Ontario College Diploma in Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy technicians are an integral part of the health care team. They play an important role in the technical elements of prescription preparation and dispensing, and they collaborate with pharmacists and other health care professionals to ensure the best possible patient outcomes.
Pharmacy technicians work very closely with pharmacists to achieve optimal drug therapy outcomes for patients.
The pharmacy technician's role requires them to focus on the technical aspect of the prescription, perform med reconciliation by collecting the best possible medication history from patients, perform product preparation and distribution functions as well as inventory control.
As a registered pharmacy technician, graduates will participate in health promotion activities and provide education such as medical device training or coordination of health clinic days. Pharmacy technicians work in collaboration with the pharmacy team and other health professionals to ensure continuity of care.
Join this growing field of regulated healthcare professionals in the pharmaceutical industry.
As of December 2010, pharmacy technicians are able to register with the Ontario College of Pharmacists and eligible to use the RPhT (Registered Pharmacy Technician) designation.
Graduates of programs accredited by CCAP, are well-prepared and eligible to write the national pharmacy technician qualifying examination.
Fleming College’s Pharmacy Technician program 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 to December 31st, 2019.
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
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. English language proficiency is required to be successful in this field.
Our program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP), and applicants must provide documentation of language proficiency. There are several ways to demonstrate proficiency:
- You have passed the language proficiency test that meets the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada; or
- You have Graduated from a high school in Canada with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or
- You have graduated from a Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or
- You have an undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English or French.
For more information on The Canadian Pharmacy Language proficiency requirements: Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada.
Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the specific English Language Proficiency scores:
- 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.
Health and Non Academic Requirements
Your program has mandatory immunization requirements that include a "pre-entry" deadline date for submission. For more information, and to print a copy of the immunization form, please see the Immunization Information page.
Non Academic Requirements
Your program has mandatory requirements which may include a criminal reference check, first aid, CPR-C, etc. For more information, please see the Non Academic Requirements 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 program.
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 and or travel arrangements. Hospital placement start /end dates may vary based on the needs of the hospital and dates may extend outside of the semester.
You will have clinical experiences, in hospitals and community/Long Term Care settings in semester three and four of the program. Students in the Pharmacy Technician program are required to secure their own community placement site in Semester 3.
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.
If you don't possess the required science courses for admission to this program, or if you want to enhance your likelihood for entry, consider the one-year Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas program. Fleming College has reserved space in the Paramedic program for students who successfully complete one year of study in this program.
You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized below.
- Minimum 70% cumulative average
- 5 out of a 15 credit degree;
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University of Ontario Institute of Technology
- Minimum mid-70% cumulative average
- Successful completion of the Allied Health Sciences Bridge courses
- 57 out of a 120 credit degree;
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