Pharmacy Technician

Program: PHRM
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 2 Field Placements
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017, Winter 2018
Location: Barrie

Description

This program prepares graduates to work collaboratively with registered pharmacists and the interprofessional health care team within their scope of practice. Students will learn dispensing and compounding skills using knowledge from labs and supervised clinical practice. Courses focus on professionalism, relevant legislations, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, customer care, software systems, and principles of quality assurance. Students will utilize current technologies for an understanding of inventory control and customer service to accurately prepare and dispense medication. Guiding principles of safe medication practice; including aseptic technique, accurate calculations and labelling, use of current, credible sources of information are emphasized in lectures, simulated labs and community and institutional placements.

Career Opportunities

The graduate may go on to become a Registered Pharmacy Technician with the Ontario College of Pharmacists. Registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists is a legal requirement to practice and is subject to the regulations and restrictions established by this governing body. Graduates of the program will be qualified to work in a variety of settings including community pharmacies, home health care companies, hospital pharmacies, pharmaceutical wholesalers, pharmacy software vendors, third party insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • practice in a professional and competent manner within the defined scope of practice and consistent with current regulations and standards of practice;
  • identify, select, implement and evaluate quality assurance standards and protocols which contribute to a safe and effective working environment;
  • establish and maintain professional and interprofessional relationships which contribute to patient care safety and positive health care outcomes;
  • process prescriptions accurately in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in community and institutional practice settings;
  • prepare pharmaceutical products for dispensing in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in community and institutional practice settings;
  • release pharmaceutical products in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in community and institutional practice settings;
  • optimize medication therapy management and product distribution using current technologies in community and institutional practice settings;
  • develop and implement effective strategies for ongoing personal and professional development that support currency, competence, ethics and values in the pharmacy sector;
  • identify the implications of pharmacy technician on the natural environment and to employ environmentally sustainable practices to reduce the impact on the environment;
  • develop social entrepreneur skills to foster positive social change in the community.

External Recognition

The Pharmacy Technician program of Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five year term (January 1st 2015- December 31st 2019). This enables graduates to preregister with the Ontario College of Pharmacists and start the process of becoming licensed to practice as regulated pharmacy technician in Ontario. Graduates will also be eligible to write the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada Qualifying Exam (www.pebc.ca) and the OCP jurisprudence examination (www.ocpinfo.com). Click on the links for timelines and fees for registration and exams.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019

Winter Intake 

  • Sem 1: Winter 2018
  • Sem 2: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Winter 2019
  • Sem 4: Summer 2019

Articulation

A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (C or U)

Language Proficiency Requirement

The Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). 

The English proficiency requirement can be met through:

  • Language proficiency test results that meet the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada, further information can be found on their website at: http://napra.ca/Content_Files/Files/Language_Proficiency_Requirements_for_Licensure_PharmTech_Nov2009_Final.pdf ; or
  • Graduation from high school in Canada with four consecutive, first language English courses or credits; or
  •  An undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English

For further information, refer to Georgian’s English Language Proficiency policy 2.5 at: http://georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures 

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Additional Information

Certain clinical placements may require students to have updated flu shots, TB testing and Hepatitis B vaccination as well as a Police Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Screening and a check of the Pardoned Sex Offender Data Base). It is the student's responsibility to ensure he or she is eligible to participate in clinical placements. The College assumes no responsibility for these matters and students should be aware that tuition will not be refunded in the event that access to a placement is denied. In addition to these requirements, applicants must also provide proof of a current First Aid and C.P.R. 'HCP' certification, prior to the commencement of preclinical courses. Registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) is mandatory to practice as a Pharmacy Technician in Ontario.

Note: A history of criminal offences or charges of professional misconduct in another jurisdiction or another profession may interfere with your ability to become registered in Ontario. Should either situation apply, you are recommended to seek clarification with the OCP before applying to the Pharmacy Technician program at Georgian College. See Criminal Reference Check below for information related to placements.

Applicants are advised that the clinical requirements of the program and future employment require good vision (with or without corrective lenses) and manual dexterity with repetitive motion.

Graduation Requirements

22 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
2 Practicum Placements
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Requirements

Mandatory Courses
BIOL 1012Drug Therapy and Pathophysiology 1
BIOL 1014The Essential Body
BIOL 2010Drug Therapy and Pathophysiology 2
BIOL 2011Drug Therapy and Pathophysiology 3
COMP 1063Community Pharmacy Computer Systems
COMP 2096Hospital Pharmacy Computer Systems
MATH 1025Pharmaceutical Calculations
MATH 2009Pharmaceutical Calculations Advanced
PHRM 1000Pharmacology Fundamentals
PHRM 1002Community Pharmacy Dispensing Introductory Theory
PHRM 1007Community Pharmacy Dispensing Introductory Lab
PHRM 1008Community Pharmacy Dispensing Advanced Theory/Lab
PHRM 1009Community Pharmacy Inventory Control
PHRM 1010Non-Sterile Compounding Practices Lab
PHRM 2004Legal Foundations and Professional Practice
PHRM 2006Natural Health Products and Complementary Care
PHRM 2009Hospital Inventory Control
PHRM 2010Hospital Dispensing Introductory Theory/Lab
PHRM 2011Sterile Techniques Lab
PHRM 2012Advanced Compounding
PHRM 2013Hospital Dispensing Advanced Theory
PHRM 2014Pharmacy Practice and the Interprofessional Team
Practicum Placements
PHRM 1006Practicum 1
PHRM 2008Practicum 2
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Course
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.

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