2014/15 Program

Pharmacy Technician

Our Program

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

Enjoy hands-on learning in simulated labs with low student-teacher ratios (12:1) 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 have the opportunity to attend conferences.

The curriculum is designed with industry collaboration, ensuring you learn current and relevant information. Courses focus on relevant 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.

Your Career

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

Humber Pharmacy Technician graduates are in demand with numerous opportunities to contribute to the health and well-being of all 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.

Our Facilities

A fully equipped dispensing lab provides students with hands-on experience dispensing, compounding pharmaceuticals developing aseptic techniques and managing inventory. In addition, students practice on equipment and technology commonly found in the workplace.

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, likely in the Greater Toronto Area. Students, with faculty guidance, decide on a community placement in a location/city of the student’s choosing. The program co-ordinator arranges the hospital pharmacy placement. The placements provide important workplace experience and industry contacts.

For further information, visit healthsciences.humber.ca/resources/pre-placement-requirements/fieldclinical-placement.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

The Pharmacy Technician program at Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five-year term 2012 - 2017. Graduates from the Pharmacy Technician program must be registered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) to practise as pharmacy technicians in the province of Ontario.

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. For detailed information, visit humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). 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 must possess one of the following: 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 see napra.ca/Content_Files/Files/Language_Proficiency_Requirements_for_Licensure_PharmTech_Nov2009_Final.pdf
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Mathematics (MBF3C, MCF3M, MCR3U, MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U) or equivalent
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C or SCH4U) or equivalent
  • Applicants who do not possess the required courses may complete admission testing to determine equivalencies. Invitation and booking of admission testing is done using the email address provided on the online application. To assist you, be aware that biology and chemistry tests are multiple choice. In preparation for the test, applicants can review The Complete Preparation Guide – Health Occupations Entrance Exams by Learning Express (ISBN 1-57685-478-7)
  • Grade 12 C/M/U-level Mathematics is recommended and will be required for September 2015 admission.

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

Additional Requirements
  • 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 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (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 section in this publication. Humber reserves the right to deny admission to this program based on an unpardoned criminal record that would be relevant to the academic or placement requirements of the program. The police record check is valid for a period of one year.

The additional requirements will be required for the final semester. It is recommended that completion of these requirements begin in the summer between first and second year. Details will be provided during the school year.

For information regarding the additional placement requirements, including the police record check, visit http://healthsciences.humber.ca/resources/pre-placement-requirements/docs/pharmacy-technician.html


The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters is
• domestic $3,644.56
• international $13,900.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year.
Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

$2,500 for textbooks and supplies.


Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
COMM 200 College Reading and Writing Skills
HUMA 024 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences
PHRM 100 Community Pharmacy Management
PHRM 101 Pharmacy Calculations 1
PHRM 102 Pharmacy Dispensing Theory
PHRM 104 Pharmacy Dispensing Lab 1
PHRM 110 Pharmacotherapeutics 1

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
PHRM 151 Pharmacy Calculations 2
PHRM 152 Professionalism and Ethics
PHRM 154 Pharmacy Dispensing Lab 2
PHRM 155 Institutional Dispensing Lab 1
PHRM 156 Hospital Practices and Pharmaceutics
PHRM 160 Pharmacotherapeutics 2

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
COMM 332 Professional Communications: Pharmacy Technician
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
PHRM 204 Pharmacy Dispensing Lab 3
PHRM 205 Institutional Dispensing Lab 2
PHRM 206 Aseptic Compounding
PHRM 210 Pharmacotherapeutics 3

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
PHRM 250 Professional Communication and Collaboration
PHRM 251 Pharmacy Technician Work Experience
PHRM 260 Pharmacotherapeutics 4