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Pharmacy Technician

See yourself working alongside a pharmacist to meet patients’ health and drug-related needs? Become a Pharmacy Technician; The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) accredited program and industry-expert instructors will lead you to success.

Mississauga

Program Duration
Full Time: 43 weeks
In-class schedule: Monday to Friday
Mississauga-Dundas Campus
Practicum Duration
9 weeks*
Financial Aid
Various payment options. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.
Accreditation
Canadian Council for Accredited Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) Accreditation

PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DIPLOMA**

As a Pharmacy Technician, you work alongside pharmacists, other healthcare providers and the patient to fulfill health and drug-related needs and optimize safety. You uphold and demonstrate professional standards of practice, codes of ethics and policies, all practiced within the legal requirements of the industry. Some of your duties may include taking prescriptions in person or over the phone, preparing medications, managing inventory systems and ensuring quality patient care by giving clear and professional instructions using medical devices, and interviewing patients to obtain best possible medication history.

In addition, you’re committed to maintaining and enhancing your personal growth, as well as your professional development, and are able to comply with the standards of a pharmacy setting by making evidence-based decisions. You also work as a liaison between the pharmacists and the public, helping set up consultations and recommendations.

*A full-day practicum schedule is defined as an 8-hour work schedule for 40 hours a week. (Please note that students will not be scheduled for less than 8 hours per day, 40 hours a week). 

**Please note – program content and practicum duration is as per registration with the Ministry and may vary slightly from campus to campus. Not all programs are offered at all campuses. Contact us for more information.

Program Vision Statement: To become the leading educator of career‐ready Pharmacy Technicians.
Program Mission: To provide excellence in high-quality academic standards to student learning to meet the current and future needs of the Pharmacy Technician Profession.

ACCREDITATION

The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). As a graduate of this program, you will be eligible to complete the necessary steps to become a regulated pharmacy technician in Ontario. These steps include completing Structured Practical Training (SPTs), the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) Jurisprudence exam, the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) qualifying exams and obtaining personal professional liability insurance. Regulation is mandatory to work as a pharmacy technician in any pharmacy in Ontario. For more information, visit the OCP’s website and the PEBC’s website.

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WHAT TO EXPECT

The program is 43 weeks, including a 9-week practicum Experiential learning opportunity in a community and hospital pharmacy, with exposure to potential employers. Through comprehensive learning objectives and practical hands-on training addressing the knowledge, skills and competencies outlined by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice and the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association (CPTEA) Inclusive of a 9-week clinical practicum period, the program provides a well-rounded combination of in-class instructions and rigorous laboratory practice to make you professionally competent to enter the profession and build a rewarding career.

Some of the areas of study you will cover are human body in health and disease; pharmacology; medical devices, natural health and OTC products; pharmacy law and ethics; community, long-term care and hospital pharmacy practices; management and inventory control; and, professionalism in pharmacy practice.

VIEW PROGRAM OUTLINE

As a graduate of Anderson College of Health, Business and Technology Pharmacy Technician program, you’ll be eligible to write the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Exam. Once you’ve completed the PEBC Qualifying Exam and other requirements such as the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) Jurisprudence exam and Structure Practical Training (SPT), you can apply to become a Registered Pharmacy Technician.

“Pharmacy Technician”  is a protected title, in order to use the term Pharmacy Technician graduates must be registered with OCP or other provincial regulatory authorities. We strongly encourage and expect our graduates to pursue registration so that they can achieve their full potential as a Pharmacy Technician.

 

 

 

WHAT SETS US APART

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional programs to our students across the board, but what sets us apart in this program is two-fold – learning objectives and hands-on training aligned with the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice and the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association (CPTEA) Educational Outcomes for Pharmacy Technician Programs in Canada and, its accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accredited Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). This represents a significant achievement, reflecting the quality of our program’s development, delivery and practical training and ensures our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and confidence to succeed.

FROM CLASSROOM TO LIFE

  • The Pharmacy Technician program is designed to prepare you for employment in community, industrial or institutional pharmacy settings
  • Your program combines theoretical classroom learning with practical hands-on training, ensuring that you become well-versed in all aspects of the pharmaceutical industry
  • Gain real-time knowledge and best-practices onsite from our industry-expert instructors and offsite through a practicum with future employers Know that your program is supported by a Program Advisory Committee made up of industry experts in the fields of pharmacy, education, and business, to ensure we are aligned with current industry trends, regulations, and requirements
  • Work within our fully equipped, simulated pharmacy stocked with the equipment and supplies you need to experience your new career first-hand

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Community Pharmacies
  • Long Term Care Facilities
  • Insurance Companies
  • Pharmacy Software Providers
  • Specialized Pharmacy Settings
  • Research Settings

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent*; and
      • English, Grade 11 and 12 (C or U) *
      • Biology, Grade 11 or 12 (C or U) *
      • Chemistry, Grade 11 or 12 (C or U) *
      • Math, Grade 11 or 12 (C or U) *
  • Clear Vulnerable Sector Screening (“VSS”) within 30 days
  • Up-to-date immunization as per Ministry of Health requirements within 30 days of starting

NOTE: All International Students must complete an English or French Language Proficiency Assessment in line with *NAPRA Language Proficiency requirements as per the Council of Pharmacy Registrars of Canada (CPRC) consensus statement 2015 – IELTS, MELAB, CanTEST or TOEFL.

*For full details on minimum scores, visit Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada and http://www.ocpinfo.com/registration/training-exams/language-proficiency.

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Choosing to attend Anderson College was the best decision of my life! I have an incredible job now, working in one of the largest healthcare companies in Canada

Belinda

Faculty

Basanti R.L., RPhT

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“I have always been fascinated by the idea of sharing knowledge, and I love to see my students succeed in their careers. I am interested in academic management, research, teaching, and sharing my experiences and knowledge with my students.”

Basanti has more than 7 years’ combined experience in pharmacy and research. Basanti specializes in aseptic technique and intravenous medicines, having started her career as a research scientist with the Princess Margaret Research Institute (the research arm of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre) performing research on human ovarian cancer cells. After completing her training as a pharmacy technician, Basanti worked in a community pharmacy environment for over two years before transitioning to a specialized pharmacy setting.

Basanti has a bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and a Pharmacy Technician’s diploma. She is a Registered Pharmacy Technician with the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

Saloua A., RPh

"I love smiling and believe it's a contagious way of relaying happiness. I am a practicing pharmacist and passionate about teaching. I truly enjoy helping all my staff grow in confidence and knowledge and it is a great opportunity to be involved in the community, and share back through the development of great future pharmacy technicians. I always try to maintain my student's excitement to keep learning and to stay motivated no matter the challenge."

Anish S., RPh

"It brings me immense joy knowing that I can assist others in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the pharmacy field. I hope to give back to the students and profession, just as my pharmacy instructors and mentors helped in my development as a pharmacist and business owner"

Anish graduated from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 2012. He has been a pharmacist working at Loblaws, and more recently Shoppers Drug Mart. Since 2013, Anish has been a franchise owner of multiple Shoppers Drug Mart locations in Ontario and serves as a preceptor for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with the College of Pharmacy.

Kaivan S., RPh

"Teaching is a profession that provides me an environment filled with diversity, ingenuity, laughter, and enthusiasm of the future generation. Being able to be a part of such journey is privilege and I have been blessed to have been affiliated with this endeavour."

Kaivan has over 10 years of experience in the field of pharmacy. He is working in various community colleges as a pharmacy technician instructor along with working as a pharmacist in the pharmacy. He has depth knowledge of Canadian Healthcare system and is a quick learner with creative, analytical and time management skills.

Kaivan has a bachelor of pharmacist degree (B.Sc. RPh CDE) and a registered member of Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP). He is a clinical preceptor for University of Waterloo, Humber College and Sheridan College. He is also a preceptor of pharmacy technician and pharmacist interns for OCP. Kaivan has recently been appointed as an assessor for OCP for PACE applicants.

Jagdeep B., RPhT

"I'm passionate about teaching and seeing my students grow and develop."

Jagdeep Bath is a tenured Pharmacy Technician professional who has over 25 years' experience working in a hospital setting. She spent 15 years of her career at world renowned Sick Kids hospital, and currently works at Mississauga's leading Trillium Health Centre, Credit Vallery Hospital. She completed her Pharmacy Assistant Program certification from Humber College, Pharmacy Technician bridging from Sheridan, and also holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of education from Punjab University in India. She is highly skilled in her field but loves to give back to her industry and community.

Kerylous M., RPh

“The profession of pharmacy is constantly evolving, and pharmacy technicians are crucial to its growth. Education has always been a passion of mine, and I am glad to be able to give back to the profession through teaching.”

Kero graduated from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto in 2014. He has worked in a variety of roles in community pharmacy and is currently a franchise owner of a Shoppers Drug Mart. In addition, he is a clinical instructor at U of T Pharmacy and is a guest speaker for the Abbott Laboratories.”

Jeet B.

Jeet B, anderson college

“As a responsible instructor, I believe my responsibility is to provide accurate and timely information about pharmacy courses to my prospective students. My purpose of teaching is to promote learning and spread knowledge amongst future Pharmacy Technician students.”

Jeet is a Registered Pharmacy Technician with Ontario College of Pharmacist. He has experience working in all three pharmacy settings like Retail, Long term Care and Hospital Pharmacy. Currently he is working as Registered Pharmacy Technician at Trillium Mississauga Hospital. He is also a Registered Preceptor for SPT students. He has been in teaching profession since 2017 for pharmacy technician students guiding them to achieve their long-term and short-term goals.

Jeet is a Registered Pharmacist from India and received his Pharmacy Technician Degree in Canada.

Marcos M.

Marcos M., anderson college

“The future of the healthcare field is always growing, and I want to make sure that I’m a part of that growth. What better way to do that than to teach - and learn from - future practioners?”

Marcos has been a pharmacist since 2015, working in community pharmacy, hospital, and teaching positions. He graduated from the University of Toronto into an ever-changing landscape when certified pharmacy technicians were first being introduced. He has considerable experience in management, training, and educating staff and students.

Marcos received his BSc in Pharmacy from the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy in 2014. Prior to that he was working as a pharmacy assistant for several years.

Sudhir S. , Bsc, RPht

Sudhir S., anderson college

“I enjoy teaching from my heart and love to share with my students the knowledge and experiences that I have gained from the various roles I have performed during my tenure with different organizations that I have served. I feel proud when I see my students excel in their careers and inform me that I was able to make a positive influence in their life.”

Sudhir has a rich experience of over 25 years in the pharmaceutical industry having served various reputable organizations at differing positions. He has worked with several big-box retail chain stores like Costco, Sobeys, Shoppers Drug Mart as a Registered Pharmacy Technician for over 15 years. He has also worked with multinational pharmaceutical companies like Abbott Laboratories at various managerial levels in sales and marketing. He has also taught Science and Mathematics in colleges and universities in India.

Sudhir is a Registered Pharmacy Technician with the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

Sudhir possesses a bachelor’s degree in science and earned his Diploma in Pharmacy Technician program with Honours from Humber College.

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