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: May 23, 2022

Pharmacy Technician Training Program Overview


The Pharmacy Technician training program is a 40-week accelerated 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). This accelerated program requires students to participate in 320 hours of practicum placement, where they will get the essential first-hand experience working in a variety of pharmacy settings.

Pharmacy Technicians are vital members of our health care team with expertise focused on the knowledge, skills and abilities related to the technical elements of prescription and patient information, in addition to product and drug distribution. Pharmacy Technicians are accountable and responsible for ensuring the safety and quality of prescription-product preparation and release. Pharmacy Technicians frequently collaborate with the pharmacist for patient health and wellness promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management, and contributing a supportive role in the autonomy of patients.

The ever-evolving pharmacy field has created a high demand for Registered Pharmacy Technicians (RPhT), with the majority of shortages faced by local hospitals and many other pharmacy settings. The current demand for Registered Pharmacy Technicians is the perfect opportunity to become prepared and well trained with a contribution to the Pharmacy healthcare sector that will be invaluable.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates are eligible to become a Registered  Pharmacy Technician and must be registered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) to practice as a RPhT in Ontario. Post-graduation registration with Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) will allow the candidate to write the Ontario College of Pharmacists Jurisprudence Exam, complete the Qualifying Exams with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC), with the final stage of the registration process consisting of a 12 week Structured Practical Training (SPT) portion in an approved pharmacy practice location.

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

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 Pharmacy Technician 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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