Pharmacy Technician - 407

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Offer care, respect and sensitivity to the elderly or chronically ill following our comprehensive support program
Overview

The Pharmacy Technician program has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five year term.

MISSION: To provide our students with opportunities to gain and apply quality knowledge, skills, and work place experience and to graduate them profession ready, fully able to perform within the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians, as set out by the national standards of practice.

VISION: Our graduates embrace and engage with the profession and practice as pharmacy technicians who positively contribute to the health of our communities.

View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.

Program Highlights

  • Outcomes of the Pharmacy Technician program meet the Entry to Practice Competencies for Pharmacy Technicians, set out by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities at napra.ca
  • Acquire knowledge and skills in the delivery of pharmaceutical services in both community and institutional practices
  • Understand legislation and methodology surrounding dispensing prescriptions, preparation and distribution of pharmaceuticals, and drug inventory controls
  • Learn the many uses and classes of available prescription and non-prescription drugs, medical devices, herbals and complementary care medicine products
  • Gain practical experience through simulated lab courses of both community and hospital pharmacy practice
  • Apply various compounding techniques in the preparation of sterile and non-sterile pharmaceuticals
  • Experience eight weeks of field placement in both a community and institutional pharmacy

Full Time Faculty

Also supported with part time professors and teaching assistants who currently work in the pharmacy field.

Clinical Placements

Clinical placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending clinical placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to clinical placements.

Clinical experience is provided in health care agencies throughout Ontario.

Facilities

All the pharmacy courses are taught at the Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences. Lectures are delivered in state of the art "Smartrooms" and practical labs are taught in our dedicated pharmacy lab space which consists of three different rooms (computer lab, compounding/dispensing lab, and sterile products lab).

Program Coordinator

Minimum requirements for admission to the Pharmacy Technician Diploma program

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U level
    • Grade 11 Mathematics, minimum C level (M or U level recommended)
    • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry
    • Grade 11 or 12 Biology
    • Fluency requirements must be met for applicants where English is their second language.
  • Recommended to have good computer and Windows-based skills, and 35 WPM keyboarding
  • The pharmacy technician health profession is physically demanding. It is important that applicants become familiar with the profession before entering the program so that they are able to function at an acceptable
    standard. Some of the physical functionality required includes: working on your feet for multiple hours, medium load bearing activities, fine motor skills with good visual acuity

Option are available for mature applicants.

Language Proficiency Requirements

Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program

The Language Proficiency Requirements for the Pharmacy Technician Program requires that one of the benchmarks listed in the chart below for language proficiency must be met prior to admission for:

  • International students
  • students who present with foreign credentials
  • students whose first language is not English

Applicants must provide proof of 4 years of consecutive full time instruction in English in Canada or another English speaking country to be excused from this criteria. This can include:

  • 4 years of high school
  • combination of high school and college or university

Students that complete LINC 6 or EAP 400 are currently given the grade 12 equivalency and meet minimum entrance standards for Mohawk College, but will still have to submit proof of 4 years consecutive English or passing scores in IELTS/TOEFL/Cantest/Melab.

The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). It is a requirement of accreditation that candidates whose first language is not English meet one of the benchmarks listed in the chart below prior to being offered admission into a CCAPP accredited program.

The proficiency levels required are higher than most other programs at Mohawk College.

Students must meet ONE of the requirements listed below prior to admission:

  TOEFL iBT IELTS CanTEST MELAB
  Minimum
Score
SEM Minimum
Score
SEM Minimum
Score
SEM Minimum
Score
SEM
Writing 25 3 6 X* 4.0 X* 80 X*
Speaking 23 2 6 X* 4.5 X* 3+ X*
Listening 21 2 6 X* 4.5 X* 80 3
Reading 22 2 6 X* 4.5 X* 83 4
Total
Score
91 5 6.5 0.5 X* X* 81 3

For IELTS, no section scores less than 6.0, accounting already for the SEM. Likewise, scores for Writing and Speaking on the MELAB, and all final band scores on the CanTEST, account already for the SEM. CanTEST does not report total scores.

Pre-Clinical Requirements

All accepted applicants are required to complete certain requirements prior to clinical placement and are responsible for the associated costs. Details about pre-placement requirements will be emailed to you once you accept your offer of admission.

To be eligible for field/clinical placement, you must not have been convicted of any offence for which you have not been pardoned. If your Police Check is 'not clear', your acceptance and suitability for placement is at the discretion of the agency. Mohawk College cannot guarantee placement changes if refused by the agency.

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply by February 1st.

Read more about Competitive Programs.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Career Opportunities

The Pharmacy Technician Diploma program can lead to exciting career opportunities

Pharmacy Technician careers may involve the following: 

Industries of Employment:

  • Community, Hospital, Long Term Care and Compounding Pharmacies
  • Pharmacy Benefit Providers
  • Pharmacy Software Vendors
  • Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Distributors

Occupational Categories:

  • Pharmacy Technicians

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates are eligible to write the “Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Qualifying Exam” and the “Ontario College of Pharmacists Jurisprudence Exam” to register with the Ontario College of Pharmacist and become licensed to practice. Details on fees, timelines, process, etc. can be accessed at The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (opens new window) and/or Ontario College of Pharmacists (opens new window).

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Cost

Estimated first year tuition and fees

$4,000‐6,000
$6,001‐8,000
$8,001+
Full Cost Breakdown