A Pharmacy Technician is an essential health professional within the health care team. This program offers low student-teacher ratios with experts who continue to work in the field. As a Pharmacy Technician student, you will gain the knowledge, skills and professionalism required for success in both retail and hospital settings. You will learn about relevant legislation, health care ethics, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, customer care, hospital and retail software systems, calculations, inventory management, hospital practice, and infection control.

Traditional in-class instruction is enhanced through teamwork, role playing activities, guest speakers and innovative lessons. A fully equipped community/hospital lab provides students with hands-on experience dispensing medications, compounding pharmaceutical products and developing aseptic techniques.

During Term 4, students travel outside of Lambton College as part of a capstone assignment for PHR-4072. This trip includes presentations, tours, networking and opportunities to see other areas in which a pharmacy technician can work.

Students will complete two unpaid four-week field placements under the supervision of a pharmacist/technician during term four: one in a community pharmacy and one in a hospital pharmacy setting. These placements are arranged by the program coordinator and travel may be required. 

The Pharmacy Technician program at Lambton College has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five-year term from 2012 to 2017.

Students entering this program are entering a Mobile Learning - Class+ Experience program. The Class+ Experience is exclusive to Lambton College, where technology inspires learning. Mobile devices allow students to experience learning both inside and outside the classroom, integrating educational apps and tools into class activities. See device requirements.


This is a Textbooks for All program. To learn more about Lambton College's Textbooks for All initiative, visit our Mobile Learning section.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent with a minimum grade of 60% in the following:
Grade 12 English C or U
Grade 11 or 12 Mathematics C or U
Grade 11 or 12 Biology C or U
Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry C or U

Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and the Pre-Health Sciences program at Lambton College. All course requirements must be completed no later than the first day of classes of term one. 

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:

  • a. Language proficiency test results that meet the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada; or
  • b. Graduation from a high school in Canada with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or
  • c. Graduation from a College d'enseignement general et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec with three consecutive first language English or French courses/credits; or
  • d. An undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English or French.

This program has fluency proficiency requirements for students whose first language is not English or French.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates can be found in the following areas: community, hospital, long-term care or compounding pharmacies, methadone dispensing specialty pharmacies, drug manufacturers, third-party insurance companies, computer software, academia research or government.

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Educational Pathways

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Graduates are eligible to proceed to the regulation process through the Ontario College of Pharmacists and the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada.