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Pharmacy Technician

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Program Code: 07731 Credential: Diploma Program Length: 4 semesters
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Program Overview

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

Enjoy hands-on learning in simulated labs with low student/teacher ratios and expert faculty who are active in the pharmacy profession. In addition, learn from guest speakers who are pharmaceutical industry experts.

Courses are designed in consultation with practising pharmacy professionals and focus on key competency categories such as legal and ethical responsibilities, patient care, product distribution, health promotion, knowledge application, communication, intra- and inter-professional collaboration, and safety. Students apply their learning in simulated labs and during placements, providing valuable and practical experiences.

 

 

Courses Program Standards

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Practice safely within a legal, ethical and professional framework in practice settings*.
  • Process prescriptions* accurately in compliance with pertinent legislation* and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings*.
  • Prepare pharmaceutical products* for dispensing* in compliance with pertinent legislation* and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings*.
  • Release pharmaceutical products* in compliance with pertinent legislation* and established standards, policies and procedures in practice settings*.
  • Collaborate with the pharmacist* and other health care providers* to optimize the patient’s* health and well-being within the scope of practice of the pharmacy technician*.
  • Promote quality assurance by performing effective and efficient administrative functions in practice settings*.
  • Optimize medication therapy management* and product distribution using current technologies in practice settings*.
  • Develop and implement effective strategies for ongoing personal and professional development that support currency, competence, ethics and values in the pharmacy sector.


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Work Placement

Placements provide important workplace experience and industry contacts. Students will complete two unpaid four-week work placements under the supervision of a pharmacist/technician in Semester 4, one in a retail/community pharmacy and one in a hospital pharmacy setting. Students will be offered a selection of approved placement sites and will rank their preferences. Every effort will be made to place students at one of their preferred sites. Hospital pharmacy placements may be outside of the Greater Toronto area.

The Humber Experience

The Right Fit

Are you a detail-oriented self-starter who enjoys working with people? If you are, and have strong math and interpersonal skills, a career as a pharmacy technician could be a great fit for you.


We Know What It Takes

Humber College was one of the first Ontario colleges to offer Pharmacy Assistant training and advanced to the current accredited Pharmacy Technician program. Graduates are working in community pharmacies and hospitals, spanning from front-line staff to leadership roles, across Ontario solidifying Humber’s high caliber of education. Instructors, all experts in their respective fields in pharmacy practice, bring their unique knowledge and skill to best prepare graduates.

Vision

To be leaders in the education of Pharmacy Technicians through the embodiment of professional standards, a commitment to excellence in teaching and learning and through a continual commitment to student success and curricular improvement.

Mission

The Pharmacy Technician program at Humber College prepares career ready graduates who possess the skills, knowledge and professional ethics necessary to promote the health and well-being of the communities they serve.

Goals

To prepare the most practice ready graduates through excellence in pharmacy technician education.

To provide a broad range of experiential learning opportunities to enhance both theoretical understanding and the development of hands-on skills.

To deliver a collaborative program of applied learning with emphasis on professionalism, leadership, respect and integrity.

The Humber Advantage

State-Of-The-Art Labs

The labs are fully equipped and are for the exclusive use of the Pharmacy Technician students. Knowledge gained in lecture courses forms the basis for dispensing skills that are practiced in the pharmacy labs. Students spend at least one quarter of their scheduled time in the lab learning and practicing all the required dispensing and compounding skills.

mixing medicine in pharmacy lab

pharmacy student sitting in front of computer making notes

pharmacy students in training lab


Professional and Community Partnerships

Humber maintains strong partnerships within industry – participating employers in the work experience program continually praise graduates’ aptitude and work readiness.

Sample Math Test

To assist in describing the level of math in the mandatory testing, view the following documents (pdf files) with sample questions.

These samples are for the purposes for the Practical Nursing, Paramedic and Pharmacy Technician programs.


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Pharmacy Technician Registration Information

Graduates from the Pharmacy Technician program at Humber College must be registered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP) to practice as Pharmacy Technicians in the province of Ontario.

Your Career

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

Our graduates are in demand and have numerous opportunities to contribute to the health and well-being of Canadians. The need for pharmacy technicians remains strong, with an aging population that require more medications, and retirements of existing workers.

Pharmacy technicians have multiple responsibilities including filling and final release of prescriptions, medication reconciliation, compounding medications and managing day-to-day operations. Pursue opportunities in various settings such as community/retail and hospital pharmacies, long-term care facilities, pharmaceutical manufacturers, third-party insurance companies, computer software companies and government agencies.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP)

The Pharmacy Technician Program of Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) for a five year term July 1st, 2017 – June 30th, 2022.

In order to practice as a Pharmacy Technician in the province of Ontario, an individual must successfully complete the Qualifying Exam with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC), and be registered with the Ontario College of Pharmacists (OCP).

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2021 North Open Open

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Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.

On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 2 requirements:

  • Academic

    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)

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    Note: Language proficiency is an essential skill required for all pharmacy technicians, therefore additional verification of language proficiency may be required. 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 being admitted on the basis of one of the following must possess:

    • 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
    • Canadian Test for English Scholars (CanTEST) - Specific Band Scores vary
    • Specific band scores and/or element scores also apply

    For details visit Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada and http://www.ocpinfo.com/registration/training-exams/language-proficiency

    Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Placement Requirements

The pre-requisite requirements must be fulfilled before the commencement of your first placement. Participation in placements will not be allowed if not all the pre-requisite requirements are met. Due to the variety of venues and possible changes in legislation, the requirements are subject to change. Please use the following link to find detailed information about your program’s placement pre-requisite requirements.

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Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specifications Recommended Specifications
Processor Intel i5-8300H Intel i5-8300H
OS Windows 10 Windows 10
Memory 8GB of RAM 8GB of RAM
Storage 256GB 256GB
Monitor Laptop Laptop
Other Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite Built-in microphone and webcam, Software: Adobe creative and Microsoft office Suite

Contact Information

If you have questions about these Equipment & Device Requirements contact:

Carol Levy, program advisor
416.675.6622
carol.levy@humber.ca

Fees

The 2020-2021 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,805.05
  • international: $15,874.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

$2,000 for textbooks and supplies.

It is strongly recommended that students have access to an Internet-enabled laptop/computer or similar device.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

WITHIN HUMBER

View Honours Degree 

Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission.  Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of five semesters of full-time study plus a work term.  Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent
  • SBI4U ( Grade 12U Biology) or equivalent

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

 

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

Apply for this degree starting in Winter 2020>   

$2500.00 Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

BBA Health Services Administration

Students who complete a 2 year diploma at Humber will be granted 60 credit hours toward the completion of a bachelor degree program at Davenport University. You will need to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours (approximately two years of full-time attendance) to meet residency and program requirements and to complete your bachelor degree program. Students must complete a minimum total of 120 semester credit hours to earn a bachelor degree. The total credit hours will include the completed 2 year diploma classes plus any courses completed through Davenport University.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Health Science

Humber and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) have entered into an agreement where graduates of the following Humber programs may receive block transfer into the Bachelor of Health Science:

  • Massage Therapy Advanced Diploma: maximum of 84 transfer credits
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Diploma: maximum of 54 transfer credits
  • Paramedic Diploma: maximum of 54 transfer credits
  • Pharmacy Technician Diploma: maximum of 54 transfer credits
  • Practical Nursing Diploma: maximum of 54 transfer credits

A total of 120 credits is required to graduate from the Bachelor of Health Sciences program. 

Students applying for admission to TRU are required to provide original documentation showing their full postsecondary academic history along with graduation with a relevant diploma from Humber.  

For more information, contact: student@tru.ca 

 

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Applied Management

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the four-year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. 

Depending on the diploma program, students may be exempted from study in certain courses and therefore, requested to take alternate courses offered by the Faculty of Business. 

For more information please contact: admissions@unb.ca.

Please note:  Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Carol Levy, program advisor
416.675.6622
carol.levy@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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