Program OverviewPrinter Friendly
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 this pharmacy diploma program's courses allows you 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.
This School of Community and Health Studies program also focuses on inspiring you to embrace the philosophy of lifelong learning by pursuing the designation of Regulated Pharmacy Technician.
Pharmacy Technician program graduates are 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 accredited Pharmacy Technician program makes you eligible to pursue registration. The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) 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 healthcare team.
Centennial's leaner centered environment transforms Pharmacy Technician students to work within their scope of practice through a dynamic curriculum that is based on the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) competencies.
To inspire students to pursue the designation of Regulated Pharmacy Technician and embrace the philosophy of lifelong learning.
- You 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 helps you to gain knowledge of pharmacology as well as aseptic technique, pharmaceutical calculations, compounding, inventory control and community and institution dispensing skills.
- You have the opportunity for three work experience placements.
- The program's field placement partners help it to ensure the CCAPP standards and pharmacy competencies are met by providing opportunities through which you 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
Fabiola Takla, program coordinator/professor, BSc RPhT, Kathryn Herman, professor, RPhT, Julee Joseph, professor, RPhT and Aldo Gatti, BSc Pharm, licensed pharmacist professor.
- The Pharmacy Technician program employs approximately 15 part-time faculty members with expertise in their area of teaching who have RPhT or BSc Pharm designations.
Pharmacy Technician graduates will have the ability to:
- Communicate effectively with patients, pharmacists, other colleagues and 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.
Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion 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, Education and Inclusion, the GCEI Portfolio and the available supports, please visit www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.
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.
Program OutlinePrinter Friendly
|Course Code||Course Title|
|COMM-160/COMM-161||College Communications 1|
|PHAR-103||Anatomy & Physiology|
|PHAR-113||Community Pharmacy Computers|
|PHAR-118||Community Practice Theory|
|PHAR-130||Professional Practice and Drug Programs|
|PHAR-131||Community Pharmacy Dispensing Practice 1|
|Course Code||Course Title|
|GNED||General Education Elective|
|PHAR-123||Home Health Care and Non-Prescription Products|
|PHAR-126||Community Pharmacy Placement 1|
|PHAR-129||Introduction to Pharmacology|
|PHAR-132||Community Pharmacy Dispensing Practice II|
|PHAR-220||Pharmaceutical Calculations II|
|Course Code||Course Title|
|COMM-170/171||College Communication 2|
|GNED||General Education Elective|
|GNED-500||Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action|
|PHAR-210||Aseptic Technique Principles I|
|PHAR-214||Institution Dispensing 1|
|PHAR-215||Institution Communications and Operations|
Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners
Career Options, Academic Pathways and PartnersPrinter Friendly
- Registered pharmacy technician (RPhT)
- Community pharmacy technician
- Institutional pharmacy technician
Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
- 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 U or Grade 12 C or U or equivalent (minimum grade required)
- Senior Chemistry Grade 11 C or U or Grade 12 C or U or equivalent (minimum grade required)
- Science assessments will not be acceptable in place of the science requirements.
- Language proficiency: The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the 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; or
- Graduation from a high school in Canada with four consecutive, first language English courses or credits; or
- An undergraduate degree or two-year college diploma from a university or college in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English.
How to Apply
How to ApplyPrinter Friendly
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.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and FeesPrinter Friendly
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.
|Student||Tuition (2 Semesters)||Incidental Fees||Total|