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Train to work in a retail or hospital pharmacy.
This program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs. You'll learn in state-of-the-art facilities designed to replicate the drug distribution systems used in today's pharmacy settings, and will receive the specialized training you need to work as a pharmacy technician in a community, hospital or other pharmacy practice site.
Things you'll learn to do
- Read and interpret drug orders.
- Process prescriptions using industry software.
- Complete third-party (insurance) billing.
- Prepare, package, label, and dispense medications.
- Perform sterile and non-sterile compounding.
- Think critically and identify problems pertaining to drug therapy.
You’ll complete two four-week field placements (160 hours each) – one in a retail pharmacy and one in a hospital pharmacy. Prior to your placements, you must obtain (at your own expense) a valid CPR + AED certificate (Level C) with standard First Aid, and present an up-to-date immunization record approved by the Sheridan College Health Centre.
Sharpen your skills
Through this program, you'll also learn to:
- Communicate with patients and health care professionals in a professional manner.
- Conduct inventory management and front store marketing.
The program will help you sharpen your skills by providing you with a comprehensive knowledge base in core subjects such as English, pharmacy math, pharmacy legislation, human anatomy and physiology, and pharmacology.
The Sheridan Pharmacy Technician program presents innovative delivery methods to suit many 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 only a few examples of the ways that students demonstrate their evolving competencies.
Some field placement sites may require a police record check for criminal offences, or a vulnerable sector check. You'll be required to provide this documentation directly to your placement site prior to the start of the placement. Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field placement opportunities.
Sheridan's Pharmacy Technician program delivers the most current knowledge and practices (as outlined by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA)) in classrooms and labs, and through community and hospital placements.
As a graduate of Sheridan's Pharmacy Technician diploma program, you'll be eligible to write the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Exam. Once you've completed the PEBC Qualifying Exam and other requirements such as the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) Jurisprudence exam and Structure Practical Training (SPT), you can apply to become a Registered Pharmacy Technician.
Graduates from Sheridan's Pharmacy Technician program are not entitled to use the designation “Pharmacy Technician” until they are registered with OCP or other provincial regulatory authorities. Note that some practice sites may only hire registered pharmacy technicians. We strongly encourage our graduates to pursue registration so that they can achieve their full potential.
Program duration for September starts is two academic years (September–April x 2).
Explore your future labs
Some of Sheridan's Pharmacy Technician labs are designed mimic real-world workplaces, including industry-standard equipment. Want to see inside? Take a virtual tour of a Pharmacy Lab you'll use as a student in this program.
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 16048 Community Pharmacy Practices 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 HUMN16693G Human Relations: The Interpersonal Experience 3 Total: 17
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 GNED 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 Clinical Practice 6 FLPL16529 Career Strategies and Retail Pharmacy Placement Practicum 4 GNED General Education Elective 3 Total: 25
Courses subject to change.
Find course details:
Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:
- One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)
- 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)
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 Language ProficiencyAll 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 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:
- 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.
The Pharmacy Technician program at Sheridan has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a further term from July 2017 to June 2021.
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
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.
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 2020–2021 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 this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.
Fees for Canadian students$4,347.54
Fees for International students$17,188.54
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
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.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Ontario College Diploma
Full-time 2 years Program code: PPHTO
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