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Pharmacy Technician Bridging Courses

The National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program has been developed by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) to assist individuals already working in the role of pharmacy technician to upgrade their skills to align with changes in the scope of practice of pharmacy technicians, without returning to school to complete a full-time training program. The ultimate goal is a national strategy that will enable regulated pharmacy technicians to re-locate and work anywhere in Canada without the need to re-qualify. The program addresses competencies required of regulated pharmacy technicians in both hospital and community practice.

Please Note:


In Alberta, the four bridging courses offered at Bow Valley College are only one part of the entire process of becoming a Registered Pharmacy Technician.

The process is governed by the Alberta College of Pharmacists (ACP). Prior to registering for any bridging courses, students are responsible for determining their individual requirements and all steps that must be taken to become a Registered Pharmacy Technician. ACP requirements must be completed by December 31, 2015; please refer to the ACP website directly.

For information related to the Evaluating and Qualifying Exams, refer to the PEBC website.


The Program of Studies includes the following four courses: