Pharmacy Technician (2015/16 Program)

Credential: 
Campus: 
Program Code: 
07731
Banner Program Code: 
PHARM_TN_D
Program Length: 

Four semesters, beginning in September

Contact Information: 

Christine Herbert
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4860
christine.herbert@humber.ca
healthsciences.humber.ca

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:

– Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)

– Grade 12 Mathematics (MAP4C, MCT4C, MDM4U, MCB4U, MGA4U, MCV4U or MHF4U or equivalent)

– Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (SBI3C, SBI3U or SBI4U or equivalent)

– Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH3U, SCH4C or SCH4U or equivalent)

or

Mature student status

or

College or university transfer status

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Note: Language proficiency is an essential skill required for all pharmacy technicians. A pharmacy technician’s ability to communicate is critical in the delivery of safe and effective patient care. For this reason, applicants whose first language is not English must meet the specific English Language Proficiency scores for the Pharmacy Technician program. Applicants must possess one of the following:

– International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Overall Band 6.5
– Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT) – 91
– Michigan English Language Arts Battery (MELAB) – 81
– Specific band scores and/or element scores also apply

For details visit, napra.ca/Content_Files/Files/Language_Proficiency_Requirements_for_Licensure_PharmTech_Nov2009_Final.pdf.

Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. 

Additional Requirements

(Required for your final semester of study)

• Complete immunization record including immunization against Hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), chickenpox, influenza and test negative on the Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Test

• Valid Standard First Aid and (CPR)-C certificates

• Police Record Check: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a police record check. Refer to the Admission Information. Humber reserves the right to deny admission to this program based on an unpardoned criminal record that would be relevant to the academic or placement requirements of the program. The police record check is valid for a period of one year.

It is recommended that completion of these requirements begin in the summer between first and second year. Details will be provided during the school year. For information regarding the additional placement requirements, including the police record check, visit healthsciences.humber.ca/resources/pre-placement-requirements/docs/pharmacy-technician.

Fees/Scholarships

The 2014/2015 fee for two semesters was
– domestic $3,644.56
– international $13,900.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2014/2015 academic year. Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Additional Costs

$2,000 for textbooks and supplies.

Our Program

Humber’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program prepares graduates for various careers in pharmacy – including community, hospital and long-term care settings.

Enjoy hands-on learning in simulated labs with low student-teacher ratios (12:1) and expert faculty who are active in the pharmacy field, ensuring you are learning key industry trends. In addition, learn from guest speakers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesale distributors, hospital tours and conferences.

Courses are designed with industry collaboration, ensuring you learn current and relevant information. Courses focus on legislation, physiology, pharmacotherapeutics, customer care, health-care ethics, hospital and retail software systems, inventory management, hospital practice, and infection control. Students apply what they learn in lectures, in the simulated labs and during placements, providing valuable real-life experience.

Your Career

Begin a career where you play a critical role in contributing to patient care as a pharmacy technician.

Humber Pharmacy Technician graduates are in demand and have numerous opportunities to contribute to the health and well-being of all Canadians. According to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the need for pharmacy technicians “has been strong, due to rising needs associated with population aging, increases in government funding for health care and a high number of retirements of existing workers.”

Pharmacy technicians perform many tasks including filling and final release of prescriptions, compounding medications and managing day-to-day operations. Pursue opportunities in various settings, such as in community/retail and hospital pharmacies, long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturers, third-party insurance companies, computer software companies and government agencies. You will also have options in related fields, including as a narcotic destruction technician, pharmacy events co-ordinator, software specialist and medication reconciliation technician.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

The Pharmacy Technician program at Humber has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs for a five-year term 2012 – 2017. Graduates from the Pharmacy Technician program must be registered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) to practise as pharmacy technicians in the province of Ontario.

Our Facilities

A fully equipped dispensing lab provides students with hands-on experience dispensing, compounding pharmaceuticals developing aseptic techniques and managing inventory. In addition, students practise on equipment and technology commonly found in the workplace.

Work Placement

Students will complete two unpaid four-week work placements under the supervision of a pharmacist/technician in semester four: one in a retail/community pharmacy and one in a hospital pharmacy setting, likely in the Greater Toronto Area. Students, with faculty guidance, decide on a community placement in a location/city of the student’s choosing. The program co-ordinator arranges the hospital pharmacy placement. The placements provide important workplace experience and industry contacts.

For further information, visit healthsciences.humber.ca/resources/pre-placement-requirements/fieldclinical-placement.

Your Future Study Options

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit humber.ca/transferoptions for detailed information.

List of Courses
Semester 3
Course Code Course Name
PHRM 204 Pharmacy Dispensing Lab 3
PHRM 205 Institutional Dispensing Lab 2
PHRM 206 Aseptic Compounding
PHRM 210 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
WRIT 211 Professional Communications: Pharmacy Technician
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective
Semester 4
Course Code Course Name
PHRM 250 Professional Communication and Collaboration
PHRM 251 Pharmacy Technician Work Experience
PHRM 260 Pharmacotherapeutics 4
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective