Pharmacy Technician

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Program Code: 5850

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Morningside Campus

Email: healthstudies@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8068

Centennial College's Pharmacy Technician program offers a dynamic curriculum that is based on the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) competencies.

The learner-centred environment fostered in the Pharmacy Technician courses will allow students to gain the scope of skills needed for the profession, including:

  • Receiving, ordering and managing inventory
  • Preparing, dispensing and compounding medications
  • Interacting with patients and a variety of health care providers
  • Assisting in the provision of pharmaceutical care and pharmacy services

The School of Community and Health Studies program will also focus on inspiring students to embrace the philosophy of lifelong learning by pursuing the designation of Regulated Pharmacy Technician.

Pharmacy Technician program graduates will be required to register with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) to practice as pharmacy technicians (RPhT) in the province of Ontario. Graduating from Centennial's Canadian Accredited Pharmacy Technician program will make students eligible to pursue registration.

The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs has awarded the Pharmacy Technician program at Centennial College a five-year (2014 – 2018) status of Full Accreditation.

Pharmacy technicians are considered valued and essential members of Ontario's interprofessional health care team.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
GNED-147 Ethics in Business Morningside Campus
PHAR-113 Community Pharmacy Computers Morningside Campus
PHAR-115 Pharmaceutical Calculations Morningside Campus
PHAR-118 Community Practice Theory Morningside Campus
PHAR-130 Professional Practice and Drug Programs Morningside Campus
PHAR-131 Community Pharmacy Dispensing Practice 1 Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
PHAR-123 Home Health Care and Non-Prescription Products Morningside Campus
PHAR-124 Compounding Morningside Campus
PHAR-126 Community Pharmacy Placement 1 Morningside Campus
PHAR-129 Introduction to Pharmacology Morningside Campus
PHAR-132 Community Pharmacy Dispensing Practice II Morningside Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-180 College Communications 3 Morningside Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus
PHAR-210 Aseptic Technique Principles I Morningside Campus
PHAR-214 Institution Dispensing 1 Morningside Campus
PHAR-215 Institution Communications and Operations Morningside Campus
PHAR-219 Advanced Pharmacology Morningside Campus
PHAR-309 Anatomy and Physiology Morningside Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
PHAR-221 Institution Dispensing II Morningside Campus
PHAR-222 Aseptic Technique Principles II Morningside Campus
PHAR-226 Integrated Practice and Career Development Morningside Campus
PHAR-227 Pharmacy Management Morningside Campus
PHAR-230 Final Pharmacy Placement Morningside Campus

Program Highlights

  • Students will enjoy a mix of classroom and hands-on, practical laboratory experiences at Centennial College's Morningside Campus, which features three state-of-the-art labs that include community dispensing, institution/long-term care and sterile preparations.
  • This Pharmacy Technician program will help students to gain knowledge of pharmacology as well as aseptic technique, pharmaceutical calculations, compounding, inventory control, and community and institution dispensing skills.
  • Students will have the opportunity for three work experience placements.
  • The program's field placement partners help it to ensure CCAPP standards and pharmacy competencies are met by providing opportunities through which students will attain a minimum of 140 hours in each hospital/institutional and community pharmacy setting.
  • Faculty members are experts with experience in all areas of the pharmaceutical industry. They include: Aldo Gatti, program coordinator/professor, BSc Pharm, licensed pharmacist; Kathryn Herman, professor, pursuing registration with OCP; Julee Joseph, RPhT, professor; Karin Rivard, pursuing registration with OCP, professor; Fabiola Takla, RPhT, professor.
  • The Pharmacy Technician program employs approximately 10 part-time faculty members with expertise in their area of teaching who have RPhT or BSc Pharm designations.

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

Students in this program will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio and the available supports, please visit www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.

Pharmacy Technician graduates will have the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with patients, pharmacists, other colleagues and with health care providers within the scope of the profession
  • Receive and prioritize written prescriptions and verbal requests, and dispense pharmaceutical products accurately in compliance with legislation and established standards, policies and procedures
  • Release pharmaceutical products in compliance with legislation and established standards, policies and procedures

Please note: Due to the challenging nature of this profession, applicants should have strong critical thinking, mathematical and English communication skills, and a commitment to self-directed thinking.

Career Outlook

  • Registered pharmacy technician (RPhT)
  • Community pharmacy technician
  • Institutional pharmacy technician

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required).
  • Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the College CAAT D Math Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Senior Biology Grade 11 C or Grade 12 U or equivalent (minimum grade required)
  • Senior Chemistry Grade 11 C or Grade 12 U or equivalent (miniumum grade required)
    • Science Assessments will not be acceptable in place of the science requirements.
  • Language proficiency. The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $962.00 $3,729.00
International $12,400.00 $2,157.00 $14,557.00