1. Who offers this course? The Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Toronto, in collaboration with the School of Continuing Studies.
  2.  Who are the instructors/course directors? The lectures are prepared and presented by University of Toronto professors. Course coordinators are faculty members within the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology.
  3. Who can take this course? The course is open to local and international students, professionals, and private individuals. It is ideal for individuals who wish to complete a credit-equivalent course in preparation for admission to health professional programs (including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing), for those working or interested in industry and government careers who seek to improve their knowledge in pharmacology, or for individuals with a general interest in expanding their understanding of this important medical discipline.
  4. Can UofT students enroll in this course?  This course is NOT available to students currently registered in degree programs at any of the three campuses of the University of Toronto.
  5. What are the course fees? Please see the School of Continuing Studies web site for payment of fees methods and payment deadlines.
  6. How do I register? Click on the Register Now link.
  7. How do I know that I’ve been accepted? SCS states that for online registration the student will “Simply choose your course, and click on Request to Register. You will be prompted to create your own personal file, and then to enter your Visa, MasterCard or American Express payment information. You will know within seconds that your payment has been authorized and your place in the course has been secured”.
  8. When do I get my grades and what kind of certificate/diploma do I get? Shortly after completing the course, the School of Continuing Studies will issue Grade Report to the student and include a Certificate of Completion.
  9. How long is the course? The course will be offered during the fall; winter and summer sessions. The duration of the session will depend on the session in which you are enrolled. See the Online Lectures  page.
  10. What is the schedule for the course? Important dates for the fall, winter and summer sessions can be found in the Online Lectures section and Register Nowlink of this web site.
  11. What can I do with this course? SCS2900 is intended for individuals who want to complete a Life Science credit for professional schools; for individuals who want to gain or improve their knowledge in pharmacology; for individuals within health care, industry or the biotechnology field who want to strengthen their basic pharmacology knowledge.
  12. What is the textbook for this course? There are 2 recommended textbooks: Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (12th Edition) by Katzung, Masters, Trevor. ISBN 978-0-07-176401-8 and,f or students without a background in Physiology, Principles of Human Physiology  (5th Edition) by Cindy Stanfield. ISBN 13: 978-0-321-81934-5.
  13. I missed a quiz. Can I take it again? No. If you miss a quiz you will receive a grade of 0 for that quiz. However, only 10 of 13 quizzes count towards your final mark.
  14. How do I access the Online Lectures? After you are officially registered, you can access the online lectures via the UofT Portal.  This requires a UTORID. Your UTORID will be provided for you by e-mail a week before the course starts. Kindly register in time to start the course on the first day.
  15. Where do I take my exam? Examinations can be arranged anywhere in the world. The examination is conducted by the School of Continuing Studies on a group basis by location at invigilated examination centres. Candidates must use pre-established centres if possible and you may be required to travel up to 30 km. If, for good reason, you cannot write at one of the established centres, a form is provided to request another location.
  16. How do I get my marks? Upon completion of the course, the School of Continuing Studies will issue a Letter of Completion and a Grade Report to the student.
  17. What is Blackboard? The course is presented and administered through the Blackboard learning platform. Blackboard is a web based user-friendly interface that allows students to access the course documents, video lectures and online quizzes. The course discussion board can be used for extensive communication between the instructors, TAs and other students enrolled in the course. Login to Blackboard at this address:  You would need to use your assigned UTORID.
  18. I lost/forgot my password. How do I get a new password? If you lose your password, getting a new one is easy. Simply write to or call 416-978-2412 to request for a temporary one.

Resources & Links

Frequently Asked Questions: Faculty of Medicine’s Online Courses at the School of Continuing Studies


Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

School of Continuing Studies (SCS)

SCS Registration and Information Services

SCS Forms download page

University of Toronto Book Store

Recommended Textbooks:

Basic and Clinical Pharmacology (12th Edition) by Katzung, Masters, Trevor. ISBN 978-0-07-176401-8

Principles of Human Physiology  (5th Edition) by Cindy Stanfield. ISBN 13: 978-0-321-81934-5