Pharmacy Technician (St. John’s)

Keyin College, St. John’s campus, is pleased to announce our Pharmacy Technician Program has been awarded FULL ACCREDITATION from the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).   Please visit CCAPP for more information on the Stages of Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs.

CCAPP accreditation means that graduates of this program are eligible for direct admission into the Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Examination which is a requirement to becoming a Registered Pharmacy Technician through the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board (NLPB).  For more information on the Technician Regulation Process, please visit NLPB.

Over the past five years, there has been substantial focus placed on the regulated status of pharmacy technicians. In 2007, The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) prepared the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice. These competencies describe the roles and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians as regulated health care professionals, articulating that pharmacy technicians’ expertise focuses on the knowledge, skills and abilities related to the technical elements of prescription and patient information, and of product and drug distribution. Please go to NAPRA for more information on the Model Standards of Practice for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians.

Keyin’s 74 week Pharmacy Technician program will prepare the graduate for employment as a pharmacy technician in community, hospital and long-term-care pharmacy environments. Graduates will gain knowledge relevant to the technical and clerical aspects of the pharmacy profession, including inventory management, pharmacy software, and third party billing. Throughout the program, inter- and intra-professional experiences are stressed and evaluated along with other skills in extensive on-site laboratory sessions and during the pharmacy practice experience.

Methods of teaching and learning activities vary in the Pharmacy Technician program. They include lectures, multimedia technology, simulated experiences, discovery techniques, group discussion, and structured labs. Students will be given an opportunity for job shadowing during the program and upon completion of the academic portion through the pharmacy practice experience.


Pharmacy technicians are now a regulated health profession in Newfoundland and Labrador. This has led to an expanded scope of practice for pharmacy technicians allowing them to take on more responsibility within the technical aspects of dispensing pharmacy practice. Pharmacy technicians are now responsible and accountable for ensuring the safety and quality of product preparation and release as well as for collaborating with pharmacists and other health care professionals to help deliver the best possible patient care. The role of the pharmacy technician now requires them to focus on the technical aspects of prescription filling with tasks that include:

  • obtaining, entering and recording patient information
  • obtaining verbal orders from prescribers
  • transferring prescriptions to and from other pharmacies
  • preparing and compounding prescriptions
  • ensuring prescriptions are complete and authentic have been prepared correctly by performing a final check
  • providing technical information to a patient such as training on a device
  • assisting in compiling best possible medication histories for patients

Pharmacy technicians are needed in community and institutional pharmacies.

Please note:

  • You will be required to complete practicum hours in both community and hospital pharmacies.

If you have any questions regarding our program, the process for program accreditation, or the licensing process for Pharmacy Technicians, please contact one of the following:

Keyin College, St. John’s Campus

Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs

The Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Board

Tuition and Related Costs
Course Hours per Week
Admission and Administration Requirements
  • Applicants must have completed graduation requirements for High School in Newfoundland & Labrador with academic standing as set down by the Department of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour and have obtained credits in the following subjects:
    • English – Level III 3201
    • Mathematics – Level III 3200, 3201, 3208 or equivalent (may take the College CAAT D Math Skills Assessment for Admission)
    • Upper level Biology and Chemistry

Mature students are applicants who do not possess a secondary school diploma or equivalent and are 19 years of age before the start date of the program.  Applicants who apply with mature student status must demonstrate their ability by:

  • Successfully completing equivalency testing in English and/or Mathematics; and/or
  • Completing a program of academic upgrading equivalent to requirements.

In addition to the academic requirement, all applicants must provide proof of language proficiency according to the NAPRA Standard.

  • Must have completed three, consecutive full years of study at the secondary school (high school) level in Canada in English;
  • Completed an undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, where instruction was provided in English.


Submit an acceptable English Language proficiency test with the appropriate score.

  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System (Academic).  Score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0);
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet) – Test of English as a Foreign Language.  Score of 91 (minimum bands of 21 in Speaking, 25 in Writing, 22 in Reading and 21 in Listening).

After admission, but prior to attending each field placement, students are required to:

  • Obtain clear police check with vulnerable sector screening;
  • Undergo a mask fit testing (shaving portions of face may be required to meet safety standards);
  • Submit current immunization record that includes current immunization for:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR)
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap)
  • Submit evidence of Assessment of Tuberculosis (TB) must be dated not longer than 12 months prior to work term placement;
  • Obtain pre-clearance health form completed by a physician or nurse practitioner stating that the student meets the health requirements of legislated acts, Government guidelines and agency policies;
  • All of the above requirements must be in effect for the duration of each placement.
  • Completion of Keyin College’s official application form;
  • Application fee of $50 (non-refundable).  Note:  This cost is applied for processing of application;
  • International applications are subject to a $250 application processing fee (non-refundable).
Pharmacy Technician (St. John’s) Courses View
  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Orientation to Pharmacy & Pharmacy Ethics
  • Pharmacy Calculations I
  • Pharmacy Calculations II
  • Pharmacy Calculations III
  • Pharmacy Calculations IV
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Non-Prescription Medications
  • Dispensing Pharmaceuticals
  • Pharmacy Management Software
  • Communication & Management Skills
  • Sterile Products & Aseptic Techniques
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Compounding
  • Computerized Prescriptions & Dispensing
  • Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology I
  • Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology II
  • Dispensing Lab
  • Pharmacology I
  • Pharmacology II
  • Employment Plus
  • Inter-Professional Education
  • Job Shadowing
  • Standard First Aid & CPR
  • Pharmacy Practice Experience

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