Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technician Header
Centre of Applied Health Sciences, Windsor
  • Program Length:
  • Two Year - Ontario College Diploma
  • Starts:
  • September

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:
  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)
  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4U or EAE4C
  • OR

  • equivalent courses from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program or the Academic and Career Entrance program.
ATTENTION International students and students who present with foreign credentials: Click here to learn about the Language Proficiency Requirements for the Pharmacy Technician Program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

For more information, see the Admission Procedures document on the Registrar's Office page.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Pharmacy Technician program is designed to prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career as a healthcare professional. Courses will focus on professionalism and ethics, relevant legislation, pharmacology, medical communication and pharmaceutical mathematics. Upon completion of the program you will have a solid understanding of medical terminology, the ability to interpret and prepare prescriptions, and an extensive knowledge of various dosage forms and drug classifications.

This program will give you hands-on training in our state-of-the-art pharmacy labs. You'll learn to safely and efficiently prepare sterile and non-sterile products, following the guidelines of safe medication practice, including aseptic technique. Students will learn dispensing and compounding skills taught in our pharmacy labs. A focus on inter/intra-professional activities through simulated labs will prepare our graduates to work collaboratively with registered pharmacists and other health care professionals.

Registered Pharmacy Technicians (RPhT) have an expanded scope of practice and demand is increasing in the health care profession. Registered Pharmacy Technicians are accountable and responsible for the technical aspects of both new and refill prescriptions, as well as performing final checks on prescriptions before they reach the patient.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Pharmacy Technician program has Full Accreditation Status with the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) for a five year term 2012-2017.
  • Our graduates are qualified to write the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada's national licensing exam. www.pebc.ca
  • Students will complete two 4 week clinical placements in both retail and hospital pharmacies. Students will have the opportunity to complete all the competencies required of them at these clinical sites in order to meet NAPRA's Competencies for Entry to Practice. www.napra.ca
  • Our curriculum organizes collaborative activities with students in other healthcare programs
  • Registered Pharmacy Technicians are licensed with the Ontario College of Pharmacists. www.ocpinfo.com
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Employment prospects are excellent for pharmacy technicians. Job opportunities exist in community and hospital pharmacies, with third party billing companies and with computer software vendors.

FACULTY
Brian Dunmore BSc. Phm, RPh.
Faculty
(519) 972-2727, ext. 4533
bdunmore@stclaircollege.ca
Patricia Meloche RPhT.
Faculty
(519) 972-2727, ext. 4318
pmeloche@stclaircollege.ca

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
  • Medical Requirements Form
  • A satisfactory medical exam.
  • An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titre within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.
CLINICAL PLACEMENTS
Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to clinical placement. You are responsible for the associated costs.
  • First Aid
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) BCLS Level C/AED
  • NIOSH N95 Respirator Fit Test
  • Employer requirement for up-to-date CLEAR POLICE CLEARANCE (vulnerable sector screening)
    • MUST be obtained by you, the student.
    • Obtain the Police Clearance by the first week of your first semester
    • Clinical placements may be on day, afternoon or weekend shifts ANYWHERE within Ontario.
    • You are responsible for travel and accommodation costs.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • Program Physical Demands Analysis: H812
  • VISION: Striving for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care.
  • MISSION: To engage faculty and students in a model learning environment to produce a pharmacy technician graduate that meets the NAPRA (National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities) competencies and the CPTEA (Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association) educational outcomes with a commitment to lifelong learning and working in collaboration with other health care professionals to provide the best possible patient care.

YOUR INVESTMENT
The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2017-2018 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS


Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 1
LBS110G
3
Communication Across Cultures
PRM123
2

Introduction to Anatomy , Physiology and Pharmacology
PRM207
2
Inventory Theory & Lab
PRM124
2

Introduction to Pharmaceutical Mathematics
PRM133
2
Computer Lab Retail I
PRM135
3
Pharmacy Practice Retail
PRM113
3
Dispensing Lab Retail I

Semester 2
PRM215
2
Institutional Theory & Lab
PRM205
2
Pharmaceutical Mathematics II
PRM232
2
Pharmacology I
PRM122
2
Pharmacy Products
PRM226
3
Compounding Retail Theory & Lab
PRM206
2
Computer Lab Retail II
PRM230
3
Dispensing Lab Retail II
PRM211
1
Health Promotion and Research

Semester 3
PRM451
9
Retail Placement

Code
Credit
Course Name
Semester 4
PRM303
3
Dispensing Lab Hospital I
PRM307
3
Pharmacy Practice Hospital I
PRM313
1
Sterile Theory
PRM416
3
Sterile Lab
PRM315
2
Pharmacy Communications
PRM301
2
Computer Lab Hospital I
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
PRM302
1
Hospital Calculations


Semester 5
PRM502
3
Dispensing Lab Hospital II
PRM410
2
Pharmacy Practice Hospital II
PRM326
3
Compounding Hospital Theory & Lab
PRM433
1
Computer Lab Hospital II
PRM331
3
Pharmacology II
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective
PRM501
2

Ethics and Intra/Interprofessional Collaboration

Semester 6
PRM461
9
Hospital Placement