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Ontario College Diploma

Pharmacy Technician

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

(Brampton)

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Training to work in a community or hospital pharmacy.

Program Overview

Critical training

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.

Things you'll learn to do

  • Receive, identify, interpret and process prescription and non-prescription orders, herbal and complementary care medicine products
  • Select, measure, weigh, count, pour, reconstitute, package and label products for dispensing
  • Compound sterile and non-sterile products
  • Uphold ethical principles and legal requirements to practice

Work in pharmacy environments

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.

Develop core foundational skills

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.

Qualify for additional certification

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.

Innovative learning

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.

Explore your future labs

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

Effective April 25, 2022, Sheridan College will no longer require proof of COVID vaccination to attend campus.

However, in the Pharmacy Technician program, our students participate in clinical placements in hospitals. At this time, most GTA hospitals require that all students must have met the immunization requirements.This means students must be fully vaccinated (2 doses) or have a documented medical or human rights exemption.

We strongly recommend that all Pharmacy Technician students get their vaccinations as outlined above as soon as possible. A student without the proper vaccines will not be able to complete a placement in a hospital and this may impact ability to graduate from the program.

For up-to-date information regarding Sheridan’s response to COVID-19 and for links to public health information, please see Sheridan’s COVID-19 webpage.

PPHTO

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Faculty

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

Once you’ve applied for admission to this program, we’ll automatically consider you for this award.

Courses

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    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
    Total: 21
  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    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
      General Education Elective 3
    Total: 20
  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    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

    General Education Elective 3
    Total: 20
  • CODE TITLE CREDITS
    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
      General Education Elective 3
    Total: 26

Courses subject to change.

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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Davis Campus

7899 McLaughlin Road,  Brampton


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Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)

plus

  • One Mathematics, Grade 12 (C or U) with a minimum of 70%
  • Biology, Grade 11 (C or U)
  • Chemistry, Grade 12 (C or U) or Chemistry, Grade 11 (U)

Mature student status.

Applicant Selection

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 may be advised individually regarding other related programs.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

English proficiency requirements for the Pharmacy Technician program (PPHTO) are as follows:

TEST TOTAL SCORE SPEAKING WRITING READING LISTENING
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.

Articulation Agreement

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:

  • An overall GPA of 3.0;
  • A minimum of 70% in required science and math courses for the program(s) to which the student is seeking admission; and
  • A minimum grade of 60% in both English courses (ENG 10102 and ENG 17889) for students seeking admission to Sheridan's health science degrees (excluding diplomas) included under this agreement.

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.

Preparation for Application

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.

Criminal Record Check & Immunization Requirements

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.

Program Accreditation

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).

Admission Requirements/Additional Info

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.

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Ontario College Diploma

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2 yrs (4 semesters)

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Career Opportunities

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:

  • Community pharmacies
  • Hospital pharmacies
  • Insurance companies
  • Long-term care pharmacies
  • Pharmacy software providers
  • Specialized pharmacy settings

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Degree Completion

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Learning Outcomes

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  • Practice safely within a legal, ethical and professional framework in practice settings.
  • Process prescriptions accurately in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings.
  • Prepare pharmaceutical products for dispensing in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings.
  • Release pharmaceutical products in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings.
  • Collaborate with the pharmacist and other health care providers.
  • Optimize the patient’s health and well-being within the scope of practice of the pharmacy technician.
  • Promote quality assurance by performing effective and efficient administrative functions in practice settings.
  • Optimize medication therapy management and product distribution using current technologies in practice settings.
  • Develop and implement effective strategies for ongoing personal and professional development that support currency, competence, ethics and values in the pharmacy sector.


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Program Fees

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 2022–2023 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.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$4,340.81
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$18,114.81

Financial Aid & Awards

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:

International Entrance Scholarship

All new international students beginning their full-time postsecondary studies (ESL excluded) in Spring 2022, Fall 2022 or Winter 2023 semesters in Year 1 (Semester 1) will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

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 27, 2022. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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Computer Science Specializations

In our Honours Bachelor of Computer Science program, you'll learn foundational skills that prepare you to work in any area of computer science. But you’ll also have the chance to specialize in one of four emerging fields that interests you the most.

In the first year of the program, you’ll be introduced to each of these four fields: cloud computing, data analytics, game engineering, and network engineering.

Then, you’ll focus your studies on your selected specialization. You’ll take eight courses in your specialization of choice, gaining specific skills that are not taught in traditional diploma and degree programs. Your computer science specialization will give you a competitive advantage when you graduate.

You can specialize in one of the following fields:

  • Get a deeper understanding of cloud computing — the delivery of computing system resources such as software, databases, servers, data storage, and more — over the Internet. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of private, hybrid or public cloud delivery.

    Specialized Courses
    • Internet of Things
    • Storage Systems
    • Virtualization
    • Cloud Infrastructure
    • Distributed & Parallel Computing
    • Security & Privacy in the Cloud
    • Cloud Economics
    • Cloud Monitoring & Governance
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Cloud Software Engineer: Develop large-scale production clouds.
    • Cloud Developer: Create new cloud services and improve current cloud products.
    • Cloud Automation Specialist: Design and implement automated technologies and processes that support your employer’s cloud offerings.
    • Cloud Architect: Use software development and information technology skills to build hybrid DevOp platforms that leverage your employer’s web services, cloud and on-premise data centres.
    • Systems Administrator – Cloud Operations: Automate, organize, monitor and maintain all of your employer’s cloud-based systems.
    • Cloud Services Adviser: Sell and market various cloud solutions, such as Office 365 or Watson analytics.
  • Learn how to apply statistical analysis, data mining and other advanced techniques to draw new and useful insights from large data sets. Confidently interpret and share information about the data patterns you discover.

    Specialized Courses
    • Business Processes
    • Data Analysis & Visualization 1
    • Big Data Management & Processing
    • Data Analysis & Visualization 2
    • Data Warehouse Design & Implementation
    • Machine Learning Techniques
    • Data Mining
    • Business Communication
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Data Scientist: Perform data analysis and develop and implement predictive models.
    • Data Architect: Design and implement big data solutions that support the Data Warehouse Environment (DWE).
    • Data Analyst: Apply current technologies, concepts and methodologies to build development projects that integrate various data sources.
    • Data Developer: Use Big Data architectures to migrate data from various databases, implement latest technologies and meet functional and technical requirements.
    • Big Data Platform Engineer: Design, build and administer platforms that combine several big data applications and utilities within a single solution.
  • Master the algorithmic, programming and mathematical techniques used to develop software components for computer games.

    Specialized Courses
    • Gameplay Programming 1
    • Game Engine Architecture
    • Gameplay Programming 2
    • Computer Graphics & Animation
    • Artificial Intelligence for Games
    • Game Tools and Data-Driven Design
    • Multiplayer Games
    • Games in Emerging Technologies & Hardware
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Game Developer: Design new games, including art and animation, or write programs to implement a game.
    • Gameplay Programmer: Enhance computer games with gameplay features that improve the user experience.
  • Learn the specialized skills needed to plan, construct, optimize and manage the computer networks that businesses and organizations rely on every day.

    Specialized Courses
    • IP Engineering 1
    • Network Access Technologies
    • Network Service Applications
    • IP Engineering 2
    • Enterprise Network Operations
    • IP Engineering 3
    • Emerging Topics in Networking
    • Internet Core Technologies
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Network Engineer: Design, install, maintain and support computer networks.
    • Data Network Services: Troubleshoot computer network performance issues, analyze network traffic, plan capacity solutions and ensure service readiness.
    • Network Quality Assurance Engineer: Perform manual and automatic quality assurance testing for networks.
  • Learn how to develop effective simulation software using techniques such as discrete event modelling, continuous system modelling, probabilistic modelling and mathematical modelling.

    Specialized Courses
    • Introduction to Modelling & Simulation
    • Mathematical Modelling
    • Graphics and Visualization
    • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    • Modelling & Simulation Methods
    • High Performance Software Design
    • Advanced Graphics and Visualization
    • Advanced Modelling and Simulation
    Specialized Career Opportunities
    • Medical Imaging Software Specialist: Evaluate existing technologies, develop and implement algorithms and conduct system-level engineering to analyze, visualize, manipulate and integrate medical image-based solutions. 
    • Data Visualization Specialist: Independently design, visualize and implement data visualization solutions using data visualization best practices.
    • Imaging Programmer: Use advanced programming knowledge, template development environments and image processing software packages to process medical image data. 
    • Modelling Specialist: Perform predictive modelling and data mining (including the design, development, maintenance and implementation of models) to identify trends and outliers, apply statistical methods to the data and interpret the results, and develop and design clear and informative data visualizations.

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Ontario College Diploma

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2 yrs (4 semesters)

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Articulation Agreements

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Program Mission

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.

Program Vision

Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.

Critical Performance Statement

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.

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Ontario College Diploma

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Program availability

Ontario College Diploma

Full-time 2 years Program code: PPHTO

Ontario College Diploma
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