Structured Practice Experience (SPE) Program

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In-Class: Instructor-led classes held in-person at one or more of our 4 campuses.
Hybrid: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule held remotely on video over the Internet, with some courses delivered in-person at one of our 4 campuses.
Remote: Instructor-led classes on a set schedule, held remotely live on video over the Internet.
Online: Flexible schedule with a set weekly pace and the support of facilitators when you need it; delivered over the Internet.
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Program Information

The SPE Program Overview Outline provides information about program structure/rules and the preceptor and practice site requirements.
Prior to applying for the SPE Program, the pharmacy technician candidate is required to open a file with the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists.

Interested candidates may submit an application for the SPE Program, along with a copy of any practicum declarations to Eastern College by:

Eastern College, Bay West Centre, 111 – 6940 Mumford Road , Halifax, NS B3L 0B7

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us and best of luck in pursuing licensing.

SPEP Program Outline

Thank you for your interest in starting the Nova Scotia Structured Practice Experience (SPE) Program.

One of the qualifications for registration and licensing in Nova Scotia as a pharmacy technician graduating from a CCAPP-accredited program is the completion of a “total of 560 hours of structured practice experience.” (Registration, Licensing and Professional Accountability Regulations s.8(1)(d)).  The SPE program supports candidates in meeting these practice experience requirements.

Practicum hours completed as part of a technician training program may be counted towards meeting this requirement for licensure if these hours are deemed to have met the requirements of the legislation. A declaration form must be completed and signed by the pharmacy technician candidate AND either the preceptor or educational program instructor.  Please refer to the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists website for further information and declaration forms.

The remainder of the structured practice experience hours must be completed post-graduation by completing the Structured Practice Experience (SPE) Program, administered by Eastern College in Halifax.

The SPE Program provides pharmacy technician candidates with the opportunity to practice their skill set and demonstrate their competence in a supervised practical environment prior to becoming licensed.  This program is structured such that the pharmacy technician candidate is assessed according to the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Associations (NAPRA) competencies.

SPEP Notification Form