An intern is an individual registered with the PEI College of Pharmacists who is completing a period of practice experience after having graduated from a pharmacy degree program or is applying as an international graduate, but prior to registering as a pharmacist. The requirements to be registered and licensed as a pharmacist include the completion of structured post-graduate practice experience. In order for this practice experience to qualify as meeting these requirements, it must be completed when the applicant is a registered intern and is under the supervision of a preceptor. The College provides the required Internship Manual once the Internship application has been approved.
The requirements for internship are set out in the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Profession Regulations.
There are two classes of interns:
1. Canadian Intern
2. International Intern
Canadian Interns are required to complete 280 hours of practice experience, under the supervision of a preceptor, as a registered Intern with the PEI College of Pharmacists. Interns are responsible for securing their preceptor and completing the preceptor/site approval process. This approval process is completed in the member portal of the PEI College of Pharmacists website.
At the end of the practice experience, the preceptor will declare that the intern is competent or not competent to practice as a pharmacists in PEI.
International Interns are required to complete 700 hours of practice experience under the supervision of a preceptor followed by a one week assessment completed by a College appointed assessor.
In order to apply for registration as an Intern, the following must be submitted with the application and $50.00 fee
Canadian Intern Application
International Intern Application
All documentation must be received by the PEI College of Pharmacists in its original form or a notarized copy. Original documents may be brought the PEI College of Pharmacists office to be copied by our staff and then the originals returned to the applicant.
Proof of Identity
Applicants must submit either a copy of their passport or birth certificate and government issued photo ID, or citizenship card.
Graduation from an Accredited Pharmacy Degree Program
Applicants must submit proof of completion of a pharmacy degree program. Proof can be provided directly from the educational institution or presenting the original degree to the PEI College of Pharmacist office.
A Pharmacy Degree program is defined as a CCAPP accredited pharmacy degree program (either BSc. Pharm or Pharm D) completed in Canada or an equivalent as determined by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada.
Professional Liability Insurance
Applicants are required to submit proof that they have obtained personal professional liability insurance in accordance with section 21 of the Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Profession Regulations.
Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable sector check
Applicants must submit a criminal record check with a vulnerable sector check completed within one year of the application. See Criminal Record Checks for more information.
Letters of Standing
Applicants must provide letters of standing, dated within 3 months of application, from each professional regulatory body for which they currently hold or have held registration. Letters of standing must be provided directly to the PEI College of Pharmacists from each regulatory body.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants must meet current** English language proficiency requirements as described in the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacist in Canada or the PEI College of Pharmacists English Language Proficiency Requirements for Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians. Canadian graduates, who have completed their pharmacy program in English, will have met the language proficiency requirements.
**Current means within 2 years of application
The internship must be completed under the supervision of a preceptor approved by the PEI College of Pharmacists. A preceptor site approval application, available in the member portal or the PEI College of Pharmacists website, must be completed. The intern will designate a preceptor from the drop down menu in the application. The preceptor is notified that the intern has submitted an application and will be directed to log into their member profile to complete the preceptor portion of the application. Once the preceptor and site have been approved, the intern will be notified. Interns may not begin their internship unless the preceptor and site have been approved.
Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Examinations
A requirement of registration as a pharmacist in Canada is succesful completion of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) examinations.
Canadian applicants are required to complete the PEBC Qualifying Exam part I (MCQ) and part II (OSCE). International applicants must also successfully complete the PEBC evaluating exam as a prerequisite to entry into the Qualifying exam.
The PEI College of Pharmacists will allow an International applicant to provisionally register as an Intern after successful completion of the PEBC Evaluating Examination and commence the structured practice experience/internship program prior to successful completion of the Qualifying Examinations. However, should the applicant be unsuccessful in completing the PEBC Qualifying Examinations including the OSCE, within 36 months of provisionally registering as an Intern, the applicant’s provisional registration as an Intern will be revoked and any practice experience completed up to the date of the revocation will not be counted towards the requirements for registration.
NOTE: The Internship application will only be approved once all registration requirements have been met and registration fee is received by the College office. A confirmation email and Internship Manual will be forwarded once the Internship Application has been approved. The applicant must not commence their internship until the confirmation email has been received.