Pharmacy Technician Diploma – Bow Valley College

Program Info

School: Bow Valley College
Faculty: School of Health and Wellness
Degree: Diploma; University Transfer
Field of Study: Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Description: The program has Full Accreditation Status with the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP), preparing graduates for the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s national certification exam. Pharmacy technicians are regulated under the Health Professions Act and register with the Alberta College of Pharmacists. With over 350 lab hours in a state-of-the-art facility, this program integrates cutting-edge technology and emphasizes hands-on training to produce competitive dispensary-ready graduates. Students learn to prepare sterile products in authentic certified sterile production hoods and operate a PACMED® high-speed automated medication packager.

Registered Pharmacy Technicians have an expanded scope of practice that includes responsibilities such as performing final checks on prescriptions and receiving verbal orders from prescribers. Other tasks include compounding mixtures, dispensing medications, or preparing sterile products such as eye drop compounds or intravenous mixtures. Demand is increasing and pharmacy technicians can earn up to $37/hour.

URL: Pharmacy Technician Diploma at Bow Valley College
Length: 16 Month(s)
Careers: Pharmacy Technicians


LOCATION: Calgary, Alberta

ENTRANCE DATES: January, May, September


TELEPHONE: (403) 410-3476
FAX: (403) 297-3984
ADDRESS: 345 6 Avenue SE, Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Additional Admission Requirements: Once the application has been reviewed, students must score at least 70% on the College’s math skills assessment and demonstrates the ability to type 30 words per minute. Proficient manual dexterity is essential. Applicants should have basic computer skills and be detail-oriented with the ability to problem-solve and multi-task. Pre-practicum requirements include a current police information check with a vulnerable sector search (VSS) and an immunization record that meets the program’s requirements. Please consult the program website for details.



Bow Valley College is a renowned institution known for its commitment to international education, reflecting Canada’s diverse population and the increasing global interdependence of economies, education, and information technologies. The college aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and intercultural understanding necessary to excel in the global workforce and become global citizens within their own communities.

Programs and Expertise:

  • Bow Valley College’s International Education program is regarded as one of the best in Canada, offering academic excellence, caring instructors and staff, and a friendly atmosphere.
  • The college specializes in adult education, focusing on three distinct areas: Career Development, Academic Upgrading, and English as a Second Language.
  • Programs and courses are tailored to the specific needs of learners and the demands of their employment environments.
  • Bow Valley College acknowledges prior learning experiences, provides individualized instruction plans, and offers quick customization of training for businesses.


  • Bow Valley College does not provide on-site housing facilities.
  • Learners may be eligible to apply for student housing at SAIT and Ambrose University, located off-campus.

Student Services:

  • Bow Valley College takes pride in its comprehensive campus services, recognizing their importance in helping students succeed in their field of study.
  • Services include counseling, health services, academic accommodation for learners with disabilities, learning resource services, a bookstore, a cafeteria, and more.

Career Planning:

  • The college offers professional counselors who provide guidance on educational, career, and personal concerns, including accommodations for special needs.
  • Career counselors assist students in exploring suitable programs and career paths, ensuring confidentiality throughout the process.

Activities and Clubs:

  • Bow Valley College is dedicated to preparing students for the workforce, providing comprehensive resources to support their success.
  • Students can engage in various on-campus and off-campus events and social activities to immerse themselves in Canadian culture.
  • The Bow Valley College Student Association (BVCSA) represents student concerns and offers services such as student health and dental support, extracurricular activities, and student handbooks.
  • The BVCSA organizes cultural, social, and recreational activities throughout the year to promote collegiality and provide educational and fun experiences.

Information Technology:

  • Bow Valley College boasts state-of-the-art campus technology, computer labs, computer-managed learning, and internet access for all students.

International Engagement:

  • The college hosts over 1,300 international learners annually, fostering a truly global experience with students from more than 148 countries.
  • Bow Valley College promotes intercultural engagement and collaboration within and outside the classroom.
  • The college is actively involved in international community development work and overseas training, emphasizing the importance of cross-border skill development.

Campus Tour:

  • Prospective students can schedule a campus tour upon request to explore Bow Valley College’s facilities and resources.

Special Services:

  • Bow Valley College offers special services to accommodate students with disabilities, including wheelchair accessibility, counseling services, health services, and specialized support.
  • Learner Support Services provide integrated assistance through technology, tutors, and resources, with computer stations and various learning tools available.

Affiliated Institutions:

  • Bow Valley College maintains an affiliation with the University of Lethbridge.

Other Student Services:

  • The International Education Office at Bow Valley College is dedicated to supporting international learners throughout their BVC journey.
  • The office assists students with enrollment, academics, learning pathways, living abroad, health insurance, work eligibility, visas, and other uncertainties.
  • Students have access to discounted memberships at a nearby fitness center, counseling and nursing services, a cafeteria and lounge, tutoring and learning support, and computer facilities.
  • Programs are offered in full-time, part-time, self-directed study, and online formats to cater to the diverse population.

For more information and to explore the college’s offerings, please visit Bow Valley College’s website at

Fees & Scholarships

Tuition and Fees

  • Domestic Students:
    • Tuition: Varies per program
    • Supplementary fees:
      • Student Services Fee: $50 – $100
      • Students Association Fee: $54 – $108
      • Confirmation Deposit: $250
      • Material Fee: $45 – $90
      • Student Health and Dental Plan Fee: $143 – $280
  • International Students:
    • Tuition: $27,200
    • Supplementary fees:
      • Student Services Fee: $50 – $100
      • Students Association Fee: $54 – $108
      • Confirmation Deposit: $1,500
      • Material Fee: $45 – $90
      • Student Health and Dental Plan Fee: $143 – $280


Bow Valley College offers a variety of scholarships to students who demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, or community involvement. Scholarships are available to both domestic and international students.

To learn more about scholarships, please visit the Bow Valley College website.


  • Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  • Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis.
  • All students are required to pay a confirmation deposit to secure their place in a program.

How to Pay

Tuition and fees can be paid online, by mail, or in person at the Bow Valley College cashier’s office.

For More Information

Please visit the Bow Valley College website or contact the admissions office for more information about tuition and fees, scholarships, and how to pay.

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