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
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 will work in collaboration with registered pharmacists in retail and institutional settings, works with professional and other paramedical personnel, and performs a variety of functions related to the dispensing of prescriptions. Duties in a retail pharmacy include inventory control, filling prescriptions on the computer, counting and packaging. Pharmacy technicians also do third party billing. In a hospital or institutional setting they will work in collaboration with pharmacists and prepare intravenous solutions for patients.

This program will appeal to students who have a sense of responsibility and are extremely accurate in their work habits, paying attention to detail. They must also be able to work both independently or as a team member, with the ability to take initiative within the limits of their position. Good customer relations are also important.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
  • The Pharmacy Technician Program at St. Clair College has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five year term 2012-2017.
  • Our graduates are eligible to write the national licensing exam to become a registered pharmacy technician.
  • Our state of the art retail and hospital labs allow for real life simulation of pharmacy practice.
  • Our students will complete a 4 week work placement in both a retail and hospital pharmacy.
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:

2016-2017 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
OAD105
2
Keyboarding/Computer
BIO121
3
Human Biology
PRM109
3
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
PRM207
2
Inventory Theory & Lab
PRM232
2
Pharmacology I
PRM122
2
Pharmacy Products
PRM226
3
Compounding Retail Theory & Lab
PRM227
3
Computer Lab Retail II
PRM230
3
Dispensing Lab Retail II


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
PRM327
1
Computer Lab Hospital I
ELEC1030
3
General Education Elective

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 & Intraprofessionalism Collaboration

Semester 6
PRM461
9
Hospital Placement