The College of Pharmacy offers students several opportunities to get hands-on learning, starting in first year and going straight through to fourth. These internships are an integral part of the Pharmacy program.

First year

You’ll participate in the Community Experience Program (CEP) for three hours per week throughout the academic year. You’ll volunteer at a community service agency. Examples of past placement locations have included nursing homes, physiotherapy clinics, the Alzheimer’s Society, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Diabetes Association, and others.

Second year

Right after completing second year, you’ll do two different rotations—two weeks in a hospital setting and two weeks in a community pharmacy setting. These rotations, both for 35 hours per week, are intended to introduce you to the distributive and administrative aspects of pharmacy.

Third year

After third year, you’ll do a four-week rotation in a community pharmacy setting. Here, you’ll get an introduction to clinical activities, addressing topics such as drug information, prescription and non-prescription counselling, and in-service presentations. Part of this may include giving a workshop to educate pharmacy clients on an aspect of their health.

Fourth year

Finally, during the second term of fourth year, you’ll participate in two different six-week rotations—one in a hospital and one in a community pharmacy. These rotations will be a minimum of 40 hours per week, and will be primarily clinical, capping off your studies and launching toward your career as a practicing pharmacist.

Student story

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Third-year Pharmacy student Lauren Hutton discovered a new interest by doing her Community Experience Program placement at the Nova Scotia Hospital, which exposed her to diseases and disorders of the central nervous system (CNS). Find out how that placement may influence her choice in post-graduation residency.

"I really enjoyed my time at the Nova Scotia Hospital—and it set the wheels in motion for me to learn more."