Diploma in Pharmacy Technician

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Are you interested in gaining the education and skills needed to begin a career as a pharmacy technician? If so, you may want to consider the Diploma in Pharmacy Technician program offered by CDI College. Find about more about this accredited program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

By enrolling in the Pharmacy Technician program at CDI College, you'll be able to take courses designed to teach you the fundamental pharmaceutical and customer service skills needed to begin a career in a community or hospital pharmacy. You'll be able to study compounding, dispensing, computer processing, pharmacy math, drug delivery systems, and drug/body interactions. Additional courses help you learn specific skills for different pharmaceutical environments (such as a small business or hospital pharmacy). You'll also be able to practice your customer service skills and pharmacy technology skills through a mandatory practicum in a community pharmacy or a hospital pharmacy. The Pharmacy Technician Program of CDI College has been awarded full accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).

What Are the Prerequisites?

Those interested in applying to the Pharmacy Technician program at CDI College should have an interest in the pharmacy industry. You may also already have some basic computer knowledge and strong communication skills. All CDI College applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent, though some programs or campuses may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Specific course requirements vary by campus, but could include the following topics. Contact CDI College to confirm the most up-to-date information before enrolling in a program.

Common Course Topics

  • Jurisprudence
  • Compounding
  • Inter and intra professional skills
  • Institutional pharmacy
  • Aseptic technique and sterile products
  • Community pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical calculations
  • Pharmacy software applications
  • Fundamentals of pharmacology
  • Introduction to pharmacy
  • First aid/CPR/medical emergencies
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Final review and comprehensive exam
  • Practicum
  • Student success strategies
  • Career and employment strategies

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of CDI College's Pharmacy Technician program, you could be ready to seek employment in pharmacies within various types of facilities, including hospitals, doctors' offices, and grocery stores. You should also have the pharmaceutical knowledge needed to sit for the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) exams. After passing this exam, you could seek jobs in:

  • Hospital pharmacies
  • Retail pharmacies
  • Community pharmacies