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Steps to Becoming a Licensed Pharmacy Professional in Nova Scotia

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Steps to becoming a licensed pharmacist in Nova Scotia.

Step 1
Complete a Pharmacy program

To become a licensed pharmacist, you must complete a 4-year Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy.

However, if you are more interested in research or teaching you may pursue a Master of Science, post Doctor of Clinical Pharmacy, or other post-graduate study. 

Step 2
Complete practical training

Practical training and experience, under the supervision of a pharmacist is required. Practical training will likely involve 20 weeks of structured practice experience, and an additional 560 hours of unstructured practice experience.

Step 3
Register as a Pharmacist in Nova Scotia

Apply to register as a pharmacist in Nova Scotia. Please note the various options—as a Nova Scotian applicant, an applicant from another Canadian jurisdiction, or as an international applicant. For more information, the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists provides detailed information