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Pharmacy Technician Pharmacy Technician Diploma

NorQuest College

NorQuest College

As a contemporary academic institution, NorQuest College delivers workforce-relevant education and exceptional student supports that ensure our learners have opportunities to prosper and help build the community in which they live and work. NorQuest recently expanded its campus and opened the Singhmar Centre for Learning, featuring a new child care facility, innovative lab and simulation spaces, an Indigenous student centre, bookstore, and cafeteria.

As the Edmonton region’s only community college, NorQuest serves over 17,500 students annually throughout the province in full-time, part-time, online learning, and regional programming. We help learners with diverse educational backgrounds further their studies through foundational programs in academic upgrading, English language training, and employment preparation. Our post-secondary diploma, post-diploma, and certificate programs offer career paths in health, business, and community studies. We also offer a broad range of continuing education and professional development courses and programs to enable lifelong learning and new career growth opportunities.

Satellite Campuses or Offices

Drayton Valley, Wetaskiwin, Whitecourt


Office of the Registrar
10215 - 108 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5J1L6, 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
  • 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

* Please note: 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. 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 ProficiencyIf 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 Pharmacists 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.



Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2020/08/01 to 2021/07/31*.

  • Tuition $6,943.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,386.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,997.00 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

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

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

Updated August 30, 2019. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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