Pharmacy technicians support healthcare by ensuring accurate medicine preparation and distribution. Graduates are well-prepared to work as pharmacy technicians, adhering to NAPRA standards.
To be successful as a pharmacy technician student and professional, the student requires:
- a caring nature and interest in the well-being of others
- to be detailed-oriented and well organized
- enjoys working in a fast-paced team environment
- to be self-motivated and committed to lifelong learning
- strong interpersonal communication and critical thinking skills
- computer literacy especially experience with word processing and internet
Selkirk and CNC Partnership
The Pharmacy Technician program is delivered using a blend of online theory courses, in-person labs, and practicums in both the hospital and the community.
This 15-month program consists of three online theory semesters at Selkirk College, 8 weeks of in-person labs with CNC at the Prince George campus, and 9 weeks of practicum.
This program is fully accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs.
When you finish the program, you can start the process to become a certified pharmacy technician with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada and get registered with the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia.
BC high school graduation or equivalent with 60% or higher in:
- Biology 12
- English Studies 12
- Chemistry 11
- Pre-Calculus 11 or Foundations of Math 12
English language proficiency: Applicants are required to submit documentation of one of the following as evidence of language proficiency:
- Graduation from a high school in Canada with three consecutive first language English courses/credits
- Language proficiency test results that meet the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada
- An undergraduate degree from a university in Canada whose instruction was provided in English.
- Criminal record check (CRC) from the BC Ministry of Justice
- College Readiness Tool (CRT) Assessment
- Applicant information questionnaire (found in application package)
- Current computer skills, including knowledge/skill in navigating the internet, word processing, file management and email. Applicants are encouraged to complete the Computer Skills Self-Assessment.
- Immunizations for health care workers as established by the BC Ministry of Health prior to starting practicum.
- WHMIS, Basic First Aid and CPR (C) completed prior to starting lab courses.
- Official transcripts from high school and all post-secondary institutions attended (mailed directly from the Ministry of Education and educational institutions)
- Official transcripts, equivalence reports and English proficiency test results for internationally educated applicants.
Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is recommended.