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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 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 they need to achieve success as health practitioners. 

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

 

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

Anatomy & Physiology - 80 hours

Introduces students to the basic concepts of medical terminology, physiology and pathophysiology of the human body as well as common drug therapeutic classifications and common laboratory procedures.

Computer Fundamentals - 20 hours

Provides students a basic understanding of common computer applications, keyboarding skills and an introduction to the Windows operating system, including Microsoft.

Dispensing in Community Pharmacy - 170 hours

Provides a combination of hands-on lab and theory in a simulated pharmacy lab. Students explore dispensing procedures, the workflow of a community pharmacy, customer relations, an overview of pharmaceutical software and third party plans and billing.

Jurisprudence and Ethics - 60 hours

Familiarizes students with the role of the pharmacy technician, assistant and pharmacist, including both a historical and current perspective. Students are introduced to legislation governing the practice of pharmacy and the code of ethics of the College of Pharmacists of Alberta.

Institutional Pharmacy - 80 hours

Introduces students to pharmacy practices in both hospitals and personal care homes. The courses covers services provided by the pharmacy with particular emphasis on the product-oriented responsibilities of the technician.

Pharmacology and Therapeutic Terminology - 140 hours

Introduces students to general principles underlying the use of drugs.  In addition, the student is 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 Calculations - 110 hours

Concentrates on teaching math calculations that are used in both a community and hospital setting when preparing and dispensing medications. This subject is taught with a ‘zero tolerance’ policy which focuses on the ability of students to ensure 100% accuracy in calculations by the end of the program.

Sterile Product Preparations - 150 hours

Introduces students to the basic concepts of sterile drug preparation and to develop, through practical experience, the skills and techniques required to prepare sterile drug preparations.

Communication in Health Care - 40 hours

This course is designed to develop verbal and non-verbal communication strategies, and active listening skills related to professional relationships. Students will also be introduced to intra and inter-professional collaboration, learn to function in a team environment and are taught conflict resolution skills with an emphasis on patient care.

Final Product Check - 20 hours

This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic concepts of checking products before they leave the pharmacy in a simulated Pharmacy Lab, teaching such skills necessary to ensure consistency and accuracy. It will introduce systematic checking processes to help detect common errors.

Pharmacy Career Preparation - 25 hours

Prepares students to conduct a thorough employment search strategy that incorporates personal marketing and an assessment of skill inventories. Teachers focus on discovering a better understanding of the skills that employers seek as well as directing students to understand what an employer may expect from their employees.

Qualifying Exam Preparation - 30 hours

This course is designed to prepare students to be successful in the Pharmacy Exam Board of Canada’s Qualifying Exam. Students get familiarized with the application process and the format and timelines of the exams. They will have the opportunity to practice for Part 1 and 2 of the exam, including interactive and non-interactive stations in a simulated setting.

Industry Practicum - Institutional & Community - 360 hours

This practicum gives students the chance to put their newly acquired skills to work in a real-world environment while gaining valuable experience.

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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