Each year, Canadians spend nearly $30 billion on prescription drugs, and more than 40% of the country took at least one prescription medication last year, making pharmacies among the busiest businesses in Canada.
If you’re looking to launch a unique, varied, and rewarding career in healthcare, CDI College’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program is the right place to start.
Pharmacy technicians work closely with pharmacists and pharmacy assistants in busy retail, community, and hospital pharmacies. Throughout your coursework in the program, you’ll learn the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful pharmacy technician, including compounding, dispensing, pharmacy mathematics, drug and body interactions, and using pharmacy software programs.
Hands-on Pharmacy Technician Courses
As part of your pharmacy technician training, you will partake in an eight-week, 300-hour practicum placement, split between a community pharmacy and a hospital pharmacy.
Students will have the opportunity to learn in a dedicated lab space outfitted with technologies currently being used in the profession, including a laminar airflow hood and computers with the Kroll® computer software. The spaces students will use include a dedicated classroom, mock community pharmacy, and a separate aseptic room to help with the preparation of sterile products.
Pharmacy Technician is a regulated health profession under the guidance of the College of Pharmacists of BC (CPBC). Graduates of this program will attain competencies specified in the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice and the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association (CPTEA) Educational Outcomes for Pharmacy Technician Programs in Canada.
Graduates will also be eligible to apply to write the certification examination offered by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) and to register with the CPBC.
In order to graduate and receive a diploma, students must obtain an overall average of at least 70% in this program, minimum grade of 70% in each of the final exams (theory and practical), and meet the zero tolerance criteria in the pharmaceutical calculations module as required by the regulatory body.
Students must complete the program within four years of admission.
Practicum Requirements - Community and Institutional
Students must successfully complete their practicum rotations split between both community and hospital pharmacies.
International Student and English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who have graduated from high school or post-secondary programs outside of Canada (including English-speaking countries such as the United States, United Kingdom and Australia) must demonstrate English language proficiency for program admission.
This standard is based on the recommended tests and scores of the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). In addition, all international transcripts and credentials must be assessed through the ICES prior to enrolling.
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|The Canadian Test for English Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)||Speaking||4.5|
CDI College, Burnaby – Pharmacy Technician Faculty
Dr. Charles Park, PharmD, RPh – Program Director and Instructor – firstname.lastname@example.org – 604-437-8585
Debra Blasco, RPhT – Instructor
Sangita Lalli, RPhT – Instructor
As pharmacy technicians are a regulated profession in British Columbia, upon graduation, you’ll be able to write certification exams with both the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) and the College of Pharmacists of BC.
The Pharmacy Technician program at CDI College's Burnaby campus has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) for an eighteen-month term, from January 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.