What will I learn?

This diploma program gives you the specialized training you need to practice as a registered pharmacy technician.

This program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs. You'll learn in state-of-the-art facilities designed to replicate the drug distribution systems used in today's pharmacy settings, and will receive the specialized training you need to work as a pharmacy technician in a community, hospital or other pharmacy practice site.

Things you'll learn to do

  • Read and interpret drug orders.
  • Process prescriptions using industry software.
  • Complete third-party (insurance) billing.
  • Prepare, package, label, and dispense medications.
  • Perform sterile and non-sterile compounding.
  • Think critically and identify problems pertaining to drug therapy.

Hands-on experience

You’ll complete two four-week field placements (160 hours each) – one in a retail pharmacy and one in a hospital pharmacy. Prior to your placements, you must obtain (at your own expense) a valid CPR + AED certificate (Level C) with standard First Aid, and present an up-to-date immunization record approved by the Sheridan College Health Centre.

Sharpen your skills

Through this program, you'll also learn to:

Communicate with patients and health care professionals in a professional manner.
Conduct inventory management and front store marketing.

The program will help you sharpen your skills by providing you with a comprehensive knowledge base in core subjects such as English, pharmacy math, pharmacy legislation, human anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology.

Career Opportunities

Sheridan graduates are in high demand. When you complete the Pharmacy Technician diploma program, you’ll be ready to take a position at one of the locations listed below.

Here are some places you might work:

  • Community pharmacies
  • Hospital pharmacies
  • Insurance companies
  • Long-term care pharmacies
  • Pharmacy software providers
  • Specialized pharmacy settings

Learning Outcomes

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  • Practice safely within a legal, ethical and professional framework in practice settings.
  • Process prescriptions accurately in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings.
  • Prepare pharmaceutical products for dispensing in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings.
  • Release pharmaceutical products in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$17,189.00 (US$ 12,850) per year
The fees shown here are for the 2020-2021 academic year, and are subject to change.
Start date

14 September 2020, 10 May 2021

Venue

Sheridan College (Ontario)

Davis Campus,

7899 McLaughlin Road,

BRAMPTON,

Ontario (ON),

L6Y 5H9, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must hold Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U); plus
  • One Mathematics, Grade 12 (C or U) with a minimum of 70%,
  • Biology, Grade 11 (C or U),
  • Chemistry, Grade 12 (C or U) or Chemistry, Grade 11 (U);

English-language proficiency testing:

English proficiency requirements for the Pharmacy Technician program (PPHTO) are as follows: TOEFL 91 (21L, 25W, 23S, 22R); IELTS 6.5 Overall Band Score with no Band below 6.0.

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