Pharmacy Technician

Program Details

  • Program Code:5850
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Availability

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Program Overview

Program Overview

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Centennial College's Pharmacy Technician program offers a dynamic curriculum that is based on the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) competencies.

The learner-centred environment fostered in this pharmacy diploma program's courses allows you to gain the scope of skills needed for the profession, including:

  • Receiving, ordering and managing inventory.
  • Preparing, dispensing and compounding medications.
  • Interacting with patients and a variety of health care providers.
  • Assisting in the provision of pharmaceutical care and pharmacy services.

This School of Community and Health Studies program also focuses on inspiring you to embrace the philosophy of lifelong learning by pursuing the designation of Regulated Pharmacy Technician.

In order to practice as a Pharmacy Technician in Ontario, graduates from Centennial’s accredited Pharmacy Technician Program must complete the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Exam (PEBC) and register with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) according to their licensing requirements.

Pharmacy technicians are considered valued and essential members of Ontario's interprofessional health care team.

Mission Statement

Educating Students for career success as Registered Pharmacy Technicians, RPhT

Vision Statement

To inspire students to pursue the designation of Regulated Pharmacy Technician and embrace the philosophy of lifelong learning.

Goal Statement

To promote learning, professionalism and development through excellence in education, supporting licensure and employment.

Program Highlights

  • You will enjoy a mix of classroom and hands-on practical laboratory experiences at Centennial College's Morningside Campus, which features three state-of-the-art labs that include community dispensing, institution/long-term care and sterile preparations.
  • This Pharmacy Technician program helps you to gain knowledge of pharmacology as well as aseptic technique, pharmaceutical calculations, compounding, inventory control and community and institution dispensing skills.
  • You have the opportunity for three work experience placements.
  • The program's field placement partners help it to ensure the CCAPP standards and pharmacy competencies are met by providing opportunities through which you attain a minimum of 160 hours in each hospital/institutional and community pharmacy setting.
  • Faculty members are experts with experience in all areas of the pharmaceutical industry. They include Fabiola Takla, program coordinator/professor, BSc RPhT, Kathryn Herman, professor, RPhT, Julee Joseph, professor, RPhT and Aldo Gatti, BSc Pharm, licensed pharmacist professor, Cindy Xinying Teng, professor, BSc RPhT.
  • The Pharmacy Technician program employs approximately 10 part-time faculty members with expertise in their area of teaching who have RPhT or BSc Pharm designations. They include Elizabeth D’Addetta, professor, RPhT, Sayada Ahmed, professor, RPhT, Christa Asselstine, professor, BBA (hons) RPhT, Michelle Lee, professor, BSc RPhT, Nicole Thomson, professor, BSc RPhT, Rosamaria Torchia, professor, RPhT, Brian Lam, professor RPhT, Kristoffer Ilagan, professor, RPhT and Lolita Makund, professor, RPhT.

Pharmacy Technician graduates will have the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients, pharmacists, other colleagues and health care providers within the scope of the profession.
  • Receive and prioritize written prescriptions and verbal requests, and dispense pharmaceutical products accurately in compliance with legislation and established standards, policies and procedures.
  • Release pharmaceutical products in compliance with legislation and established standards, policies and procedures.

Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion Portfolio

Students in this program will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion, the GCEI Portfolio and the available supports, please visit

Please note: Due to the challenging nature of this profession, applicants should have strong critical thinking, mathematical and English communication skills and a commitment to self-directed thinking.

The Pharmacy Technician Program of Centennial College has been awarded Accreditation Status by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five year term January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023.

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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The Pharmacy Technician Program of Centennial College has been awarded Accreditation Status by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five year term January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023.

Career Outlook

  • Registered pharmacy technician (RPhT)
  • Community pharmacy technician
  • Institutional pharmacy technician

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older).


  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
  • Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the College CAAT D Math Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Senior Biology Grade 11 C or U or Grade 12 C or U or equivalent (minimum grade required)
  • Senior Chemistry Grade 11 C or U or Grade 12 C or U or equivalent (minimum grade required)

Please Note: Science and English assessments will not be accepted in place of the science and English requirements.

Language Proficiency

Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by meeting one of the following requirements.

Additional Requirements

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2018.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $3,023.50 $1,193.00 $4,216.50
International $14,080.00 $2,361.00 $16,441.00

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