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Pharmacy Technician Diploma

Pharmacy Lab

2 years

-Main Campus
The Program


The Pharmacy Technician Program of Red Deer Polytechnic has been awarded Accreditation Status by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs from January 1, 2023 - June 30, 2028. It prepares the graduate to become a Registered Pharmacy Technician (RPhT) following graduation and successful completion of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) certification process and the Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) registration process. Details regarding registering as a Pharmacy Technician in the province of Alberta can be found by accessing the Alberta College of Pharmacy's website (

RDP has been educating Pharmacy Technicians since 1976 and graduates are highly sought after by employers. This diploma program is delivered over five academic terms.

Program outcomes are designed to enable successful transition to the role of the Pharmacy Technician, assisting students to:

  • Communicate effectively and respectfully to build positive relationships through verbal, nonverbal, written and technological means with patients, co-workers and other health care providers.
  • Practice in a legal, ethical and professional manner demonstrating conduct that meets expectations of members of society and the profession.
  • Accurately manage and perform technical and distributive tasks expected of a pharmacy technician.
  • Build collaborative relationships within the pharmacy and health care teams to optimize patient safety and meet patient health care needs and improve health outcomes.
  • Perform job related tasks in a safe and effective manner that ensures quality and patient safety while using professional judgment as to which tasks can be performed independently or in collaboration with a pharmacist.
  • Maintain, enhance and share knowledge, skills and attitude through self-reflective practice, use of available learning resources, networking and self-directed learning to continue to be a lifelong learner.
Program Content

Year 1:
Fall and Winter term

  • PHTD 100 Professional Role and Ethics
  • PHTD 105 Pharmacology Fundamentals
  • PHTD 110 Foundations of Pharmacy
  • PHTD 115 Pharmacy Calculations
  • PHTD 120 Jurisprudence
  • PHTD 125 Pharmacotherapeutics I
  • PHTD 130 Pharmacy Computer Systems
  • PHTD 135 Dispensing I
  • PHTD 140 Preparation for Practice I
  • INTP 102 Healthcare Anatomy and Physiology
  • INTP 104 Healthcare Communication I
  • MLA 104 Medical Terminology

Year 2:
Fall, Winter and Spring term

  • PHTD 200 Non-Prescription and Complementary Therapies
  • PHTD 205 Non-Sterile Compounding
  • PHTD 210 Aseptic Technique
  • PHTD 215 Hospital/Institutional Practice
  • PHTD 220 Community Health Project
  • PHTD 225 Pharmacotherapeutics II
  • PHTD 226 Pharmacotherapeutics III
  • PHTD 231 Community Pharmacy Practicum
  • PHTD 232 Hospital Pharmacy Practicum
  • PHTD 235 Dispensing II
  • PHTD 240 Preparation for Practice II

Visit RDP’s Course Catalogue/Timetable to read detailed course descriptions.

Note: Due to the rapidly changing nature of pharmacy and health care, students must complete both practicum courses within one academic year of completing the other required courses. Students unable to meet this timeline may have to repeat courses as deemed necessary. Practicum courses are designed to be completed on a full-time basis due to the number of required hours in each practicum block.

Transfer Features

Thompson Rivers University - Open Learning - Graduates of RDP's Pharmacy Technician Diploma will be granted a maximum of 54 transfer credits into the Bachelor of Health Science.

Transfer arrangements are different at each university and you are advised to consult the Alberta Transfer Guide, your Associate Dean, academic advisors and the university to which you will transfer for more information.

Special Fees and Expenses

Note: Practicum Expenses - The RDP Pharmacy Technician diploma program includes a 4 week (160 hours) community pharmacy practicum placement and a 5 week (200 hours) hospital pharmacy practicum placement. Practicum expenses can vary depending on practicum location. Minimum costs will be room and board, relocation costs, and travel to and from the workplace. You will require appropriate clothing or uniform attire for working with the public in a professional setting.

Note: Practicum Travel - While every effort is made to consider student preferences for practicum location due to practicum availability students may be required to travel to locations outside of their preferences in the province of Alberta in order to complete the practicum requirements. In extreme circumstances, the instituion may need to delay completion of a practicum placement until a placement becomes available.

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