Pharmacy Technician

See yourself working alongside a pharmacist to meet patients’ health and drug-related needs? Become a Pharmacy Technician; the CCAPP accredited program and industry-expert instructors will lead you to success.

Program Duration
Full Time: 40 weeks
In-class schedule: Monday to Friday
Practicum Duration
8 weeks
Financial Aid
Various payment options. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.
Accreditation
Canadian Council for Accredited Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) Accreditation

PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DIPLOMA*

As a Pharmacy Technician, you work alongside pharmacists, other health care providers and the patient to fulfil health and drug-related needs and optimize safety. You uphold and demonstrate professional standards of practice, codes of ethics and policies, all practiced within the legal requirements of the industry. Some of your duties may include taking prescriptions in person or over the phone, preparing medications, managing inventory systems and ensuring quality patient care by giving clear and professional instructions for medicine use.

In addition, you’re committed to maintaining and enhancing your personal growth and professional development to be able to make evidence-based decisions and comply with and exceed expectations within the pharmacy setting. You also often work as a liaison between the pharmacists and the public, helping set up consultations and recommendations.

*Please note – program content and practicum duration is as per registration with the Ministry and may vary slightly from campus to campus. Not all programs are offered at all campuses. Contact us for more information.

WHAT TO EXPECT

The program is 40 weeks, including an 8-week practicum with on-the-job training, offsite with potential employers. It is a comprehensive program with learning outcomes aligned to the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association (CPTEA), and the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) competencies. Inclusive of an 8-week clinical practicum period, the program provides a well-rounded combination of theory instruction and practical training from which you can continually develop and apply your knowledge.

Some of the areas of study you will cover are anatomy, physiology and medical terminology; pharmacology; medical devices, national health and OTC products; pharmacy law and ethics; community, long-term care and hospital pharmacy practices; management and inventory control; and, professionalism in pharmacy practice.

WHAT SETS US APART

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional programs to our students across the board, but what sets us apart in this program is two-fold – learning objectives and hands-on training aligned with National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) standards; and, its accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accredited Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). This represents a significant achievement, reflecting the quality of our program’s development, delivery and practical training and ensures our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and confidence to succeed.

FROM CLASSROOM TO LIFE

  • Gain real-time knowledge and best-practices onsite from our industry-expert instructors and offsite through practicum with future employers Know that your program is supported by a Program Advisory Committee made up of industry experts in the fields of pharmacy, education and business, to ensure we are aligned with current industry trends, regulations and requirements
  • Work within our fully equipped, simulated pharmacy stocked with the equipment and supplies you need to experience your new career first-hand

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Choosing to attend Anderson College was the best decision of my life! I have an incredible job now, working in one of the largest healthcare companies in Canada

Belinda

Faculty

Basanti R.L.

“I have always been fascinated by the idea of sharing knowledge, and I love to see my students succeed in their careers. I am interested in academic management, research, teaching, and sharing my experiences and knowledge with my students.”

Basanti has more than 7 years’ combined experience in pharmacy and research. Basanti specializes in aseptic technique and intravenous medicines, having started her career as a research scientist with the Princess Margaret Research Institute (the research arm of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre) performing research on human ovarian cancer cells. After completing her training as a pharmacy technician, Basanti worked in a community pharmacy environment for over two years before transitioning to a specialized pharmacy setting.

Basanti has a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and a Pharmacy Technician’s diploma. She is a Registered Pharmacy Technician with the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

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