Pharmacy Technician

CampusStart Date
MonctonSeptember 2018
Saint JohnSeptember 2019

Program Overview

July 1, 2014 marked a dramatic change in the practice of pharmacy in New Brunswick. As pharmacists expand their scope, spending increasing amounts of time in direct patient care, the opportunity for pharmacy technicians to take more responsibility in patient care has created a need for regulation of pharmacy technicians. Our program, nationally accredited by the Canadian Council of Accreditation for Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP), combines an exciting blend of theory, lab classes and applied workplace experiences in hospital and community pharmacies. You will learn the technical facets of pharmacy practices that will ensure a high standard of patient care and the safe distribution of drug products in varied practice settings.

"[Registered] pharmacy technicians use their knowledge and skills to undertake their expanded scope of practice which allows activities such as transcribing verbal orders, transferring prescriptions and checking the technical aspects of a prescription." (NAPRA Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice) You will work collaboratively with the pharmacist and other health care professionals with the common goal of achieving optimal drug therapy outcomes.

The ever-changing world that is the often fast-paced pharmacy profession is an exciting road to travel. Start your journey in the Pharmacy Technician Program at the New Brunswick Community College today.


Duration

The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two academic years of full-time study.
 


Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • Foundations of Mathematics 110
      or
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112
      • Biology 112 or 122
        • Chemistry 112 or 122

          (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)


          Career Possibilities

          Find employment within a hospital or community pharmacy setting.

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          NOC Codes

          3414 - Other assisting occupations in support of health services


          What you will learn

          • Communications
          • Calculations
          • Health and Safety
          • Pharmacology
          • Pharmaceutical Fundamentals
          • Over the Counter Therapeutics
          • Pharmacy Computer Software
          • Inventory Management
          • Community Pharmacy Practice
          • Legislation and Regulations
          • Professional Practice
          • Hospital and Institutional Pharmacy Practice
          • Sterile and Non-sterile Compounding
          • Community Practicum
          • Hospital Practicum


          Program Courses

          This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

          This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

          Most business / technical / workplace writing is persuasive writing; it is intended to persuade the reader to act in a certain way or believe/support a certain idea. Persuasive writing is supported by critical reading. A critical reader analyzes the wording, structure, tone, and format of a document to evaluate its meaning and credibility. This course will provide the critical reading and persuasive writing skills necessary to formulate well-supported written arguments.

          This course prepares students for the practice of Pharmacy Technicians within the Canadian health care system by introducing them to their roles, the governing bodies, standards and principles which determine their professional requirements. Ethics and ethical issues in the pharmacy are introduced. The influence that federal and provincial laws and regulations have on pharmacy practice is also examined.
           

          Health care is one of the most important issues to Canadians. This course introduces students to the complexity of the Canadian health care system and examines the various factors that impact this system. It also examines the role of inter-professional collaboration in achieving positive outcomes.

          This course delivers an overview of factors that impact on an individual’s level of well being. It will provide the student with the information required to make positive choices and to appropriately direct others toward achieving a healthy lifestyle.

          Accurately performing mathematical calculations is an essential skills for those assisting pharmacists with the dispensing of medications. This course will provide students with the mathematical skills necessary to work in a pharmacy setting.

          This course provides the learner with information and the opportunity to explore support measures for those with mental health issues.

          Participants are challenged to apply human relations and interpersonal communications theory to workplace-based and real life situations. They use a problem solving perspective in suggesting and carrying out appropriate communication strategies and techniques.

          This course will introduce students to job search techniques.

          This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

          Students will examine theories, research and practices to help gather, organize, and provide information to patients through health promotion activities.

          This course will provide the student with practical experience in a hospital pharmacy. The student is also provided with the physical and human resources by which knowledge and skills in the pharmaceutical setting may be built upon. A co-operative effort is developed between the community college and professional pharmacists by the students and college instructors.

          This course will provide the student with practical experience in a community pharmacy. The student is also provided with the physical and human resources by which knowledge and skills in the pharmaceutical setting may be built upon. A cooperative effort is developed between the community college and professional pharmacists by the students and college instructors.

          The technical skills offered by a hospital pharmacy are discussed with emphasis on the various drug distribution systems. This course also examines the structure of health districts in New Brunswick and the impact of automation in the pharmacy setting.
           

          Prerequisites:

          • MATH1108F
          • PHAR1067B
          • PHMC1024A
          • SAAL1544E

          This course will provide students with the basic technical skills to work in a hospital pharmacy with emphasis on the various drug distribution systems. Students perform order entry through a pharmacy software system.

          Prerequisites:

          • PHAR1049A

          Students become more familiar with hospital dispensing systems and gain further practice in receiving, reading and dispensing hospital orders using automated equipment. Through lab activities, students will use problem solving and critical thinking skills to explore a variety of topics. Students will examine the role of medication reconciliation and how it affects patient care and all transition points. Students will continue to demonstrate accuracy in product release. Professionalism and patient safety as they apply within the scope of practice of a pharmacy technician are emphasized.
           

          Prerequisites:

          • PHAR1050A

          This course is designed to provide the student with the knowledge required to function efficiently and effectively in the community pharmacy setting. The course covers areas including pharmacy policies and procedures involved in processing prescriptions in the community setting.

          Prerequisites:

          • MATH1108F
          • PHMC1024A
          • SAAL1544E

          This course is designed to provide the student with the basic skills required to function efficiently and effectively in the community pharmacy setting. The course covers areas including processing common prescription orders without third party insurance, performing required calculations used in prescription processing, preparing prescriptions for dispensing, and maintaining a record keeping system.
           

          Prerequisites:

          • PHAR1052A

          This course examines aseptic technique as used to prepare various forms of sterile pharmaceuticals for patients. The use of automation in the sterile area is also introduced.

          Prerequisites:

          • MATH1108F
          • PHMC1024A
          • PHAR1067B

          This course is designed to provide the student with the basic technical skills required to prepare various forms of sterile pharmaceuticals for patients. The principles and techniques for each product require various manipulations which are practiced in a laboratory setting.

          Prerequisites:

          • PHAR1054B

          This course is designed to provide the students with the basic aseptic skills for preparing more complex or hazardous sterile pharmaceuticals for the patients.  The principles and techniques for each product require various manipulations which are practiced in the laboratory setting. Students use a variety of exercises and activities to acquire those skills and apply aseptic techniques in a timely manner.

           

          Prerequisites:

          • PHAR1055B

          This course is designed to provide the essential theory by which the student will be introduced to terms, equipment and practices used in non-sterile compounding.

          Prerequisites:

          • MATH1108F

          This course is designed to provide practical lab experience by which the student will process and prepare basic non-sterile compounds.

          Prerequisites:

          • PHAR1057A

          This course will provide the student with an introductory practical experience in a community pharmacy.

          Students will demonstrate their problem solving skills and knowledge of material for a community placement experience.

          Prerequisites:

          • PHAR1050A
          • PHAR1053A
          • PHAR1055B
          • PHAR1058B

          Students will demonstrate how to correctly gather information from a patient or health care professional by addressing concerns or solving a problem within their scope of practice.  Students will demonstrate how to respond to questions from a patient or health care professional and demonstrate the proper use of devices.
           

          This course is designed to enhance the basic skills required to function efficiently and effectively in the community pharmacy setting to continue to build their skills in prescription processing. The course covers areas including processing prescriptions with and without third party insurance, filling, distribution, and the concept of checking prescriptions, simulated telephone conversations with patients and health-care professionals, role playing, and peer evaluations.

          Prerequisites:

          • PHAR1053A

          Students will build on skills from Compound Theory and Compounding Lab courses to demonstrate the ability to prepare specialized compound products while following Good Manufacturing Practices, (GMP) in compliance with legislation and policies.

          Prerequisites:

          • PHAR1058B

          Students are introduced to provincial legislation around long-term care facilities. They will be able to identify characteristics between the different types of care homes. Students will be taught batching, packaging, labelling according to provincial legislation.

          Prerequisites:

          • SAAL1544E
          • PHAR1053A

          This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of non-prescription products including over-the-counter medications, devices, and other health care products. The responsibilities and role limitations of the pharmacy technician are reviewed to ensure that the student responds appropriately in the pharmacy setting.

          This course introduces the role, responsibilities and competencies of pharmacy technicians in relationship to community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies and institutions such as nursing homes.

          This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to manage customer service, operational and non-pharmaceutical elements of a community pharmacy.

          This course introduces the sciences of anatomy and physiology of the body systems. The progression of study of the body systems is from simple to complex (e.g. chemical level to cellular level, tissue level to system level).

          This course introduces students to the history and basic principles of pharmacology, specifically related to pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Basic anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and terminology related to the integumentary system and the musculoskeletal system is reviewed with an emphasis on medical terminology used in the pharmacy. Students are introduced to the effects of medication on the body, examine how special populations/conditions may have an effect on drug actions and examine various treatment options.

          Prerequisites:

          • PHIS1046D

          This course examines various patient treatment options related to the autonomic and central nervous systems. The basic anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and terminology of these respective systems are reviewed with an emphasis on medical terminology used in the pharmacy.

          Prerequisites:

          • PHMC1024A

          This course examines various patient treatment options related to the cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. The basic anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and terminology of these respective systems are reviewed with an emphasis on medical terminology used in the pharmacy. Students are introduced to nutrition and the therapeutic effects of vitamins and minerals.
           

          Prerequisites:

          • PHMC1024A

          This course examines various patient treatment options related to immune, endocrine and urinary systems, as well as, the eye and ear. The basic anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and terminology of these respective systems are reviewed with an emphasis on medical terminology used in the pharmacy.
           

          Prerequisites:

          • PHMC1024A

          This course is designed to provide the students with the knowledge and skills relevant to operate a pharmacy software application. The students learn the purpose of the features and how to use related information technology to organize, maintain and retrieve pharmacy records.

          A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

          Using the correct medical terminology is essential in the health care field. In this course students will learn the basic language used in medicine.


          Specific Considerations

          The Pharmacy Technician Program is committed to the education of pharmacy technicians who will fulfill the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) professional competencies for entry to practice and who will pursue certification by the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. Those skills will provide patient-focused pharmaceutical care while working alongside pharmacists as a member of the integrated health care team.

          For information regarding these competencies and standards, including the language proficiency requirements to practice, please refer to the NAPRA website.

          For information regarding relevant accreditation standards, see The Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). CCAPP is responsible for the accreditation of pharmacy technician programs in the college-level system.

          For information regarding the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada, see www.pebc.ca.

          For further information regarding Pharmacy Technician, please refer to Canadian Association of Pharmacy Technicians.

          For details on the process of regulation, scope of practice and benefits to the health care system, refer to the "Pharmacy Technician Regulations and Licensure Pathway" document that can be found on the New Brunswick College of Pharmacists website. Details on the student license fee and required personal liability insurance will also be found on this site.

          Prior to the beginning of the applied workplace experience, host facilities throughout the province may require the completion of an Immunization and Medical Form, proof of valid CPR Level C Lifesaver certification, and specific immunizations. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she has met these requirements.

          Host agencies require students to provide a current criminal record check and/or vulnerable sector check from a recognized police service in order to be considered for an applied workplace experience. Please note: The New Brunswick College of Pharmacists requires an up-to-date (less than 6 months old) criminal record check before a student can participate in the practicum. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned may be prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate.

          You are responsible for your own transportation to and from the practicum settings. You must also assume costs of accommodations if part, or all, of the practicum placement is outside your hometown or campus location.

          Click here for more details on NBCC's Pharmacy Technician program.


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