Pharmacy Technician

CampusStart Date
MonctonSeptember 2018
Saint JohnSeptember 2019

Program Overview

July 1, 2014 marked a dramatic change in the practice of pharmacy in New Brunswick. As pharmacists expand their scope, spending increasing amounts of time in direct patient care, the opportunity for pharmacy technicians to take more responsibility in patient care has created a need for regulation of pharmacy technicians. Our program, nationally accredited by the Canadian Council of Accreditation for Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP), combines an exciting blend of theory, lab classes and applied workplace experiences in hospital and community pharmacies. You will learn the technical facets of pharmacy practices that will ensure a high standard of patient care and the safe distribution of drug products in varied practice settings.

"[Registered] pharmacy technicians use their knowledge and skills to undertake their expanded scope of practice which allows activities such as transcribing verbal orders, transferring prescriptions and checking the technical aspects of a prescription." (NAPRA Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice) You will work collaboratively with the pharmacist and other health care professionals with the common goal of achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes.

The ever-changing world that is the often fast-paced pharmacy profession is an exciting road to travel. Start your journey in the Pharmacy Technician Program at the New Brunswick Community College today.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two academic years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • Foundations of Mathematics 110
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112
      • Biology 112 or 122
        • Chemistry 112 or 122

          (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

          Career Possibilities

          Find employment within a hospital or community pharmacy setting.

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          NOC Codes

          3414 - Other assisting occupations in support of health services

          Additional Statements
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          What you will learn

          • Communications
          • Calculations
          • Health and Safety
          • Pharmacology
          • Pharmaceutical Fundamentals
          • Over the Counter Therapeutics
          • Pharmacy Computer Software
          • Inventory Management
          • Community Pharmacy Practice
          • Legislation and Regulations
          • Professional Practice
          • Hospital and Institutional Pharmacy Practice
          • Sterile and Non-sterile Compounding
          • Community Practicum
          • Hospital Practicum

          Specific Considerations

          The Pharmacy Technician Program is committed to the education of pharmacy technicians who will fulfill the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) professional competencies for entry to practice and who will pursue certification by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. Those skills will provide patient-focused pharmaceutical care while working alongside pharmacists as a member of the integrated health care team.

          For information regarding these competencies and standards, including the language proficiency requirements to practice, please refer to the NAPRA website.

          For information regarding relevant accreditation standards, see The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). CCAPP is responsible for the accreditation of pharmacy technician programs in the college-level system.

          For information regarding the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada, see

          For further information regarding Pharmacy Technician, please refer to Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians.

          For details on the process of regulation, scope of practice and benefits to the health care system, refer to the "Pharmacy Technician Regulations and Licensure Pathway" document that can be found on the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists website. Details on the student license fee and required personal liability insurance will also be found on this site.

          Prior to the beginning of the applied workplace experience, host facilities throughout the province may require the completion of an Immunization and Medical Form, proof of valid CPR Level C Lifesaver certification, and specific immunizations. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she has met these requirements.

          Host agencies require students to provide a current criminal record check and/or vulnerable sector check from a recognized police service in order to be considered for an applied workplace experience. Please note: The New Brunswick College of Pharmacists requires an up-to-date (less than 6 months old) criminal record check before a student can participate in the practicum. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned may be prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate.

          You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the practicum settings. You must also assume costs of accommodations if part, or all, of the practicum placement is outside your hometown or campus location.

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