PROGRAM AT A GLANCE

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Program length  

5 terms

Credential

Diploma

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TUITION & FEES


Canadian
Total: $17,177.25

International
Total: $39,053.25

 
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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
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This program information is not for the current academic year. If you are interested in a program starting before July, view the current academic year of the program.

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. 

English Language Proficiency Requirements

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

Students may be required to travel or relocate anywhere in Alberta to complete their practicum due to site availability and are responsible for the associated costs. Access to a vehicle may be required.  Within the time frame of the program, every effort is made to accommodate student preferences in practicum placements. In extreme circumstances, NorQuest College may need to delay a student’s practicum until a placement becomes available. 

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.

  • Successful completion of all prerequisite courses.
  • Successful completion of a pre-practicum assessment (written and practical).
  • The following course is required; a certificate will be awarded upon completion:
    • BLS (CPR): XHLT 1200 (current within one year)
  • Clear Police Information Check. Vulnerable Sector Check is also required if over 18 years of age. 
  • Up-to-date immunization records.
  • Completion of the AHS Information & Privacy online learning module
  • Completion of the HSPNet consent form.

See Work, Practicum, and Clinical Requirements for full details and instructions for all these requirements.

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.

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 achieve a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA) to qualify for graduation. The program must be completed within four years of your start date.

Honours Criteria

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