Nova Scotia Community College

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Pharmacy Technician

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Program Information

School:Nova Scotia Community College
Field of Study:Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Description:This program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe, competent, ethical care within the Pharmacy Technician scope of practice. Pharmacy Technicians work collaboratively with Pharmacists and other health care professionals in both hospital and community pharmacy practice to improve the health and quality of life for Nova Scotians.

Pharmacy Technicians are responsible and accountable for ensuring accuracy in product preparation and release. Some of the tasks that are performed by Pharmacy Technicians are: checking prescriptions for technical accuracy, taking verbal orders from prescribers, and teaching clients how to use devices such as inhalers and blood glucose monitors. The program focuses on community, hospital, and long term care pharmacy practice. Emphasis is placed on accuracy, critical thinking, and entry-level practice competencies defined by National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA).
URL:Pharmacy Technician at Nova Scotia Community College
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $3,936
Careers:Pharmacy Technicians

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Biology 
  •  Grade12 Chemistry 
  •  Grade12 Mathematics 

High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including: Grade 12 Academic English, Chemistry and Biology, and a minimum mark of 75 per cent in Grade 12 Academic Mathematics.

Additional Admission Requirements:
    A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact the student's ability to complete program requirements and proceed through to graduation. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program. Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program.

    * 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 August 13, 2018