Pharmacy Technician - 407

Ontario College Diploma
Two years
Obtain a prescription to the world of pharmacy practice with simulated pharmacy lab experiences and work placements.

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on learning, with a professional focus throughout the program.
  • Outcomes of the program meet the Entry to Practice Competencies for Pharmacy Technicians, set out by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA). The program has been awarded accreditation for a five year period (2018-2023) by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).
  • Work in various intraprofessional and interprofessional teams to enhance learning and appreciation of our health care system.

What you'll learn

  • Acquire knowledge and skills in the delivery of pharmacy services in both community and hospital 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 nonprescription drugs, medical devices, herbals and complementary care medicine products.
  • Apply various compounding techniques in the preparation of sterile and non-sterile pharmaceuticals.

Program Length

2 academic years (periods of 8 months)

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.

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Tuition and Fees

2020 - 2021 Domestic Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $753.47 $698.20
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $105.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $1,354.04 $1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $2,212.51 $2,052.24
Total 1st Year Fees $4,264.75

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2020 - 2021 International Tuition and Fees

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,376.00 $8,432.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $105.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester $8,931.00 $8,807.00
Total 1st Year Fees $17,738.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information


Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
    • Grade 11 Mathematics, minimum C (M or U 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.

Options are available for mature applicants.

Language Proficiency Requirements

The Pharmacy Technician program at Mohawk College is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). To gain acceptance to the program, it is a requirement that the candidates of the following categories must meet one of the benchmarks listed in the chart below. This will include:

  • International students
  • Students who present with foreign credentials
  • Students whose first language is not English
  Minimum Score SEM Minimum Score SEM Minimum Score SEM Minimum Score SEM
Writing 25 3 6 X* 4.0 X* 80 X*
Speaking 25 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

To be excused from this requirement, applicants must provide proof of:

  • Graduation from a high school in Canada, with at least three years (no less) consecutive full time instruction in English

  • An undergraduate degree form a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English

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

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Through practical experience in simulated lab courses focusing on both community and hospital pharmacy practice.
  • Attending clinical placement courses in both a community and hospital pharmacy (four weeks each).

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. Completion of requirements is needed when entering the second year of the program.

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 are at the discretion of the agency. Mohawk College cannot guarantee placement changes if refused by the agency.

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.

For more information regarding the 329 hour Pharmacy Technician clinical placement, please contact angela.grimminck [at] (subject: Clinical%20Placement%20Inquiry, body: Hello%20Angela%2C%0A%0A) (the clinical placement specialist.)

To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning. 



Where you can go next

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 and/or Ontario College of Pharmacists.

Your future career options

  • Registered Pharmacy Technician

Where you could work includes:

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

Opportunities for grads

  • As a graduate of the program, you will be eligible to pursue technician registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP).

Course Overview & Descriptions

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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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.

Additional Information

Full Time Faculty

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

  • Angela Roach, Pharmacist - Professor and Coordinator
  • Elaine Magowan, Pharmacy Technician - Professor


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).

Contact us

Domestic Canadian Students

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Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

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Contact International
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

Contact International Admissions
Contact our Admissions advisors for help with your application.
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Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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Program Coordinator

Student Success Advisors

Student Success Advisors

  • Student Success Advisors assist current students to transition to college life, co-creating an academic success plan, advice on course selection, changing programs, or referrals to specialized support services. If you need help applying to Mohawk, contact Admissions (for International Students, please contact International Admissions).

    Blair Goodman

Canadian Domestic Students

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