Accredited Pharmacy Technician Program and Career Courses
- Diploma Program – 51 weeks (total time in class and on practical placement)
- Mornings, Afternoons or Evenings, Monday to Friday
Would you like to combine your attention to detail with your desire to help people maintain and improve their health? Then the Pharmacy Technician program could be the right option for you! Pharmacy Technicians perform many tasks including filling and final release of prescriptions, compounding medications and managing day-to-day pharmacy operations.
Pharmacy Technician Program Objective
The Pharmacy Technician (PHT) diploma program is designed to prepare you for a challenging career in a community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, long-term care pharmacy or a corporate/industrial environment. Throughout your Pharmacy Technician courses, you will learn the history of pharmacy, legislation and health care systems; roles of the pharmacist, technician, and assistants; the various pharmacy organizations in the province, and ethical standards. Upon completion of the program, you will have a solid understanding of medical and pharmaceutical terminology, the ability to interpret a prescription and the associated abbreviations, an extensive understanding of various dosage forms and therapeutic classifications of medications. Courses in the Pharmacy Technician program include Pharmacy Calculations, Pharmacology, Pharmacy Compounding and Sterile Products and Aseptic Technique. You will have specific courses related to Community Pharmacy Practice, Hospital Pharmacy Practice and Pharmacy Legislation.
This program will give you hands on training to gain proficiency in operating and maintaining the pharmacy software “Kroll”, entering prescriptions, printing labels, creating and maintaining a patient’s health profile, proper search techniques, third party billing and inventory management. A well-equipped pharmacy lab provides our students with hands on experience in medications dispensing and non-sterile and sterile compounding. This program offers extensive training in communication and customer service skills, inter and intra-professional education, problem solving techniques and conflict resolution.
The program is designed to meet the standards set by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). By the end of the program, students are expected to be able to meet the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice established by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) and the Educational Outcomes for Pharmacy Technician Programs in Canada established by Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association (CPTEA).
Graduates of CCAPP-accredited programs meet the education requirement of the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP).
Through a combination of in-class learning, hands on labs and workshops, and community and hospital practical placements, this diploma program will ensure you graduate with confidence in the theoretical and practical skills required to pursue Pharmacy Technician registration.
Pharmacy Technician Accreditation
The Pharmacy Technician programs of Algonquin Careers Academy, Ottawa and Mississauga, have been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) for the terms as follows:
- Algonquin Careers Academy - Ottawa: July 2019 to June 2022
- Algonquin Careers Academy - Mississauga: July 2016 to June 2022
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Pharmacy Technician Practical Placements
Algonquin Careers Academy has an excellent working relationship with various members of the medical industry. We will supplement your in-class training with a practical placement arranged by Algonquin Careers Academy. The placement provides an opportunity to apply what has been learned in the classroom, gain confidence, and open doors to future employment. The rotations enable us to provide front line experience for our students, under the direct supervision of a preceptor, who may be a pharmacist or registered pharmacy technician. The placement is broken into two parts: five weeks of retail/community and four weeks of hospital.
Successful completion of the supervised practical placement is mandatory for graduation.
Pharmacy Technician Program Faculty
Irina Parsova, RPhT, BSc Chemistry
Kiran Bassan, RPh, BSc Phm
Ben Wallace, RPhT
Julie Wulff, RPhT
Scuchita Srivastava, RPhT
Mark Wellington, RPhT
Asfiya Rahman, RPhT, BSc
Uche Isiuwe, RPh, MPH, B. Pharm, MBA
Laura Howse, RPhT
Harvinder Singh, RPh, BSc. PharmD
Christa Ng, RPhT
Christine Fanous, RPhT
Rana Rizk, RPh, BSc. Biochemistry, BSc. Pharm
Natasha Remy, RPhT, BSc. Nursing
Imran Khan, RPh, BSc. Biology & Biotechnology, BSc. Pharm
Pharmacy Technician Courses
- Student Success Strategies (20 hours)
- CPR and First Aid Certification (16 hours)
- Computing Essentials for Pharmacy Practice (40 hours)
- Pharmacy Fundamentals (60 hours)
- Pharmacy Calculations (100 hours)
- Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (40 hours)
- Pharmacology (84 hours)
- Pharmacy Compounding (60 hours)
- Sterile Products and Aseptic Technique (80 hours)
- Pharmacy Software (60 hours)
- Professionalism and Communication Skills (60 hours)
- Community Pharmacy Practice (60 hours)
- Community Pharmacy Dispensing (60 hours)
- Pharmacy Legislation (40 hours)
- Hospital Pharmacy Practice (40 hours)
- Career and Employment Strategies (20 hours)
- Hospital Placement (160 hours)
- Community Placement (200 hours)
Becoming a Registered Pharmacy Technician in the Province of Ontario
To be eligible to become a Registered Pharmacy Technician, you must graduate from a program that has been accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). There are additional registration requirements after graduation to pursue registration as a pharmacy technician with the Ontario College of Pharmacists including comprehensive National examinations. These requirements are fully described on the OCP website at http://www.ocpinfo.com/registration/register-technician/ccapp-technician/.
You should become familiar with your future professional body by visiting the OCP web site at www.ocpinfo.com.
Pharmacy Technician Program Career Opportunities
The demand for Pharmacy Technicians is expected to rise in order to meet the health care needs of Canada’s growing and aging population. It is expected the roles and responsibilities of a Pharmacy Technician will continue to evolve in the years to come. Career opportunities exist in community/retail, hospital, long-term care, pharmaceutical companies and government agencies.
Pharmacy Technician Wage Information
Source: Other Medical Technologists and Technicians (NOCC 3219) Ontario www.jobbank.gc.ca, September 2019
Pharmacy Technician Program Admission Requirements
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the equivalent, or if 18 years of age or over, you may apply as a mature student and write an entrance exam.
- Grade 11 or 12: Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry or equivalent
- Grade 12 English. Language proficiency is an essential skill required for all Pharmacy Technicians. A Pharmacy Technician's ability to communicate is critical in the delivery of safe and effective patient care. For applicants whose first language is not English and: i) have not graduated from a high school in Canada with three consecutive first language English courses/credits, or, ii) obtained an undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, specific English language proficiency scores must be met. Applicants must possess one of the following: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Overall Band 6.5; Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) – 91; Michigan English Language Arts Battery (MELAB) – 81; The Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CANTEST) - 4.5 Speaking, Reading, Listening, - 4.0 Writing. Specific band scores and/or element scores also apply.
- For details see napra.ca/Content_Files/Files/Language_Proficiency_Requirements_for_Licensure_PharmTech_Nov2009_Final.pdf
- Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Immigration approval
- Assessment Interview to determine suitability for the Pharmacy Technician program
- A medical report including current immunizations is required for placement
- Criminal background check is required for placement
Pharmacy Technician Program Fee Information
Tuition: $13,400 Textbooks and other fees: $1,084 International Student Fee: $2,780