Pharmacy Technician in blue scrubs and glasses reading a medicine bottle in front of shelves full of prescription medication

Prepare for a career as a licensed pharmacy technician

Pharmacy Technician Ontario College Diploma program

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

Program code PHRM
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Delivery Full-time

Program information

Program description

Students prepare to work collaboratively with pharmacy teams and other health care professionals to achieve patients’ health goals, and ensure continuity of care. Experiential learning practices such as simulation experiences, and placements in community, hospital, or other pharmacy sites actively engage students in the learning process. Students enjoy the benefits of learning from expert faculty who are also practicing pharmacy professionals. Students develop knowledge, skills, and abilities in key competency areas of legal and ethical responsibilities, professionalism, patient care, product preparation, health promotion, knowledge application, communication, intra- and inter-professionalism and safety. 

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie
Winter 2022 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes a field placement component where you will gain practical, hands-on work experience in a setting relevant to your program.

What are the admission requirements for the Pharmacy Technician program?

Pharmacy Technician admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with a minimum grade of 60% in each pre-requisite subject is required:

  • 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: http://georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures 

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: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/

Pathways

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:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Selection Process

  • Applicants will be assessed and ranked based on academic grades.

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 physical requirements of the program and future employment require good vision (with or without corrective lenses), manual dexterity with repetitive motion and working on your feet for multiple hours.

What career paths can I take as a pharmacy technician?

Your Pharmacy Technician diploma gives you many career opportunities

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.

Licensing as a Pharmacy Technician

The Ontario College of Pharmacists is responsible for regulating the profession of pharmacy in Ontario which includes the issuance of certificates of registration for pharmacy students, interns, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Graduates must preregister with the Ontario College of Pharmacists and start the process of becoming licensed to practice as regulated pharmacy technician in Ontario. In order to practice as a pharmacy technician in Ontario, graduates must complete the registration requirements as outlined on the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) website. Graduates will be eligible to complete the practice based training requirement called Structured Practical Training (SPT), the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Qualifying Exam (www.pebc.ca) and the OCP jurisprudence examination (www.ocpinfo.com). Click on the links to access timelines and fees for registration and exams. The final application for the Certificate of Registration as a Pharmacy Technician includes obtaining personal professional liability insurance, completing the Declaration of Good Character, a police background check and paying the final application fees. 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.

Accreditation

Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs

The Pharmacy Technician program at Georgian College has been awarded accreditation status by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five-year term from Jan. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2024.

Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs logo

What courses are included in the Pharmacy Technician diploma program?

Course overview

21 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
2 Practicum Placements
3 General Education Courses

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Pharmacy Technician program outline.

  • BIOL 1014 – The Essential Body
  • COMP 1063 – Community Pharmacy Computer Systems
  • MATH 1025 – Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • PHRM 1000 – Pharmacology Fundamentals
  • PHRM 1002 – Community Pharmacy Dispensing Introductory Theory
  • PHRM 1007 – Community Pharmacy Dispensing Introductory Lab
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

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