Pharmacy Technical Assistance







Number of credits


Number of contact hours allotted for specific training

1230 Hours


Program approved in 2013.

The Pharmacy Technical Assistance program prepares a person to practice the trade of pharmacy technical assistance in a health establishment as well as in a community pharmacy.

The pharmacy technical assistant (PTA) works under the supervision of a pharmacist and assists in filling prescriptions, managing patient files and performs work-related technical tasks related to preparing medications.

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

CS Central Québec
Vocational training centre

C.F. Eastern Québec

GroupStatusD/WStart date
DSep 30, 2019
Riverside SB
Vocational training centre

ACCESS Career Centre

GroupStatusD/WStart date
DSep 16, 2019
English-Montréal SB
Vocational training centre

Shadd Health and Business Centre/Centre d'études commerciales Shadd

GroupStatusD/WStart date
DSep 23, 2019
Lester-B.-Pearson SB
Vocational training centre

Pearson Adult and Career Centre

GroupStatusD/WStart date
DAug 19, 2019
DMar 16, 2020

Targeted professions (Link to Emploi Québec's IMT En ligne)

Job titles

pharmacy technical assistant

Program content

Number or codeCourse Name / CompetencyHours
746012Analyze the occupation30
746025Perform pharmaceutical calculations75
746032Observe the laws, regulations ans standards governing the practice of the occupation30
746047Identify non-parenteral drugs and their characteristics105
746052Take occupational health and safety precautions30
746063Use pharmaceutical applications software for community pharmacies45
746073Use pharmaceutical applications software for health care institutions45
746085Do a practicum in the workplace75
746094Perform customer service activities60
746104Identify the characteristics of parenteral drugs60
746112Make non-sterile preparations30
746129Fill prescriptions in a community pharmacy135
746139Fill prescriptions in a health care institution135
746143Manage inventory45
746158Make sterile preparations120
746167Perform work-related tasks in a community pharmacy105
746177Perform work-related tasks in a health care institution105