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Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program Calgary

If you are looking to pursue a career in the healthcare sector, now is a great time to pursue a career in the field of pharmacy.

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Pharmacy Technicians manage many of the operational and administrative activities of running a pharmacy including dispensing, preparing and compounding medications, managing drug inventory, as well as assisting patients with their prescription orders.

With the new focus on Pharmacists to provide complete pharmaceutical and healthcare services, Pharmacy Technicians are needed so that pharmacists can spend more time with their patients.

Program Overview

The Robertson College Pharmacy Technician program is based on the NAPRA Competencies and CPTEA Educational Outcomes for Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.

The Pharmacy Technician Program of Robertson College Calgary has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a three-year term January 1st, 2017 – December 31st, 2019.

Successful graduates of the Pharmacy Technician program will be eligible to register with the Alberta College of Pharmacy as Provisional Pharmacy Technicians.

Pharmacy Technicians registered with the Alberta College of Pharmacy are health care professionals regulated under the Health Professions Act of Alberta.

Vision
To provide the public with competent, ethical, and patient-focused pharmacy technicians capable of producing positive health outcomes.

Mission
To provide a high-quality education that is focused on the needs of students and employers; allowing graduates to find successful employment in their chosen profession and to provide the knowledge and skills that hey need to achieve success as health practitioners.

Our Teaching Facilities at Robertson College Calgary

The teaching facilities at Robertson College Calgary include both a simulated retail and institutional pharmacy with sterile compounding laminar airflow hoods. The students are able to fill prescriptions using the Kroll computer system and receive hands-on training in the simulated pharmacy labs.

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Careers

Pharmacy Technicians find employment in hospital, community, retail, medical clinic and long term care pharmacy practice settings.

Topics of Study

Dispensing in Community Pharmacy [155 Hours]

This course will provide you with a combination of theory and hands-on practice in a simulated pharmacy lab, teaching such skills as dispensing procedures, the workflow of pharmaceutical software and third party plans and billing

Final Product Check [30 Hours]

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of pharmaceutical checking. The students learn the skills necessary to ensure consistency and accuracy while checking. The students are taught to detect common errors while using a systematic checking process.

History, Law and Ethics [30 Hours]

This course will familiarize you with the roles of the Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacist, the profession of pharmacy and its place within the health care delivery system; this will include both a historical and current perspective. In addition, this course introduces you to legislations governing the practice of pharmacy and to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice from the Alberta College of Pharmacists.

Human Relations [20 Hours]

This course is designed to provide students with a foundation for oral, written and non-verbal communication skills and professionalism. It focuses on customer service as it applies to the practice of pharmacy. Students will develop the fundamental customer care skills needed to provide excellence in customer service.

Institutional Pharmacy [35 Hours]

This course will prepare you to work in an institutional pharmacy. Hospital and institutional practices are taught in this course using both theory and hands on practice in a simulated pharmacy lab.

Interprofessional Education [35 Hours]

This course encourages teamwork, conflict resolution, problem solving, and decision-making while working within their scope of practice as a pharmacy technician. Students complete case studies in collaboration with other health care students as part of a health care team.

Introduction to Computers and Word Processing [25 Hours]

This course provides students with a basic understanding of common computer applications. Office applications include word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. The students will also focus on increasing their keyboarding speed and accuracy.

Pharmacy Math [75 Hours]

This course concentrates on teaching math calculations that will be used in both community and hospital pharmacy settings when preparing and dispensing medications. The importance of 100% accuracy in math is emphasized.

Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians [130 Hours]

This course introduces you to the general principles of the use of drugs. You will be introduced to therapeutic and chemical drug classifications, the drugs used to treat disease states in various body systems, and the mechanism of action of common drug groups.

Pharmacy Science [100 Hours]

This course introduces you to the basic concepts of medical terminology, physiology and pathophysiology of the human body. You will be introduced to common therapeutic drug classifications and common laboratory procedures.

Sterile Product Preparation [80 Hours]

This course is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts of sterile drug preparation and to develop, through practical experience, the skills and techniques required to prepare sterile drug products.

Therapeutic Terminology

This course is designed to familiarize you with brand name and generic drug names and their therapeutic use.

Qualifying Preparation [25 Hours]

This course prepares the students for the Pharmacy Exam Board of Canada Qualifying Exams. The students will be given an opportunity to attempt a mock PEBC Exam to learn how to prepare and study for both the Multiply Choice and Objective Structured Practical Exam.

Institutional Practicum [160 Hours]

The student will gain valuable workplace experience in a 4-week practicum at an institutional pharmacy. A regulated preceptor will evaluate the student based on the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities competencies for entry to practice.

Retail Practicum [160 Hours]

The student will work along side professionals in a retail pharmacy environment for four weeks to complete the level one of the Alberta College of Pharmacists structured practical training.

Admissions Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Alberta high school diploma (or non-Alberta equivalent) verified by transcript, with a passing mark (60%) in Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Math 30-1 or 30-2, and English 30-1 or 30-2
  • 30 words per minute on keyboarding assessment (administered after application is reviewed)
  • Successful interview with school administration
  • Submission of a criminal record check
  • Immunizations
  • Applicants must provide documentation of one of the following as evidence of language proficiency:

a) Language proficiency test results that must meet the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada; OR

b) Graduation from a high school in Canada with three (3) consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; OR

c) Graduation from a College d’enseignement et professional (CEGEP) in Quebec with three (3) consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; OR

Mature Admission

Students must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 19 years of age with one year out of high school
  • Credits towards an Alberta high school diploma verified by transcript (or non-Alberta equivalent) with a passing mark (60%) in Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Math 30-1 or 30-2, and English 30-1 or 30-2
  • 30 words per minute on keyboarding assessment (administered after application is reviewed)
  • Successful result on the Robertson College Pharmacy Technician entrance examination
  • Successful interview with school administration
  • Submission of a criminal record check
  • Immunizations
  • Applicants must provide documentation of one of the following as evidence of language proficiency:

a) Language proficiency test results that must meet the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada; OR

b) Graduation from a high school in Canada with three (3) consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; OR

c) Graduation from a College d’enseignement et professional (CEGEP) in Quebec with three (3) consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; OR

d) An undergraduate degree from a University in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English or French

Currently, no course and field placement in the Pharmacy Technician program are given Prior Learning Assessment.

d) An undergraduate degree from a University in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English or French

Please note:

Financial assistance is available for qualifying students. Registration with the Alberta College of Pharmacists is not included in the tuition.

  • All textbooks, manuals, and workbooks will be loaned by Robertson College at no charge. Students will have the option to purchase if they choose.
  • Students are responsible for all costs associated with obtaining the required documentation needed for clinical placements (eg. immunizations, criminal record checks with vulnerable sector check)

Rose Dick

Sonal Purohit

Rose has been an active member of the Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians (CAPT) since 2000. She has been the Manitoba representative of the CAPT Regional Educational Outreach Committee since 2010. Rose is passionate about the field of pharmacy, especially in the education and training of Pharmacy Technicians. She brings this passion into the classroom, along with many years of experience working as Pharmacy Technician for Rexall and Geri Aid Systems.

Rose Dick

Sonal Purohit is an innovative Pharmacist and the successful owner of a Shoppers Drug Mart Pharmacy franchise in Winnipeg. She has over 11 years of experience as a Pharmacist and over 9 years of experience as an educator. Sonal has expertise in developing and delivering a multitude of educational programs with a proven ability to thoroughly prepare students for community pharmacy careers. Sonal is also extremely active in the pharmacy field – she has been the MPHA Pharmacist Representative on the Extended Practice Advisory Committee for Nurse Practitioners with CRNM for the past 2 years and sits on the Council for the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.

Sonal Purohit
, BSc Pharm

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