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Faculty of Healthcare
Pharmacy Technician

Faculty of Healthcare»Pharmacy Technician

***Next Start: September 4 , 2018***


Program Overview:

The Pharmacy Technician Program at KLC College is a 40-week diploma program that provides students with the theoretical, practical, and experiential learning experiences to prepare them for a career as a Registered Pharmacy Technician (RPhT). Pharmacy Technicians are vital members of our health care team who protect the security and integrity of the drug distribution system, and collaborate with other health care professionals to enhance medication safety and optimize drug therapy outcomes for all Canadians.

The Pharmacy Technician Program curriculum meets the competencies and outcomes set forth by the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association (CPTEA), the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), and the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). Our educational program prepares graduates to meet entry-to-practice requirements as a Registered Pharmacy Technician and offers a seamless transition to the workplace.

The Pharmacy Technician Program at KLC College: Healthcare, Business, Education has been awarded  status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a four year term January 1st, 2017 - December 31, 2020.

Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician Program at KLC College are allowed to continue the registration process with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP). After pre-registering with the OCP, graduates may proceed to Structured Practical Training (SPT), write the Jurisprudence Exam, and complete the Qualifying Exams with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC).


Career Outlook:

The Pharmacy Technician Program prepares students for a rewarding professional career in a market with many job opportunities in traditional community and institutional settings, and other practice settings including the private sector, education, and public health.


Admission requirements:

1.     Ontario Secondary School Diploma (grade 12 or equivalent) or G.E.D with 60% mark or higher in the following courses:

a.     College or University level mathematics

b.     Graduation from a high school in Canada with three/four consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits (depending on Provincial Regulatory requirements); or Graduation from a Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or An undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English or French. 

c.     College or University level biology

d.     College or University level chemistry

2.     Keyboarding skills: 35 wpm upon entry

3.     An interview with Academic Program Coordinator may be required

4.     Medical documentation with Up-to-Date Immunizations

5.     Clear Criminal Record Check including vulnerable sector screening *

* Original CPIC is required for Admission to the program, however a second, up-to-date CPIC is required for placement

Admission into a CCAPP-accredited pharmacy technician program should be limited to candidates who provide documentation of one of the following as evidence of language proficiency:

a. Language proficiency test results that meet the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada; or

b. Graduation from a high school in Canada with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or

c. Graduation from a Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or

d. An undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English or French.

Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Students applying to KLC College’s Pharmacy Technician program who have already completed another similar CCAPP accredited program may be given consideration for previous work. Credit in individual Pharmacy Technician courses will be granted for successful completion of equivalent CCAPP accredited courses only. All supporting transcripts and detailed course outlines (course descriptions in calendars are not sufficient) must be included with transfer credit application. Advance standing for prior completed work placement or experience is not transferable. Student must still complete a minimum of fifty percent of the program to receive our diploma. They must achieve a score of 75% in the challenge exam which must be completed prior to admission.


Program Outline

The Pharmacy Technician Program is a 40-week program consisting of 1200 hours of instructional and clinical placements.

Courses include:


Introduction to Community Pharmacy Practices (80 hrs) 

Anatomy/Physiology and Pharmacology (160 hrs)

Pharmacy Calculations (80 hrs)

Law, Ethics, Professionalism and Standards of Practice (64 hrs)


Essential Communication Skills (56 hrs)

Pharmacy Management and Inventory

(48 hrs)

Natural Health and OTC Products

(32 hrs)

Advanced Community Pharmacy Dispensing (80 hrs)

Principles of Sterile Preparations and Aseptic Techniques (72 hrs)

Pharmaceutical Compounding (64 hrs)

Hospital Pharmacy Practices (72 hrs)

Long-term Care Concepts (32 hrs)

Practice and Career Development (32 hrs)

Intra-Professional Education (online), WHMIS (28 hrs)

Retail Pharmacy Placement (150 hours)

Hospital Pharmacy Placement (150 hours)



Evaluation methods and reason why these methods have been selected

•Final Examinations assess the student’s overall understanding of the course and ensure that the student has met the course competencies.  There is a final exam at the end of each course within the program. For those courses with a practical component the Final exam will have both a theory and a practical skills portion.    

•Tests/Quizzes assist the instructor to evaluate the student’s understanding of the major course concepts.

•Assignments/Projects/ Practical Skills Demonstrations help the instructor evaluate a student’s ability to apply knowledge of course material. 

•Professional Performance evaluates the student’s dress/grooming, attendance/punctuality and classroom participation.


Evaluation of in-school practical lab components of the program

•The instructor evaluates students informally and provides feedback during every practical laboratory session.  

•Students are evaluated on their professionalism (ethics, dress / grooming, team work, lab maintenance and punctuality) and communication skills throughout the program.

•Practical assignments, projects and practical skills demonstrations are used to assess ongoing student progress.    

•Assessment focuses on abilities such as client care, safety, step-by-step procedures, problem solving, independent action and professionalism.  


To graduate from the Pharmacy Technician Program a student must:

• Receive a minimum of 70% in each course except Pharmacy Calculations which requires a minimum of 75% and completion of Zero Tolerance Testing 

• Have a current Standard First Aid and Basic Rescuer (Level C) CPR Certifications 

• Successfully complete all Clinical Placement hours and skill requirement 

• Have a resume that the student intends to use for job search



Tuition: $11,825.00

Text books: Approx. $815.00

Related Costs: Approx. $685.00



Pharmacy Technician Program Faculty

Allison Finn RPhT


Maria Schell RPh, BscPharm, BScH


Elaine Burke RPh, BscPharm, BScH




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    September 4 , 2018