PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

STARTLOCATIONDELIVERYSTATUS
SepEdmontonIn person
Open
Limited
Waitlist
Full
Upcoming
 
More details

QUICK FACTS

Program length  

5 terms

Credential

Diploma

More details

TUITION & FEES


Canadian
Total: $14,065.00

International
Total: $34,731.00

 
More details

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent, or 60% in ESLG 1860 or 70% in ESLG 1898
  • 60% in Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 or equivalent
  • 60% in Biology 30 or equivalent and 60% in Chemistry 30 or equivalent
  • high school diploma, general education diploma (GED), or equivalent
  • successful completion of NorQuest College's Pharmacy Technician diploma arithmetic assessment
More details

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
    • 60% in English Language Arts 30-1
    • 70% in English Language Arts 30-2
    • 60% in ESLG 1860
    • 70% in ESLG 1898
  • Mathematics – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
    • 60% in Mathematics 30-1
    • 60% in Mathematics 30-2
  • Biology – this requirement can be met with the following, or an equivalent course:
    • 60% in Biology 30
  • Chemistry – this requirement can be met with the following, or an equivalent course:
    • 60% in Chemistry 30
  • high school diploma, general education diploma (GED), or equivalent
  • successful completion of NorQuest College's Pharmacy Technician diploma arithmetic assessment*

View sample questions of the arithmetic assessment.

Note: The academic admission requirements are different from English language proficiency (ELP) requirements. NorQuest College English for Academic Purposes courses may be used to meet both requirements. See below for details.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If English is your second language or you were educated outside of Canada, you must provide proof of ELP prior to admission. Language proficiency test results must meet the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) language proficiency requirements. ELP test results must have been obtained within two years of the start date of your program.

  • Acceptable evidence of ELP may be one of the following test scores:
    • IELTS Academic: 6.5, no section score below 6
    • TOEFL iBT: 91; no score below 21 in listening, 23 in speaking, 22 in reading, 25 in writing
    • MELAB: 81; no score below 80 in listening, 3+ in speaking, 83 in reading, 80 in writing
    • CanTEST: no score below 4.5 in listening, 4.5 in speaking, 4.5 in reading, 4 in writing
  • Graduation from approved Canadian high school, with at least three consecutive years of full-time academic study and satisfactory completion of Grade 12 English or its equivalent. The high school's language of instruction must be English. A GED is not acceptable.
  • Successful completion of a recognized Canadian undergraduate degree program at a post-secondary institution where the language of instruction is English.

Note: As the above language proficiency standards are established by the Alberta College of Pharmacy and the NAPRA, no other evidence of ELP, including completion of NorQuest coursework or other studies in English outside of Canada, will be accepted. ELP is a separate requirement from the English academic admission requirement.

See Admissions Process for the steps to becoming a student.

Practicum/Work Experience Requirements

The following are not required for admission purposes, but will be required before you attend your practicum. There may be additional costs associated with completing these requirements.

Submit the required certificates and forms listed above (unless otherwise indicated):

International students must obtain a co-op work permit before beginning the work-integrated learning component of the program. A medical exam may also be required. See Co-Op Work Permit for more information.

Progression

Students must attain a pass grade in each course to progress through the program. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required to be considered in good academic standing and graduate with a Pharmacy Technician diploma.

Due to space restrictions in labs, students who are completing the program on a full-time basis will be given priority over part-time students if class capacity is an issue.

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass all courses, and complete the program within four years of admission to qualify for graduation.

Honours Criteria

  • Overall grade point average (GPA) greater than or equal to 3.7
  • The student must not have failed or repeated any courses