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Pharmacy Technician

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Program length

2 years

Credential

Diploma

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TUITION & FEES

Canadian
Total tuition: $9,520.00
Total fees: $2,924.00
International
Total tuition: $29,440.00
Total fees: $2,924.00

 
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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
  • 60% in Mathematics 30-1 (Pure Mathematics 30) or Mathematics 30-2 (Applied Mathematics 30) or equivalent
  • 60% in Biology 30 or equivalent and 60% in Chemistry 30 or equivalent
  • high school diploma, general education diploma (GED), or equivalent
  • successful completion of NorQuest College's Pharmacy Technician diploma arithmetic assessment
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Overview

Our nationally accredited Pharmacy Technician program thoroughly prepares graduates for this fast-paced and highly respected occupation. As a regulated pharmacy technician, you will be involved with dispensing prescriptions, preparing compounded medications and sterile products, repackaging pharmaceuticals, managing inventory, teaching patients to use medical devices, and providing patient care. The two one-month practicums give you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in both community and institutional pharmacy settings.

Student Success

Students are more likely to be successful in this program if they:

  • are detail-oriented
  • have strong arithmetic skills
  • can multi-task and problem-solve effectively
  • have access to a computer with strong computer and typing skills
  • have good written and verbal communication skills
  • have good vision and manual dexterity and can stand and sit for extended periods of time.

Applicants are requested to review the job requirements listed below and assess their ability to fulfill the demands of the occupation of pharmacy technician.

As a pharmacy technician, you must be able to:

  • work day, evening, and weekend shifts
  • stand and sit for extended periods of time
  • use your knees, back, and arms to move objects that weigh up to 10 kilograms
  • have good manual dexterity and vision, which are essential for some tasks
  • physically and emotionally manage workplace demands
  • function effectively in stressful situations
  • multi-task and problem-solve
  • perform all skills independently
  • work collaboratively with other health-care professionals
  • communicate effectively in written and verbal form with patients, colleagues, and other health care professionals.

Additional Program Details

NorQuest’s pharmacy technician lab provides students with practical, hands-on training in compounding, sterile product preparation, repackaging, inventory management, and dispensing. In the lab, students have the opportunity to use technologies currently employed by those working in the profession, including laminar airflow hoods, Kroll® computer software, and automated dispensing cabinets.

Our state-of-the-art simulation lab prepares students to work collaboratively with other health-care professionals as part of an interdisciplinary team.

For more information on becoming a registered pharmacy technician in the province of Alberta, visit the Alberta College of Pharmacy website.

Faculty Qualifications

Andrea Outram, Associate Chair B Sc. Pharm, RPh
Lily Mauer (Kriese), Instructor B Sc. Pharm, RPh
Carla Grant, Instructor B.Sc. Pharm, RPh, APA, ACPR
Roland Coppens, Instructor B.Sc, B.Sc. Pharm, RPh, APA
Kara Mohr, Instructor B.Sc. Pharm, RPh
Jennifer Atkins, Instructor Dip. Pharm Tech, RPhT
Vanyelle Behr, Instructional Assistant Dip. Pharm Tech, RPhT

Accreditation

The Pharmacy Technician diploma program of NorQuest College has been awarded accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five-year term, from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2022.

This accreditation standard means that graduates are eligible to sit for the entry-to-practice Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Qualifying Examination and may go on to become regulated technicians under the Alberta College of Pharmacy.

Practicum/Work Experience

This program includes two one-month practicums.

Location

Edmonton