Pharmacy Technician

Work as part of a healthcare team to ensure consumers receive the best possible pharmaceutical care.

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Start Date:
September
Duration:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma
Delivery:
Full-time (In-class)
Locations:
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September 2016 Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

This program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide safe, competent, ethical care within the Pharmacy Technician scope of practice. Pharmacy Technicians work collaboratively with Pharmacists and other health care professionals in both hospital and community pharmacy practice to improve the health and quality of life for Nova Scotians.

Pharmacy Technicians are responsible and accountable for ensuring accuracy in product preparation and release. Some of the tasks that are performed by Pharmacy Technicians are: checking prescriptions for technical accuracy, taking verbal orders from prescribers, and teaching clients how to use devices such as inhalers and blood glucose monitors.

The program focuses on community, hospital, and long term care pharmacy practice. Emphasis is placed on accuracy, critical thinking, and entry-level practice competencies defined by National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA).

Info Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. Favourite"Compounding Lab always seemed so serious, but it was one of the best courses, and the messiest too!"
  2. Highlight"Being able to learn the skills I need in a hands-on approach in labs designed to look like actual pharmacy dispensaries."
  3. Why Take It"The world of pharmacy is fun and exciting and the instructors here at NSCC are absolutely amazing."

Admission Requirements

Program Requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact the student's ability to complete program requirements and proceed through to graduation. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of first aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. – Health & Human Services Additional Program Requirements (PDF 68KB).

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards becoming a Registered Pharmacy Technician in Nova Scotia. This program has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) for a five-year term (2014-2019). CCAPP accreditation means that graduates of this program are eligible for direct admission into the Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Examination, which is a requirement to becoming a Registered Pharmacy Technician through the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists.
  • You experience a variety of teaching methods such as discussion groups, role-playing, videos, and demonstrations. Teamwork is emphasized, along with good customer service. Strong interpersonal skills are essential and consistently promoted and assessed.
  • Benefit from our expert faculty, who bring years of experience to the classroom and have strong connections to the health care community. Both faculty members are licensed pharmacists in Nova Scotia (Ginny Crawley, PhC, BscPharm and Bev Stotz, PhC, MAdEd, BscPharm).
  • You learn in a contemporary lab space, which reflects "real-world" lab environments available in community, hospital, and long term care practice. The lab features a separate Aseptic room ,with laminar flow hoods, for the preparation of sterile products. The lab also provides students with access to up-to-date pharmacy computer systems and equipment.
  • NSCC grads have excellent reputations in the industry.
  • You have access to the same computer programs used in pharmacies throughout the province, allowing you to become proficient in the technical and practical skills they need in the workplace.
  • Gain practical experience during community and hospital pharmacy practicums.

Employment Opportunities

Other Info

  • Many employers in this sector require one or both of the following as part of the hiring process, a current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • You are required to complete practicum hours in both community and hospital pharmacies.
  • Important Abilities & Skills – Pharmacy technicians are required to stand for extended periods of time, lift inventory of approximately 20-30 lbs, and work evenings and weekends.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ANAP 1033   Anatomy and Physiology for Pharmacy Technicians
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
PHRD 1000   Pharmacy Fundamentals
PHRD 1002   Community Pharmacy Theory
PHRD 1003   Compounding Lab
PHRD 1004   Pharmaceutical Calculations I
PHRD 1007   Orientation to Pharmacy Practice
PHRD 1010   Pharmacology I
PHRD 1012   Community Pharmacy Lab I
PHRD 1017   Over-the-Counter Therapeutics
PHRD 1022   Computer Applications-Kroll
PHRD 1044   Pharmaceutical Calculations II
PHRD 1050   Community Practicum I
PHRD 2000   Communication and Intra/Inter-professional Practice
PHRD 2010   Pharmacology II
PHRD 2011   Aseptic Techniques
PHRD 2012   Community Pharmacy Lab II
PHRD 2020   Hospital Pharmacy Theory and Lab
PHRD 2025   Practicum Preparation
PHRD 2027   Home Health Care
PHRD 2030   Health Promotion and Research
PHRD 2035   Professional Practice
PHRD 2040   Long Term Care Theory and Lab
PHRD 2050   Community Practicum II
PHRD 3050   Hospital Practicum
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Milestone
Criminal Record/Position of Trust
Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

Next Steps

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