54-Week* Pharmacy Technician Program

Pharmacy Technicians are critical members of the healthcare team and are essential to providing patients with safe and effective medications. They support Pharmacists in providing consumers with the best possible pharmaceutical care.

Choose from two learning options: Pharmacy Technician Program in Halifax (In-class) and Pharmacy Technician Bridging Program (Online)

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Pharmacy Technicians are critical members of the healthcare team and are essential to providing patients with safe and effective medications. They support Pharmacists in providing consumers with the best possible pharmaceutical care.

Choose from two learning options: Pharmacy Technician Program in Halifax (In-class) and Pharmacy Technician Bridging Program (Online)

Pharmacy Technicians prepare, dispense and compound medications, manage inventory, perform administrative tasks and assist in the provision of pharmaceutical care. Eastern College is now offering the Pharmacy Technician program in two learning formats

Pharmacy Technician Program (In-class)

Throughout the program, you will learn in a classroom environment that simulates real-world pharmacy settings.

  • In-class learning at the Halifax campus
  • Pursue a 9-week field placement for hands-on experience
  • 54-week program

Pharmacy Technician Bridging (Online) For existing pharmacy assistants

Do you have Canadian work experience as a pharmacy assistant? You can now advance your career with our Pharmacy Technician Bridging Program

  • Learn anywhere with our part-time program offered remotely
  • Includes only 3 hours of instruction per week, giving you the flexibility to work and attend classes virtually.
  • 48-weeks program

Why Become a Pharmacy Technician


There is a strong demand for Pharmacy Technicians in pharmaceutical settings. The aging population has strongly increased the need for skilled pharmacy professionals. If you’re looking for a stable, in-demand career in healthcare, becoming a Pharmacy Technician is a great option for you.


From having a friendly conversation with a customer to making sure a person gets the right kind of over-the-counter medicine, Pharmacy Technicians make a difference in people’s lives every day. If you enjoy connecting with and assisting other people, being a Pharmacy Technician is a career you will enjoy.


The pharmaceutical field offers plenty of growth opportunities, making it an ideal field for anyone who wants long-term professional possibilities and exciting new challenges. With additional experience and qualifications, you could become a Pharmacist. Invest your time in a career that excites you and where you can continue to build on your future earning potential.


Pharmacy Technicians complete a variety of duties and responsibilities each day. In a single day, you may find yourself measuring and packaging prescriptions, organizing inventory, processing insurance claims, and more. If you love working in a fast-paced environment, a career as a Pharmacy Technician could be perfect for you.

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What Our Graduates Say

Anthony Waddell

“Great atmosphere and caring staff”

The material that is taught is always hands-on and allows students to stay ahead of the “curve” in their career choice. Great atmosphere and caring staff make for an exceptional vocational college.


“Great classes, and still so many months to go!”

Wonderful staff, great classes, and still so many months to go! I’m sure they are going to be fantastic. If you’re looking for a school, this one is the best!.

Devon Green

“I was given the tools to be successful”

I am so thankful for the people and the education I received at Eastern College. I was given the tools to be successful and create an income off the education I received. Not only did this school land me the career I have now, I have life long friendships with the people I met here! I highly recommend this school !

Why Study to Become a Pharmacy Technician with Eastern College


Eastern’s Pharmacy Technician Diploma program includes two 4-week practicum experiences from both a hospital and retail environment. You’ll enhance your skills, make industry connections, and feel more confident pursuing your career.


Accreditation ensures that the courses you take are meeting the highest standards. The Pharmacy Technician program at the Halifax Campus has been awarded accreditation status by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five year term (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2027).


You will receive the job-specific skills you need to get into your career within a condensed amount of time, so that you can get to work right away. Get job ready faster!


Eastern College offers job placement assistance and ongoing Career Services to all of our graduates. Get expert advice on how to nail interviews and take your resume to the next level. You’ll feel prepared to enter your chosen field with our Career Services team on your side.


At Eastern College, you will only put in 5-hour days, so you’ll have the flexibility you need for your busy life. With half-day classes, you can continue to put your energy into what matters most in your life.


When learning at Eastern, you will never feel overwhelmed in your program. You will complete one course at a time, allowing the focus to be on excelling in your studies.

Becoming a Qualified Pharmacy Technician

Along with taking courses, you’ll work in a real pharmacy environment through our 8-week field placement program. With this essential work experience under your belt, you’ll have the experience employers look for when hiring new graduates.

You’ll feel confident pursuing new career opportunities because you’ll have invested time and energy into developing valuable skills.

Courses Tailored to a Career as a Pharmacy Technician

As you progress through your training at Eastern College, you’ll get a chance to learn and develop through a variety of courses, such as:

  • Introduction to Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Fundamentals
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Retail Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Software

Not Sure You’re Ready for Career Training?

Take the Eastern College “Career Training Readiness” Quiz

This fun online quiz takes 3 minutes to complete, and you’ll get a personalized report. Identify your strengths and social style, plus the training and positions you’re best suited for.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Eastern College Pharmacy Technician program can find work in retail pharmacies, home healthcare divisions/companies, insurance companies, institutional settings and pharmaceutical distribution wholesalers/manufacturers.

A few of the companies who’ve hired Eastern College’s Pharmacy Technician program graduates are:

  • Costco Pharmacy
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Pharmachoice
  • Jean Coutu Pharmacy
  • Walmart Pharmacy
  • Medicine Shoppe

If you’d like to know if a career as a Pharmacy Technician might be right for you, just talk to one of our dedicated Academic Advisors to start moving toward your new career in the healthcare sector.

Is Pharmacy Technician Career Training Right for You?

If you’re interested in learning more about pharmacy technician career training at Eastern College, fill out the form. A helpful Career Advisor will assist with everything from career questions to financial aid and help discover the perfect career path for you.

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