Pharmacy Technician (Part-time studies)

School of Health Sciences Diploma

Program Overview

Demand for pharmacy technicians is growing. You will be part of a pharmacy team, filling prescriptions, assisting patients, maintaining records and more. Your focus will be the accurate preparation and delivery of medications to your patient. It’s a career that demands careful attention to detail, a high degree of integrity and lifelong learning. There is zero tolerance for math errors, so you will need to be good at basic math. You will also need to be comfortable following strict procedures and a good communicator who is comfortable talking with patients and other health professionals. Pharmacy technicians have strong organizational skills, are multi-taskers, and utilize precise written and oral communication within their workplaces.

You will find a lot of career doors open to you. Most Saskatchewan Polytechnic grads work in hospitals, but there are also jobs in community pharmacies, drug manufacturing facilities and other businesses involved in medication distribution and support.

Pharmacy Technician is an intensive two-year diploma program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Saskatoon Campus. The program focuses on building your knowledge and skills in:

  • dispensing
  • quality assurance
  • hospital and community pharmacy practice
  • pharmaceutical calculations
  • pharmacy legislation
  • pharmaceutical products
  • sterile product preparation

You will have lectures that provide foundational knowledge, and will also apply your learning in Saskatchewan Polytechnic's well-equipped labs. Experienced instructors provide group and individual instruction, giving you hands-on training and real-world skills.

Work Experience

Two month-long work experiences, one in a hospital and one in a community pharmacy, give you a chance to build your practical skills. It’s also an opportunity to experience, first-hand, the professional expectations placed on pharmacy technicians.

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Courses currently offered through part-time studies

Year 1 - Semester 1

Interpersonal Communications (COMM-291CE)