Scholarships/Tuition Discounts: $2,000 tuition discount to current healthcare employees for the September 2024 start. Conditions apply.
Course Delivery: Online with hands-on training in labs
Duration: 45 weeks, including 9 weeks of practicum
Start: February, May & September
Wages: RPhTs earn up to $37.11/hr in BC hospital pharmacies, up to $35.83/hr in Saskatchewan hospital pharmacies, and up to $34.00/hr in community pharmacies
Accredited By: Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP)
Regional Lab Locations: Surrey
Student Diversity:
Stenberg supports diversity in our student population, and we hold one seat per program for a self-identified Indigenous applicant who meets admission requirements. If the seat remains unfilled at 12 weeks prior to the program start, the seat will be released and offered to other qualified applicants.

About the Career

Pharmacy Technicians are a critical part of the health care team. They work closely with Pharmacists and ensure that the highest standards of quality and accuracy are met in the compounding and dispensing of prescription medications. Their scope of practice includes receiving and transcribing verbal prescriptions, transferring prescriptions, and performing final checks.

As a Registered Pharmacy Technician, you’ll find opportunities for employment with:

  • Hospital pharmacies
  • Community pharmacies
  • Compounding and other specialty pharmacies
  • College of Pharmacists in your province
  • Insurance companies offering drug coverage plans
  • Provincial government drug coverage plans
  • Colleges offering Pharmacy Technician instruction

Becoming a Registered Pharmacy Technician allows you to operate at an expanded scope of practice and increases your earning potential.

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About the Program

Our combined delivery Pharmacy Technician program has been granted full accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP)

This program at Stenberg College is designed to prepare students for Pharmacy Technician positions in community or hospital pharmacies. In our combined delivery program, instructors facilitate learning in an interactive online environment. Hands-on skills are developed in the lab setting and clinical competencies are mastered at affiliated clinical partner sites (hospitals and community pharmacies). This delivery allows students to pursue the majority of their program in their home communities, with travel/relocation required only for short periods of time to complete program orientation, two four-week lab blocks, and clinical requirements.

It’s Stenberg College’s mission to offer an exceptional career-oriented Pharmacy Technician Program with a goal to prepare graduates who:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge base, skills, and attitudes consistent with industry expectations for entry-level employment. Graduates will be able to meet competency requirements set out by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA).
  • Excel in the exams required to become a Regulated Pharmacy Technician and qualify for membership with the College of Pharmacists in their province.
  • Gain employment in the field within 6 months of graduation.

Admission Requirements


  • High School Diploma (if GED, must be 19 years or older and take Math and English Stenberg College Challenge exams)
  • Any English Grade 12 or higher (min. C grade)**
  • Biology or Human Anatomy & Physiology Grade 12 or higher (min. C grade)*
  • Math Grade 11 or higher (Principles, Foundations, Applications or Pre/Calculus) (min. C grade)*
  • Chemistry Grade 11 or higher (min. C grade)*
  • Typing speed of 35 net words per minute
  • Successful completion of the online Computer Skills Entrance Test (minimum 70%)
  • Completion of Stenberg College entrance informational interview
  • Completion of a Criminal Record Consent Form under the Criminal Record Review Act

Stenberg College Pharmacy Technician program applicants may write challenge exams or take upgrading courses to meet admission requirements for English 12, Bio/A&P 12, Math 11, Chemistry 11 which must be passed with the above noted minimum grades. Any Post Secondary level English, Math, Anatomy & Physiology, and Chemistry courses are also acceptable.

** English Language Proficiency Requirements met through standardized tests as defined by NAPRA for Non-Native English Speakers, and internationally educated applicants.

Please note: Applicants must have acceptable levels of manual dexterity, hand strength and the ability to work while standing and walking for long periods. Severe latex allergies may be a problem.

Program Courses

Student Support

  • Academic tutoring
  • Assessment and skill development support
  • Open study skills tutorials
  • Typing practice support
  • One-on-one student support coaching sessions
  • English language learning support
  • Online learning resources
  • Online academic journals and databases
  • Campus life events

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Accreditation and Recognition

Stenberg College is designated by the BC government’s Ministry of Advanced Education through the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). PTIB is responsible for setting standards of quality and ensuring consumer protection. Stenberg College has also received the BC government’s Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation, which is BC’s brand or “seal” of quality post-secondary education for public and private institutions. This program is also approved by the Registrar.

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