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Pharmacy Technician

Credential: Diploma Program Code: 07731 Length: 4 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent)
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U or equivalent)
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C or SCH4U or equivalent)




  • Results of mandatory testing for senior-level biology, chemistry, writing and math.

Note: Language proficiency is an essential skill required for all pharmacy technicians. A pharmacy technician’s ability to communicate is critical in the delivery of safe and effective patient care. For this reason, applicants whose first language is not English must meet the specific English Language Proficiency scores for the Pharmacy Technician program. Applicants being admitted on the basis of one of the following must possess:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Overall Band 6.5 -Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL IBT) – 91
  • Michigan English Language Arts Battery (MELAB) – 81
  • Specific band scores and/or element scores also apply

For details visit Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada.

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements:

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program.  Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Post-Admission Requirements:

The following are required for your final semester of study:

  • Complete immunization record including immunization against Hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), chickenpox, influenza and test negative on the Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Test
  • Valid Standard First Aid and (CPR)-C certificates
  • Police Record Check: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a police record check. Refer to the Admission Information. Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Pharmacy Technician program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate. Pharmacy Technician students are not required to submit a police record check until the second semester of the program. The police record check may have to be renewed every three to six months thereafter.

It is recommended that completion of these requirements begin in the summer between first and second year.

Required documents including immunizations, police record checks, standard first aid and CPR, and how to validate these requirements can be found in student support.

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Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017NorthOpenOpen

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $3,888.83
  • international $14,200.

Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$2,000 for textbooks and supplies.

It is strongly recommended that students have access to an Internet-enabled laptop/computer or similar device.

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Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Bachelor of Applied Management 

Credential Opportunity: Diploma to Degree
Location: Saint John, NB
Institution(s): University of New Brunswick

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the 4-yr Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick.  Depending on the diploma program, students may be exempted from study in certain courses and therefore, requested to take alternate courses offered by the Faculty of Business.

For further information, contact:

Anne Marie Stephen

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Health 

Credential Opportunity: Diploma to Degree
Location: Kamloops, BC
Institution(s): Thompson Rivers University

Successful graduates of Humber's Diploma programs in:

  • Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Practical Nursing

may apply to Thompson Rivers University's Bachelor of Health degree program.  Students are required to provide original documentation showing their full post secondary academic history along with graduation with a relevant certificate and/or diploma.  A block transfer of up to 54 credits may be granted with an additional 66 credits required for program completion. 

Students may inquire about completing the Bachelor of Health degree on campus or by distance.

For further information, contact:

Coordinator, External Agreements
1.800.663.9711 x 6839

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Ontario Transfer Options

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Sharon Lee
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4221


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In order to continue with your application for Pharmacy Technician, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these secondary requirements. This contains all information to prepare and submit secondary requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Secondary Requirements

Applicants are required to complete mandatory admission testing in senior-level biology, chemistry, writing, and math. A $50 assessment fee will be charged at the time of registration.

Registration Instructions

Applicants must register to attend this admissions event. Log-in to MyHumber to register:

  1. Log-in to MyHumber
  2. Select the Applicant tab
  3. Select the Applied Programs tab
  4. Select your Year and Applicant Number from the drop-down menu, then click Submit
  5. Click on “Do I Have Any Missing Requirements”
  6. Click on “Book an Event” (located under the “Link” section, near the bottom right of the page)
  7. Choose from a list of available assessment dates and follow the prompts

Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to emet minimum program eligibility.  Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.

All secondary requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.

Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $1,969.94 $6,912.50
Tuition $1,415.38 $6,357.94
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $51.05 $51.05


Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $1,918.89 $6,912.50
Tuition $1,415.38 $6,408.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00


Semester 3 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $2,285.22 $6,912.50
Tuition $1,415.38 $6,042.66
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $366.33 $366.33


Semester 4 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $1,918.89 $6,912.50
Tuition $1,415.38 $6,408.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

Our Program

Humber’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program prepares graduates for various careers in pharmacy including community, hospital and long-term care settings.

Enjoy hands-on learning in simulated labs with low student-teacher ratios and expert faculty who are active in the pharmacy field ensuring you are learning key industry trends. In addition, learn from guest speakers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesale distributors, hospital tours and conferences.

Courses are designed with industry collaboration, ensuring you learn current and relevant information. Courses focus on legislation, physiology, pharmacotherapeutics, customer care, health-care ethics, hospital and retail software systems, inventory management, hospital practice, and infection control. Students apply what they learn in lectures in the simulated labs and during placements, providing valuable real-life experience.

Courses Program Standards

Work Placement

Students will complete two unpaid four-week work placements under the supervision of a pharmacist/technician in semester four: one in a retail/community pharmacy and one in a hospital pharmacy setting. Students, with faculty guidance, decide on a community placement in a location/city of the student’s choosing. The program arranges the hospital pharmacy placement. Hospital pharmacy placements may be outside of the Greater Toronto area. The placements provide important workplace experience and industry contacts.

For further information about placements and requirements, visit


The Humber Experience

The Right Fit

Are you a detail-oriented self-starter who is very meticulous? If you are and have strong math and interpersonal skills a career as a pharmacy technician could be a great fit for you.

We Know What It Takes

Humber College has offered the pharmacy technician program for over thirty years – translating into many successful alumni of the program working in communities across Ontario solidifying Humber’s high caliber of education. Experts in their respective fields of health care, instructors will prepare you for the challenges ahead – offering real world guidance in what the field demands, as well as expert classroom instruction.

The Humber Advantage

pharmacy student in lab

State-of-the-art Labs

The pharmacy technician labs are fully equipped for the exclusive use of the Pharmacy Technician students. Students spend at least one quarter of their scheduled time in the lab learning ‘hands on’ all the required dispensing skills in the following labs.

Professional and Community Partnerships

Humber maintains strong partnerships within industry – participating employers in the work experience program continually praise graduates’ aptitude and work readiness.

Pharmacy Technician Registration Information

Graduates from the Pharmacy Technician program at Humber College must be registered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) to practice as Pharmacy Technicians in the province of Ontario.

Your Career

Begin a career where you play a critical role in contributing to patient care as a pharmacy technician.

Our graduates are in demand and have numerous opportunities to contribute to the health and well-being of Canadians. According to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the need for pharmacy technicians “has been strong, due to rising needs associated with population aging, increases in government funding for health care and a high number of retirements of existing workers.”

Pharmacy technicians perform many tasks including filling and final release of prescriptions, compounding medications and managing day-to-day operations. Pursue opportunities in various settings such as in community/retail and hospital pharmacies, long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturers, third-party insurance companies, computer software companies and government agencies. You will also have options in related fields including as a narcotic destruction technician, pharmacy events co-ordinator, software specialist and medication reconciliation technician.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

Our program has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). Our program complies with all CCAPP accreditation standards. Graduates from the program must be registered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) [] to practise as pharmacy technicians in the province of Ontario.

Additional requirements may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling. 

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.