Program Start Date: September 7th, 2020

With the shortage of regulated pharmacy technicians (RPhTs) faced by hospitals and other pharmacy settings across the country, there is no better time to become trained and ready to contribute to this essential health profession.

CTS Canadian Career College’s 77-week Pharmacy Technician program takes an innovative approach at providing quality education to those seeking a career in the pharmacy environment. The college is the first to offer the program through a blended distance education learning model, meaning students can take their theory-based courses online from their own homes or communities; there is no need to relocate to take the training on site.

To be the recognized leader in pharmacy technician education as reflected in the quality of our graduates.

Mission Statement:
The Pharmacy Technician program strives to graduate pharmacy technician students who will:
• successfully obtain licensure,
• be the candidates of choice for employers, and
• be integral members of the pharmacy team committed to achieving optimal patient-centered care in collaboration with pharmacists and other health personnel.

This 1,505-hour program is taken over the course of three semesters. Check out the following table to see how those hours break down in terms of instructional delivery.

Online Learning

Skills Camps

Semester Review (online)


Semester 1




Semester 2




Semester 3












Theory-based portions are facilitated online. You will be given access to a state-of-the-art online learning environment, complete with activity based learning sequences and web-conferencing technology, to participate in instructor-led lectures and collaborative activities with your classmates. Various industry professionals, including pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and other health providers, will train you in pharmacology, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, compounding, retail and hospital pharmacy practices, and working in sterile environments, among other key topics. You will get the same experience as you would when taking on-site training… though instead of you asking a question to your instructor in a classroom, you can do so from your laptop in your own learning environment.

Your online training is complemented with a skills camp at the end of each semester. An additional week of skills camp training is provided with each semester (that is, you participate in a one-week skills camp after the first semester, a two-week camp after the second semester, and so on). These intensive skills camps are conducted at a CTS Canadian Career College campus in 40-hour weeks, again, to minimize the time students need to spend away from home. Our campuses have simulated lab environments with workstations enabling students to perform skills and competencies in a safe manner. Skills camps enable students to receive extensive, concentrated hands-on training in these simulated lab environments.

The final step of the program requires students to participate in 320 hours of practicum placement, where they will get the essential first-hand experience working in retail and hospital pharmacy settings (with 160 hours in each place). CTS Canadian Career College will work with institutions in communities across Ontario and other Canadian provinces to provide the most convenient placement options to its students.

This program was developed under counsel of the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). As a graduate of this program, you will be eligible to complete the necessary steps to become a regulated pharmacy technician in Canada. These steps include completing Structured Practical Training (SPTs), the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) Jurisprudence exam (or other provincial Jurisprudence exams), the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) qualifying exams, and obtaining personal professional liability insurance. Regulation is mandatory to work as a pharmacy technician in any pharmacy in Ontario and all other Canadian provinces (except Quebec). Take your training from anywhere, and work anywhere upon having completed it. There is great freedom to be found in taking advantage of this educational opportunity! For more information, visit the OCP’s website and the PEBC’s website.

CTS Canadian Career College is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs, which makes it eligible to offer this program. Our North Bay campus has been awarded the status of Accreditation for a five-year term (2019-2023), with skills labs available at all 3 campus locations (North Bay, Sudbury, Barrie)



Enrolment Criteria:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (e.g., GED), or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required)
  • Mathematics Grade 11 C or U, Grade 12 C or U or equivalent (minimum grade required)
  • 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)
  • Successful completion of Program Interview;
    For International Students:
  • TOEFL: 91 for iBT;
  • IELTS: overall band of 6.5;
  • MELAB: overall score of 81;
  • CanTEST: minimum score of 4.5 for Speaking, 4.0 for Writing, 4.5 for Reading, and 4.5 for Listening
  • Clear Vulnerable Sector Criminal Records Check must be supplied to the registrar prior to start date.

Practicum Criteria: Physician’s Statement of Health form indicating up to date immunization.

Special Aptitudes: Organized and detail oriented; excellent communication skills; interest in medicine; inquisitive and flexible; neat in appearance; empathy for patients; work well under stress.

Program Tuition: $5,515.00/semester; Books: $1,500

Pharmacy Technician Courses:

Introduction to Academic and Professional Practice/Computers (30 hours)
English Communication (30 hours)
Anatomy & Physiology (20 hours)
Pharmacology (75 hours)
Pharmaceutical Calculations Part 1 (160 hours)
Orientation to Pharmacy Lab and Practice (10 hours)
Pharmacy Software and Billing (10 hours)
Scenarios I – Communications with Patients (20 hours)
Semester 1 Review (15 hours)
Microbiology / Phyto, Vitamins and Supplements (30 hours)
Pharmaceutical Calculations Part 2 (75 hours)
Compounding – Module 1 (75 hours)
Sterile Products 1 – Intro & Aseptic Techniques (60 hours)
Long Term Care 1 (45 hours)
Compounding – Module 2 (35 hours)
Long Term Care 2 (15 hours)
Sterile Products – Practical Labs (30hrs)
Semester 2 Review (15hrs)
Pharmacy Laws, Regulations, and Ethics (75hrs)
Continuing Education (15hrs)
Interprofessional Collaboration for Health Providers (45hrs)
Hospital Dispensing 1 (45hrs)
Retail Dispensing 1 (60hrs)
Interpersonal Workplace Skills/Pharmacy Job Search (30hrs)
Hospital Dispensing 2 (30hrs)
Retail Dispensing 2 (50hrs)
Stations Day (16hrs)
Job Skills Interview (Part of IPWS/Pharmacy Job Search) (8hrs)
Scenarios II – Practicing Scope of Practice (16hrs)
Semester 3 Review (15hrs)
Practicum (320hrs)

Prior learning assessment & recognition (PLAR) is available upon request. Speak with your admissions counsellor for more information.

Program Faculty

Gae Carroll , B.PH.E, R.Ph.T
Program Coordinator/Instructor
Dylan Brown, Kinesiology Clinician
Sapna Pardall, Pharmacist
Teena Theivendrarajah, RPhT
Andrea Waugh, RPhT
Namreen Uppal, RPhT
Shelby Rowell, RPhT
Samantha Elik, RPhT
Korene Visentin, RPhT
Gillian Johnstone, RPhT
Mary-Ann Lauzon, RPhT