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Pharmacy Technician

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Program length

2 years

Credential

Diploma

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TUITION & FEES


Canadian
Total: $12,264.00

International
Total: $32,804.00

 
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ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  • 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
  • 60% in Mathematics 30-1or 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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Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
  • 60% in Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 or equivalent*
  • 60% in Biology 30 or equivalent
  • 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

* If it has been 10 or more years since you completed mathematics courses (i.e. Math 10, 20, 30 or Math 13, 23, 33), you will be required to complete a skills assessment, take a challenge exam, or complete upgrading to meet the mathematics requirement for this program.

View sample questions of the arithmetic assessment

Conditional or provisional admission may be granted to applicants who are missing admission requirements after satisfying other conditions. See Admissions Process for more details.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If English is your second language or you were educated outside of Canada, you must provide proof of English language proficiency (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.

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

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

Honours Criteria

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