
  • You must provide two (2) letters of recommendation; 
  • A letter from a healthcare professional is an asset. 

The electronic reference form will be accessible from your uoZone account (your student services portal), where you can add your referees’ names and contact information. Your referees will receive an e-mail asking them to complete the online reference form. Once submitted, it will be automatically associated with your student file.

This process takes place on a secure portal where your personal information is protected and only accessible to authorized staff, guaranteeing that your letters of recommendation will remain completely confidential.

About the CASPer test

CASPer assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, equipped with a webcam and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.

The CASPer test is comprised of 10-12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time constraint. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, but you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

The CASPer test must be completed in French.

To register to the CASPer test, please consult the test dates page

French Abilities

This program is designed to train competent pharmacists who will respond to the needs of Francophone minority communities.

Courses, examinations, communications and the majority of practical training will be conducted in French. You must therefore demonstrate a sufficient level of spoken and written French to meet the requirements of the program. In addition, you must be able to communicate in English as some placements will take place in bilingual or Anglophone environments.

  • The CASPer test must be taken in French
  • The application must be completed in French
  • Your level of oral French and bilingualism will be evaluated during the interview

Application Process

Prepare your application 

Important dates and deadlines for the fall 2024 admissions:

  • September 11, 2023: portal to submit application opens 
  • January 15, 2024: deadline to submit your application form 
  • January 16, 2024: deadline to complete the CASPer test 
  • January 26, 2024: Deadline to submit all admission documents
  • Early March 2024: interview invitations sent out by e-mail 
  • End of March 2024: interviews with selected candidates 
  • End of April 2024 : update of candidates admission results 
student preparing his admission

Submit your application 

Fill out application form 

Applications are available on-line through the internal application platform. If you have ever attended or applied to the University of Ottawa previously, please go to uoZone to submit a new application. 

After you apply  

Check your admission file in uoZone. 

You will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within one week of applying. If you do not receive this email, look in your junk folder. If after two weeks you still have not received it, email us at [email protected].  

Save the acknowledgement of receipt email. It contains important information on how to log into the uoZone student portal to track the progress of your application. It also includes your student number, user ID and password. 

Send all required documents  

Log into uoZone and check your Admission file for the list of supporting documents you need to submit to complete your application. Send your documents by uploading them to uoDoc, via uoZone. 

  • CASPer test results: The CASPer test results will be automatically added to your application once the test is completed.  
  • Official transcripts of all programs completed at the post-secondary level 
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation 

Request for special consideration

Any applicant wishing to request special consideration in the admissions process for medical reasons must submit a letter of explanation and supporting documentation (medical certificate, etc.). This must be submitted on uOcampus at the same time as the application for admission.

Ready to apply? Submit your application on-line through the internal application portal.  

For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions Page

Contact Us


Pavillon Roger-Guindon
451, ch. Smyth, room 2011
Ottawa (Ontario)
Canada K1H 8M5

Email: [email protected]