Pharmacy Technician
Program Code: PHRM (Full-Time) Length of Program: Two-Year Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Diploma Starts: Sep (Open)
Mobile Learning Program
Term 1 COM-1013 Critical Thinking and Writing GED-XXX3 General Education Elective IPH-1001 Interprofessional Perspectives PHR-1023 Pharmacy Fundamentals and Legislature PHR-1012 Applied Pharmaceutical Calculations I PHR-1042 Interpersonal Interaction in Pharmacy Practice PHR-1036 Retail Dispensing Theory/Lab PHR-1093 Anatomy and Physiology Term 2 COM-2033 Communications for Health Sciences II GED-XXX3 General Education Elective PHR-2034 Retail Dispensing Lab and Inventory Practices PHR-2043 Pharmacology I PHR-2053 Non-Prescription and Home Health Products PHR-2064 Pharmacy Compounding Theory/Lab Academic Break Academic Break Term 3 GED-XXX3 General Education Elective PHR-3012 Applied Pharmaceutical Calculations II PHR-3023 Computer and Institutional Dispensing PHR-3043 Pharmacology II PHR-3064 Sterile Techniques Theory/Lab I PHR-3073 Hospital Pharmacy Procedures PHR-3083 Professional Issues Term 4 PHR-3051 Examination of Prescriptions PHR-4033 Institutional Dispensing II PHR-4063 Sterile Theory/Lab II PHR-4022 Journey to Practice PHR-3106 Community Field Placement PHR-4106 Institutional Field Placement

A Pharmacy Technician is a licensed healthcare professional within the health care team. This program offers low student-teacher ratios with experts who continue to work in the field. Pharmacy Technician students gain the knowledge, skills and professionalism required for success in retail, hospital, long-term care and specialty settings. Students 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 coupled with blended learning and then enhanced through teamwork, role playing activities, guest speakers and innovative lessons. Three fully equipped pharmacy labs provide students with hands-on experience dispensing medications, compounding pharmaceutical products and developing aseptic techniques.

During Term 4, students travel outside of Lambton College as part of a capstone assignment for PHR-4022. This trip includes presentations, tours, networking and opportunities to see other areas in which a pharmacy technician can work. Additional costs may be required. 

Students will complete two unpaid four-week field placements under the supervision of a pharmacist/technician after the completion of term four: one in a community pharmacy and one in a hospital pharmacy setting. These experiential learning placements take place March through June. Travel and additional costs may be required. 

Upon graduation students are eligible to write national and provincial licensing exams.


To promote excellence in patient care through exemplary education.


Inspire pharmacy technician students to become leaders in patient-centered interprofessional care by providing them a dynamic educational experience.

The Pharmacy Technician Program of Lambton College has been awarded the status of Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five year term from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2022.

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Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with a minimum grade of 60% in the following:
Grade 12 English C or U
Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics C or U
Grade 11 or 12 Biology C or U
Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry C or U

Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and the Pre-Health Sciences program at Lambton College. All course requirements must be completed no later than the first day of classes of term one. 

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:

This program has fluency proficiency requirements for students whose first language is not English or French. 

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates can be found in the following areas: community, hospital, long-term care or compounding pharmacies, methadone dispensing specialty pharmacies, drug manufacturers, third-party insurance companies, computer software, academia research or government.

Tuition Fees
Breakdown of fees for Year 1
Year 1
Ancillary Fee$715.12
Student Government Fee$290.66
Health/Dental Plan$207.87
Breakdown of fees for Year 2
Year 2
Ancillary Fee$608.62
Student Government Fee$290.66
Health/Dental Plan$207.87

Please Note: These fees apply to the 2019-2020 academic year and are subject to change. Fees do not include books (unless specifically noted), supplies or living costs.

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Program Information

Connie Beck, Program Coordinator
519-542-7751 ext 3329