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Pharmacy Technician

Bow Valley College

Bow Valley College
Registered Pharmacy Technicians are regulated health care professionals who perform final checks of prescriptions, receive verbal orders from prescribers, provide patients with device training, compound mixtures, prepare sterile products, and dispense medications. This two-year diploma program emphasizes hands-on training in a state-of-the-art lab and provides experience in practicum placements to prepare graduates to transition easily into the workplace. There is demand for Pharmacy Technicians in the areas of hospital, community, and long-term care. The program has Full Accreditation Status with the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP), preparing graduates for the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada's national certification exam and registration with the Alberta College of Pharmacy.

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345-6 Avenue SE
Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4V1, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements
Academic requirements
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum 60% in English 30-1 or 70% in English 30-2 or equivalent
  • Minimum 60% in Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or equivalent; Biology 30 or equivalent; Chemistry 30 or equivalent
Program Recommendations
  • A minimum keyboarding speed of 30 wpm is strongly recommended.
  • Applicants are expected to have a working knowledge of personal computers including general business applications and navigating the internet.
  • Applicants are expected to have basic math skills including, but not limited to: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and conversion of fractions, percentages, decimals, ratios, problem solving, linear equations and other related calculations.
  • Proficient manual dexterity is essential.
  • Applicants should be detail-oriented with the ability to problem-solve and multi-task.
Pre-practicum requirements
  • Current Police Information Check (PIC) with a Vulnerable Sector Search (VSS) must be submitted prior to the practicum placements. The existence of a criminal record may postpone or prevent clinical, practicum, or field work placements, and subsequently, successful completion of the program.
  • Immunization requirements must be met prior to participating in practicum placements. Details will be provided after being accepted into the program. Up-to-date immunizations are valid for the duration of the program.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2024/08/01 to 2025/07/31*.

  • Tuition $6,628.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,850.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $712.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated September 18, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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