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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
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.

TUITION & FEES

Pharmacy Technician Program tuition fees (in CAD) for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents.

Tuition: $13,400

Books (est): $554.45

Other Fees: $2,900

Total: $16,854.45

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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

Lisa R.

“There's no better gift than teaching! The ability to share my knowledge and experience with each student as they develop their own is truly amazing.”

Lisa has more than 25 years of combined experience in both community and hospital pharmacy specializing in best possible medication history, drug distribution and patient care.

She started her career with Shoppers Drug Mart as a pharmacy assistant and then transitioned to William Osler Health Centre as a pharmacy technician.

Lisa’s teaching career began at a community college before joining Anderson. She has a pharmacy technician diploma along with a reflexology diploma and continues to study in the healthcare field.

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.

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.

George D.

“Turn challenges into chances for success. I'm here to guide you through this journey, showing you how to turn obstacles into steppingstones for success.”

George graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Alexandria University in 2011 and completed his Master of Business Administration from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2022, bridging his passion for pharmacy and community with his business acumen. As a certified black belt in Lean Six Sigma, George seamlessly integrates operational efficiency into healthcare practices.

With hands-on experience as a pharmacy manager since 2021, he brings a wealth of practical pharmaceutical knowledge to his instruction; his mentorship reflects a genuine passion for guiding emerging technicians on their transformative journey. George stands at the intersection of experience, education, and a heartfelt commitment to advancing pharmacy for the benefit of communities.

Marina S.

"Sharing my knowledge of pharmacy with my students and seeing them applying it is very rewarding. I’m very proud of all my students who work hard in balancing between their work, life, and education; they truly inspire me!”

Marina graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) and a Bachelor of Science degree. During her clinical rotations and co-op experiences, Marina worked within hospital, family health, and corporate settings. She has over 8 years’ experience working as a pharmacist in community, both independent and big-chain, pharmacies and is also a certified diabetes educator.

Marina is currently a partner in an independent pharmacy, providing patient-centred pharmaceutical care, focused on counselling, answering patient questions, and conducting medication reviews. She has always had a passion for teaching and was thrilled to join Anderson College as a pharmacy technician instructor in 2023.

Lovepreet K.

"Every effort made today will serve as a building block to the future and bring you one step closer to the success.”

Lovepreet has over six years of experience as a pharmacy technician. After graduating from Sheridan College, she launched her career as a pharmacy assistant at Rexall Pharmacy and later moved to Shoppers Drug Mart. She has worked in a community pharmacy setting for over eight years.

Lovepreet is a registered pharmacy technician with the Ontario College of Pharmacists. She also completed her Injection Certificate training to update her skills and became an immunizer to contribute to the need during the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Lovepreet's teaching career started in 2021 after joining Anderson College and she brings her passion and experience to training the next generation of pharmacy technicians with each class.

Jagdeep B.

"Remember, your efforts will always yield rewards. Embrace the journey, stay resilient, and watch your dedication unfold into meaningful achievements."

Jagdeep has over 30 years of experience in pharmacy, dedicating the initial two decades to the renowned SickKids Hospital. She is currently working at Credit Valley Hospital and concurrently serves as the hospital's student preceptor.

As a mentor and instructor, she takes pride in guiding students through the complexities of the field and finds immense joy in witnessing her students' intellectual and professional growth. Her aim is to create a lasting impact on their academic and personal journeys.

Jagdeep holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Education, and is registered as a pharmacy technician with the Ontario College of Pharmacists.
"Remember, your efforts will always yield rewards. Embrace the journey, stay resilient, and watch your dedication unfold into meaningful achievements."

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