Pharmacy Technician | St. Clair College

Program Overview

Pharmacy Technician graduates have acquired the knowledge and skills that prove entry-level competencies are met as outlined in the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA). Pharmacy Technicians collaborate with Pharmacists and other Health Professionals as part of a team to support and promote health and wellness for patients and their healthcare goals. Pharmacy Technicians ensure safety, accuracy and efficiency in all areas of medication preparation and dispensing complying with Legislation. Our program offers state of the art hospital and community practice labs where they learn to prepare sterile and non-sterile preparations, inventory management, community, institutional and hospital preparation and product distribution. Our program also offers unique intra/inter-professional education experience.

Program Highlights

  • The Pharmacy Technician Program has been awarded the status of Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) for a three year term July 1st, 2017 - June 30, 2020.
  • Our graduates meet NAPRA's Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.
  • Our graduates are eligible to write the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s National Licensing Exam (www.pebc.ca) and if successful may go on to become Regulated Pharmacy Technicians. (RPhT)
  • Students will complete two 6 week clinical placements in both Community and Hospital pharmacies.
  • Registered Pharmacy Technicians are licensed with the Ontario College of Pharmacists. www.ocpinfo.com

Career Opportunities

When you graduate opportunities await you such as Community Pharmacies, Hospital Pharmacies, Institutional Pharmacies, Compounding Pharmacies, Home Healthcare Divisions/Companies, Pharmacy Benefits Administration, Pharmacy Application Software Vendors and Pharmaceutical Distribution Wholesalers.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:

  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)
  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4U or EAE4C

OR

  • equivalent courses from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program or the Academic and Career Entrance program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

For more information, see the Admission Procedures document on the Registrar's Office page.

Important Information

This is a HIGH-INTEREST program and has the potential to become oversubscribed. Applicants are advised to apply before February 1st. See Admission Procedures for details.

Attention International students and students who present with foreign credentials:

Field/Clinical Placements

Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to clinical placement. You are responsible for the associated costs.

  • First Aid
  • Heart & Stroke Foundation Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) BCLS Level C/AED
  • N95 Mask Fit
  • Employer requirement for up-to-date CLEAR POLICE CLEARANCE (vulnerable sector screening)
    • MUST be obtained by you, the student.
    • Obtain the Police Clearance by the first week of your first semester
    • Clinical placements may be on day, afternoon or weekend shifts ANYWHERE within Ontario.
    • You are responsible for travel and accommodation costs.

Health Requirements

  • Medical Requirements Form
  • A satisfactory medical exam.
  • An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titre within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
LBS110G
Communication Across Cultures
3
PRM123
Introduction To Anatomy Physiology And Pharmacology
2
PRM207
Inventory Theory & Lab
2
PRM124
Introduction To Pharmaceutical Mathematics
2
PRM133
Computer Lab Retail I
2
PRM135
Pharmacy Practice Retail
3
PRM113
Dispensing Lab Retail I
3
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
PRM215
Institutional - Theory & Lab
2
PRM205
Pharmaceutical Mathematics II
2
PRM232
Pharmacology I
2
PRM122
Pharmacy Products
2
PRM226
Compounding Retail Theory & Lab
3
PRM206
Computer Lab Retail II
2
PRM230
Dispensing Lab Retail II
3
PRM211
Health Promotion & Research
1
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
PRM306
Community Placement
15
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
PRM303
Dispensing Lab Hospital I
3
PRM307
Pharmacy Practice Hospital I
3
PRM313
Sterile Theory
1
PRM416
Sterile Lab I & Sterile Lab II
3
PRM315
Pharmacy Communications
2
PRM301
Computer Lab Hospital I
2
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
PRM302
Hospital Calculations
1
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
PRM502
Dispensing Lab Hospital II
3
PRM410
Pharmacy Practice Hospital II
2
PRM326
Compounding Hospital Theory & Lab
3
PRM436
Computer Lab Hospital II
1
PRM331
Pharmacology II
3
ELEC1030
Choose 1 Elective Course
3
PRM501
Ethics And Intra/Interprofessional Collaboration
2
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
PRM606
Hospital/Community Placement
15

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2020-2021 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Pharmacy Technician (Ontario College Diploma) (MTCU Code 51623)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Practice safely within a legal, ethical and professional framework in practice settings.
  2. Process prescriptions accurately in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings.
  3. Prepare pharmaceutical products for dispensing in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings.
  4. Release pharmaceutical products in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings.
  5. Collaborate with the pharmacist and other health care providers to optimize the patient’s health and well-being within the scope of practice of the pharmacy technician.
  6. Promote quality assurance by performing effective and efficient administrative functions in practice settings.
  7. Optimize medication therapy management and product distribution using current technologies in practice settings.
  8. Develop and implement effective strategies for ongoing personal and professional development that support currency, competence, ethics and values in the pharmacy sector.

Additional Information

  • VISION: Striving for Excellence in Pharmaceutical Care.
  • MISSION: To engage faculty and students in a model learning environment to produce a pharmacy technician graduate that meets the NAPRA (National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities) competencies and the CPTEA (Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association) educational outcomes with a commitment to lifelong learning and working in collaboration with other health care professionals to provide the best possible patient care.

Program Facts for Incoming Fall Students

Required Equipment, Clothing/Uniform

  • The Pharmacy Technician program has a standard uniform (scrub) for students.  The uniform consists of a royal blue short-sleeve scrub top, and matching pants with embroidered logo that must be purchased at the Campus Bookstore.  This uniform is a requirement for all labs.
  • You will also be required to bring to applicable labs a lanyard, nitrile gloves and safety glasses.
  • These items may be purchased at the Campus Bookstore, along with the required texts.
  • You can access the Campus Bookstore at www.stclaircollege.ca/student-services/bookstore
  • You will be able to search the required texts online by selecting the Term, Division, Department (PRM) and Course Code(s).  The Campus Bookstore staff will be able to direct you to the designated program areas.

Footwear

  • Shoes - closed, non-slip duty or athletic shoes are required, with no mesh openings to allow for needle sticks.
  • Clogs, Crocs, or plastic slip-on shoes are not acceptable due to health and safety concerns.

Clinical Practicums

  • The Pharmacy Technician program clinical placement is 8 weeks.  The program arranges placement at participating clinical sites located in Ontario.
  • You are required to pay the cost of living during the Clinical Practicum.
  • There are no guarantees that you will be placed in Windsor.
  • Your police check is not required until the semester before your clinical placement.

Health & Safety Requirements, Immunizations

  • It is strongly recommended that you begin your immunization requirements as soon as you have been accepted into the program.  You must bring your completed Passport to Health to the college Health Center in your first semester to ensure completion before clinical practicums.
  • The health forms can be accessed at www.stclaircollege.ca/health-centre/documents
  • There is a Health & Safety Module that you must review and acknowledge on the Pharmacy Technician Program Blackboard site. There are instructions on how to complete the Health & Safety review, quiz and documentation on the site.  This is a requirement of St. Clair College.

Faculty

Brian Dunmore BSc. Phm, RPh.
(519) 972-2727, ext. 4533
bdunmore@stclaircollege.ca

Patricia Meloche RPht
(519) 972-2727, ext. 4143
pmeloche@stclaircollege.ca