Pharmacy Technician Curriculum

Accepting Applications for September 2019

Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 03, 2019
Offered at:
Sutherland Campus
Program code:
PHM
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Tuition is unavailable at this time

Courses and Descriptions

Semester 1

SCIE 157
Units/ Hours: 60

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. It will begin with an introduction to the organization and the cellular/tissue basis of the human body. The systems that will be focused on in this course are: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses.

COMM 201
Units/ Hours: 45

Communications I is an introductory course that provides a foundation in college-level communications by teaching students to read critically, write appropriately for a variety of audiences, conduct and cite research, and revise for clarity and correctness. In seminars and labs, students will engage in both independent and collaborative activities, including the development of a digital portfolio designed to help them become more effective communicators in academic and professional environments.

HLTH 254
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will provide the learner with an understanding of community pharmacy business practices and will introduce the student to the common third party insurance plans used in community pharmacy practice. This will provide the student with the skills necessary for billing and reconciling third party claims. This course is designed to expose the learner to general principles of efficient inventory management in the pharmacy. The student will learn to control and maintain inventory, using most commonly used inventory systems such as; perpetual inventory. Pharmacy Business will prepare the learner to utilize pharmaceutical business terminology, procedures, customer service, record keeping, purchasing procedures, inventory control systems, pricing, merchandising, and reference materials while developing sound relationships with patients and coworkers.

MATH 106
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will enable students to review and develop a working knowledge of the fundamentals of mathematical calculations and their application to pharmacy calculations. It is designed to complement and reinforce learning within other first semester courses and program areas.

HLTH 252
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will familiarize the learner with the fundamentals of drug names, classification of drugs and their indications for use. The student will learn the principles of generic and brand names of drugs as well as their classifications and common uses. Topics to be covered include generic and brand names, classifications of drugs such as; antibiotics, anti-viral, anti-fungal and the indications for use of those drugs studied. This course will also introduce the learner to common over the counter products, as well as natural health products sold in pharmacies and their customary uses and health benefits.

HLTH 253
Units/ Hours: 30

This course will prepare the learner for entry to practice by focusing on ethical principals in healthcare, and the moral standards and professionalism expected from a pharmacy technician. Through a variety of case studies, students will learn the proper code of ethics that govern the pharmacy field. This course introduces students to the values and beliefs associated with the code of ethics for members of the college of pharmacy. Throughout the course, learners will deal with a number of ethical issues that are encountered in everyday practice, and they will be introduced to the professional values such as altruism, fidelity, and veracity. Students will learn to demonstrate honesty, fairness, responsibility, integrity, care, empathy, compassion and respect. The learner will be introduced to sound decision making skills, problem solving and critical thinking skills.

GNED 49
Units/ Hours: 45

This course is an introduction to the study of Indigenous (First Nations, Metis, and Inuit) peoples in Canada. Students will explore the complex historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. The course will also guide students to begin to understand the diversity and depth of Indigenous societies, worldviews, and knowledge through a multi-disciplinary lens.

Semester 2

SCIE 158
Units/ Hours: 60

This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of human anatomy and physiology as they pertain to the following systems: Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Endocrine, Immune, Respiratory, Urinary, Fluids & Electrolytes/Acid-Base and Reproductive.

Pre-Requisites
MATH 107
Units/ Hours: 45

This course provides intensive practice in pharmacy mathematical calculations and is designed to teach the essential mathematical concepts used on the job by the pharmacy technician.

Pre-Requisites
HLTH 65
Units/ Hours: 15

This functional course will provide an overview of the Ontario Healthcare System. Students will examine the interdisciplinary role of healthcare professionals. Based on examination, students will dialogue about current issues and trends that impact the Ontario healthcare system, within the context of sustainability.

HLTH 258
Units/ Hours: 60

The course is designed to introduce the learner to the fundamental concepts of pharmacology, dosage formulations and routes of drug administration. It will enable the student to understand the role of drugs in individualized patient care and will introduce the student to the recognition and association of generic and trade names of common and/or important medications, in community and hospital pharmacy practice. Introduced with this are the usual clinical applications, adverse effects, contraindications, common dosage regimens and administration considerations. Students will learn various mechanisms of drug action and understand pharmacokinetic processes that affect drug/body interaction. The student will learn the procedure for administration of pharmacologic agents as well as how to identify major drugs by their classification. Students will be introduced to drug indications, therapeutic uses, side effects, administration routes, and common dosages.

COMP 481
Units/ Hours: 60

In this course students will be learn to efficiently use the pharmacy software system in all aspects of daily dispensing that takes place in a community pharmacy. This course will emphasize the role of the registered pharmacy technician in relation to the Standards of Practice and the Code of Ethics. The student will learn how to enter patient data, manage patient profiles, process prescriptions, create prescription labels and manage inventory while under the supervision of the pharmacist. Emphasis will be placed on accuracy, confidentiality and professionalism.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
HLTH 257
Units/ Hours: 30

This course is designed to promote positive patient outcomes by focusing on the cause and prevention of medication errors in the hospital and community settings. Errors in pharmacy are often the result of the interaction of a number of factors including: the individual, the organization and the environment. This course will describe each factor and present strategies to decrease the incidence of medication error in the pharmacy. Students will learn the importance of accurate dispensing, prescribing and administering of medications when providing optimal patient care.

HLTH 255
Units/ Hours: 45

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of current legislation as it relates to the role of the registered pharmacy technician in Ontario. The current standards of practice for practicing pharmacy technicians will be examined with emphasis placed on both federal and provincial acts relating to pharmacy practice. The emphasis of this course is placed on laws, regulations, various acts, ethical and legislative framework that influence the practice of Pharmacy Technicians. Students will learn the standards of practice that govern the pharmacy field. This course will provide students with an understanding of the necessary policy and procedures they will encounter during their careers, as well as the scope of practice of the Pharmacy Technician.

GNED 128
Units/ Hours: 45

This course introduces students to Indigenous ways of knowing through engagement with Indigenous philosophies and worldviews as well as Indigenous intellectual and cultural traditions. Multidisciplinary in nature, the structure of Indigenous Knowledges provides a context for students to identify with and gain respect for their practical and sustainable applications.

Pre-Requisites

Semester 3

SCIE 145
Units/ Hours: 44

This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of pathophysiology. The student will build on their knowledge of Human Anatomy and Physiology by examining the pathological disease states using a systemic approach. The learner will examine many of the diseases affecting the human body as the understanding of these diseases is essential to determining the appropriate pharmacotherapeutic treatment of the patient. This course will take a systemic approach to investigate the causes, signs and symptoms, and effects of many diseases on the human body. The students will apply this knowledge of common diseases to determining the appropriate pharmacological treatments.

Pre-Requisites
HLTH 262
Units/ Hours: 44

This course will prepare the student to become efficient at preparing non-sterile pharmaceutical preparations while maintaining the necessary documentation, record keeping and quality assurance principles. Professional compounding is a vital part of patient care because it allows pharmacy technicians, under the supervision of a pharmacist, to customize medications to meet the individual patient's needs. Students will use their skills in pharmaceutical calculations to accurately determine the correct amount of ingredients. Labs may include preparing, lotions, creams, ointments, solutions, and suspensions. Proper and timely cleaning and maintenance of compounding equipment will be stressed.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
HLTH 264
Units/ Hours: 22

In this course, students will prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Examinations for entry-to-practice of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) and the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) Jurisprudence Examination. Students will learn about the objectives, format and delivery of the exams as well as test-taking strategies. Emphasis will be placed on the development of a study plan and successful test taking strategies.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
HLTH 261
Units/ Hours: 55

This course will introduce students to the various dispensing techniques and procedures commonly used in a community pharmacy with emphasis placed on the role of the registered pharmacy technician in relation to the role and responsibilities of the pharmacist. Students will learn basic concepts of dispensing such as; interpreting the prescription, translating abbreviations, dosage calculations, and determining the directions for patient use in accordance to current legislation. The course will train the student to accurately prepare the product for release.

Pre-Requisites
Co-Requisites
HLTH 260
Units/ Hours: 44

This course will introduce the learner to various drug distribution systems used in the institutional setting. Students will learn how a safe and efficient system identifies and corrects errors before a medication is administered to a patient. Students will learn the necessary procedures, skills, ethics and standards of practice required to ensure optimal patient safety and the efficient use of resources. This course will prepare learners to accurately prepare the final product for release within the scope of practice for registered pharmacy technicians.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 169
Units/ Hours: 140

The learner will gain practical work experience in a community pharmacy. Under the supervision of a pharmacist, students will practice their skills to date for use in a community pharmacy. By the end of the placement, students will be able to fully function in all aspects of customer support of pharmacy services.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 167
Units/ Hours: 22

This course prepares the Pharmacy Technician student for the first placement in a community pharmacy. It will entail exploring issues that impact community pharmacies including customer relations, team work, and professional conduct.

Pre-Requisites
HLTH 259
Units/ Hours: 44

This course, based on Pharmacology I, will provide a practical, applied approach to pharmacology. The student will enhance his/her ability to practice competently and contribute to a safe patient care setting. Students will gain knowledge related to the pharmacological uses of drugs within a variety of commonly encountered medical conditions. Students will learn various mechanisms of drug action and will further develop their knowledge of pharmacokinetic processes that affect drug/body interaction. They will learn the procedure for administration of pharmacologic agents as well as learning to identify major drugs by drug class. Students will continue their study of drug indications, therapeutic uses, side effects, administration routes, and common dosages.

Pre-Requisites

Semester 4

HLTH 263
Units/ Hours: 44

This course will build on the previously learned concepts of efficient preparation of non-sterile pharmaceutical preparations while continuing to maintain the necessary documentation, record keeping and quality assurance principles. Students will use their skills in pharmaceutical calculations to accurately determine the correct amount of ingredients. Labs may include preparing; capsules, suppositories, suspensions, ointments, transdermal creams, lotions, and lollipops. Proper and timely cleaning and maintenance of compounding equipment will continue to be stressed.

Pre-Requisites
HLTH 268
Units/ Hours: 33

This course will demonstrate and teach the various procedures for dispensing in various drug distribution systems in the hospital pharmacy setting. Students will expand on their previously acquired knowledge of drug distribution, dosage calculations, and the standards of practice to prepare pharmaceutical products for their final release. Students will be introduced to prepackaging/repackaging activities, quality assurance procedures, as well as purchasing and inventory requirements in a hospital.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 170
Units/ Hours: 140

The student will gain active work experience in an active care setting (hospital, long-term care facility) during this placement. Each hospital pharmacy setting will provide a unique experience allowing students to practice their program skills and abilities.

Pre-Requisites
FLPL 168
Units/ Hours: 11

This course prepares the Pharmacy Technician student for the second placement in an institutional pharmacy. It will entail exploring issues that impact institutional pharmacies including customer/client relations, team work, and professional conduct. Institutional policies, procedures, and practices will be highlighted.

HLTH 267
Units/ Hours: 33

The aging population will have a major effect on the future practice of pharmacy. The incidence and cost of chronic conditions requiring Long Term Care are predicted to increase dramatically. The current long term care environment and that of the future presents expanding opportunities for pharmacy technicians. This course will introduce the learner to the reasons these patients are at risk of experiencing drug therapy problems including; adverse drug reactions, interactions, poor compliance, and medication errors. The learner will take a closer look at common diseases affecting today's geriatric population, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, ALS, diabetes, and dementia. The course will introduce students to various topics related to the care of older patients in the community and/or long term care settings. The course will expand on the student's previous courses in pharmacology and clinical pathology.

Pre-Requisites
HLTH 266
Units/ Hours: 66

This course teaches the student the proper aseptic techniques in the preparation of sterile products. The learner will be familiarized with the basic principles of hand washing, and the ways to reduce microbial contamination in a pharmacy, with emphasis on the basic principles of infection control. Sterile products may include; intravenous admixtures, total parenteral nutrition, eye preparations and irrigation solutions. Students will apply their previous knowledge of dosage calculations, quality assurance, safe medication practices and the standards of practice.

Pre-Requisites
Units/ Hours: 45

All graduates of diploma programs require general education credits. These courses allow you to explore issues of societal concern by looking at the history, theory and contemporary applications of those issues.

Your program has designated some required general education courses. In addition, you have the opportunity to choose from a list of electives each semester.

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