Note: The program is in the process of gaining approval to extend the program to two years, starting with the September 2017 intake. However, if approved, the application process will not change. It is expected that a decision regarding the increased length will be reached by April 30, 2017. Check back for updates at that time.
Demand for pharmacy technicians is growing. You’ll be part of a pharmacy team, filling prescriptions, assisting patients, maintaining records and more. Your focus will be the accurate 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’s zero-tolerance for math errors, so you’ll need to be good at basic math. You‘ll also need to be comfortable following strict procedures and a good communicator who’s comfortable talking with patients and other health professionals.
You’ll 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 one-year certificate program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus . The program focuses on building your knowledge and skills in:
You’ll spend the mornings in class and the afternoons in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s well-equipped labs. Experienced instructors provide group and individual instruction, giving you hands-on training and real-world skills.
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.
Pharmacy technicians work in rural and urban areas, in hospital and community settings. Look for job openings in regional health authorities, hospital pharmacies, community pharmacies and businesses involved in medication distribution or support.
Community pharmacies include pharmacies in grocery stores, department stores and brand name chains. You can also explore job opportunities in veterinary hospitals, home health care, pharmaceutical sales and distribution, quality assurance and companies that administer health plans. The pathway to becoming a licensed pharmacy technician in Saskatchewan is available through the Saskatchewan College of Pharmacy Professionals.
International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this program.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Pharmacy Assistant||Other Assisting Occupations in Support of Health Services (3414)||$29,200 - $56,200|
|Pharmacy Technician||Other Assisting Occupations in Support of Health Services (3414)||$29,200 - $56,200|
*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted: Minimum of 70% in Math A30
**The Pharmacy Technician program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic conducts classroom, lab and clinical/practicum lectures and experiences in English only
The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake.
Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year.
Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.
See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.
Be the leading educator of pharmacy technicians in Saskatchewan and integral in achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes for all.
Prepare our students to competently practise pharmacy and meet the needs of our stakeholders (patients and their families, regulatory authorities, industry and government).