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PHARMACY TECHNICIAN

PROGRAM DETAILS

TYPE:Diploma
TIME:Morning or Afternoon
DURATION:54 Weeks
FIELD PLACEMENT:Available
CAMPUSES:Specific ( INQUIRE )
NOC Code:3219
PROGRAM OUTLINEPharmacy Technician Program Outline NBPharmacy Technician Program Outline NS

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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 pharmacies and hospitals.

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), and Carly Banks, RPhT (Instructor, Fredericton).

Provincial Regulatory Bodies:
www.nbpharmacists.ca/
www.nspharmacists.ca
www.napra.ca
www.pebc.ca/
www.capt.ca/

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.

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

STUDENTS RECEIVE

  • 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)

INCLUDED COURSES

SELECT PROVINCE : NBNS


Anatomy and Physiology Pharmacy Technician

This module will provide the student with an overview of the structure and function of the human body, necessary to understand the effects of drugs. The student will be introduced to one body system at a time and will learn how that system interacts with the other body systems. The modules will also provide a basic understanding of medical terminology. Upon completion of this module the student will be better prepared to understand disease processes in those same systems.

Comprehensive Review for Pharmacy Technician

All aspects of the pharmacy technician program are reviewed, including narcotic and controlled drug regulations, retail formulary, the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), pharmaceutical dosage forms/routes of administration, pharmaceutical calculations, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, common drugs, laboratory procedures, hospital pharmacy procedures and techniques, retail pharmacy procedures and the pharmacy computer system.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level I

This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level II

This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.

St. John Ambulance Enhanced First Aid with Level C CPR

This module introduces participants to intermediate first aid techniques and to Level C cardiopulmonary resuscitation. This training is ideal for medical workers and anyone requiring a strong foundation for future First Aid training.

Preparation of Extemporaneous Mixtures for Pharmacy Technician

This module provides the student with the instruction and practical experience that will enable them to prepare common extemporaneous mixtures. They will be introduced to the concept of pharmaceutical elegance with reference to a finished prescription product. Good organization, accuracy, cleanliness and quality control will be emphasized throughout the module. Topics include a review of dosage forms, appropriate behavior and appearance in the lab, a review of guidelines for compounding and for calculating the price of a compound, measuring liquids, use of the balance and weights, stock solutions, making a solution from a formula, ointments, creams, oral, and liquid preparations, preparation of powder papers, preparation of capsules, preparation of compounds using narcotic and controlled ingredients and preparation of suppositories. The module includes both lab sessions and a formal lab report.

Field Placement - Pharmacy Technician

Students will complete two practicum experiences, each one four weeks in duration (35 hours per week) from both a hospital and retail environment.

Hospital Pharmacy for Pharmacy Technician 1

This module will provide the student with a broad view of the health care system and the role of the hospital within it. The student will be introduced to the structure and organization of the hospital, focusing on the relationship of the pharmacy department with other departments and services. The intricacies of the pharmacy department will be explored in detail including the mission statement, role of pharmacy personnel, confidentiality and security. The student will also be introduced to the methods of drug distribution, inventory control, record keeping, other areas of special control, parenteral products and aseptic technique.

Hospital Pharmacy for Pharmacy Technician 2

This module will provide the student with a broad view of the health care system and the role of the hospital within it. The student will be introduced to the structure and organization of the hospital, focusing on the relationship of the pharmacy department with other departments and services. The intricacies of the pharmacy department will be explored in detail including the mission statement, role of pharmacy personnel, confidentiality and security. The student will also be introduced to the methods of drug distribution, inventory control, record keeping, other areas of special control, parenteral products and aseptic technique.

Introduction to Pharmacy for Pharmacy Technician

This module will provide the student some background in pharmacy, beginning with the history of pharmacy and how it has evolved to the level of pharmaceutical care present today. The student will learn about the total health care system, how pharmaceutical services play an important role in that system, the role and responsibility of the pharmacist and the pharmacy technician, including the expectations and limitations of the pharmacy technician. Also discussed will be the impact of computerization in the delivery of pharmaceutical services, pharmacy organizations (roles and structure), the health protection branch (federal department of health), federal laws and provincial regulations governing prescription drugs, and codes of ethics for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Pharmaceutical Fundamentals for Pharmacy Technician

This module explores in detail the terminology used in a pharmacy, the parts of a prescription and the associated language. Students will gain a thorough knowledge of various dosage forms, their advantages and disadvantages and routes of administration. They will be introduced to guidelines for maximizing drug stability and understand the important role in this played by the pharmacy technician. They will gain an appreciation for the wide use of the CPS (Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties). The need for accuracy and attention to detail will be stressed throughout the module. Topics include common pharmaceutical abbreviations, common types of pharmaceutical preparations, oral, solid, liquid, topical, parental and rectal/vaginal dosage forms, inhalation, ophthalmic, optic, and nasal preparations, non-medicinal ingredients and drug classification.

Pharmaceutical Calculations I

This module is designed to introduce the student to the type of calculations performed in both hospital and retail pharmacies on a daily basis, starting with the metric system and leading into more complex calculations and problem solving skills. The instructor will introduce topics and then provide the students time and assistance to complete exercises. Topics will include converting between Roman numerals and Arabic numbers, a review of basic math using fractions and decimals, the metric system of measurement, ratio, proportion and percent, calculating strength of medication using percent, units, parts per million and mEq (milliequivalent), translating Latin abbreviations for the administration of medication, calculating pediatric dosages and fractional dosages, performing calculations using formulas, preparing solutions, understanding parental medications and TPN (total parenteral nutrition) calculations, as well as the calculation of a prescription price.

Pharmaceutical Calculations II

This module is a comprehensive review of all calculations covered in the program, and provides students final opportunity to practice towards 100% accuracy. Its focus is on practical application of the different types of calculations used in pharmacy practice. Students are provided a brief review of each topic with examples, and given time to practice and assistance where necessary. On the last day of the module students are assessed under a zero tolerance framework for calculations assessments, a requirement of accredited Pharmacy Technician programs.

Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technician

This module will provide the student with a basic knowledge of drugs and diseases and a broad understanding of the pathological conditions associated with each system of the body. The proper use of medications, how they work in the body and their effects will also be covered. Drug classifications, as well as their generic and brand names are included. Areas of study include general principals of pharmacology, toxicology, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, pharmacokinetics (study of the absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of drugs), factors that affect drug activity, the autonomic nervous, central nervous, musculoskeletal, circulatory, cardiovascular systems along with the lymphatic and immune, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, endocrine and integumentary (skin, hair and nails) systems. Also studied will be the eye, the ear, anti-infective agents and cancer treatment agents.

Professional Skills for Health Care

This module is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for success in today’s health care environment. Topics covered include: which jobs require professionalism, definitions and key elements of professionalism, why professionalism is important to all involved in the health care environment, the importance of interprofessional collaboration in a health care setting, making a commitment to the job, how to contribute to the specialized workplace, working with others and ensuring success in the field placement and career.

Retail Pharmacy for Pharmacy Technician

This module will give the student an understanding of the roles, duties and responsibilities of personnel involved in a retail pharmacy. Students will gain an appreciation for the teamwork involved in a retail pharmacy and the factors involved in giving a high level of customer service. The student will also gain experience using popular pharmacy computer software.

Student Success Strategies

In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.


Anatomy and Physiology Pharmacy Technician

This module will provide the student with an overview of the structure and function of the human body, necessary to understand the effects of drugs. The student will be introduced to one body system at a time and will learn how that system interacts with the other body systems. The modules will also provide a basic understanding of medical terminology. Upon completion of this module the student will be better prepared to understand disease processes in those same systems.

Comprehensive Review for Pharmacy Technician

All aspects of the pharmacy technician program are reviewed, including narcotic and controlled drug regulations, retail formulary, the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS), pharmaceutical dosage forms/routes of administration, pharmaceutical calculations, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, common drugs, laboratory procedures, hospital pharmacy procedures and techniques, retail pharmacy procedures and the pharmacy computer system.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level I

This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation - Part II.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level II

This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today's technology. Students will create a personal list of "Top Employers" and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.

St. John Ambulance Standard First Aid/CPR Level C/WHMIS

This course trains participants in a variety of industry required certifications.

Preparation of Extemporaneous Mixtures for Pharmacy Technician

This module provides the student with the instruction and practical experience that will enable them to prepare common extemporaneous mixtures. They will be introduced to the concept of pharmaceutical elegance with reference to a finished prescription product. Good organization, accuracy, cleanliness and quality control will be emphasized throughout the module. Topics include a review of dosage forms, appropriate behavior and appearance in the lab, a review of guidelines for compounding and for calculating the price of a compound, measuring liquids, use of the balance and weights, stock solutions, making a solution from a formula, ointments, creams, oral, and liquid preparations, preparation of powder papers, preparation of capsules, preparation of compounds using narcotic and controlled ingredients and preparation of suppositories. The module includes both lab sessions and a formal lab report.

Field Placement - Pharmacy Technician

Students will complete two practicum experiences, each one four weeks in duration (35 hours per week) from both a hospital and retail environment.

Hospital Pharmacy for Pharmacy Technician 1

This module will provide the student with a broad view of the health care system and the role of the hospital within it. The student will be introduced to the structure and organization of the hospital, focusing on the relationship of the pharmacy department with other departments and services. The intricacies of the pharmacy department will be explored in detail including the mission statement, role of pharmacy personnel, confidentiality and security. The student will also be introduced to the methods of drug distribution, inventory control, record keeping, other areas of special control, parenteral products and aseptic technique.

Hospital Pharmacy for Pharmacy Technician 2

This module will provide the student with a broad view of the health care system and the role of the hospital within it. The student will be introduced to the structure and organization of the hospital, focusing on the relationship of the pharmacy department with other departments and services. The intricacies of the pharmacy department will be explored in detail including the mission statement, role of pharmacy personnel, confidentiality and security. The student will also be introduced to the methods of drug distribution, inventory control, record keeping, other areas of special control, parenteral products and aseptic technique.

Introduction to Pharmacy for Pharmacy Technician

This module will provide the student some background in pharmacy, beginning with the history of pharmacy and how it has evolved to the level of pharmaceutical care present today. The student will learn about the total health care system, how pharmaceutical services play an important role in that system, the role and responsibility of the pharmacist and the pharmacy technician, including the expectations and limitations of the pharmacy technician. Also discussed will be the impact of computerization in the delivery of pharmaceutical services, pharmacy organizations (roles and structure), the health protection branch (federal department of health), federal laws and provincial regulations governing prescription drugs, and codes of ethics for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Pharmaceutical Fundamentals for Pharmacy Technician

This module explores in detail the terminology used in a pharmacy, the parts of a prescription and the associated language. Students will gain a thorough knowledge of various dosage forms, their advantages and disadvantages and routes of administration. They will be introduced to guidelines for maximizing drug stability and understand the important role in this played by the pharmacy technician. They will gain an appreciation for the wide use of the CPS (Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties). The need for accuracy and attention to detail will be stressed throughout the module. Topics include common pharmaceutical abbreviations, common types of pharmaceutical preparations, oral, solid, liquid, topical, parental and rectal/vaginal dosage forms, inhalation, ophthalmic, optic, and nasal preparations, non-medicinal ingredients and drug classification.

Pharmaceutical Calculations I

This module is designed to introduce the student to the type of calculations performed in both hospital and retail pharmacies on a daily basis, starting with the metric system and leading into more complex calculations and problem solving skills. The instructor will introduce topics and then provide the students time and assistance to complete exercises. Topics will include converting between Roman numerals and Arabic numbers, a review of basic math using fractions and decimals, the metric system of measurement, ratio, proportion and percent, calculating strength of medication using percent, units, parts per million and mEq (milliequivalent), translating Latin abbreviations for the administration of medication, calculating pediatric dosages and fractional dosages, performing calculations using formulas, preparing solutions, understanding parental medications and TPN (total parenteral nutrition) calculations, as well as the calculation of a prescription price.

Pharmaceutical Calculations II

This module is a comprehensive review of all calculations covered in the program, and provides students final opportunity to practice towards 100% accuracy. Its focus is on practical application of the different types of calculations used in pharmacy practice. Students are provided a brief review of each topic with examples, and given time to practice and assistance where necessary. On the last day of the module students are assessed under a zero tolerance framework for calculations assessments, a requirement of accredited Pharmacy Technician programs.

Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technician

This module will provide the student with a basic knowledge of drugs and diseases and a broad understanding of the pathological conditions associated with each system of the body. The proper use of medications, how they work in the body and their effects will also be covered. Drug classifications, as well as their generic and brand names are included. Areas of study include general principals of pharmacology, toxicology, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, pharmacokinetics (study of the absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of drugs), factors that affect drug activity, the autonomic nervous, central nervous, musculoskeletal, circulatory, cardiovascular systems along with the lymphatic and immune, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, endocrine and integumentary (skin, hair and nails) systems. Also studied will be the eye, the ear, anti-infective agents and cancer treatment agents.

Professional Skills for Health Care

This module is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for success in today’s health care environment. Topics covered include: which jobs require professionalism, definitions and key elements of professionalism, why professionalism is important to all involved in the health care environment, the importance of interprofessional collaboration in a health care setting, making a commitment to the job, how to contribute to the specialized workplace, working with others and ensuring success in the field placement and career.

Retail Pharmacy for Pharmacy Technician

This module will give the student an understanding of the roles, duties and responsibilities of personnel involved in a retail pharmacy. Students will gain an appreciation for the teamwork involved in a retail pharmacy and the factors involved in giving a high level of customer service. The student will also gain experience using popular pharmacy computer software.

Student Success Strategies

In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic, and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note-and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting SMART goals and maintaining a positive attitude; techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The Pharmacy Technician Diploma program will qualify grads to pursue positions in Hospitals and retail pharmacies.

FACT

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.

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE RECENTLY HIRED EASTERN GRADS

  • Costco Pharmacy
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • PharmaChoice
  • Jean Coutu Pharmacy
  • WalMart Pharmacy
  • Medicine Shoppe

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

• Grade 12 or equivalent, with Grade 11 or 12 Science (at least one Chemistry and one Biology), Grade 11 or 12 Math, and English and/or French
• A complete standardized health form and program of immunization will be required
• A Clear Conduct Certificate
• Language proficiency requirement as per the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities

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