What will I learn?

Our nationally accredited Pharmacy Technician program thoroughly prepares graduates for this fast-paced and highly respected occupation. As a regulated pharmacy technician, you will be involved with dispensing prescriptions, preparing compounded medications and sterile products, repackaging pharmaceuticals, managing inventory, teaching patients to use medical devices, and providing patient care.

Student Success

Students are more likely to be successful in this program if they:

  • are detail-oriented
  • have strong arithmetic skills
  • can multi-task and problem-solve effectively
  • have access to a computer with strong computer and typing skills
  • have good written and verbal communication skills
  • have good vision and manual dexterity and can stand and sit for extended periods of time.

Applicants are requested to review the job requirements listed below and assess their ability to fulfill the demands of the occupation of pharmacy technician.

As a pharmacy technician, you must be able to:

  • work day, evening, and weekend shifts
  • stand and sit for extended periods of time
  • use your knees, back, and arms to move objects that weigh up to 10 kilograms
  • have good manual dexterity and vision, which are essential for some tasks
  • physically and emotionally manage workplace demands
  • function effectively in stressful situations
  • multi-task and problem-solve
  • perform all skills independently
  • work collaboratively with other health-care professionals
  • communicate effectively in written and verbal form with patients, colleagues, and other health care professionals.

Practicum/Work Experience

This program includes two practicums totalling 320 hours.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Community Studies

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$21,937.00 (US$ 15,676) per year
Year 1: CAN $21,937; Year 2: CAN $10,867

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2020


NorQuest College

10215 108 Street NW,


Alberta (AB),

T5J 1L6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have completed a USA Senior High School. Applicants to post-secondary programs at NorQuest College are evaluated for admission based on the completion of education at the senior secondary/high school level, or higher. Applicants that have completed the high school level of education in another country must have graduated with appropriate high school documents and credentials. The documents must present relevant and appropriate academic coursework that can be considered equivalent to the course work required for admission (e.g. English, Math, Biology, etc). IELTS Academic - 6.5, no section score below 6; TOEFL iBT - 84, no section score below 21.

For international students

Students are required to complete international academic qualification equivalent to Canada Ontario High School.

English Language Proficiency:

IELTS Academic: 6.5, no section score below 6; TOEFL iBT: 91, no score below: 21 listening, 23 speaking, 22 reading, 25 writing; MELAB: 81, no score below: 80 listening, 3+ speaking, 83 reading, 80 writing; CanTest: No score below: 4.5 listening, 4.5 speaking, 4.5 reading, 4 writing


About this uni

Students can choose certificate or diploma programs covering areas such as health, business. technology and community studies.

  • Located in Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city
  • Over 60 per cent of students were born outside of Canada
  • Large number of scholarships on offer
  • Many courses include work-integrated learning