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Pharmacy Technician

Credential: DiplomaProgram Code: 07731Length: 4 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 2 requirements:


  • Academic

    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)

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    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 http://www.ocpinfo.com/registration/training-exams/language-proficiency

    Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Field Placement 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 third 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 >

Fees

The 2018-2019 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,967.30
  • international: $14,964.00

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.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$2,005.95$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,767.62
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$44.60$44.60
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$1,961.35$7,272.00
Tuition$1,501.57$6,812.22
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

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

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS WITHIN HUMBER AFTER THIS PROGRAM

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission.  Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of five semesters of full-time study plus a work term.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent
  • SBI4U ( Grade 12U Biology) or equivalent

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

 

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

Start Bachelor of Health Sciences – Workplace Health and Wellness in winter of 2020.

TRANSFER OPTIONS

Can't find a pathway? You can still get the credit you deserve from your previous education or your prior work or life experience.

Learn more >

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Sharon Lee, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4221
sharon.lee@humber.ca
healthsciences.humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How To Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. 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 ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map >

Apply through Ontario Colleges >

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

Apply through the International Centre >

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Humber’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program prepares graduates for various careers in pharmacy including community, hospital, industry 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 profession. In addition, learn from guest speakers who are pharmaceutical industry experts.

Courses are designed in consultation with practising pharmacy professionals and focus on key competency categories such as legal and ethical responsibilities, patient care, product distribution, health promotion, knowledge application, communication, intra- and inter-professional collaboration, and safety. Students apply their learning in 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 4: 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.

 

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2018NorthClosedClosed
September 2019NorthOpenOpen

The Humber Experience

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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 below.

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

Vision

  • 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.

Mission

  • 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.

Goals

  • 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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student in a pharmaceutical lab setting

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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, medication reconciliation, compounding medications and managing day-to-day operations. Pursue opportunities in various settings such as community/retail and hospital pharmacies, long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturers, third-party insurance companies, computer software companies and government agencies.

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 (CCAPP) 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 (PEBC), and be registered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP).

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber 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.

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On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.