If you are looking to pursue a career in the healthcare sector, now is a great time to pursue a career in the field of pharmacy.  Pharmacy Technicians manage many of the operational and administrative activities of running a pharmacy including dispensing, preparing and compounding medications, managing drug inventory, as well as assisting patients with their prescription orders.

With the new focus on Pharmacists to provide complete pharmaceutical and healthcare services, Pharmacy Technicians are needed so that pharmacists can spend more time with their patients.

Take this course at one of the following campuses
  • winnipeg
  • calgary

Program Overview

The Robertson College Pharmacy Technician program is based on the NAPRA Competencies and CPTEA Educational Outcomes for Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.


The Pharmacy Technician Program of Robertson College Calgary has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a three-year term January 1st, 2017 - December 31st, 2019.

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Successful graduates of the Pharmacy Technician program will be eligible to register with the Alberta College of Pharmacists as Provisional Pharmacy Technicians.

Pharmacy Technicians registered with the Alberta College of Pharmacists are health care professionals regulated under the Health Professions Act of Alberta.

Topics of Study Include:

  • Dispensing in Community Pharmacy [155 Hours]

    This course will provide you with a combination of theory and hands-on practice in a simulated pharmacy lab, teaching such skills as dispensing procedures, the workflow of pharmaceutical software and third party plans and billing.

  • Final Product Check [30 Hours]

    This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of pharmaceutical checking. The students learn the skills necessary to ensure consistency and accuracy while checking. The students are taught to detect common errors while using a systematic checking process.

  • History, Law and Ethics [30 Hours]

    This course will familiarize you with the roles of the Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacist, the profession of pharmacy and its place within the health care delivery system; this will include both a historical and current perspective. In addition, this course introduces you to legislations governing the practice of pharmacy and to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice from the Alberta College of Pharmacists.

  • Human Relations [20 Hours]

    This course is designed to provide students with a foundation for oral, written and non-verbal communication skills and professionalism. It focuses on customer service as it applies to the practice of pharmacy. Students will develop the fundamental customer care skills needed to provide excellence in customer service.

  • Institutional Pharmacy [35 Hours]

    This course will prepare you to work in an institutional pharmacy. Hospital and institutional practices are taught in this course using both theory and hands on practice in a simulated pharmacy lab.

  • Interprofessional Education [35 Hours]

    This course encourages teamwork, conflict resolution, problem solving, and decision-making while working within their scope of practice as a pharmacy technician. Students complete case studies in collaboration with other health care students as part of a health care team.

  • Introduction to Computers and Word Processing [25 Hours]

    This course provides students with a basic understanding of common computer applications. Office applications include word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. The students will also focus on increasing their keyboarding speed and accuracy.

  • Pharmacy Math [75 Hours]

    This course concentrates on teaching math calculations that will be used in both community and hospital pharmacy settings when preparing and dispensing medications. The importance of 100% accuracy in math is emphasized.

  • Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians [130 Hours]

    This course introduces you to the general principles of the use of drugs. You will be introduced to therapeutic and chemical drug classifications, the drugs used to treat disease states in various body systems, and the mechanism of action of common drug groups.

  • Pharmacy Science [100 Hours]

    This course introduces you to the basic concepts of medical terminology, physiology and pathophysiology of the human body. You will be introduced to common therapeutic drug classifications and common laboratory procedures.

  • Sterile Product Preparation [80 Hours]

    This course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts of sterile drug preparation and to develop, through practical experience, the skills and techniques required to prepare sterile drug products.

  • Therapeutic Terminology

    This course is designed to familiarize you with brand name and generic drug names and their therapeutic use.

  • Qualifying Preparation [25 Hours]

    This course prepares the students for the Pharmacy Exam Board of Canada Qualifying Exams. The students will be given an opportunity to attempt a mock PEBC Exam to learn how to prepare and study for both the Multiply Choice and Objective Structured Practical Exam.

  • Institutional Practicum [160 Hours]

    The student will gain valuable workplace experience in a 4-week practicum at an institutional pharmacy. A regulated preceptor will evaluate the student based on the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities competencies for entry to practice.

  • Retail Practicum [160 Hours]

    The student will work along side professionals in a retail pharmacy environment for four weeks to complete the level one of the Alberta College of Pharmacists structured practical training.

what you could be earning in less than one year$32,739 - $45,240wage data taken from www.occinfo.alis.alberta.ca and www.albertahealthservices.ca
program duration40 Weeks


Admissions Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Alberta high school diploma (or non-Alberta equivalent) verified by transcript, with a passing mark (60%) in Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Math 30-1 or 30-2, and English 30-1 or 30-2
  • 30 words per minute on keyboarding assessment (administered after application is reviewed)
  • Successful interview with school administration
  • Submission of a criminal record check
  • Immunizations
  • Applicants must provide documentation of one of the following as evidence of language proficiency:

a) Language proficiency test results that must meet the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada; OR

b) Graduation from a high school in Canada with three (3) consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; OR

c) Graduation from a College d'enseignement et professional (CEGEP) in Quebec with three (3) consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; OR

d) An undergraduate degree from a University in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English or French


Mature Admission

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 19 years of age with one year out of high school
  • Credits towards an Alberta high school diploma verified by transcript (or non-Alberta equivalent) with a passing mark (60%) in Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Math 30-1 or 30-2, and English 30-1 or 30-2
  • 30 words per minute on keyboarding assessment (administered after application is reviewed)
  • Successful result on the Robertson College Pharmacy Technician entrance examination
  • Successful interview with school administration
  • Submission of a criminal record check
  • Immunizations
  • Applicants must provide documentation of one of the following as evidence of language proficiency:

a) Language proficiency test results that must meet the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada; OR

b) Graduation from a high school in Canada with three (3) consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; OR

c) Graduation from a College d'enseignement et professional (CEGEP) in Quebec with three (3) consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; OR

d) An undergraduate degree from a University in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English or French

Currently, no course and field placement in the Pharmacy Technician program are given Prior Learning Assessment.

Please note:

Financial assistance is available for qualifying students. Registration with the Alberta College of Pharmacists is not included in the tuition.

  • All textbooks, manuals, and workbooks will be loaned by Robertson College at no charge. Students will have the option to purchase if they choose.
  • Students are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining the required documentation needed for clinical placements (eg. immunizations, criminal record checks with vulnerable sector check)

Upcoming Event

Robertson College Calgary | 2018 Fall Graduation Ceremony

Commemorate your achievements and join us in the celebration of your graduation! The 2018 Robertson College Calgary Graduation Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at the Jack Singer Concert hall.

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Pharmacy Assistant Program Information Session

As our population continues to grow and age, there is a strong demand for trained health care professionals who are able to provide pharmacy-related assistance. If you are interested in working in a pharmacy setting, you are invited to attend our upcoming Pharmacy Assistant Program Information Session. The session is free to attend. Register online or by calling 403.920.0070.  [ More Information ]

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