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Become a Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician diploma program is well-suited for students wishing to pursue a career in the rapidly growing field of Pharmacy.  Learn how to dispense, prepare and compound medications and help maintain the smooth operation of a pharmacy by managing drug inventory, helping patients and other health care professionals and assist in the provision of safe pharmaceutical services.

Upon graduation, graduates will be able to find employment opportunities in hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies and other health care facilities that employ pharmacy technicians.

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

Program Starting May 24, 2016

The Pharmacy Technician program of Robertson College Winnipeg ensures that the students' education is based on the NAPRA Competencies for Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice and 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 [125 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 [135 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 [130 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.

  • Therapeutic Terminology [10 Hours]

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

  • Industry Practicum [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 [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.

  • Employment and Career Management [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.

what you could be earning in less than one year$27,140 - $37,300wage data taken from:
program duration40 Weeks

Admissions Requirements

  • 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, verified by Manager of Education or Campus Director
  • Applicant MUST write the Robertson College entrance test with a minimum overall score of 70% and a minimum of 70% in Math, Reading & General
  • Proficiency in basic computer literacy (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)
  • For applicants whose first language is not English or for international students, proof of English proficiency must be submitted as per the NAPRA (National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authority) & the CPhM (College of Pharmacists of Manitoba)
  • Soft skills assessment and possible interview with Faculty Head


$14,495.00 (includes tuition, books, and fees)
Financial assistance for the Pharmacy Technician program is available for students who qualify. Students enrolled in this program qualify for the RC Student Laptop Program and will be given a laptop computer to use for the duration of the 40-week program.

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