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What is Pharmacy Technician?

This program prepares graduates to work collaboratively with registered pharmacists and the interprofessional health care team within their scope of practice. Students will learn dispensing and compounding skills using knowledge from labs and supervised clinical practice. Courses focus on professionalism, relevant legislations, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, customer care, software systems, and principles of quality assurance. Students will utilize current technologies for an understanding of inventory control and customer service to accurately prepare and dispense medication. Guiding principles of safe medication practice; including aseptic technique, accurate calculations and labelling, use of current, credible sources of information are emphasized in lectures, simulated labs and community and institutional placements.

CCAPP LogoThe Pharmacy Technician program of Georgian College has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five-year term (Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31,2019). Read more about what this means for students or visit the Ontario College of Pharmacists website.

This program is highly competitive. Learn about admission requirements for highly competitive programs.

Program Outline 2016-2017

This program prepares graduates to work collaboratively with registered pharmacists and the interprofessional health care team within their scope of practice. Students will learn dispensing and compounding skills using knowledge from labs and supervised clinical practice. Courses focus on professionalism, relevant legislations, pathophysiology, and pharmacology, customer care, software systems, and principles of quality assurance. Students will utilize current technologies for an understanding of inventory control and customer service to accurately prepare and dispense medication. Guiding principles of safe medication practice; including aseptic technique, accurate calculations and labelling, use of current, credible sources of information are emphasized in lectures, simulated labs and community and institutional placements.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • practice in a professional and competent manner within the defined scope of practice and consistent with current regulations and standards of practice


  • identify, select, implement and evaluate quality assurance standards and protocols which contribute to a safe and effective working environment


  • establish and maintain professional and interprofessional relationships which contribute to patient care safety and positive health care outcomes


  • process prescriptions accurately in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in community and institutional practice settings


  • prepare pharmaceutical products for dispensing in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in community and institutional practice settings


  • release pharmaceutical products in compliance with pertinent legislation and established standards, policies and procedures in community and institutional practice settings


  • optimize medication therapy management and product distribution using current technologies in community and institutional practice settings


  • develop and implement effective strategies for ongoing personal and professional development that support currency, competence, ethics and values in the pharmacy sector


  • identify the implications of pharmacy technician on the natural environment and to employ environmentally sustainable practices to reduce the impact on the environment


  • develop social entrepreneur skills to foster positive social change in the community.
Fall Intake - Barrie

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4

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Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018

Winter Intake - Barrie

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Sem 3 | Sem 4

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Winter | Summer | Winter | Summer

2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018

The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs has granted Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology a Provisional Accreditation Award. This enables graduates of the program to qualify for the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada's external examinations as well as register with the College of Pharmacists of Ontario as a Registered Pharmacy Technician in Ontario.

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

- Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

- Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)

- Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (C or U)

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS Curriculum: OSSD or equivalent with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U); plus Grade 12 College Mathematics (MAP4C or MCT4C), or any Grade 12 University Math; plus Grade 11 College or Grade 11 or 12 University Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U, SBI4U); plus Grade 12 College Chemistry or Grade 11 or 12 University Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C, SCH4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course and most credit mathematics, and biology and chemistry courses taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Pre-health Sciences*

- Equivalent courses in English and mathematics, and biology and chemistry taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications and mathematics, and biology and chemistry

- Mature student testing in English and mathematics, and testing/challenge exam in biology and chemistry that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) plus biology and chemistry

- English, Literature or Communication and mathematics credit courses and most biology and chemistry credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

- If home schooled, applicants can write the mature student testing in English and mathematics, and testing/challenge exam in biology and chemistry that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Please note that this is a highly competitive program. Recommended minimum grade in required courses is 70%.

22 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

2 Practicum Placements

3 General Education Courses

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

BIOL1012 Drug Therapy and Pathophysiology 1
BIOL1014 The Essential Body
BIOL2010 Drug Therapy and Pathophysiology 2
BIOL2011 Drug Therapy and Pathophysiology 3
COMP1063 Community Pharmacy Computer Systems
COMP2096 Hospital Pharmacy Computer Systems
MATH1025 Pharmaceutical Calculations
MATH2009 Pharmaceutical Calculations Advanced
PHRM1000 Pharmacology Fundamentals
PHRM1002 Community Pharmacy Dispensing Introductory Theory
PHRM1007 Community Pharmacy Dispensing Introductory Lab
PHRM1008 Community Pharmacy Dispensing Advanced Theory/Lab
PHRM1009 Community Pharmacy Inventory Control
PHRM1010 Non-Sterile Compounding Practice Lab
PHRM2004 Legal Foundations and Professional Practice
PHRM2006 Herbal Products and Complementary Care
PHRM2009 Hospital Inventory Control
PHRM2010 Hospital Dispensing Introductory Theory
PHRM2011 Sterile Techniques
PHRM2012 Advanced Compounding
PHRM2013 Hospital Dispensing Advanced Theory
PHRM2014 Pharmacy Practice and the Interprofessional Team
Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
Practicum Placements
PHRM1006 Practicum 1
PHRM2008 Practicum 2
General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

Certain clinical placements may require students to have updated flu shots, TB testing and Hepatitis B vaccination as well as a Police Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Screening and a check of the Pardoned Sex Offender Data Base). It is the student's responsibility to ensure he or she is eligible to participate in clinical placements. The College assumes no responsibility for these matters and students should be aware that tuition will not be refunded in the event that access to a placement is denied. In addition to these requirements, applicants must also provide proof of a current First Aid and C.P.R. 'HCP' certification, prior to the commencement of preclinical courses. Registration with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) is mandatory to practice as a Pharmacy Technician in Ontario.

Note: A history of criminal offences or charges of professional misconduct in another jurisdiction or another profession may interfere with your ability to become registered in Ontario. Should either situation apply, you are recommended to seek clarification with the OCP before applying to the Pharmacy Technician program at Georgian College. See Criminal Reference Check below for information related to placements.

Applicants are advised that the clinical requirements of the program and future employment require good vision (with or without corrective lenses) and manual dexterity with repetitive motion.

** CRIMINAL REFRENCE CHECK **

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the students responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

View the Pharmacy Technician articulations on the Credit Transfer Centre page.

Gloved hands are shown going through a large collection of medications/pills.

Pharmacy Technician students help make OPP drug drop-off a success

Georgian College Pharmacy Technician students fanned out across Simcoe County and Muskoka recently to help with a province-wide prescription drug drop-off day organized by Ontario Provincial Police. Read more...

Adam Silvestri

Adam Silvestri

Pharmacy Technician, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

Program:

Pharmacy Technician

Year:

2013


The faculty were really topnotch. My instructors were great people who were as knowledgeable as they were helpful. They offered me the information I needed to be professional and competent in the workplace. Read more...

Christa Asselstine

Christa Lee Asselstine

Professor, Pharmacy Technician program

A proud graduate of Georgian College, Christa joined the pharmacy technician program as part time faculty in 2011. Her experience in pharmacy spans over 12 years including both community and hospital practice. Read more...

endra

Kendra Barcelos

Professor, Pharmacy Technician program

Kendra spent 23 years working at The Hospital for Sick Children, with a portion of her time there spent in a leadership role as the senior pharmacy technician within the Hematology/Oncology Satellite. She also worked with the Department Of National Defense as a pharmacy technician at Base Borden. Read more...

Faculty member Toni Cano

Toni Cano

Toni is the Pharmacy Technician Program Co-ordinator. Prior to teaching at Georgian, Toni was a pharmacy manager for 17 years. She's a registered member of the Ontario College of Pharmacists and the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators’ Association. She continues to do casual work within a community pharmacy setting to remain current. Read more...

Gloved hands are shown going through a large collection of medications/pills.

Pharmacy Technician students help make OPP drug drop-off a success

Georgian College Pharmacy Technician students fanned out across Simcoe County and Muskoka recently to help with a province-wide prescription drug drop-off day organized by Ontario Provincial Police. Read more...

Young woman pictured with smiling gentleman at award ceremony.

Student and grad recognized by Barrie Police Service

It was a night for celebrating bravery and goodwill at Barrie Police Service. Community members, police service staff and students were honoured at an annual awards event on March 20, recognizing exemplary policing efforts in the city and civilian efforts to help out strangers in need. Read more...

Adam Silvestri

Adam Silvestri

Pharmacy Technician, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

Program:

Pharmacy Technician

Year:

2013


The faculty were really topnotch. My instructors were great people who were as knowledgeable as they were helpful. They offered me the information I needed to be professional and competent in the workplace. Read more...

Picture of Sarah Dupont standing in front of an IV bad and table with medication on it

Sarah Dupont

Sarah Dupont, Pharmacy Technician

Program:

Pharmacy Technician (with honours)

Year:

2016


I had a great opportunity for my hospital placement to go to Toronto’s Sick Kids hospital and work in their compounding department. It was a great experience that I will never forget. Read more...

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