Program Overview

Managing the release of prescription medication is serious business that requires a commitment to detail and a highly specialized set of technical and interpersonal skills. As a pharmacy technician, you’ll work with pharmacists and health professionals to optimize patient health by promoting wellness and managing chronic disease by safely and accurately processing prescription medications clients depend on. If you’re excited by a career working as part of a team providing much needed support to those in need, our pharmacy technician course will be your prescription for success!

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma
Day Time
Duration Next
60 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September

Your Learning Experience

The program uses innovative delivery methods to help students with different learning styles acquire the knowledge and practical skills to succeed. You’ll begin by developing foundational knowledge of a wide variety of pharmaceutical and self-care products, as well as key business concepts and institutional procedures. You’ll also learn how to write for the health sciences field while studying anatomy and pharmaceutical mathematics.


You’ll gain specialized practical skills – including how to safely and efficiently prepare both sterile and non-sterile products – by working in Fanshawe’s state-of-the-art hospital and pharmacy practice labs and by participating in various field placement opportunities.


Intra- and Inter-professional simulation activities blend health care with education to provide students with scenarios that help prepare participants for the real-world environment. Fanshawe’s Pharmacy Technician program provides students with 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).


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 required for registration in Ontario.


The Fanshawe College Pharmacy Technician program has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs.


Career Information ​​​​​​

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Pharmacy Technician program can pursue a career in community, medical clinic, long-term care or hospital pharmacies where they comply with legislation, standards, policies and procedures within their scope of practice. 

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here is an example of an opportunity Career Services has received for graduates of Fanshawe’s Pharmacy Technician program:

Pharmacy Technician
Collaborate, as part of the interprofessional health team, with pharmacists and health care professionals to optimize the health of patients through product preparation and release, compounding pharmaceutical products, demonstrating the use of medical devices, and pharmacy management processes. 




"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
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.


Academic School

Program Coordinator:

 Jennifer Podeszwa de Oliveira

Program Pathways

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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
Competitive Programs

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.

English Language Requirements

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 three 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

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

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

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

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


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.
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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.