The mission of CDI College's Pharmacy Technician program is to ensure the education and the competency for future pharmacy technicians. It is facilitated by knowledge, professional development and relationships amongst CDI College students, instructors, and practicum hosts at both community and institutional pharmacies.
Pharmacy technician jobs are rewarding and fulfilling. Canada's growing pharmacy industry demands highly trained individuals like those who have graduated from CDI College's Pharmacy Technician diploma program.
This program teaches students the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the ever-changing pharmacy industry. Pharmacy tech students learn about compounding, computer processing, dispensing, mathematics, drug/body interactions, and drug delivery systems among other subjects. Additionally, students practice their customer service skills and learn about different pharmaceutical environments such as a community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, and small business. Students will also develop real-world workplace skills like communication and customer service, which they will put to use in their mandatory practicum placements in a community pharmacy and a hospital pharmacy.
Pharmacy Technician is a regulated health profession under the auspices of the College of Pharmacists of BC. Upon completion of the Pharmacy Technician program in British Columbia, graduates are able to write exams with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) and the College of Pharmacists of BC.
The Pharmacy Technician Program of CDI College has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) for a four-year term, from January 1st, 2016 to December 31st, 2019.
- High school graduation or equivalent, successful completion of Biology 11 AND Chemistry 11 AND Math 11 AND English 12
- Applicants who do not have Grade 12 English from a North American school must pass with the minimum score one of the approved equivalency exams as indicated in the NAPRA Language Proficiency requirements
- Passing score on the CDI College entrance exam
- Provide a negative criminal record check
- Provide completed immunization report showing current immunization and free of communicable diseases
- A minimum keyboarding speed of 25 words per minute
- Interview with campus director, program coordinator, or designate
In order to graduate and receive a diploma, a student must obtain an overall average of at least 70% in the Pharmacy Technician program, minimum grade of 70% in each of the final exams (theory and practical) and achieve a Pass on Pharmaceutical Calculations.
Practicum Requirements - Institutional and Community
Students will attend practicum in both community and institutional (hospital) pharmacies
International Student and English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who have graduated from high school or post-secondary programs outside of North America must demonstrate English language proficiency for program admission (including English-speaking countries such as the United Kingdom and Australia). This standard is based on NAPRA recommended tests and scores. In addition, all international transcripts and credentials will be assessed through IQAS prior to enrolling.
Admission to the CDI College Pharmacy Technician diploma program is dependent on producing one of the following test scores prior to signing enrolment contracts and documentation.
|Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)||Internet-based test||Speaking||21|
|Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)||Written Composition (Writing)||80|
|Listening Comprehension (Listening)||77|
|Grammar, Cloze, Reading, Vocabulary, Comprehension (Reading)||79|
|Oral Component (Speaking)||3+|
|International English Language Testing System (IELTS)||Academic format||Speaking||6|
|The Canadian Test for English Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)||Speaking||4.5|
*The Minimum Score above and in the program outline already accounts for the Standard Error of Measurement (SEM).
CDI College, Burnaby
Pharmacy Technician Teaching Staff
Waeel Ameen, R.Ph., Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator
Kuldip Notay, R.Ph.T., Hospital Pharmacy Technician
Debra Blasco, R.PhT, BA, Graduate Diploma in Adult Education
Jason Wong, R.Ph., Alternate Instructor
Amani Ma’ayah, R.Ph., Alternate Instructor
For more information, visit bcpharmacists.org.