Pharmacy Technician 

Program Length: 54 Weeks
Campus Locations: 
Fredericton and Halifax

Eastern College provides a comprehensive, learner-centered, training program for Pharmacy Technicians in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Graduates of the program will walk away with in-depth knowledge of the role and the skill set required to work within this dynamic profession with its expanding scope of practice. Pharmacy technicians function as valued members of the health care team; they develop professional relationships with patients and their caregivers, work collaboratively with other health care providers, prepare, dispense and compound medications, manage inventory, perform administrative tasks and assist in the provision of pharmaceutical care. They work primarily in retail, hospital, long-term care facilities.

The pharmacy technician profession is regulated in some provinces, and our program adheres to standards set by Canadian Council for the Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs, helping to ensure that our graduates get the education necessary to meet the entry to practice competency requirements developed by regulators for pharmacy technicians across Canada.

The Pharmacy Technician Program of Eastern College, Fredericton has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a three year term July 1st, 2015- June 30th, 2018.

The Pharmacy Technician Program of the Halifax Campus has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five year term January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2021.

At our Halifax and Fredericton campuses, our courses are taught by licensed practitioners: Karen Barberie, BSc. Pharm (Instructor/Program Coordinator, Halifax), Andrea Landry, RPhT (Program Lead, Fredericton), and Carly Banks, RPhT (Instructor, Fredericton).

Provincial Regulatory Bodies:

OUR VISION:  To foster the academic and professional development of the Pharmacy Technician role in Atlantic Canada.

OUR GOAL:  To prepare students for eventual employment as Pharmacy Technicians so they meet the national standards in: legal, ethical and professional responsibilities; professional collaboration and teamwork; drug distribution – prescription and patient information, product preparation, product release, system and inventory controls; communication and education; management knowledge and skills as determined by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA). Meeting these standards is accomplished by delivering a curriculum based on the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association (CPTEA) learning outcomes. Eastern College is committed to supplying the pharmacy community with graduates who recognize the need of collaboration, safety, and accuracy in patient care.

The Structured Practice Experience (SPE) Program is only administered by Eastern College in Halifax.  Please click here to learn more.

Program Highlights:
  • 8-week field placement
  • Classrooms that simulate real-world pharmacy settings, including relevant equipment
  • First Aid with Heartstart
  • Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a three year term July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2018 (Fredericton)
  • Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five year term January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2021 (Halifax)
The Pharmacy Technician Diploma program will qualify grads to pursue positions in Hospitals, Community Pharmacies, and Long Term Care Settings. 

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Pharmaceutical sales in Canada have a 2.5 percent share of the global market, making Canada the 9th largest world market. 
"Pharmaceutical Industry Profile." Government of Canada.

NOC CODE: 3219
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