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2 yrs (4 semesters)
For details on how this program will be delivered for the Winter 2022 term, please see the delivery modes for all programs.
Gain the specialized knowledge and training needed to deliver pharmacy services in community and hospital settings! This program is fully accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs, and learning outcomes meet the entry-to-practice competency requirements of the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities.
All in-person lectures and labs will be held in Sheridan’s Centre for Health Communities, a state-of-the-art facility designed to simulate applied health settings. Apply your new skills in your assignments, case studies, discussions, presentations and more! You’ll also gain real-world experience through field placement in both hospital pharmacy (160 hours) and community pharmacy (200 hours) settings.
Build a strong foundation of knowledge in core subjects such as human anatomy and physiology, pharmacy math, pharmacy legislation and pharmacology. You’ll also learn how to communicate with patients and clients in a professional manner; collaborate with other healthcare professionals; and manage pharmacy inventory to ensure safe, effective and efficient product distribution.
As a graduate of this program, you’ll be eligible to pursue technician registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP), which is required to practice as a pharmacy technician in Ontario.* You’ll also be eligible to write your Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) qualifying exam and the OCP Jurisprudence Exam.
* Note: When registering with the OCP, you’ll also need to obtain personal professional liability insurance, submit a police background check and declare that your past and present conduct meets the OCP’s good character requirements.
Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program uses various delivery methods to support different learning styles. Courses are delivered through a combination of traditional in-class lectures, practical hands-on labs and online and hybrid courses. Case studies, individual and group assignments, discussions, student presentations, bell-ringer circuits, critical reflections and e-journals are just a few ways that you'll demonstrate your evolving competencies.
Our Pharmacy Technician labs are equipped with industry-standard equipment and were designed to simulate real-world workplaces. Want to see inside? Take a virtual tour of a Pharmacy Lab you'll use as a student in this program.
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Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
|PHAR 17839||Healthcare System & Pharmacy Jurisprudence||3|
|ACCG19725||Pharmacy Management and Inventory Control||3|
|MATH 16532||Pharmacy Math||3|
|HEAL 29385||Self-Medications and Complementary Therapies||3|
|HEAL 11651||Introduction to Community Pharmacy Dispensing||6|
|COMM 19999||Essential Communication Skills||3|
|BIOL 10724||Introduction to Body Systems and Disease States||3|
|PHAR 16936||Introduction to Pharmacology||3|
|CHEM 14438||Introduction to Pharmaceutical Compounding||3|
|HEAL 23733||Advanced Community Pharmacy Dispensing||5|
|PHAR 27109||Professional Pharmacy Practice||3|
|GENED||General Education Elective||3|
|BIOL 25441||Advanced Body Systems and Disease States||3|
|HEAL 15370||Institutional Pharmacy Dispensing Theory and Lab||5|
|CHEM 15743||Principles of Sterile Preparations and Aseptic Techniques||3|
|CHEM 28956||Specialized Extemporaneous Compounding||3|
|PHAR 26228||Advanced Concepts in Pharmacology||3|
|GNED||General Education Elective||3|
|HEAL 26846||Institutional Pharmacy Practice||3|
|CHEM 26616||Advanced Pharmaceutical Sterile Preparation Theory and Lab||3|
|PHAR 25892||Integrated Practice and Career Development||3|
|HEAL 19822||Long Term Care Concepts||3|
|FLPL 23009||Institutional Pharmacy||6|
|FLPL16529||Community Pharmacy Field Practicum||4|
|FLPL 19353||Pharmacy Tech Field Prep||1|
|GNED||General Education Elective||3|
Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:
Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.
English proficiency requirements for the Pharmacy Technician program (PPHTO) are as follows:
|Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — internet-based test||91 (SEM: 5)||23 (SEM: 2)||25 (SEM: 3)||22 (SEM: 2)||21 (SEM: 2)|
|International English Language Testing System (IELTS) — academic format||6.5 (SEM 0.5)||6||6||6||6|
|Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)||N/A||4.5||4.0||4.5||4.5|
For more information about the English Proficiency requirements for Pharmacy Technicians, please visit the Ontario College of Pharmacists website.
The following Articulation Agreement applies only to students enrolled in the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program, starting at Sheridan in September 2019 or later.
Applicants who do not possess the necessary admission requirements to this program at Sheridan who complete the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program will be granted admission, contingent on space in the program (in the semester that they are applying for), if they fulfill the following criteria:
For the courses with minimum grade thresholds, as specified above, students may only have a maximum of two graded attempts. Withdrawals without Academic Penalty (i.e., "W" grades) are not included.
Where space is not available in the semester for which an applicant has applied and the applicant meets all the requirements of this agreement, admission to a later intake of the program will be granted.
Applicants from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees certificate program must also complete all other pre-admission requirements for their chosen programs (including volunteer hours for the Honours Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences – Athletic Therapy program), and should be aware of program-specific requirements such as criminal record checks, immunization documentation, etc.
Applicants who meet the admission requirements above and who successfully complete the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program are not required to complete the HOAE (Health Occupations Aptitude Exam), an admission requirement for Practical Nursing and Veterinary Technician.
Prospective students should ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria for registration, such as English language proficiency in the program for which this transfer process is being applied.
The employment opportunities and scope of responsibilities for the pharmacy technician have changed and continue to evolve. We recommend that applicants research the demands of this career.
Sheridan field placement agencies may require a police record check for criminal offences, a vulnerable sector check and/or a current acceptable record of immunization. Students will be required to provide this documentation directly to their field placement prior to the start of the placement and at their own expense. Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field placement opportunities.
Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program has been awarded Full Accreditation status by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs from July 2017 to June 2021 (extended to December 2021).
Prior to your placements, you must (at your own expense) obtain a valid CPR + AED certificate (Level C) with standard First Aid, complete a criminal record/vulnerable sectors check, take a N95 Mask Fit Test, and present an up-to-date immunization record approved by the Sheridan College Health Centre.
Sheridan graduates are in high demand. When you complete the Pharmacy Technician diploma program, you’ll be ready to take a position at one of the locations listed below.
Here are some places you might work:
The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:
Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.
The fees shown here are for the 2021–2022 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.
Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:
All new international students beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
The annual Bursary Program for grade 12 students pursuing careers in the justice sector at an Ontario university or college is now open! Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Each association offers one bursary per year in each of their judicial regions for a total of 22 bursaries province-wide!
Applications close on May 26. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.
Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.
Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.
Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.
Full-time 2 years Program code: PPHTO
|May 2022||Davis Campus (Brampton)||Available|
|Sep 2022||Davis Campus (Brampton)||Available|
|May 2023||Davis Campus (Brampton)||Available|
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