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Pharmacy Technician

Fanshawe College
60 weeks
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
London (Ontario, Canada)
English

Program description

Pharmacy Technician

Managing the release of prescription medications is serious business. It requires a commitment to detail and a highly specialized set of technical and interpersonal skills. If you're excited by the opportunity to work on a team that provides much needed support to those most in need, the Pharmacy Technician program will give you the skills necessary to achieve professional success.

You'll begin the program by developing a wealth of knowledge in pharmaceutical and self-care products; pharmacy business concepts and institutional procedures. You'll learn to safely and efficiently prepare non-sterile and sterile products, by working in Fanshawe's state-of-the-art pharmacy lab, through classroom instruction and by participating in various field placement opportunities. You'll learn how to write for the Health Sciences, while studying anatomy and pharmaceutical mathematics.

As a Pharmacy Technician, you'll work collaboratively with a pharmacist to safely and accurately process, prepare and release prescription medications. And when you graduate, a wide range of career opportunities await you, including positions in community, hospital and institutional pharmacies; compounding pharmacies; home health care divisions/companies; pharmaceutical distribution wholesalers; pharmacy application software companies; and pharmacy benefits administration.

The Pharmacy Technician program of Fanshawe College has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five year term from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2020

Admission requirements

  • OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH
  • Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Mathematics ONE OF
    • Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)

(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)

OR

Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH

  • Communications
  • Core Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology

(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)

OR

  • General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate AND:- minimum final grade of 'C+' or 65 in the required courses stated above

OR

  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) WITH
  • The combined Language Arts - Reading AND Language Arts - Writing test resultshaving a minimum average Standard Score of 520 AND
  • Mathematics ONE OF
    • Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (M)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)

(Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)

OR

  • Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grades stated above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years SDS Program Requirements
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with a score of 60 in writing, reading and speaking and a score of 50 in listening
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.


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Program content

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Reason and Writing 1 for Health Sciences
  • Computers in Pharmacy
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmaceutical Mathematics
  • Pharmacy Fundamentals
  • Community Pharmacy Practice 1
  • Personal and Working Relationship

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Pharmacy Management
  • Pharmacology 1
  • Self-Care Practices 1
  • Compounding 1
  • Community Pharmacy Practice 2
  • Pharmaceutical Mathematics 2

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Institutional Dispensing 1
  • Pharmacology 2
  • Self-Care Practices 2
  • Sterile Procedures 1
  • Community Placement
  • Research Principles: Intro

Level 4

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses

  • Comm'n for Pharmaceutical Professionals
  • Institutional Dispensing 2
  • Sterile Procedures 2
  • Compounding 2
  • Professional Issues
  • Hospital Placement

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.

Tuition fees

Canadian students

The tuition fee for Canadian students is 1,360.26 CAD, and the total fees are 2,268.64 CAD.

International students

The tuition fee for International students is 7,233.50 CAD, and the total fees are 8,747.86 CAD.

Please note fees are subject to change. Please visit Fanshawe’s website for the most up to date information.

Qualification

Credential - Ontario College Diploma

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

  1. practice safely within a legal, ethical and professional framework in practice settings
  2. process prescriptions accurately in compliance with pertinent legislation* and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings
  3. prepare pharmaceutical products for dispensing* in compliance with pertinent legislation* and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings
  4. release pharmaceutical products in compliance with pertinent legislation* and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings
  5. collaborate with the pharmacist and other health care providers* to optimize the patient's* health and well-being within the scope of practice of the pharmacy technician
  6. promote quality assurance by performing effective and efficient administrative functions in practice settings
  7. optimize medication therapy management* and product distribution using current technologies in practice settings
  8. develop and implement effective strategies for ongoing personal and professional development that support currency, competence, ethics and values in the pharmacy sector

Career opportunities

Pharmacy Technicians may find career opportunities in community, medical clinic, long term care and hospital pharmacy practice settings where they will comply with legislation, standards, policies and procedures within their scope of practice. They will utilize critical thinking skills in prescription order processing, product preparation, medication distribution and pharmacy inventory management. As members of the inter-professional health team they will collaborate with pharmacists and other health professionals to optimize the health of patients while ensuring confidentiality of information

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About this institute

Fanshawe College

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada - approximately two hours from Niagara Falls, Toronto, or Detroit. There are 21,000 full-time students at Fanshawe, including 7,500 international students from more than 100 different countries. Fanshawe...


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Why study at Fanshawe College

London is a great location - a large city with a population of close to 500,000, so there is something for everyone. It is small enough to be more affordable than some of the larger cities and it is very student-friendly. Fanshawe College has a 90.3% percent Graduate Employment Rate, which is number one among Ontario colleges. There are also 60 co-op programs available, where students can "earn while they learn."

Contact info

Fanshawe College

1001 Fanshawe College Boulevard
N5Y 5R6 London Ontario
Canada

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fanshawec.ca/international

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