Classes are still running during COVID-19!

Due to COVID-19 and the government of Ontario’s suggestions, some start dates have been pushed back from their prior schedule. All classes are still active, and will take place virtually through the use of our online learning platform. Once restrictions are lifted, the practical hands-on portion of your program will commence at your KLC campus.

Next Start Dates

Kingston: June 7, 2021

Pharmacy Technician Training Program Overview


The Pharmacy Technician training program is a 40-week diploma program that provides students with the theoretical, practical, and experiential learning experiences to prepare them for a career as a Registered Pharmacy Technician (RPhT). Pharmacy Technicians are vital members of our health care team who protect the security and integrity of the drug distribution system, and collaborate with other health care professionals to enhance medication safety and optimize drug therapy outcomes for all Canadians.

Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician Program at KLC College are allowed to continue the registration process with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP). After pre-registering with the OCP, graduates may proceed to Structured Practical Training (SPT), write the Jurisprudence Exam, and complete the Qualifying Exams with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC).

Practical Internship Experience

This course includes two internship components. The first is a 4-week field placement in a retail pharmacy, and the second is a 4-week field placement in a hospital pharmacy. Both internships involve you working under the guidance of a mentor pharmacy staff member and be followed closely by your KLC program coordinator.

Council Accredited

The Pharmacy Technician program curriculum meets the competencies and outcomes set forth by the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association (CPTEA), the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), and the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).

Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician Program…


  • Enter the workforce quickly in a variety of healthcare settings including community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, and long-term care facilities
  • Write the National Pharmacy Technician Board exams
  • Pursue registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists to become a Registered Pharmacy Technician (RPhT)
  • Can work with the public in a kind, tactful, helpful and friendly manner
  • Possess the ability to respect the confidentiality of patient information
  • Are able to prioritize and organize your work
  • Are able to be team players and work as members of a multidisciplinary team

The curriculum includes classroom learning as well instructional and clinical placements to practice hands-on skills, such as dispensing, sterile preparations & aseptic techniques, and more.

The Ontario Pharmacy Technician course program includes but is not limited to the following modules:

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must have the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School diploma (Grade 12) or an undergraduate degree from a Canadian university taught in English or French, or a GED with 60% or higher in the following:
    • College or University level mathematics
    • College or University level biology
    • College or University level chemistry
  • Keyboarding skills: 35 wpm upon entry
  • Medical Certificate (immunization form)
  • Vulnerable sector check
  • Canada-wide police clearance of criminal record
CCAPP Requirements

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:

  • Language proficiency test results that meet the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada; or
  • Graduation from a high school in Canada with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or
  • Graduation from a Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or
  • An undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English or French
Prior Learning Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

Students applying to KLC College’s Pharmacy Technician program who have already completed another similar CCAPP-accredited program may be given consideration for previous work. Credit in individual Pharmacy Technician courses will be granted for successful completion of equivalent CCAPP accredited courses only. All supporting transcripts and detailed course outlines (course descriptions in calendars are not sufficient) must be included with transfer credit application. Advance standing for prior completed work placement or experience is not transferable. Student must still complete a minimum of fifty percent of the program to receive our diploma.

Graduation Requirements

To receive your diploma from KLC College, students must fulfill all course requirements to the satisfaction of school administration. This includes successful course and work placement completion and tuition paid in full.

All students are required to maintain an average academic standing of 70% or better. Students must pass both theory and practical components of the course. Internship assessment will be completed by the host placement. A diploma is granted when all course work is successfully completed.

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