Pharmacy Technician
Program Code: PHRM (International) Length of Program: Two-Year Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Diploma
Term 1 COM-1013 Critical Thinking and Writing 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 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 GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Academic Break Academic Break Term 3 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 GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Term 4 PHR-3051 Examination of Prescriptions PHR-4033 Institutional Dispensing II PHR-4063 Sterile Theory/Lab II PHR-4022 Journey to Practice GED-XXX3 General Education Elective Term 5 PHR-3106 Community Field Placement PHR-4106 Institutional Field Placement

In Ontario, Pharmacy Technicians are regulated healthcare professionals and play an integral role in our healthcare system. Pharmacies across Ontario and Canada have seen their workload and staffing increase since the start of the pandemic. Ontario pharmacists and pharmacy technicians have received changes to their roles and responsibilities in the pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians in Ontario are now able to administer the influenza vaccine. 

Lambton College students experience learning that is innovative, engaging and simulates real pharmacy practice. Pharmacy Technicians are in high demand, not only in Ontario but throughout Canada. Our students are trained in our state-of-practice NOVA Chemicals Health & Research Centre which features three pharmacy labs.

The Community Pharmacy Lab includes a full simulated pharmacy that students practice in from Term 1 – Term 4. Being immersed in simulations allows our students to not only learn how to process and prepare prescriptions but also to develop their professional and interpersonal skills that will help them to be successful after graduation.

The Hospital Pharmacy Lab is equipped with an anteroom and sterile room that provides our students with the hands-on skills required for their success in hospital and specialized pharmacies. Students are focused on learning hospital workflow and are taught how to prepare sterile medications. These medications include IV bags and sterile eye drops.

The Specialized Compounding Lab provides students with the opportunity to transform raw pharmaceutical ingredients into specialized medications that are customized to individual patients. Our students learn to make creams, ointments, gels, medicated lozenges, and many more specialized products.

Blended learning is highlighted in our program and allows our students increased flexibility in their schedules. Faculty support diverse learning needs in our program by utilizing engaging lessons that include full simulations, role playing activities, and guest speakers.

Students will complete two unpaid field placements under the supervision of a pharmacist or pharmacy technician licensed in Ontario after the completion of all core courses: one in a community pharmacy and one in a hospital pharmacy setting. These experiential learning placements take place immediately after the completion of Term 4. Travel and additional costs are required.

Upon graduation students are eligible to write both 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 5.5 year term from January 2023 to June 2028.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with a minimum grade of 60% in the following:

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:

  1. Language proficiency test results that meet the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada; or
  2. Graduation from a high school in Canada with four consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or
  3. Graduation from a College d'enseignement general et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec with four consecutive first language English or French courses/credits; or
  4. An undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English or French.

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

Employment Opportunities

Pharmacy Technicians are in high demand and are able to work in many different settings including community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, long term care pharmacies, insurance companies, government agencies, regulatory bodies and advocacy associations.

Tuition Fees

Please visit the international tuition fee section for individual program fees. For more information regarding tuition, please contact or 519-542-7751 ext 3018.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Sarnia Campus
905-890-7833 x 222