Centennial College's Pharmacy Technician program offers a dynamic curriculum based on the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) competencies.
The learner-centred environment fostered in this pharmacy diploma program will allow you to gain the scope of skills needed for the profession, including:
- Receiving, ordering and managing inventory;
- Preparing, dispensing and compounding medications;
- Interacting with patients and a variety of health care providers;
- Assisting in the provision of pharmaceutical care and pharmacy services.
This School of Community and Health Studies program will also focus on inspiring you to embrace the philosophy of lifelong learning by pursuing the Regulated Pharmacy Technician designation. To practice as a pharmacy technician in Ontario, you'll be required to complete the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada exam and register with the Ontario College of Pharmacists according to its licensing requirements.
Pharmacy technicians are considered valued and essential members of Ontario's interprofessional health care team.Mission Statement
Educating students for career success as registered pharmacy technicians (RPhT).Vision Statement
To inspire students to pursue the RPhT designation and embrace the philosophy of lifelong learning.Goal Statement
To promote learning, professionalism and development through excellence in education, supporting licensure and employment.Program Highlights
- You'll enjoy a mix of classroom and hands-on practical laboratory experiences at Centennial's Morningside Campus, which features three state-of-the-art labs that include community dispensing, institution/long-term care and sterile preparations.
- This Pharmacy Technician program will help you to gain knowledge of pharmacology as well as aseptic technique, pharmaceutical calculations, compounding, inventory control, and community and institution dispensing skills.
- You'll have the opportunity for three work experience placements. The program's field placement partners help it to ensure CCAPP standards and pharmacy competencies are met by providing opportunities through which you'll attain a minimum of 160 hours in each hospital/institutional and community pharmacy setting.
- Faculty members are experts with experience in all areas of the pharmaceutical industry. They include Fabiola Takla, program coordinator/professor, BSc RPhT; Kathryn Herman, professor, RPhT; Julee Joseph, professor, RPhT; Aldo Gatti, BSc Pharm, licensed pharmacist professor; Cindy Xinying Teng, professor, BSc RPhT.
- The Pharmacy Technician program employs approximately 10 part-time faculty members with expertise in their area of teaching who have RPhT or BSc Pharm designations. Among them are Elizabeth D’Addetta, professor, RPhT; Sayada Ahmed, professor RPhT; Christa Asselstine, professor, BBA (hons) RPhT; Michelle Lee, professor, BSc RPhT; Nicole Thomson, professor, BSc RPhT; Rosamaria Torchia, professor, RPhT; Brian Lam, professor RPhT; Kristoffer Ilagan, professor, RPhT; and Lolita Makund, professor, RPhT.
As a Pharmacy Technician graduate, you'll have the ability to:
- Effectively communicate with patients, pharmacists, colleagues and health care providers within the scope of the profession;
- Receive and prioritize written prescriptions and verbal requests, and accurately dispense pharmaceutical products in compliance with legislation and established standards, policies and procedures;
- Release pharmaceutical products in compliance with legislation and established standards, policies and procedures.
Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion Portfolio
You'll develop a portfolio documenting your engagement with the College's signature Global Citizenship and Equity competencies (GC&E). For more information on GC&E, the GC&E portfolio and the available supports, please visit www.centennialcollege.ca/citizenshipandequity.
- As per Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) requirements, students must complete the Pharmacy Technician Program within 4 years of admission (Criterion 3.4 Graduates complete the Program within 4 years of admission).
Due to the challenging nature of this profession, applicants should have the strong critical thinking, mathematical and English communication skills, and a commitment to self-directed thinking.
- The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs has awarded Centennial College's Pharmacy Technician program accreditation status for a five-year term (January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2023).