Attend one of canada’s reliable pharmacy technician programs at centennial college

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Pharmacy technicians have a number of duties ranging from preparing, dispensing and compounding medications to receiving, ordering and managing inventory. In order to perform their jobs properly, they must attend one of Canada’s pharmacy technician programs.

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Attend one of canada’s reliable pharmacy technician programs at centennial college

  1. 1. Attend One of Canada’s Reliable Pharmacy Technician Programs at Centennial CollegeDue to the challenging nature of the pharmacy technician profession,professionals in the field must have strong critical thinking, mathematical andEnglish communication skills, and a commitment to self-directed thinking.While applicants to Centennial College’s pharmacy technician programshould possess these skills, they stand to develop many others, such as:knowledge of pharmacology and unparalleled skills in aseptic technique,pharmaceutical calculations, compounding, inventory control, community andinstitution dispensing.Centennial College’s program takes just two years to complete, results in anOntario College Diploma and incorporates classroom, lab work and four fieldplacements that total 350 hours. Those interested in applying for admissionmust possess an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent orbe 19 years of age or older. In addition, applicants to the pharmacy technicianprogram must have the compulsory English 12C or U credit or skillsassessment, or equivalent; the Math 11M or U or 12C or U or skillsassessment, or equivalent; 11C, or U or 12C, or U, chemistry, physics orbiology, or skills assessment, or equivalent.The Centennial College offering prepares students to meet the strictvocational outcomes and elements of performance for Pharmacy Techniciansapproved by the Ministry of Education through pharmacy technician coursessuch as: Community Pharmacy Computers, Pharmaceutical Calculations,Community Dispensing Practice, Home Health Care and Non-PrescriptionProducts, Anatomy and Physiology, Aseptic Technique Principles and manyothers. In addition to these courses, which consist of lectures and hands-onlearning, students participate in work experience within community, hospitaland corporate environments. During this time they apply what they havelearned and gain new knowledge from the professionals with whom they work.
  2. 2. Students of this pharmacy technician program are also eligible to write ThePharmacy Examining Board of Canada qualifying exam for pharmacytechnicians in pursuit of the RPhT (Registered Pharmacy Technician)designation. The program is accredited with the Canadian Council ofAccreditation of Pharmacy Programs.Upon graduation, students can: communicate effectively with patients,pharmacists, other colleagues and with healthcare providers within the scopeof the profession; receive and prioritize written prescriptions and verbalrequests accurately in compliance with legislation and established standards,policies and procedures; dispense pharmaceutical products accurately,efficiently and in compliance with legislation and established standards,policies and procedures; and release pharmaceutical products in compliancewith legislation and established standards, policies and procedures. Theirduties include: preparing, dispensing and compounding medications;receiving, ordering and managing inventory; interacting with patients and avariety of health care providers; and assisting in the provision ofpharmaceutical care and pharmacy services. Based on graduate employmentsurveys, the average starting salary for Centennial pharmacy technicianprogram graduates is in the range of $34,500. Centennial’s program boastsan excellent graduate employment rate of 96 per cent.

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