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Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program Winnipeg

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.

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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.

Program Overview

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.

  • All faculty are currently in practice and therefore, are teaching based on today’s standards/requirements. Our combined experience covers all areas of practice including in Long Term Care, Community, and Hospital settings.
  • Our instructors and faculty have a combined experience of over 90 years in the industry. Two are Licensed Pharmacists. One is a Pharmacy Manager / Owner who teaches Pharmacology and the other is a Professor at the University of Manitoba who teaches Non-Sterile Compounding
  • Our program is affiliated with the College of Pharmacy, Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. This allows our Pharmacy Technician students to train in Sterile Preparation and Dispensing in state of the art pharmacy labs that are used to train students studying to become licensed pharmacists (~100 hours of training)
  • Our campus is equipped with a Level 2 pharmacy laboratory which allows our students to work in a simulated hospital environment
  • We have an integrated “Interprofessional Practice” component to be completed at the University of Manitoba with first and second-year pharmacy students, allowing for a better understanding of the roles of both an RPh and a PT
  • Students of the Pharmacy Technician program graduate with a certificate of completion of a WRHA-approved “Aseptic Training Validation Program”
  • All faculty members are actively involved with numerous organizations and stakeholders including the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians and the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association. Our Faculty Head sits on the council for the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba as a CAPT Liaison

At our college, we aim to:

  • Graduate students who are able to pursue a career in the rapidly growing field of Pharmacy Technicians
  • Provide a quality pharmacy technician program that aligns with the existing CPTEA Educational Outcomes and NAPRA Competencies for Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice
  • Prepare graduates to successfully pass the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Examination
  • Prepare graduates to be employed in hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies, healthcare  facilities that employ Pharmacy Technicians
  • Encourage graduates to recognize the need for continuing education and professional affiliation

“Interprofessional Practice” Initiative with the University of Manitoba

We offer all students an opportunity to gain experience working in a simulated community pharmacy environment with first and second-year University of Manitoba pharmacy students.

This exercise provides our students with the opportunity to practice and develop skills that will be utilized in practicums and practice environments.  The goal is to incorporate what the students have learned in the classroom and to be able to apply that learning to real-life experiences in a community pharmacy.  



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

Topics of Study

Anatomy & Physiology - 80 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.

Communication in Health - 40 Hours

This course is designed to develop verbal and non-verbal communication strategies, and active listening skills related to professional relationships. Students will also be introduced to intra and inter-professional collaboration, learn to function in a team environment and are taught conflict resolution skills with an emphasis on patient care.

Computer Fundamentals - 20 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 in Community Pharmacy - 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.

Final Product Check - 20 Hours

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of checking products before they leave the pharmacy in a simulated Pharmacy Lab, teaching such skills necessary to ensure consistency and accuracy. It will introduce systematic checking processes to help detect common errors.

Jurisprudence 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 - 80 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 - 140 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 Calculations - 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 Product Preparations - 150 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 & Community - 360 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.

Pharmacy Career Preparation - 25 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.

Qualifying Exam Preparation - 30 Hours

This course is designed to prepare students to be successful in the Pharmacy Exam Board of Canada’s Qualifying Exam. Students get familiarized with the application process and the format and timelines of the exams. They will have the opportunity to practice for Part 1 and 2 of the exam, including interactive and non-interactive stations in a simulated setting.

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)

Rose Dick

Sonal Purohit

Rose has been an active member of the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians (CAPT) since 2000. She has been the Manitoba representative of the CAPT Regional Educational Outreach Committee since 2010. Rose is passionate about the field of pharmacy, especially in the education and training of Pharmacy Technicians. She brings this passion into the classroom, along with many years of experience working as Pharmacy Technician for Rexall and Geri Aid Systems.

Rose Dick

Sonal Purohit is an innovative Pharmacist and the successful owner of a Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy franchise in Winnipeg. She has over 11 years of experience as a Pharmacist and over 9 years of experience as an educator. Sonal has expertise in developing and delivering a multitude of educational programs with a proven ability to thoroughly prepare students for community pharmacy careers. Sonal is also extremely active in the pharmacy field – she has been the MPHA Pharmacist Representative on the Extended Practice Advisory Committee for Nurse Practitioners with CRNM for the past 2 years and sits on the Council for the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.

Sonal Purohit
, BSc Pharm

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