Pharmacy Technician
Skilled and knowledgeable faculty. Hands-on experience. Exceptional facilities including simulated labs.

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma
Work integrated learning
2 Field Placements

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 Barrie
Winter 2020 Barrie

Program description

This program prepares graduates to work collaboratively with registered pharmacists and the interprofessional health care team within their scope of practice. Students will learn dispensing and compounding skills using knowledge from labs and supervised clinical practice. Courses focus on professionalism, relevant legislations, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, customer care, software systems, and principles of quality assurance. Students will utilize current technologies for an understanding of inventory control and customer service to accurately prepare and dispense medication. Guiding principles of safe medication practice; including aseptic technique, accurate calculations and labelling, use of current, credible sources of information are emphasized in lectures, simulated labs and community and institutional placements.


The Pharmacy Technician Program of Georgian College has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five-year term (Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2019). Read more about what this means for students on our news page, or on the Ontario College of Pharmacists website.

This program is highly competitive. Learn about admission requirements for highly competitive programs.

Career opportunities

This program enables graduates to preregister with the Ontario College of Pharmacists and start the process of becoming licensed to practice as regulated pharmacy technician in Ontario. Graduates will also be eligible to write the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Qualifying Exam ( and the OCP jurisprudence examination ( Click on the links for timelines and fees for registration and exams. Registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists is a legal requirement to practice and is subject to the regulations and restrictions established by this governing body. Registered pharmacy technicians are qualified to work in a variety of settings including community pharmacies, home health care companies, hospital pharmacies, pharmaceutical wholesalers, pharmacy software vendors, third party insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (C or U)

Language Proficiency Requirement

The Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). 

The English proficiency requirement can be met through:

For further information, refer to Georgian’s English Language Proficiency policy 2.5 at: 

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Criminal Reference / Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student''s responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Admission details

Certain clinical placements may require students to have updated flu shots, TB testing and Hepatitis B vaccination, Mask Fit Test (click for requirements), as well as a Police Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Screening and a check of the Pardoned Sex Offender Data Base). It is the student''s responsibility to ensure he or she is eligible to participate in clinical placements. The College assumes no responsibility for these matters and students should be aware that tuition will not be refunded in the event that access to a placement is denied. In addition to these requirements, applicants must also provide proof of a current First Aid and C.P.R. ''HCP'' certification, prior to the commencement of preclinical courses. Registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) is mandatory to practice as a Pharmacy Technician in Ontario.

Applicants are advised that the clinical requirements of the program and future employment require good vision (with or without corrective lenses) and manual dexterity with repetitive motion.


Mandatory courses

  • BIOL 1014 - The Essential Body
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • COMP 1063 - Community Pharmacy Computer Systems
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • MATH 1025 - Pharmaceutical Calculations
    (Semester 1 / 28 hours)
  • PHRM 1000 - Pharmacology Fundamentals
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PHRM 1002 - Community Pharmacy Dispensing Introductory Theory
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PHRM 1007 - Community Pharmacy Dispensing Introductory Lab
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • Communications Course -
    (Semester 1 / hours)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. - 42
    (Semester 1 / hours)
  • General Education Courses -
    (Semester 1 / hours)
  • Select 2 courses from the general education list during registration. - 84
    (Semester 1 / hours)
  • BIOL 1012 - Drug Therapy and Pathophysiology 1
    (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • PHRM 1008 - Community Pharmacy Dispensing Advanced Theory/Lab
    (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • PHRM 1009 - Community Pharmacy Inventory Control
    (Semester 2 / 28 hours)
  • PHRM 1010 - Non~Sterile Compounding Practices Lab
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • PHRM 2004 - Legal Foundations and Professional Practice
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • Practicum Placement -
    (Semester 2 / hours)
  • PHRM 1016 - Practicum 1
    (Semester 2 / 200 hours)
  • BIOL 2010 - Drug Therapy and Pathophysiology 2
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • COMP 2096 - Hospital Pharmacy Computer Systems
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • MATH 2009 - Pharmaceutical Calculations Advanced
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • PHRM 2009 - Hospital Inventory Control
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • PHRM 2010 - Hospital Dispensing Introductory Theory/Lab
    (Semester 3 / 56 hours)
  • PHRM 2011 - Sterile Techniques Lab
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • Communications Course -
    (Semester 3 / hours)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. - 42
    (Semester 3 / hours)
  • General Education Course -
    (Semester 3 / hours)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. - 42
    (Semester 3 / hours)
  • BIOL 2011 - Drug Therapy and Pathophysiology 3
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PHRM 2006 - Natural Health Products and Complementary Care
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PHRM 2012 - Advanced Compounding
    (Semester 4 / 28 hours)
  • PHRM 2013 - Hospital Dispensing Advanced Theory/Lab
    (Semester 4 / 56 hours)
  • PHRM 2014 - Pharmacy Practice and the Interprofessional Team
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • Practicum Placement -
    (Semester 4 / hours)
  • PHRM 2015 - Practicum 2
    (Semester 4 / 160 hours)