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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Work as part of a health care team to ensure consumers receive the best possible pharmaceutical care.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist


Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe, competent, ethical care as a Pharmacy Technician.

Pharmacy Technicians work collaboratively with Pharmacists and other health care professionals, in both hospital and community pharmacy practice, to improve the health and quality of life for Nova Scotians.

Pharmacy Technicians are responsible for ensuring accuracy in product preparation and release. They also teach people how to use devices such as inhalers and blood glucose monitors.

This program focuses on community, hospital and long-term care pharmacy practice. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and entry-level practice competencies defined by National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA).

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including:
    • Grade 12 Academic Biology, Chemistry and English
    • A minimum mark of 75% in Grade 12 Academic Math
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • As part of Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) accreditation standards, you must meet the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) language proficiency requirements for pharmacy technicians. As evidence of language proficiency, candidates must provide:
    • Graduation from a high school in Canada with three consecutive, first language English courses/credits; or
    • An undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English; or
    • Language proficiency test results that meet the NARPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Program requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction may impact your ability to obtain a work placement. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact your ability to complete program and graduation requirements.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements, including immunizations and completion of Standard First Aid, CPR Level C. You must submit proof that you've completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements
  • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.
  • In accordance with CCAPP accreditation standards, graduates must complete the Pharmacy Technician program within 4 years.
  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Clinical placement

  • You participate in clinical placements in public and/or private settings within the province.
  • You're not guaranteed placements of your choice.
  • Some evening, weekend and holiday shifts may be required.
  • Clinical placements are mandatory credit courses offered throughout the duration of your program. They provide you with the opportunity to integrate theory with practice and understand the everyday challenges of a work environment.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

Choose NSCC

  • This program has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) for a five-year term (2019-2024). CCAPP accreditation means that graduates of this program are eligible for direct admission into the Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Examination, which is a requirement to becoming a Registered Pharmacy Technician through the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists.
  • You experience a variety of teaching methods, such as discussion groups, role-playing, videos and demonstrations.
  • You benefit from our expert faculty who bring years of experience to the classroom and have strong connections to the health care community. Both instructors are licensed pharmacists in Nova Scotia (Ginny Crawley, PhC, BscPharm and Bev Stotz, PhC, MAdEd, BscPharm).
  • You learn in a contemporary lab space, which reflects real-world lab environments available in community, hospital and long-term care practice. The lab features a separate aseptic room with laminar flow hoods for the preparation of sterile products and offers students access to up-to-date equipment.
  • You have access to the same computer programs used in pharmacies throughout the province, allowing you to become proficient in the technical and practical skills they need in the workplace.
  • You gain practical experience during community and hospital pharmacy practicums.
  • NSCC grads have excellent reputations in the industry.
  • Continue your studies at university. – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Other info

  • Many employers in this sector require one – or all – of the following as part of the hiring process: current official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ANAP 1033   Anatomy and Physiology for Pharmacy Technicians
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
PHRD 1000   Pharmacy Fundamentals
PHRD 1002   Community Pharmacy Theory
PHRD 1003   Compounding Lab
PHRD 1004   Pharmaceutical Calculations I
PHRD 1007   Orientation to Pharmacy Practice
PHRD 1010   Pharmacology I
PHRD 1012   Community Pharmacy Lab I
PHRD 1017   Over-the-Counter Therapeutics
PHRD 1022   Computer Applications-Kroll
PHRD 1044   Pharmaceutical Calculations II
PHRD 1050   Community Practicum I
PHRD 2000   Communication and Intra/Inter-professional Practice
PHRD 2010   Pharmacology II
PHRD 2011   Aseptic Techniques
PHRD 2012   Community Pharmacy Lab II
PHRD 2020   Hospital Pharmacy Theory and Lab
PHRD 2025   Practicum Preparation
PHRD 2027   Home Health Care
PHRD 2030   Health Promotion and Research
PHRD 2035   Professional Practice
PHRD 2040   Long Term Care Theory and Lab
PHRD 2050   Community Practicum II
PHRD 3050   Hospital Practicum
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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