Pharmacy Technician

  • Delivery Method: Combined and in-class
  • Duration: 43 weeks, including two 4-week practicums
  • Starts: Three times a year (February*, May, September*)
  • Credential: Diploma
  • Designation: Regulated Pharmacy Technician (RPhT)
  • Wages: Up to $28/hour
  • Lab Locations: Kamloops and Surrey
(*Combined-delivery starts)

Pharmacy Technicians are a critical part of the health care team. They work collaboratively with pharmacists and other members of the team to promote wellness, disease prevention and management of chronic disease. Pharmacy technicians are responsible and accountable for ensuring that the highest standards of quality and accuracy are met in the compounding and dispensing of drugs that are vital to the survival and well-being of their patients.

Stenberg’s Pharmacy Technician program is designed to prepare students for Pharmacy Technician positions in many different settings including community, hospital and residential pharmacies. Our graduates have the knowledge, skills and professionalism to meet the entry-to practice competencies that are defined by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA).

In the combined online and in-class delivery format, instructors facilitate students’ learning of academic competencies in an interactive online environment. Hands-on skills are developed in the lab setting and clinical competencies are mastered at affiliated clinical partner sites (hospitals and community pharmacies). This delivery allows students to pursue the majority of their program in their home communities, with travel/relocation required only for short periods of time to complete program orientation, one 4-week lab block, one 3-week lab block, and clinical requirements.

Admission Requirements

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

Prior to going on practicum, students must complete a test for Tuberculosis showing that they are clear of the disease, and must also have up to date immunizations as required by practicum sites.

*Equivalencies for the required courses can be obtained from Post-Secondary training, Stenberg College challenge tests, etc.

Financing Your Education

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.

Student Stories

Read stories from our students and grads about their experience with the Pharmacy Technician program at Stenberg.

Charlene Pritchard

After a serious health scare in 2012, Charlene decided she was ready to make a change in her life. “I had surgery, so there was a very clear point of behind and ahead. I couldn’t walk, or eat solid food, or even sit up on my own – I was like a newborn baby. It felt like a rebirth, and my thinking was that I could do whatever I wanted in my new life. I felt like I was a different person and I wanted more for myself.”

As she healed, she began researching possible career paths online and came across an advertisement for the Pharmacy Technician program at Stenberg. She was immediately drawn to the job description, and even found herself wondering, “ ‘How am I not already a Pharmacy Technician? Where did this job even come from?’ I had never even heard of this before. I didn’t even know it was a thing. The more I read about it, the more it just seemed like a really perfect fit for me.”

The combined delivery format of Stenberg’s program allowed Charlene to continue working part-time at the post office, and the in-class lab portions in Kamloops were close enough to home that Charlene knew she would be able to find a way to make the program work.

Charlene was hired directly off of her practical placement, and on May 12th successfully completed the examination to become a Regulated Pharmacy Technician; a career she is proud to have.

“It’s a respectable career. You get to help people and you’re challenged every day. You’re never bored…It has all the pieces that I was looking for.”

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