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Pharmacy Technician

Program Code: PHRM
Credential Type: Ontario College Diploma
Length: Two-Year
Intake(s): September
Intake Status: Open
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A Pharmacy Technician is an essential element within the health care team. This program offers low student-teacher ratios with experts who continue to work in the field. As a Pharmacy Technician student, you will gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes required for success in both retail and hospital settings. You will learn about relevant legislation, health-care ethics, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, customer care, hospital and retail software systems, calculations, inventory management, hospital practice, and infection control.

Traditional in-class instruction is enhanced through teamwork, role-playing activities, guest speakers and innovative lessons. A fully equipped community/hospital lab provides students with hands-on experience dispensing medications, compounding pharmaceuticals and developing aseptic techniques.

At the end of Term 4, second year students travel to Toronto for three days as part of a capstone assignment for PHR-4072. This trip includes presentations, tours, networking and opportunities to see other areas in which a pharmacy technician can work.

Students will complete two unpaid four-week work placements under the supervision of a pharmacist/technician during semester four: one in a community pharmacy and one in a hospital pharmacy setting. These placements are arranged by the program coordinator.

The Pharmacy Technician program at Lambton College has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five year term from 2013 to 2017. 


O.S.S.D. or equivalent with:
Grade 12 English C or U (minimum grade 60%)
Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics C or U (minimum grade 60%)
Grade 11 or 12 Biology C or U (minimum grade 60%
Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry C or U (minimum grade 60%)

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant testing for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English and Math. The test(s) will determine proficiency in required admission subjects. For all other admission requirements applicants must complete the required course(s) as listed above. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

This program has English Proficiency requirements for International Students.


In order to graduate from a program, the College requires that a student:

  1. achieve a GPA of 2.00 or greater, and
  2. successfully complete all courses in the program curriculum.

Some programs may have additional requirements for progression through and/or graduation from the program. Please refer to the program map for any additional program requirements.


Graduates are eligible to proceed to the regulation process through the Ontario College of Pharmacists and the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada.

Graduates are also eligible to apply for membership with the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians.


Employment opportunities for Pharmacy Technician graduates may be found in the following areas: community, hospital, long term care or compounding pharmacies, drug manufacturers, third-party insurance companies, computer software, research or government.


For further information contact:

Health Sciences, English & Humanities
519-542-7751 ext 2409


International Education
519-542-7751 ext 3018


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