Pharmacy Technician | St. Clair College
Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
Starts: September

Emergency Alternate Delivery Plan:
Winter 2024 Emergency Alternate Delivery

Hannah Costa
519-972-2727 ext. 4259

Program Overview

Pharmacy Technician graduates have acquired the knowledge and skills that prove entry-level competencies are met as outlined in the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA). Pharmacy Technicians collaborate with Pharmacists and other Health Professionals as part of a team to support and promote health and wellness for patients and their healthcare goals. Pharmacy Technicians ensure safety, accuracy and efficiency in all areas of medication preparation and dispensing complying with Legislation. Our program offers state-of-the-art hospital and community practice labs where they learn to prepare sterile and non-sterile preparations, inventory management, community, institutional and hospital preparation and product distribution. Our program also offers unique intra/inter-professional education experiences.

Program Highlights

  • The Pharmacy Technician Program of St. Clair College has been awarded Accreditation Status by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025.
  • Our graduates meet NAPRA's Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.
  • Our graduates are eligible to write the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s National Licensing Exam ( and if successful may go on to become Regulated Pharmacy Technicians. (RPhT)
  • Students will complete two 6-week clinical placements in both Community and Hospital pharmacies. Students will complete 225 hours of Community placement in year 1. Students will complete 160 hours of Hospital placement and 75 hours of Community placement in year 2.
  • Registered Pharmacy Technicians are licensed with the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

Regulated Health Professionals

Start here, go anywhere! Registered Pharmacy Technicians are one of 26 regulated health professions in Ontario. St. Clair College is your starting point to become a regulated health professional as a Registered Pharmacy Technician. Regulated health professionals work within a scope of practice that is governed by their regulatory body that holds its members accountable to uphold the standards of practice for the profession, among many other things.

The pathway to registration begins by graduating from a CCAPP-Accredited Canadian Pharmacy Technician Program. Graduates from our program are qualified to begin the process of registration through the Ontario College of Pharmacists and the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. Information on the steps required for registration can be found on the OCP website.

Career Opportunities

When you graduate opportunities await you such as Community Pharmacies, Hospital Pharmacies, Institutional Pharmacies, Compounding Pharmacies, Home Healthcare Divisions/Companies, Pharmacy Benefits Administration, Pharmacy Application Software Vendors and Pharmaceutical Distribution Wholesalers.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:

  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)
  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4U or EAE4C


  • equivalent courses from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program or the Academic and Career Entrance program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

For more information, see the Admission Procedures document on the Registrar's Office page.

Important Information

This is a HIGH-INTEREST program and has the potential to become oversubscribed. Applicants are advised to apply before February 1st. See Admission Procedures for details.

Attention International students and students who present with foreign credentials:


The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
Communication Across Cultures
Introduction To Anatomy, Physiology And Pharmacology
Inventory Theory & Lab
Introduction To Pharmaceutical Mathematics
Computer Lab Retail I
Pharmacy Practice Retail
Dispensing Lab Retail I
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
Institutional - Theory & Lab
Pharmaceutical Mathematics II
Pharmacology I
Pharmacy Products
Compounding Retail Theory & Lab
Computer Lab Retail II
Dispensing Lab Retail II
Health Promotion & Research
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
Community Placement
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
Dispensing Lab Hospital I
Pharmacy Practice Hospital I
Sterile Theory
Sterile Lab I & Sterile Lab II
Pharmacy Communications
Computer Lab Hospital I
Choose 1 Elective Course
Hospital Calculations
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
Dispensing Lab Hospital II
Pharmacy Practice Hospital II
Compounding Hospital Theory & Lab
Computer Lab Hospital II
Pharmacology II
Choose 1 Elective Course
Ethics And Intra/Interprofessional Collaboration
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
Hospital/Community Placement

Synergy Placement Notice to Students

Pre-Placement Requirements

St. Clair College has partnered with Synergy Gateway Inc to provide you access to Verified - a platform that is used by students at other post-secondary institutions across Ontario for the purpose of digitally collecting placement requirements related to placement(s). Synergy Gateway Inc will provide support and clearance to help with your required documentation. You will be required to complete an Electronic Requirements Verification (ERV) Review through the Verified platform in order to receive clearance to begin your clinical placement. You will be provided access to "Verified" via a secure username and password. You will use Verified to:

  • Upload your pre-placement requirements documentation for review.
  • Book your Electronic Requirements Verification (ERV) service (this is a service that reviews the documents you have uploaded and provides you a status as to your eligibility to begin placements).
  • Track your ongoing requirements compliance.

Each student will receive log-in credentials to access Verified that will be sent to your St. Clair College email account. Please check your inbox, spam and junk mail folders for an email from the "Synergy Help Desk". You will be required to create a new password upon logging in. Be sure to view the video user guides and student guidebook to learn how to use the Verified platform.

Any associated fees for Synergy Gateway Inc to complete the pre-placement requirements are the sole responsibility of the students.

It is mandatory that students complete their ERV service through Verified to be eligible for your upcoming clinical placement.

Once your account has been set up with Verified, inquiries can be directed to Synergy Gateway Inc at You will need to submit a Help Desk ticket. Their Help Desk hours are Monday to Friday: 10 am - 3 pm, excluding holidays.

** Please note: If you are an International student completing a placement, you will require a valid COOP Work Permit.


(Please refer to your Synergy communications for full details)

COVID-19 Vaccination Placement Notice to Students

This is to make you aware that, although a COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend St. Clair College, most of our placement sites require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be eligible to attend. Students who are not fully vaccinated cannot be provided with a placement for their program and, therefore, will not be able to complete their programs. Please be advised that COVID-19 booster shots and/or other requirements may become mandatory for placement, however, they are not currently required.

  • Student placements are assigned at the discretion of the program.
  • Students may be required to obtain further clearances for placement at the discretion of the placement site.
  • Student personal requests for placement cannot be accommodated.
    • Placements may be outside the Windsor/Chatham area
  • Students are responsible for their own accommodation.
  • Students are responsible for their own travel and all costs of placements.
  • Students are responsible for the cost of scrub uniforms/footwear and equipment (such as a stethoscope, a watch with a second hand) and other incidentals as required.
  • Placement schedules may include shifts on days, afternoons, weekends and holidays throughout the program based on placement needs and agency availability.

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2023-2024 Tuition Fees  

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses are at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found on the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Smart Start Information

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Pharmacy Technician (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 51623)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Practice safely within a legal, ethical and professional framework in practice settings.
  2. Process prescriptions accurately in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings.
  3. Prepare pharmaceutical products for dispensing in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings.
  4. Release pharmaceutical products in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings.
  5. Collaborate with the pharmacist and other health care providers to optimize the patient’s health and well-being within the scope of practice of the pharmacy technician.
  6. Promote quality assurance by performing effective and efficient administrative functions in practice settings.
  7. Optimize medication therapy management and product distribution using current technologies in practice settings.
  8. Develop and implement effective strategies for ongoing personal and professional development that support currency, competence, ethics and values in the pharmacy sector.

Additional Information

  • VISION: Striving for Excellence in Pharmacy Care.
  • MISSION: To engage faculty and students in a model learning environment to produce a pharmacy technician graduate that meets the NAPRA (National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities) competencies and the CPTEA (Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association) educational outcomes with a commitment to lifelong learning and working in collaboration with other health care professionals to provide the best possible patient care.

Program Facts for Incoming Fall Students

Required Equipment, Clothing/Uniform

  • The Pharmacy Technician program has a standard uniform (scrub) for students. The uniform consists of a royal blue short-sleeve scrub top and matching pants with an embroidered logo that must be purchased at the Campus Bookstore. This uniform is a requirement for all labs.
  • You will also be required to bring to applicable labs a lanyard, nitrile gloves and safety glasses.
  • These items may be purchased at the Campus Bookstore, along with the required texts.
  • You can access the Campus Bookstore at
  • You will be able to search the required texts online by selecting the Term, Division, Department (PRM) and Course Code(s). The Campus Bookstore staff will be able to direct you to the designated program areas.


  • Shoes - closed, non-slip duty or athletic shoes are required, with no mesh openings to allow for needle sticks.
  • Clogs, Crocs, or plastic slip-on shoes are not acceptable due to health and safety concerns.

Health & Safety Requirements, Immunizations

  • It is strongly recommended that you begin your immunization requirements as soon as you have been accepted into the program. You must bring your completed Passport to Health to the College Health Center in your first semester to ensure completion before clinical practicums.
  • The health forms can be accessed at
  • There is a Health & Safety Module that you must review and acknowledge on the Pharmacy Technician Program Blackboard site. There are instructions on how to complete the Health & Safety review, quiz and documentation on the site. This is a requirement of St. Clair College.


Esmeralda Sokoli RPhT
(519) 972-2727, ext. 4533

Dr. Kaitlyn Harnden RPh, PharmD, CDE
519-972-2727 ext. 4318