Pharmacy Technicians are a critical part of the health care team. They work closely with Pharmacists and ensure that the highest standards of quality and accuracy are met in the compounding and dispensing of prescription medications. Their scope of practice includes receiving and transcribing verbal prescriptions, transferring prescriptions, and performing final checks.
Stenberg’s Pharmacy Technician program is designed to prepare students for Pharmacy Technician positions in community or hospital pharmacies. Hands-on skills are developed in the lab setting and clinical competencies are mastered at affiliated clinical partner sites (hospitals and community pharmacies). It’s Stenberg College’s mission to offer an exceptional career-oriented Pharmacy Technician Program with a goal to prepare graduates who:
- Demonstrate the knowledge base, skills, and attitudes consistent with industry expectations for entry-level employment. Graduates will be able to meet competency requirements set out by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA).
- Successfully complete the regulated licensing exams and Structured Practical Training (SPT) required to become a Regulated Pharmacy Technician and qualify for registration with the College of Pharmacists in their province within 12 months of program completion.
Our program is designed with a vision to educate potential students about the career of a Regulated Pharmacy Technician (RPhT) within Canada in an accurate and transparent manner. Through this program, we want to make Pharmacy Technician training accessible to qualified applicants who prefer an in-class learning experience and graduate job-ready entry-to-practice Pharmacy Technicians who are recognized as a vital part of the health care team.
For high school graduates and mature students (19+):
- Grade 12 English (minimum grade C) or equivalent*
- Grade 12 Biology (minimum grade C) or equivalent
- Grade 11 Math (Foundations, Principles or Precalculus – minimum grade C) or equivalent
- Grade 11 Chemistry (minimum Grade C) or equivalent*
- Fluent in written and spoken English. If English is not your first language, and you did not take all of your high school at an English Canadian high school, you need to provide proof of English fluency through standard ESL tests as defined by NAPRA
- Typing speed of 35 net words per minute
Prior to going on practicum, students must submit a proof of good health completed by a physician, immunity status, flu vaccination, and an acceptable criminal record review.
*Equivalencies for the required courses can be obtained from post-secondary training, Stenberg College challenge tests, etc.
Becoming a Regulated Pharmacy Technician
Becoming a Regulated Pharmacy Technician is a five-step process. For more information on these steps, visit College of Pharmacists of British Columbia.
Financing Your Education
Stenberg College is accredited with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). This status allows you to apply for provincial and federal financial aid to assist with the cost of taking the program. You could be eligible for Employment Insurance funding for education, government student loans, as well as other financing options. Stenberg’s Financial Aid Officer would be happy to provide further assistance.