What to expect from the program
Students are more likely to be successful in this program if they:
- are detail-oriented
- have strong arithmetic skills
- can multi-task and problem-solve effectively
- have access to a computer with strong computer and typing skills
- have good written and verbal communication skills
- have good vision and manual dexterity and can stand and sit for extended periods of time
NorQuest’s pharmacy technician lab provides students with practical, hands-on training in compounding, sterile product preparation, repackaging, inventory management, and dispensing. In the lab, students have the opportunity to use technologies currently employed by those working in the profession, including laminar airflow hoods and Kroll® computer software.
Our state-of-the-art simulation lab prepares students to work collaboratively with other health-care professionals as part of an interdisciplinary team.
Visit the Alberta College of Pharmacy website for more information on becoming a registered pharmacy technician in the province of Alberta.
Graduate with experience
NorQuest College believes in the importance of on-the-job experience that provides an enriched learning opportunity.
You’ll graduate this program with 360 hours of work experience from two practicums.
Your practicums may be in your community or close by. Your schedule may include day, evening, or night shifts any day of the week, including weekends and holidays. You will work full-time during the practicum and provide your own transportation to the facility.
The Pharmacy Technician diploma program of NorQuest College has been awarded accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five-year term, from July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2027.
This accreditation standard means that graduates are eligible to sit for the entry-to-practice Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Qualifying Examination and may go on to become regulated technicians under the Alberta College of Pharmacy.