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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 - 165 hours

Provides a combination of theory and hands-on practice in a simulated pharmacy lab, teaching skills such as dispensing procedures, workflow of pharmaceutical software and third party plans and billing.

Final Product Check - 30 Hours

Introduces students to the basic concepts of pharmaceutical checking to ensure consistency and accuracy while checking and detecting common errors using a systematic checking process.

History, Law and Ethics - 30 Hours

Familiarizes students with the roles of a pharmacy technician and pharmacist. The course includes both a historical and current perspective as well as a review of legislations governing the practice of pharmacy and the code of ethics of the Alberta College of Pharmacists.

Human Relations - 20 Hours

Provides a foundation for oral, written and non-verbal communication skills and professionalism. Students earn customer service skills, as it relates to the pharmacy practice, and develop the fundamental customer care skills needed to provide excellence in customer service.

Institutional Pharmacy - 45 Hours

Prepares students to work in an institutional pharmacy practice setting. Pharmacy practices for hospitals and institutional practices are covered using both theory and hands-on practice in a simulated pharmacy lab.

Interprofessional Education - 30 Hours

Encourages teamwork, conflict resolution, problem-solving and decision-making while working within the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians. Students complete case studies in collaboration with other healthcare students as part of a healthcare team.

Computer Fundamentals - 25 hours

Provides a basic understanding of common computer applications. Office applications covered include word processing, spreadsheets and presentation. Students also focus on increasing keyboarding speed and accuracy.

Pharmacy Math - 75 Hours

Concentrates on teaching math calculations used in both community and hospital pharmacy settings when preparing and dispensing medications. The importance of 100% accuracy in math is emphasized.

Pharmacology and Therapeutic Terminology - 130 hours

Familiarizes students with brand name and generic drug names and their therapeutic use. Students are introduced to the general principles of drug use, therapeutic and chemical drug classifications, the drugs used to treat disease states in various body systems and the mechanism actions of common drug groups.

Pharmacy Science - 100 Hours

Introduces students to the basic concepts of medical terminology, physiology and pathophysiology of the human body.

Qualifying Preparation - 30 hours

Prepares students for the Pharmacy Exam Board of Canada Qualifying Exams by giving them the opportunity to attempt a mock PEBC exam.

Sterile Product Preparation - 80 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 products.

Career Preparation - 10 hours

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

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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