As a Pharmacy Technician, you will be a valued and essential member of Ontario’s healthcare team, working under the direction and supervision of pharmacists.
Pharmacy technicians provide necessary technical services related to:
- preparing, labelling and providing medications
- managing third party drug plan claims, medical device training
- prescription product release (in some settings)
- ordering, receiving and managing inventories
- interacting with patients and a variety of health care providers
- Collaborating in the provision of pharmaceutical care and pharmacy services
Join this growing field of regulated healthcare professionals in the pharmaceutical industry.
As of December 2010, pharmacy technicians will be able to be registered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists and eligible to use the RPhT (Registered Pharmacy Technician) designation.
The Pharmacy Technician program of Fleming College has been awarded the highest level of accreditation possible for a new Pharmacy Technician program; Provisional Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAP) for a three year term until December 2014. We are currently in the process of applying for full accreditation this fall and are confident that our strong foundation will result in a full accreditation award.
Graduates of programs accredited by CCAP, are well-prepared and eligible to write the national pharmacy technician qualifying examination.
Is this You?
This program will appeal to you if you enjoy being precise and accurate in your work, are attentive to details and enjoy helping others. You like to work both independently and as a team member, with the ability to take initiative within your scope of practice. Good customer relations and excellent communication skills are also important.
When you complete your Pharmacy Technician diploma program, you'll be ready to take a position in a variety of companies or institutions, such as:
- retail pharmacies
- long-term care facilities
- hospital pharmacies
- specialized pharmacies
- third-party insurance companies
- computer software development companies
Field Placement Requirements
Placement is an integral component of the Pharmacy Technician program. In order to provide high quality placements for each student, travel outside the Peterborough area will be required. Placements are scheduled as two, four- week blocks to facilitate accommodation arrangements.
You will have clinical experiences, in hospitals and community/Long Term Care settings in semester three and four of the program. Therefore, eight (8) weeks before the first field placement, all Pharmacy Technician students MUST present the following Non Academic Field Requirements:
- A Standard First Aid Certificate (issued within the last 3 years of the clinical placement date)
- A CPR Level C Certificate (issued within 1 year of the clinical placement date)
- A Police Record Check, including the Vulnerable Sector Screening (issued within 1 year of the start of the clinical placement)
As well, the Ontario Hospital Act requires all individuals working in hospitals to be free of communicable diseases experience, therefore, all students in the program MUST present the following:
- A completed immunization record including a Two Step Mantoux Test and vaccination against Hepatitis B. For more information, and to print the required immunization form, please see the Immunization Information page.
Failure to provide any of the required Non Academic Field Requirements by the specified due date will result in an inability to participate in the mandatory placement components of the Pharmacy Technician Program.
Minimum Admission Requirements
OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:
- Grade 12 English (C)
- Grade 12 Mathematics (C)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C)
When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.
A pharmacy technician’s ability to communicate is critical in the delivery of safe and effective patient care. For this reason, applicants whose first language is not English must meet the specific English Language Proficiency scores for the Pharmacy Technician program.
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. Specific band scores and/or element scores also apply.
If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.
All applicants will be required to achieve credit in all mandatory sciences through Secondary School or through Academic Upgrading programs.
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