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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Pharmacy Technician

Train to work in a retail or hospital pharmacy.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)

plus

  • One Mathematics, Grade 12 (C or U) with a minimum of 70%
  • Biology, Grade 11 (C or U)
  • Chemistry, Grade 12 (C or U) or Chemistry, Grade 11 (U)

Mature student status.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants will be selected on the results of the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) and on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

All applicants must complete a mandatory standardized Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (HOAE) as part of the selection process. HOAE scores are valid for one year from the date the test was written. The HOAE cannot be completed more than once in a calendar year.

Beginning with the January 2015 intake, applicants to the Pharmacy Technician program will be exempt from writing the HOAE if they have a minimum of two years postsecondary education (which is assessed at a postsecondary level) with a science major and a minimum GPA of 2.0. The program-specific course requirements (English, Biology, Math, Chemistry) still need to be met.

English proficiency requirements for the Pharmacy Technician program (PPHTO) are as follows:

TEST
TOTAL SCORE SPEAKING WRITING READING LISTENING
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — internet-based test 91 (SEM: 5) 23 (SEM: 2) 25 (SEM: 3) 22 (SEM: 2) 21 (SEM: 2)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) — academic format 6.5 (SEM 0.5) 6 6 6 6
Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST) N/A 4.5 4.0 4.5 4.5

For more information about the English Proficiency requirements for Pharmacy Technicians, please visit the Ontario College of Pharmacists website.

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

Articulation Agreement

Applicants who do not possess the necessary admission requirements to this program at Sheridan who complete the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program will be granted admission, contingent on space in the program (in the semester that they are applying for), if they have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of B grades in all their math and science courses.

Where space is not available in the semester for which an applicant has applied and the applicant meets all the requirements of this agreement, admission to a later intake of the program will be granted.

Applicants from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program must also complete all other pre-admission requirements for their chosen program, such as criminal record checks, immunization documentation, etc. listed in the program admission requirements. All applicants to the Practical Nursing, Veterinary Technician, and Pharmacy Technician programs must also take the HOAE (Health Occupation Aptitude Exam) pre-admission test. Taking the HOAE is a requirement to meet the terms of the articulation; however, admission to the program is not contingent on test results at this time.

Prospective students should ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria for registration, such as English language proficiency in the program for which this transfer process is being applied.

Preparation for Application

The employment opportunities and scope of responsibilities for the pharmacy technician have changed and continue to evolve. We recommend that applicants research the demands of this career.

Criminal Record Check & Immunization Requirements

Sheridan field placement agencies may require a police record check for criminal offences, a vulnerable sector check and/or a current acceptable record of immunization. Students will be required to provide this documentation directly to their field placement prior to the start of the placement and at their own expense. Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field placement opportunities.

Program Accreditation

The Pharmacy Technician program at Sheridan has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a further term from July 2017 to June 2021.