Pharmacy Technician

Program Overview

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

The learner-centred environment fostered in this pharmacy diploma program will allow 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 will also focus on inspiring you to embrace the philosophy of lifelong learning by pursuing the Regulated Pharmacy Technician designation. To practice as a pharmacy technician in Ontario, you’ll be required to complete the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada exam and register with the Ontario College of Pharmacists according to its 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 RPhT designation 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’ll enjoy a mix of classroom and hands-on practical laboratory experiences at Centennial’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 will help you to gain knowledge of pharmacology as well as aseptic technique, pharmaceutical calculations, compounding, inventory control, and community and institution dispensing skills.
  • You’ll have the opportunity for three work experience placements. The program’s field placement partners help it to ensure CCAPP standards and pharmacy competencies are met by providing opportunities through which you’ll 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; 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. Among them are 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.

As a Pharmacy Technician graduate, you’ll have the ability to:

  • Effectively communicate with patients, pharmacists, colleagues and health care providers within the scope of the profession;
  • Receive and prioritize written prescriptions and verbal requests, and accurately dispense pharmaceutical products 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

You’ll develop a portfolio documenting your engagement with the College’s signature Global Citizenship and Equity competencies (GC&E). For more information on GC&E, the GC&E portfolio and the available supports, please visit

Please note:

  • As per Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) requirements, students must complete the Pharmacy Technician Program within 4 years of admission (Criterion 3.4 Graduates complete the Program within 4 years of admission).  
    Due to the challenging nature of this profession, applicants should have the strong critical thinking, mathematical and English communication skills, and a commitment to self-directed thinking.
  • The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs has awarded Centennial College’s Pharmacy Technician program accreditation status for a five-year term (January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2023).

Program Outline

Semester 1 Semester 2

Course Code Course Title
GNED General Education Elective
PHAR-123 Home Health Care and Non-Prescription Products
PHAR-124 Compounding
PHAR-126 Community Pharmacy Placement 1
PHAR-129 Introduction to Pharmacology
PHAR-132 Community Pharmacy Dispensing Practice II
PHAR-220 Pharmaceutical Calculations II

Semester 3

Course Code Course Title
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2
GNED General Education Elective
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action
PHAR-210 Aseptic Technique Principles I
PHAR-214 Institution Dispensing 1
PHAR-215 Institution Communications and Operations
PHAR-219 Advanced Pharmacology

Semester 4

Course Code Course Title
PHAR-221 Institution Dispensing II
PHAR-222 Aseptic Technique Principles II
PHAR-225 Comprehensive Review & Exam
PHAR-226 Integrated Practice and Career Development
PHAR-227 Pharmacy Management
PHAR-230 Final Pharmacy Placement

Semester Note

Minimum Grade Requirement: PHAR courses with a minimum grade requirement of “B” are: PHAR 115,118,131,123,124,126,220,132,210,214,221,222,225, and 230. All other PHAR, COMM and GNED courses are minimum grade “C”.

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Articulation Agreements

Successful graduates of this Pharmacy Technician Diploma program have the opportunity to apply their credits toward further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the receiving partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree Program
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts – multiple majors
Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting or Human Resources Management or Marketing (also offered at the Brampton Campus)
Bachelor of Science – multiple majors
Bachelor of Computer Science – multiple majors
Brock University Bachelor of Arts – Community Health
Honours Bachelor of Public Health or Child Health
Honours / Bachelor Degree – multiple majors
Honours Bachelor of Science – multiple majors
Davenport University Bachelor of Science – Health Services Administration
Guelph, University of Bachelor Degree – any major
Humber College Bachelor of Health Sciences – Workplace Health and Wellness
Lakehead University Honours or Bachelor Degree – multiple majors
Ontario Tech University (UOIT) Honours Bachelor of Arts – Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Honours Bachelor of Allied Health Science
Honours Bachelor of Commerce (bridge)
Seneca College Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University – Brantford campus Honours Bachelor of Arts
York University Honours Bachelor degree – any major
Honours Health Science & Science degree – undecided major
Honours Health Studies, Kinesiology and Health Science

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.



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

  • Community Pharmacy Technician
  • Institutional Pharmacy Technician
  • Long Term Care Pharmacy Technician

Admission Requirements

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.

Additional Requirements

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

How to Apply

1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

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.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

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

International Students

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

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2020.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $776.54 $3,497.54
International $14,937.50 $1,285.54 $16,223.04