Examination Blueprint

The Jurisprudence Exam blueprint outlines the key topic areas to be tested (i.e., exam sections) and the relative weight of each of the topic areas (i.e., number of multiple choice questions or items within each section). These sample questions show the general format of the exam questions.

Candidates are expected to be aware of the various acts and regulations, standards and policies related to each section of the Jurisprudence Exam. Refer to the Prepare for the Exam page for links to the official legislation and other resources.

Candidates are provided with NAPRA’s National Drug Schedules and the Prescription Regulation Summary Chart (also available in French) for reference during Sections A and B of the examination.

Some of the key elements within each topic area are provided below to clarify each section and help guide exam preparation.

Section A: Conditions for Sale (10 items)

  • NAPRA Drug Schedules

Section B: Narcotics/Controlled Drugs (21 items)

  • Prescription requirements
  • Record keeping
  • Methadone
  • Loss/disposal
  • Narcotics Safety and Awareness Act (NSAA)

Section C: Filling & Labeling (23 items)

  • Prescription authorization
  • Transfers/copies
  • Records/receipts
  • Compounding/manufacturing
  • Labelling/prescription record requirements
  • Child-resistant packaging, multi-medication packaging/mailing and delivery

Section D: Billing & Pricing (10 items)

  • Ontario Drug Benefit/Special Authorizations
  • Interchangeability/off-formulary interchangeability/DIDFA

Section E: Pharmacy Operations (15 items)

  • Operation requirements/supervision/library
  • Ownership/accreditation/inspections
  • Designated Manager
  • Signage/advertising

Section F: College Structures/Entry to Practice/Scope of Practice (19 items)

  • Controlled Acts/scope of practice
  • Registration requirements for all OCP members
  • College structure and function/College committees

Section G: Ethics/Standards/Responsibilities (22 items)

  • Standards of practice/documentation
  • Confidentiality/privacy
  • Professional misconduct
  • Professional judgment (e.g. refusal to fill)
  • Reporting requirements/forgeries
  • Code of Ethics

Total number of items = 120

Examination Scoring

A criterion-referenced pass/fail standard is determined for each examination. This process involves the participation of a representative group of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians using a common standard setting procedure to determine how many correct answers a candidate must obtain to meet the minimum passing standard. This standard setting method takes into account the difficulty of each test item for a minimally competent candidate in determining a final pass score for each examination.

Each successful candidate’s performance must meet or exceed the final pass score. A candidate’s performance is not compared to any other candidate’s performance and there is no pre-set pass/fail quota for the examination.

All test items on the examination undergo a complete item analysis to help ensure that candidates’ final scores are both fair and valid. Any test item failing to perform in the anticipated manner is eliminated from scoring and the total minimum performance level (or pass score) for the examination is adjusted accordingly for all candidates.

If you have questions about the Jurisprudence Exam e-mail jurisprudence@ocpinfo.com