GET THE SKILLS TO BE A Pharmacy Technician PROFESSIONAL
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.
On-the-job Pharmacy TrainingAs 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.
- 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
- Community Pharmacies
- 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: www.jobbank.gc.ca/trend-analysis. Salary data provided is an estimate, and is intended for reference purposes only.
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