Career Programs

Pharmacy Technology


We are the only CEGEP to offer this program in English

The program

The goal of the Pharmacy Technology program is to train students to be pharmacy technicians as well as to ensure constant vigilance for the safety of the medication circuit and to adopt a patient-centred approach.

This program is for you if…

  • You have good communication skills
  • You like working with the public
  • You are meticulous and comfortable with details
  • You are comfortable with technology
  • You want to be part of our healthcare system

Work function of a pharmacy technician

The work function of pharmacy technicians is essentially to perform technical, administrative, and clinical pharmaceutical tasks in an optimal manner. In this way, pharmacy technicians contribute to providing quality pharmaceutical services in the technical processing of the medication circuit. They also collaborate in the pharmaceutical care provided by pharmacists to meet the needs of their clients. In addition, pharmacy technicians perform significant administrative tasks in human resources management.


The program includes an opportunity for students to have hands-on experience and learn through their stage placements in both health care and community facilities.

What does a pharmacy technician do?

Under the supervision of or in collaboration with pharmacists, pharmacy technicians perform the following tasks:

  • process prescriptions and requests as well as dispense drugs
  • control the supply chain and inventory storage
  • manage the use of information systems and equipment
  • implement quality control, risk management, and continuous improvement measures
  • manage the technical staff of the pharmacy
  • participate in records management
  • collaborate in patients’ drug therapy management
  • collaborate in clinical studies

To meet technical, administrative, and clinical needs, pharmacy technicians use pharmacy information systems as well as specialized equipment and various technologies to carry out the various steps of the medication circuit assigned to them.

Where Pharmacy Technology can take you!

Pharmacy technicians may work in health facilities and community pharmacies. Healthcare facilities include hospitals, university hospitals, integrated health and social services centres, and integrated university health and social services centres. In community pharmacy, these individuals work in chain and banner pharmacies, independent pharmacies, and compounding pharmacies.

Admission Requirements

CEGEP Requirements

A Secondary School Diploma which includes:
  • Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
  • Secondary 5 Second Language
  • Secondary 4 Mathematics
  • Secondary 4 Science and Technology
    OR Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology
  • Secondary 4 History and Citizenship Education

Program Prerequisites

This program has specific prerequisites.

Secondary 4 Science and Technology AND Environmental Science Technology OR Secondary 4 Applied Science and Technology AND Science and the Environment

OR a Secondary School Vocational Diploma which includes:
  • Secondary 5 Language of Instruction
  • Secondary 5 Second Language
  • Secondary 4 Mathematics

Please Note

Applicants who have not studied in Québec must have education deemed equivalent by the College.

How To Apply

John Abbott College is affiliated with the Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain (SRAM) and uses its online application service.

The application deadline is March 1.

Warning: The documents and payment must be submitted by the deadline.


Program start: Fall


To apply:

  • Complete the online SRAM application
  • Select John Abbott and the program of your choice along with the corresponding SRAM program number: 165.A0
  • Upload any necessary documents directly to your online SRAM application

Students whose prerequisites are more than five years old should contact the Admissions Office.

Admissions Office
514-457-6610 x5358, 5355 & 5361

Pharmacy Technology Department

Student for a Day Program

You are interested in John Abbott College and would like spend a few hours on campus?

Please follow this link to fill out the form Student for a day, and someone will contact you to set up a time for you to come to JAC and discover our campus.

During the tour, you will visit our newly renovated library, our sports facilities, the campus store, the cafeteria, etc. You will also be shown all the services offered on “Main Street”. If you have questions about application and programs, you can speak to someone in Admissions.

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