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Pharmacy Technician

Red Deer Polytechnic

Red Deer Polytechnic
This program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). It prepares the graduate to become a Registered Pharmacy Technician (RPhT) following graduation and successful completion of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) certification process and the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP) registration process. Details regarding registering as a Pharmacy Technician in the province of Alberta can be found by accessing the Alberta College of Pharmacists website ( RDC has been educating Pharmacy Technicians since 1976 and graduates are highly sought after by employers. This diploma program is delivered over five academic terms. Program outcomes are designed to enable successful transition to the role of the Pharmacy Technician, assisting students to: - Communicate effectively and respectfully to build positive relationships through verbal, nonverbal, written and technological means with patients, co-workers and other health care providers. - Practice in a legal, ethical and professional manner demonstrating conduct that meets expectations of members of society and the profession. - Accurately manage and perform technical and distributive tasks expected of a pharmacy technician. - Build collaborative relationships within the pharmacy and health care teams to optimize patient safety and meet patient health care needs and improve health outcomes. - Perform job related tasks in a safe and effective manner that ensures quality and patient safety while using professional judgment as to which tasks can be performed independently or in collaboration with a pharmacist. - Maintain, enhance and share knowledge, skills and attitude through self-reflective practice, use of available learning resources, networking and self-directed learning to continue to be a lifelong learner.

Registrar's Office
Red Deer Polytechnic
100 College Boulevard
Box 5005
Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 5H5, 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
1. Academic requirements:
High School Diploma or GED with a minimum of 60% in:
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2
  • Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 or Mathematics 30 Applied
  • Computer literacy (including intro, word processing, spreadsheet). Testing available at RDC
  • Keyboarding 30 nwpm. Testing available at RDC
Admission into a CCAPP-accredited pharmacy technician program should be limited to candidates who provide documentation of one of the following as evidence of language proficiency:
  1. Language proficiency test results that meet the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada (TOEFL minimum score of 91 internet based or IELTS minimum score of 6.5 overall, with at least 6.0 on each band score or MELAB minimum score of 81 overall, with at least 80 on each band score); or
  2. Graduation from a high school in Canada with four consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or
  3. Graduation from a Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec with four consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or
  4. An undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English or French.
(For more information, please consult the Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada released by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities.)   Note: In addition to the program admission requirements applicants, whose first language is not English, must demonstrate Red Deer College's English language proficiency requirements.   2. Non-Academic program requirements:
In order to proceed into practicum courses, you must show evidence of the required specific schedule of immunization prior to program start date. A form will be provided by the college. Some students may require additional immunizations or testing in order to be eligible for particular practicum placements.

Application Deadline
Red Deer College begins accepting applications October 1st.

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 $6,049.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,200.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,892.00 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 12, 2022. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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