Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, including the following required courses:
  • English - any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent
  • Mathematics - any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent
  • Biology - Grade 11 (C) or (U) or Grade 12 (U)
  • Chemistry - Grade 11 (U) or Grade 12 (C) or (U)
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the specific National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA 2009) Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada. These requirements are as follows: IELTS Overall Band 6.5; TOEFL iBT 91; MELAB 81.

Additional requirements for admission:

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Recommended courses or skills: What's this?

These courses are not required for admission.

  • Health Care - Grade 11 (C)
  • Information Technology in Business - Grade 11 (O)
  • Medical Technologies - Grade 12 (C)
Selection and Ranking Process

For competitive programs (the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of available places), selection will be based on the highest senior level final grade available at the time of ranking. Mid-term grades are not used for ranking purposes.
Testing or other supplemental evaluation may be required.

Information about Language Proficiency Requirements
  • Learn more about for Pharmacy Technicians from the Ontario College of Pharmacists.
  • Learn more about as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada from the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities.
Program Requirements What's this?
Health Requirements:
  • The confidential Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS) form must be completed and submitted to Niagara College Student Health Services prior to the start of Term 3. Please view the current CDS form and checklist for requirements (vaccination documentation/ proof of immunity to measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, and 2 step TB testing) at
  • This program requires annual TB updates (1 step). Influenza, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria pertiussis vaccinations are strongly recommended.
  • Students are required to provide copies of their certification for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) at Level HCP (Health Care Provider), Adult/Child/Infant one and two rescuer CPR with AED and First Aid for choking including artificial resuscitation using both pocket mask and bag-valve mask. (This program is designed for those with specific health care responsibilities).
  • Students are responsible for maintaining annual CPR and First Aid certification throughout the program.
  • All costs associated with CPR/First Aid, testing, inoculations and/or verification are the responsibility of the student.
  • All health requirements must be met one month prior to the start of the placement term or a placement will be denied.
Criminal Reference Check (CRC):

Most employers have instituted a CRC with vulnerable sector screening as a requirement for appropriate field placement beginning in Term 4 and for subsequent employment. All costs associated with the CRC are the responsibility of the student.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to complete clinical placement requirements. Niagara cannot guarantee placements that are readily accessible by public transportation. Students are responsible for all costs connected with such transportation.