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Pharmacy Technician

Credential: Diploma Program Code: 07731 Length: 4 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

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)



Note: Language proficiency is an essential skill required for all pharmacy technicians, therefore additional verification of language proficiency may be required. 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
  • Canadian Test for English Scholars (CanTEST) - Specific Band Scores vary
  • Specific band scores and/or element scores also apply

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

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

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.

View Field Placement Requirements >

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
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The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters is:

  • domestic: $3,867.63
  • international: $14,671.00

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.

Fees by Semester 


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.

Humber Ontario Graduate Certificates

Humber offers a number of Ontario graduate certificates to help take your education further.

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Program Contact(s)

Sharon Lee
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4221



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Applications to Humber are made through Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Secondary Requirements

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 mandatory admission testing. This document contains all the information you need to prepare for the test.

Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

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.

Applicants may prepare for the tests by reviewing The Complete Preparation Guide – Health Occupation Entrance Exams, published by Learning Express (ISBN 1-57685-7166).

For additional resources to help you improve your math skills and/or prepare for the math placement test, please visit:

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 “Go to Events” (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

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 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

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

students learning in a pharmaceutical lab setting

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.

View the sample Math Pre-Admission Tests in the Admission Requirements tab above.

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.

View Pharmacy Technician Program Vision, Mission & Goals

Pharmacy Technician Program


  • To be leaders in the education of Pharmacy Technicians through the embodiment of professional standards, a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and through a continual commitment to student success and curricular improvement.


  • The Pharmacy Technician program at Humber College prepares career ready graduates who possess the skills, knowledge and professional ethics necessary to promote the health and well-being of the communities they serve.


  • To prepare the most practice ready graduates through excellence in pharmacy technician education.
  • To provide a broad range of experiential learning opportunities to enhance both theoretical understanding and the development of hands-on skills.
  • To deliver a collaborative program of applied learning with emphasis on professionalism, leadership, respect and integrity.

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Pharmacy Technician Program 

The Humber Advantage

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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 Accreditations & Recognition

The Pharmacy Technician Program of Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning has been awarded the status of Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five year term July 1st, 2017 – June 30th, 2022.

In order to practice as a pharmacy technician in the province of Ontario, an individual must successfully complete the Qualifying Exam with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada, and be registered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP).

This information is accurate as of July 2017. 

Additional requirements and/or costs 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.

Sample Math Test

To assist in describing the level of math in the mandatory testing, view the following documents (pdf files) with sample questions.

Part A.
Part B.

These samples are for the purposes for the Practical Nursing, Paramedic and Pharmacy Technician programs.

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.