An updated Jurisprudence, Ethics and Professionalism exam blueprint will be implemented in February 2023 to align with current pharmacy practice and continue to support the delivery of safe, quality patient care. The College uses exam blueprints to guide the development and selection of exam questions and help candidates understand the topics and subtopics covered on an exam. The Jurisprudence, Ethics and Professionalism exam is an entry-to-practice requirement for registration as a pharmacist or pharmacy technician in Ontario.
In consultation with stakeholders, the College’s exam blueprint undergoes a review every five years to ensure it remains a relevant and current reflection of pharmacy practice. Recent changes to scope of practice and increasing expectations due to current healthcare realities emphasized the need for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to continue to make ethical decisions and practice pharmacy in the best interest of patients.
Approved by the Board in 2019 and reconfirmed by the Registration Committee in 2022, the updated exam blueprint places greater emphasis on ethical decision making, allowing exam candidates to further demonstrate their readiness to provide safe, quality pharmacy care to their patients. Updates align with current pharmacy curriculum and day-to-day pharmacy practice.
To support candidates in preparing for the exam, the blueprint outlines the key topic areas to be tested and the relative weight of each of the topic areas (i.e., percentage of multiple-choice questions per topic).
Having current knowledge and understanding of jurisprudence is vital for supporting safe, effective, legal and ethical pharmacy practice.