The Faculty of Pharmacy Class of 2009 has been ranked first in Canada with respect to success on the 2009 Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Examination.
To achieve PEBC certification, graduates of accredited pharmacy programs must successfully complete a two-part Qualifying Examination. Part 1 is a multiple-choice question assessment that evaluates understanding and application of knowledge to problems as well as the ability to make judgments and problem solve in situations relevant to pharmacy practice. Part 2 is an “objective structured clinical examination” (OSCE) that comprises a series of seven-minute tasks or “stations” simulating common and/or critical practice situations.
The Qualifying Examination is a comprehensive, objective, and high-stakes examination. It assesses the most important aspects of competency at entry-level practice and is used by provincial and territorial regulatory authorities as evidence on an individual’s overall qualification, practice training and readiness to begin practice as a pharmacist. PEBC certificating is a requirement of licensure in all provinces and territories of Canada, with the exception of Quebec.
While Manitoba offers one of the smaller pharmacy programs in Canada (ranked 9 of 10 in terms of student numbers), its success on the national qualifying examination has typically been good with graduates achieving an average 94 per cent pass rate since 2000. Manitoba has been the top ranked program in four of the past ten years: 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2009, with a 98 per cent pass rate this year.
David Collins, dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, notes: “This outstanding outcome reflects the quality of the students, faculty and support staff at the University of Manitoba, and the strong support the program has traditionally received from the Province and the practicing profession.”
For more information, contact: David Collins at: 204-474-8794