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Open up to a wide range of career opportunities through our pharmacy technician courses - 2022/2023

Managing the release of prescription medications is serious business. It requires a commitment to detail and a highly specialized set of technical and interpersonal skills. If you’re excited by the opportunity to work on a team that provides much needed support to those most in need, the Pharmacy Technician program will give you the skills necessary to achieve professional success.

You’ll begin the program by developing a wealth of knowledge in pharmaceutical and self-care products; pharmacy business concepts and institutional procedures. You'll learn to safely and efficiently prepare non-sterile and sterile products, by working in Fanshawe's state-of-the-art pharmacy lab, through classroom instruction and by participating in various field placement opportunities. You’ll learn how to write for the Health Sciences, while studying anatomy and pharmaceutical mathematics.

As a Pharmacy Technician, you’ll work collaboratively with a pharmacist to safely and accurately process, prepare and release prescription medications. And when you graduate, a wide range of career opportunities await you, including positions in community, hospital and institutional pharmacies; compounding pharmacies; home health care divisions/companies; pharmaceutical distribution wholesalers; pharmacy application software companies; and pharmacy benefits administration.

The Pharmacy Technician Program of Fanshawe College has been awarded Accreditation Status by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five-year term July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2026. Information on registration as a Pharmacy Technician in Ontario can be found at Pharmacy Technician Registration.


"Fanshawe's Pharmacy Technician program features great teachers, tons of hands-on experience in a new lab and valuable placement opportunities. I chose this program because it offers a promising career - whether it's in a hospital, retail or long-term care pharmacy and even in manufacturing companies."

Tamara Miller
Graduate 2015


Mission statement: To foster a collaborative culture of safety that invokes curiosity, builds resiliency and ignites a passion for lifelong learning and leadership.

Vision statement: To be transformational leaders in the education of pharmacy technicians, through the nurturing of a shared professional identity that ignites a passion for and a commitment to becoming reflective practitioners who are dedicated to patient-centered care.


For admissions questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar Advising Centre at or 519-452-4277.



Admission Requirements - 2022/2023

This is a competitive program; the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. Please see for details. International students, please note: you must successfully graduate from Pre-Health Sciences before being considered for this program.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
- Mathematics ONE OF:
       - Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
       - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH:
- Communications
- Core Mathematics
- Chemistry
- Biology
(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate AND:
- minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH:
- The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test results having a minimum average Standard Score of 520 AND:
- Mathematics ONE OF:
       - Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
       - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

English Language Requirements

The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).  This accreditation requires that all applicants provide proof of English Language proficiency as set by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities NAPRA and supported by the Ontario College of Pharmacists OCP. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • Graduation from high school in Canada with four consecutive, first language English courses or credits (one per grade level)
  • An undergraduate bachelor's degree from a college or university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 91 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) test with a minimum score of 81 with at least a 3+ on the oral interview

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 Information and Communication Technology (O)
  • Garde 12 Introduction to Kinesiology (U)
  • Grade 12 Human Development throughout the Lifespan (M)
  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • Grade 12 Child Development and Gerontology (C)
  • Grade 12 Health Care (M)

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Students should have a minimum keyboarding speed of 40 wpm and a good working knowledge of computers and Windows based software including Microsoft Office
  • Students should volunteer or shadow in a pharmacy prior to commencing the program

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


  • Admission to the Fanshawe College General Arts and Science program does not guarantee admission in a  subsequent year to the Pharmacy Technician program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College General Arts and Science program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Pharmacy Technician program. The General Arts and Science program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Pharmacy Technician program.

Post-Admission Requirements

The following items are applicable to the program and are time sensitive.  Please refer to for important information about preparing for placement by the due date.

  • Possession of a Standard First Aid course certificate (either St. John Ambulance or Canadian Red Cross or equivalent) and a Basic Rescuer course certificate - Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers (HCP) in accordance with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Canadian Guidelines for CPR
  • Evidence of Good Health
  • Police Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Screening, including a check of the Pardoned Sexual Offenders Database
  • Placement Agreement


Pharmacy Technician-2022/2023

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1048Reason & Writing 1 for Health Sciences3
This course will introduce health sciences students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
COMP-1549Computers in Pharmacy1
In this introductory course, an overview on the use of computers and information technology in the pharmacy will be presented. The student will practice basic and advanced word processing skills for document creation, utilize graphics presentation software to create and organize effective presentations and create spreadsheets, charts and reports. Pharmacy software processes will be reinforced and expanded upon to include report functionality with respect to patient care, and reduce the potential for medication error. Students will be expected to communicate professionally with their peers, technologists and faculty that is in line with current pharmacy practice standards.
ANAT-1025Anatomy & Physiology4
In this fully online course the student will examine the chemical, cellular, and tissue levels of structural organization, along with an in-depth study of several body systems. Integrating and coordinating systems in the body are introduced with a study of the nervous and endocrine systems, with emphasis on the autonomic nervous system and applications in pharmacology. The course continues with an introduction to the respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, and digestive systems.
MATH-1051Pharmaceutical Mathematics3
The student will review basic fundamental math skills necessary in dosage calculations. Students will learn to convert within and between the systems of measurement in order to prepare prescriptions for administration. Dosage calculations for special populations and parenteral administration will be introduced. In addition, calculations required for compounded products will be introduced and practiced. Emphasis will be on increasing the students analytical skills to ensure accuracy in the calculation of medication orders.
PHRM-1001Pharmacy Fundamentals3
The student will be introduced to the practice of pharmacy including historical, ethical, professional and legal issues that influence pharmacy technicians and their practice. An overview of relevant federal and provincial legislation including regulation of drugs and controlled substances will be presented. The evolving role of the pharmacist and pharmacy technician as part of the intra and interprofessional health team will be explored.
PHRM-1047Community Pharmacy Practice 14
This course prepares students for practice in a community pharmacy setting. Effective communication in pharmacy will be taught and practiced by the student in class with a focus on patient safety. The lab component will focus on skill development in the interpretation and processing of prescriptions including legal requirements; Latin and medical abbreviations; dosage forms; routes of administration; dosage calculations and third party insurance requirements. Students will become familiar with the non-proprietary names, brand names, and therapeutic classes of common pharmaceutical products.
PSYC-1044Personal & Working Relationship3
This course is designed for students to understand the principles and dynamics of personal and working relationships. Emphasis will be on perception of self, attitude and interpersonal problems. The principles introduced from this course will be used in various teaching methods to give students the opportunity to reflect on the processes relevant to their normal personal and professional relationships.

Level 2
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PHRM-1050Pharmacy Management2
The student will gain an appreciation for the roles of management in pharmacy practice. A number of management theories and tools will be introduced as well as concepts of organizational behavior. Students will have the opportunity to learn about human resources management practices; customer service; time management; marketing applications; merchandising concepts and inventory management. The impact of Federal and Provincial Legislation on inventory management processes will also be addressed.
PHRM-1006Pharmacology 12
In this first of a two-part course, the student will be introduced to the subject of pharmacology - the study of drug-altered function. The use of pharmaceuticals in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease will be stressed. The course will focus on the physiologic basis of drug action and antimicrobial drugs.
PHRM-1036Self-Care Practices 12
The student will be introduced to a variety of non-prescription self-care products and specialty services found in community pharmacy practice such as dermatologic, respiratory, ophthalmic, optic, fever, pain, musculoskeletal, foot, dental, contraceptive and feminine care products. Non-pharmacological measures for prevention and treatment will be explored. Application of legislation, policies, by-laws and standards in the sale of non-prescription products will be practiced.
PHRM-1064Compounding 12
The student will learn to compound non-sterile products, including calculation of ingredient quantity and the correct use of compounding equipment. Practice may include compounding of lotions, creams, ointments, and solutions. Appropriate use, timely cleaning and maintenance of compounding equipment will also be stressed. Emphasis will be on adhering to good manufacturing practices, preparing quality pharmaceutical products and achieving 100% accuracy in mathematical calculations.
PHRM-1049Community Pharmacy Practice 24
The student will continue to build theoretical knowledge and corresponding practical skills that reflect the expanded scope of the pharmacy technician. A focus on verbal order transcribing, device demonstration, Best Possible Medication History (BPMH) processes, and performing final technical verification of the prescription will be explored. Various specialized services in community pharmacy will also be investigated, such as medication adherence packaging, medication incident reporting, adjudication of professional services, and long-term care prescription processing. The student will gain efficiency, speed, and accuracy in selecting and processing pharmaceutical products by applying knowledge of drug interchangeability, dispensary reimbursements, and various pharmaceutical resources. A professional learning portfolio will be developed to support the student's ongoing commitment to continuing education in the pharmacy profession.
MATH-3091Pharmaceutical Mathematics 23
The student will build on skills learned in the MATH 1051 course. Students will obtain additional skills in converting within and between the systems of measurement in order to prepare prescriptions for administration. Dosage calculations for special populations and parenteral administration will be further explained. Calculations required for compounded products and emphasising increased analytical skills to ensure accuracy in the calculation of medication orders will be practiced by the students.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PHRM-1065Institutional Dispensing 12
In this first part of a two semester course, the student will be introduced to the role of the pharmacy technician in the hospital practice setting. Typical medication delivery systems utilized in hospitals will be discussed including appropriate standards of practice. Information systems in the hospital setting will be explored including advantages and, disadvantages of electronic health records. The laboratory component will provide the student the opportunity to process physician orders typically seen in the hospital practice setting.
PHRM-3023Pharmacology 22
In this second of a two-part theory course the student will build on the knowledge gained in Pharmacology I by discussing additional drugs in a variety of drug classifications, their major side effects and/or contraindications, major therapeutic uses, and their generic and trade names.
PHRM-3020Self-Care Practices 22
In this second part of a two semester course, the student is introduced to gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal conditions including pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment. In addition, students will be introduced to medical devices, equipment and aids to daily living.
PHRM-1066Sterile Procedures 12.5
The student will compound sterile products according to legislation, guidelines and standards of practice. Students will be introduced to the concepts of sterility and incompatibilities as well as appropriate standards of practice related to the preparation of sterile products in the pharmacy. Students will perform appropriate quality assurance checks on completed products. Emphasis on performing and verifying accurate calculations for sterile product compounding stressed.
FLDP-3036Community Placement5.2
In this field placement experience, the Pharmacy Technician student will demonstrate competencies related to communication, pharmacy office procedures and inventory management, pharmacy regulations and documentation, prescription processing and checking, demonstration of devices and education, and non-sterile compounding in the community pharmacy environment. The field placement experience is designed to integrate learning from classroom, laboratory and simulated environments into hands-on practice in a community-based pharmacy practice site. In addition, it will provide the student with the opportunity to interact professionally and effectively with members of the inter- and intra-professional healthcare team to prepare for transition to work as a leader in pharmacy practice.
HLTH-1101Research Principles: Intro3
This is an introductory course into the process and principles of research. Topics will include the purpose of research in health care, the research process, research paradigms, systematic review, reporting research, knowledge translation, and ethics in research. The student will learn about the components and theories of research, how the theories have changed over time, and through scientific methods, how research can impact their life and practice. This course will also discuss the importance of health care administration; relating to financial concerns of health care, such as public funding, health insurance and managing hospital practice in accordance with a budget. Topics such as assuring compliance with national and provincial regulations and delivery of high quality patient care will also be discussed. Delivery will include large and small group discussion; article critiquing, literature reviews and presentations of scientific articles.

Level 4
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
COMM-3054Comm'n for Pharmaceutical Professionals3
This course enables students to become effective communicators in the pharmaceutical field by helping them to improve both written and oral communication skills. Students create documents related to the pharmaceutical field, including general business documents, summaries, reports, employment communication packages, and a learning portfolio that adheres to the specifications of the Ontario College of Pharmacists. The first seven weeks of this course consist of live instruction, while the final seven weeks of the course are completed online (while students are on placement).
PHRM-3011Institutional Dispensing 22
In this second part of a two-semester course, students will be introduced to areas of special control including narcotic and controlled drug processing; night cupboard maintenance; emergency products processing; and investigational drug dispensing procedures. Purchasing and inventory control activities that can be assumed by a pharmacy technician in the institutional environment will also be studied. In addition, good manufacturing practices in the packaging and documentation of pharmaceuticals in the institutional pharmacy setting will be presented and applied.
PHRM-3012Sterile Procedures 22.5
The student will continue to practise proper aseptic technique in the preparation of sterile products. Laws, regulations, standards and guidelines governing manufacture of sterile preparations including biohazard drug products will be studied. The student will gain proficiency in calculations pertaining to sterile product preparation and administration. Accuracy in sterile compounding procedures and relevant documentation will be emphasized.
PHRM-3030Compounding 22
Through lectures and laboratory activities the student will be introduced to products required in institutional settings. Instruction will include introduction to the use of large-scale manufacturing equipment, including the preparation of large-volume compounds in the laboratory setting. Accuracy in calculation is stressed and the student will continue to practise skills acquired in the previous compounding course.
PHRM-3014Professional Issues2
The student will discuss current issues and trends that influence the preparation of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, pharmacy practice, continuing professional development, pharmacy organizations, and the pharmaceutical industry. Topics for discussion will include the pharmacy technician as a regulated health professional; educational and credentialing trends; ethics and morals; safe medication practices; privacy/confidentiality and the expanding scope of practice for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.
FLDP-5014Hospital Placement4.4
In this pre-graduation hospital placement students will gain practical experience in the discipline through the integration of knowledge and enhancement of skills in a hospital pharmacy practice environment. Students will demonstrate the ability to accurately undertake and complete assigned duties within the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians in Ontario. Demonstration of professional and ethical behaviour in the provision of pharmaceutical services will be emphasized and evaluated throughout the experience.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 3 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Level 2

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 18 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2022/2023

Career Opportunities

Pharmacy Technicians may find career opportunities in community, medical clinic, long term care and hospital pharmacy practice settings where they will comply with legislation, standards, policies and procedures within their scope of practice. They will utilize critical thinking skills in prescription order processing, product preparation, medication distribution and pharmacy inventory management. As members of the inter-professional health team they will collaborate with pharmacists and other health professionals to optimize the health of patients while ensuring confidentiality of information.

More Information - 2022/2023

A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Program Code: PTN1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
September Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


School of Health Sciences: 519-452-4207

Program Description

The Fanshawe Pharmacy Technician Diploma program provides students the comprehensive, specialized, simulation, theoretical and practical education they need to achieve entry to practice competencies as outlined by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA). Pharmacy Technicians ensure the safety and quality of prescription-product preparation. They collaborate with pharmacists and health professionals in health and wellness promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management in order to support patients in optimizing health goals.

The program utilizes innovative delivery methods to assist various learners in acquiring current knowledge and practices. Courses are delivered through a combination of face-to-face lectures, labs, online and hybrid processes. Fanshawe College's state of the art hospital and community pharmacy practice labs provide learners the opportunity to gain specialized training in simulated environments.

Intra-professional and Inter-professional simulation activities blend health care with education to provide students scenarios that help prepare participants for the real world environment.

Graduates of the CCAPP accredited Pharmacy Technician program are eligible to become regulated health professionals in Ontario. Graduates pre-register with the Ontario College of Pharmacists, complete a Structured Practical Training (SPT) program, and sit both the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying and Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) Jurisprudence Examinations as requirements for registration in Ontario.

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Other Information

The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) requires that graduates complete a Pharmacy Technician program within four years from the date of admission. This to ensure that graduates are current as it relates to educational outcomes and professional competencies. Examination and regulatory bodies may restrict entry to their processes if there is concern about currency of knowledge, skill and behaviour of applicants. (CCAPP, Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Technician Programs, Criterion 3.4)

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. practice safely within a legal, ethical and professional framework in practice settings*.

2. process prescriptions* accurately in compliance with pertinent legislation* and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings*.

3. prepare pharmaceutical products* for dispensing* in compliance with pertinent legislation* and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings*.

4. release pharmaceutical products* in compliance with pertinent legislation* and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings*.

5. collaborate with the pharmacist* and other health care providers* to optimize the patient’s* health and well-being within the scope of practice of the pharmacy technician*.

6. promote quality assurance by performing effective and efficient administrative functions in practice settings*.

7. optimize medication therapy management* and product distribution using current technologies in practice settings*.

8. develop and implement effective strategies for ongoing personal and professional development that support currency, competence, ethics and values in the pharmacy sector.

Program Pathways

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Program Details

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Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Bobbi Thomas-Bailey, R.Ph.T, B.Ed., M.Ed.

Day Time
Ontario College Diploma
60 weeks