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 Highlights

The Robertson College Winnipeg Pharmacy Technician program delivers education that is based on the NAPRA Competencies for Pharmacy Technicians at entry-to-practice as well as the CPTEA Educational Outcomes for Pharmacy Technicians at entry-to-practice.  

Our students are trained to start a career as a Pharmacy Technician ensuring that they are fully prepared for the PEBC Qualifying Examination.

The Pharmacy Technician program at Robertson College has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) from January 2015 to December 2019.

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Program Courses

  • Anatomy & Physiology [100 Hours]

    This course introduces the basic concepts of medical terminology, physiology, and pathophysiology of the human body. It introduces common drug therapeutic classifications and common laboratory procedures.

  • Computer Fundamentals [25 Hours]

    This course provides students with a basic understanding of common computer applications, keyboarding skills, as well as an introduction to the Windows 7 operating system. Office applications include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, e-mail, browsing the Internet, and general management of files and folders.

  • Dispensing [170 Hours]

    This intensive course will provide a combination of hands-on labs and theory in a simulated Pharmacy Lab, teaching such skills as dispensing procedures, the workflow of a community pharmacy, customer relations, pricing / ordering / receiving, overview of pharmaceutical software, and third party plans and billing.

  • History, Law and Ethics [60 Hours]

    This course will familiarize the student with the roles of the Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Assistant 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 the student to legislation governing the practice of pharmacy and to the Code of Ethics of the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.

  • Institutional Pharmacy [60 Hours]

    This course is designed to introduce the student to pharmacy practice in both hospitals and personal care homes.  The relationship and responsibilities of the pharmacy to the institution will be discussed.  Services provided by the pharmacy department will be discussed in detail, with particular emphasis on the product-oriented responsibilities of the technician.

  • Pharmacology and Therapeutic Terminology [150 Hours]

    This course introduces the student to the general principles underlying the use of drugs.  In addition, the student is 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 Customer Service [25 Hours]

    This course is designed to provide students with a foundation for customer service and focuses on building life-long customer relationships through the development of positive customer-care approaches.  Students will develop the fundamental customer care skills needed to provide excellence in customer service.

  • Pharmacy Math [110 Hours]

    This course concentrates on teaching math calculations that will be used in both a community and hospital setting when preparing and dispensing medications. This subject is taught with a 'zero tolerance' policy which focuses on the ability of students to ensure 100% accuracy in calculations by the end of the program.

  • Sterile Prepration [85 Hours]

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

  • Industry Practicum - Institutional and Community [320 Hours]

    An eight week work practicum (4 weeks retail and 4 weeks institutional) is included in this program. This practicum will give you a chance to put your newly acquired skills to work in a ‘real-world’ environment while gaining valuable experience.

  • CPR and First Aid Certification [10 Hours]

    CPR training for adults will show you how to position a person to perform chest compressions, and the exact process for properly administering the technique, as well as mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing and how to use an AED.

  • Pharmacy Career Preparation [5 Hours]

    This subject will prepare students to conduct a thorough employment search strategy that incorporates personal marketing and an assessment of skill inventories. It focuses on discovering a better understanding of the skills that employers seek. As well, it directs students to understand what an employer may expect from their employees.

what you could be earning in less than one year$28,600 - $41,080wage data taken from: jobbank.gc.ca
program duration40 Weeks

Admissions Requirements

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • High School Diploma (or equivalent i.e. GED, ABE, Post-secondary Diploma or Degree) verified by a transcript with passing mark (50%) in Grade 12 upper-level Math, English, Biology, and Chemistry as verified by the Manager of Education or Campus Director
  • Applicant must write the Robertson College entrance test with a final minimum overall score of 70% and a minimum of 70% achieved in the Math, Reading & General portions of the test
  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic computer literacy as verified by Robertson proficiency assessment. It is encouraged that students entering this program have some knowledge of word processing and familiarity with a Windows Operating System
  • Keyboarding Speed of 20 WPM (verified by Robertson College keyboarding assessment)
  • 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

  • Soft skills assessment and possible interview with the Faculty Head

Please note:

  • All textbooks, manuals, and workbooks will be loaned by Robertson College at no charge. Students 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, child/adult registry checks)
  • Program includes the use of a laptop computer throughout the program. Students have the option to purchase the laptop at the end of their program for a reduced price. (some conditions apply)

Career Opportunities

Pharmacy Technicians find employment in hospital, community, retail, medical clinic and long term care pharmacy practice settings.

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