PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DIPLOMA
*CCAPP Status – Full Accreditation
The Pharmacy Technician program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in either community, industrial or institutional pharmacy settings. Through comprehensive learning objectives and practical hands-on training addressing the knowledge, skills and competencies outlined by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), graduates of this program will be technically qualified to provide superior pharmacy technician performance. Students in the Pharmacy Technician Diploma program will combine theoretical classroom learning with practical hands-on training, ensuring that they are both well-versed in all aspects of the pharmaceutical industry and equipped with the confidence needed to step into the workplace upon graduation.
The program has been accredited by the Canadian Council for Accredited Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) and approved as a vocation program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.
In this program, students will learn to:
- Practice within the legal requirements, demonstrate professionalism and uphold professional standards of practice, codes of ethics and policies.
- Collaborate with pharmacists, other health care providers and the patient to meet patient’s health and drug-related needs, and optimize safety and health care goals.
- Process prescriptions accurately and safely in compliance with legislation and established policies and procedures.
- Prepare pharmaceutical products accurately and safely for distribution in compliance with legislation and established policies and procedures.
- Manage drug distribution and inventory systems to ensure both patient and product safety.
- Promote optimal health and well-being for patients, communities and populations through effective communication and collaboration with the pharmacist.
- Develop a strategy for the continuing maintenance and enhancement of personal growth and professional development to be able to make evidence-based decisions to ensure safe and effective product distribution within the pharmacy setting.
- Communicate clearly, concisely, and correctly using the delivery channel that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the patients, the pharmacy team, other health professionals and the public
- Work in collaboration with the pharmacy team and other health care professionals to support the delivery of comprehensive services, make the best use of resources, and provide continuity in care. This includes the release pharmaceutical products accurately and safely in compliance with legislation and established policies and procedures.
- Contribute to quality assurance through collaboration, compliance, administrative functions, and critical thinking in the practice settings.
The Pharmacy Technician Diploma program is 40 weeks long and includes an 8-week off-site practicum (4 weeks in a hospital setting / 4 weeks in a community setting). Students attend 25 hours in the classroom per week.
The Pharmacy Technician Diploma Course Concentration:
The comprehensive Pharmacy Technician Diploma program prepares students for a wide range of professional careers in all pharmacy settings. Students complete the following courses that address the learning outcomes aligned to the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association (CPTEA), and the NAPRA competencies.
- Student Success (20 hours)
- Professionalism in Pharmacy Practice (20 hours)
- CPR & First Aid (15 hours)
- Pharmacy Calculations (100 hours)
- Extemporaneous Compounding (75 hours)
- Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology (75 hours)
- Pharmacology (100 hours)
- Medical Devices, National Health and OTC Products (25 hours)
- Management & Inventory Control (25 hours)
- Pharmacy Law and Ethics (75 hours)
- Community Pharmacy Practices (75 hours)
- Long Term Care Pharmacy Practices (25 hours)
- Hospital Pharmacy Practices (75 hours)
- Aseptic Technique (50 hours)
- Final Review (25 hours)
- Career Success Toolkit (20 hours)
Important employability requirements such as literacy and numeric, computer, interpersonal communications, and critical thinking are embedded in courses where appropriate.
Developing work place skills is an investment in your future. Financial Assistance may be available to those who qualify. Call one of our career counsellors for more information.
We also accept Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points via HigherEdPoints.
Teaching Faculty and Facilities
Our program has been developed collaboratively by a team with strong pharmacy and healthcare backgrounds as well as NAHB management to ensure we are, at minimum, in compliance with program standards (CCAPP, NAPRA, CPTEA, OCP) and education standards (MAESD). Our faculty and curriculum support team includes:
· Basanti Regmi Lamichhane, R.Ph.T / Acting Program Coordinator
· Baseer Yasseen, R.Ph
· Jagdeep Bath, R.PhT
· Anish Shirodker, R.Ph
· Amorale Boston, R.PhT
· Kelly Shaw, R.Ph
· Carol Borcevski, R.PhT
In order to ensure our program meets current industry trends, regulations and employer requirements, we have set up a Program Advisory Committee made up of industry experts in the fields of pharmacy, education and business.
We recently upgraded our Pharmacy classroom to include a mock Pharmacy setting as well as new equipment and supplies. Students also have access to a library, computers and complimentary wifi. Our support staff, including our Campus Directors, Director of Education, Curriculum Support, Career Counselors, Administrative Assistant, and Financial Aid officer also work with students every step of the way ensuring that all their educational requirements are met (including being job-ready by the end of the program).
All of the following set of admission requirements must be met. We understand that obtaining the following requirements can seem difficult, but it’s easier than you think. Please contact us if you require any assistance – we can help you every step of the way:
- Biology, Grade 12 (C or U) minimum mark 60 percent OR Grade 11 (C or U), minimum mark 70 percent*
- Chemistry, Grade 12 (C or U) minimum mark 60 percent OR Grade 11 (C or U), minimum mark 70 percent*
- Math, Grade 12 (C or U) minimum mark 60 percent OR Grade 11 (C or U), minimum mark 70 percent*
- Grade 12 or equivalent (transcript required)*
- Confidential current immunization report to be completed by a physician (detailed information on immunization requirements are available upon request).
- Current Canada-wide criminal record police check
- English, Grade 12 (C or U) minimum mark 60 percent OR Grade 11 (C or U), minimum mark 70 percent*; or English or French Language Proficiency inline with NAPRA Language Proficiency requirements as per the Council of Pharmacy Registrars of Canada (CPRC) consensus statement 2015**)
*For information on upgrading one or more required courses, refer to the Independent Learning Centre (ILC), funded by the Ministry of Education.
Prospective students will be interviewed by one of our experienced Admission Representatives to access the student’s likely success within the industry. Focus will be on the prospective student’s understanding of the profession (including, but not limited to recent developments, the general roles and responsibility of a Pharmacy Technician, etc), interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and motivation.
**CPRC consensus statement on language proficiency testing upon admission to CCAPP-accredited pharmacy technician programs.
Admission into a CCAPP-accredited pharmacy technician program should be limited to candidates who provide documentation of one of the following as evidence of language proficiency:
a. Language proficiency test results that meet the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada; or
b. Graduation from a high school in Canada with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or
c. Graduation from a Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or
d. An undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English or French.
In addition, the CPRC discussed the issue of which language tests could be accepted for language proficiency assessment of pharmacy technicians in French. The CPRC agreed that language proficiency for all pharmacy professionals in French should follow the requirements listed in the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacist in Canada document. This document can be found on the NAPRA website HERE.
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