This program teaches students the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the ever-changing pharmacy industry. Pharmacy tech students learn about compounding, computer processing, dispensing, mathematics, drug/body interactions, and drug delivery systems among other subjects. Additionally, students practice their customer service skills and learn about different pharmaceutical environments such as retail, hospital, and small business. Students will also develop real-world workplace skills like communication and customer service, which they will put to use in their practicum placements in workplaces in hospital and community pharmacies.
Pharmacy Technician is a regulated health profession under the auspices of the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP). Graduates of this program will attain competencies specified in the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice and the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association (CPTEA) Educational Outcomes for Pharmacy Technician Programs in Canada. Graduates will also be eligible to apply to write the certification examination offered by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) and to register with the ACP.
- Grade 12 diploma or equivalent (transcript required) with successful completion of Biology 30 AND success completion of Chemistry 30 AND successful completion of Math 30-1 or 30-2 AND successful completion of English Language Arts ELA 30-1 or 30-2
- Passing score on the CDI College entrance examination
- Provide a criminal record check
- Provide completed immunization report showing current immunization and free of communicable diseases
- A minimum keyboard speed of 30 words per minute
- Interview with program coordinator, or designate
In order to graduate and receive a diploma, a student must obtain an overall average of at least 70% in this program, minimum grade of 70% in each of the final exams (theory and practical), and meet the zero tolerance criteria in the Pharmaceutical Calculations module as required by the regulatory body.
Practicum Requirements - Institutional and Community
Students will attend practicum in both community and institutional (hospital) pharmacies.
International Student and English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who have graduated from high school or post-secondary programs outside of North America must demonstrate English language proficiency for program admission (including English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia). This standard is based on NAPRA recommended tests and scores. In addition, all international transcripts and credentials will be assessed through IQAS prior to enrolling.
Admission to the CDI College Pharmacy Technician diploma program is dependent on producing one of the following test scores prior to signing enrolment contracts and documentation.
|Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)||Internet-based test||Speaking||21|
|Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)||Written Composition (Writing)||80|
|Listening Comprehension (Listening)||77|
|Grammar, Cloze, Reading, Vocabulary, Comprehension (Reading)||79|
|Oral Component (Speaking)||3+|
|International English Language Testing System (IELTS)||Academic format||Speaking||6|
|The Canadian Test for English Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)||Speaking||4.5|
CDI College, Edmonton City Centre
Pharmacy Technician Faculty
Terra Young, RPhT (Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator & Instructor) - firstname.lastname@example.org, 780-424-6650
Natasha Gaidhar, BSc Pharm (Instructor)
The Pharmacy Technician Program of CDI College – Edmonton City Centre has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council of Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) for a three-year term from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018.