Pharmacy Technician 100% placement rate. Skilled and knowledgeable faculty. Hands-on experience. Exceptional facilities including simulated labs.

General information

Program code
PHRM
Duration
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Campuses

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2017 Barrie
Winter 2018 Barrie

Program description

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.

Accreditation

The 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 on our news page, or on the Ontario College of Pharmacists website.

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

Admission information

Admission requirements

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)

Language Proficiency Requirement:
The Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP).

The English proficiency requirement can be met through:

  • Language proficiency test results that meet the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada, further information can be found on their website at: http://napra.ca/Content_Files/Files/Language_Proficiency_Requirements_for_Licensure_PharmTech_Nov2009_Final.pdf ; or
  • Graduation from high school in Canada with four consecutive, first language English courses or credits; or
  • An undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English

For further information, refer to Georgian’s English Language Proficiency policy 2.5 at: http://georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures

Admission details

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%.

Language Proficiency Requirement

In addition to the academic admission requirements, all applicants must provide proof of language proficiency.

This program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). CCAPP ensures that all accredited colleges meet the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) language proficiency. For more information, please refer to their website (http://napra.ca/Content_Files/Files/Language_Proficiency_Requirements_for_Licensure_PharmTech_Nov2009_Final.pdf)

Applicants must meet ONE of the following criteria to meet Georgian’s language proficiency requirements for the Pharmacy Technician Program:
1. Must have completed four consecutive full years of study at the secondary school (high school) level in Canada in English, OR
2. Completed an undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English, OR
3. Submit an acceptable English language proficiency test with the appropriate score. Final admission will not be granted until this requirement has been met. English language tests older than two years will not be considered. Acceptable language tests for the Pharmacy Technician Program include:

  • IELTS - International English Language Testing System (Academic). Score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0)
  • MELAB - Michigan English Language Assessment Battery. Score of 81 (minimum bands of 3+ in Speaking, 80 in Writing, 83 in Reading, and 80 in Listening)
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet) - Test of English as a Foreign Language. Score of 91 (minimum bands of 23 in Speaking, 25 in Writing, 22 in Reading and 21 in Listening).

For further information, refer to Georgian’s English Language Proficiency policy 2.5 at: http://georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures

Pathways

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

Courses

Mandatory Courses

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

Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.

General Education Courses

To be selected from College list

Practicum Placements

  • PHRM1006 Practicum 1
  • PHRM2008 Practicum 2