Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Label Label Label

Pharmacy Technician

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Faculty:School of Health Sciences
Field of Study:Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Length:73 Week(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,280

Cost shown is for Year 1 of the program.

Careers:Pharmacy Technicians


Demand for pharmacy technicians is growing. You will be part of a pharmacy team, filling prescriptions, assisting patients, maintaining records and more. Your focus will be the accurate preparation and delivery of medications to your patient. It’s a career that demands careful attention to detail, a high degree of integrity and lifelong learning. There is zero tolerance for math errors, so you will need to be good at basic math. You will also need to be comfortable following strict procedures and a good communicator who is comfortable talking with patients and other health professionals. Pharmacy technicians have strong organizational skills, are multi-taskers, and utilize precise written and oral communication within their workplaces.

You will find a lot of career doors open to you. Most Saskatchewan Polytechnic grads work in hospitals, but there are also jobs in community pharmacies, drug manufacturing facilities and other businesses involved in medication distribution and support.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*65 to 100
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 Calculus  or  Grade12 Precalculus 
  •  Grade12 Biology 
  •  Grade12 Chemistry 
Applicants are required to have Grade 12 with a minimum of 70% in each of the following subjects: Pre-calculus 30 or Calculus 30, Biology 30 and Chemistry 30.
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 81] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 550] or CanTEST [min. 4.5]
Additional Admission Requirements:
    A minimum keyboarding speed of 35 words per minute with 95% accuracy in a 5-minute test period is required. (Testing is available through Saskatchewan Polytechnic Testing Services).

    Accepted applicants will be required to provide: evidence of a Criminal Record Check including a Vulnerable Sector Search prior to entering the practicum component of the program - at the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check (the cost of the Criminal Record Check is your responsibility); an up to date immunization record prior to participating in hospital practicum courses - students may be denied access to hospital sites if immunizations are not current; evidence of current N95 respirator mask testing within one year of the hospital practicum (the cost of N95 respirator mask testing is your responsibility); and evidence of 2015 WHMIS Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification upon admission into the program. Recertification will be required every three years to remain current. The cost of WHMIS certification is your responsibility.

    It is strongly recommended that you obtain Standard First Aid and CPR Heartsaver "A" AED or equivalent as health care practitioners.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on June 10, 2022