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If you’re looking to make a difference and improve the overall health of your community, the Pharmacy Technician diploma program at CDI College is the right place to start.

This program teaches students the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the ever-changing pharmacy industry. Pharmacy technician students learn about dispensing prescriptions, compounding medications and sterile products, performing pharmaceutical calculations, medical device training and communication skills.

Additionally, students practice their customer service skills and learn about different pharmaceutical environments in community and hospital pharmacies.
Students will also learn about body and drug interactions, how to use pharmacy software, how different drug distribution systems work and the different laws that govern the practice of pharmacy.

On-the-job Pharmacy Training

As part of your pharmacy technician training, you will partake in an eight-week, 320-hour practicum placement, split between a community pharmacy and a hospital pharmacy.

Your practicum is divided into two four-week components – one in a community pharmacy and the other in a hospital pharmacy - so you can test your new skills in two different environments and get real-world experience before graduation.

Pharmacy Technician is a regulated health profession under the auspices of the Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP). Graduates of this program will attain competencies specified in the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice and the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association (CPTEA) Educational Outcomes for Pharmacy Technician Programs in Canada.

Graduates will also be eligible to apply to write the certification examination offered by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) and to register with the ACP.

Admissions Prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 diploma or equivalent (transcript required) with successful completion of:
    • Biology 30 AND
    • successful completion of Chemistry 30 AND
    • successful completion of Math 30-1 or 30-2 AND
    • successful completion of English Language Arts ELA 30-1 or 30-2
  • Passing score on the CDI College entrance examination
  • Provide a criminal record check with vulnerable sector check
  • Provide completed immunization report showing current immunization and free of communicable diseases
  • A minimum keyboard speed of 30 words per minute
  • Interview with program coordinator, or designate

Career Opportunities

  • Community Pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • Related Pharmaceutical Fields

Industry Salary Information

  • Low Wage ($/hr): $18.67
  • Average Wage ($/hr): $30.64
  • High Wage ($/hr): $48.08
  • Average Salary: $62,913

* Information Source: Salary data provided is an estimate, and is intended for reference purposes only.

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Financial Aid

Finding yourself in a position where College is unaffordable is more common than most of us realize. Fortunately, Canada’s provincial and federal governments are very focused on making education accessible to virtually everyone; even students that are new to Canada. Regardless of your situation: didn’t finish high school, are having (or had) financial difficulties, or you are a new arrival to Canada, we will find financial solution best for you!

Our Financial Aid Expert will provide you with best options to make education investment in yourself, both realistic and affordable. Let us help you find option that suits you best. Fill out the form NOW!

  • Government Student Loans
  • Currently, Alberta has a government-sponsored plan that provides loan assistance to qualified full-time students. The type and amount of assistance usually varies depending on your individual circumstances.

    When you meet with our Student Financial Planning Expert at the campus, we will go over all the financial options available to you to make this amazing investment in yourself both affordable and realistic.

  • RBC Royal Credit Line for Students ©
  • The Royal Credit Line for Students lets you focus on what's important: your studies. Available to full-time and part-time students, it allows you to take charge of your financial needs in a way that fits your lifestyle.

    The Royal Credit Line for Students is different from a traditional loan in that it lets you borrow funds as you need them, and only pay the interest on the amount you use, without ever having to reapply. You get all the convenience and benefits with no annual fee.

    As a student, you may qualify for one of RBC's best rates - Prime + 1%, which applies when you are at school and for a 12 month grace period after graduation.

    Further information about financial assistance is available from the Financial Representative at your nearest campus.

  • Other Financial Assistance
  • There may be other forms of financial aid available to you. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for specific government grants and bursaries. Additionally, you may be eligible to receive funding through a government-sponsored agency such as the Department of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) or WorkSafe.

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