Pharmacy Technician

The Oulton College Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program prepares you for a dynamic career in the expanding field of pharmacy. It certainly is an exciting time to start your career as a Pharmacy Technician! Legislative recognition of the Pharmacy Technician as an integral member of the pharmacy team is leading to the emergence of new roles and responsibilities.

Our Pharmacy Technician Program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Council of Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). Students within the Pharmacy Technician Program are taught to the highest of national educational standards and graduates are eligible for direct entry into the national PEBC exams, enabling them to work anywhere in Canada as a registered Pharmacy Technician. The NB College of Pharmacists is the provincial regulatory body and their Pharmacy Technician webpage contains more specific information on the registration process for pharmacy technicians in New Brunswick.

Our graduates are sought-after by many employers, such as community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, and healthcare organizations. Most of our graduates find employment within a few months of graduation.

Our Pharmacy Technician Program is a one-year program that provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Sterile and non-sterile compounding techniques in our new laboratory facility.
  • Community and hospital drug dispensing in our new dispensing lab using Kroll, a dispensing software.
  • Pharmaceutical mathematics to ensure the accuracy and safety of prescribed medication.
  • Pharmacology and the use of medications to treat diseases and disorders.
  • Anatomy and Physiology in order to understand the workings of the human body.
  • Professional practice and communication techniques allowing for excellent patient care.

After completing 10 months of classroom, laboratory, and simulated community and hospital environments, students are ready for Community Pharmacy practice and Hospital Pharmacy practice. These practicums allow students to perfect their patient centered care competencies.

Term: October - October (Note: This is a one year program)

Practicum: 8 weeks

There is currently a bursary that is available for Pharmacy Technician students. Click here for more information.

The Pharmacy Technician Program of Oulton College has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for the Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) for a five year term 2014 - 2018.

Career Choices

Pharmacy Technicians perform pharmacy related functions under the supervision of a licensed Pharmacist. Job duties include preparing, dispensing, and checking prescription drugs while instructing patients on the use of their devices. Pharmacy Technicians also perform administrative duties, such as performing documentation, accepting prescription requests from prescribers, and ensuring payments for medications are received from insurance companies.

Our Pharmacy Technician grads work in a variety of locations.

  • Community Pharmacies
  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Specialty Pharmacies
  • Healthcare Organizations

You Will Learn

  • How to control the inventory in the Pharmacy
  • How to enter prescriptions into the computer dispensing software
  • How to check prescriptions
  • Techniques of teaching patients how to use devices
  • How to prepare medications for nursing home and hospital patients
  • Pharmaceutical Mathematics
  • Pharmacology
  • Non-Sterile Compounding Techniques
  • Sterile Product preparation
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Course Descriptions

PHR- 101 Applied Anatomy & Physiology 1 (48 hours)

This course offers foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human body.  Emphasis will be placed on the structure and function of the nervous and cardiovascular body system.  The student will become familiar with the theory of homeostasis and the normal workings of the human body along with some basic medical terminology.  Completion of this course will allow the student to confidently communicate with other health care professionals and patients and will aid the student in their understanding of pharmacological concepts. 

PHR – 102 Pharmaceutical Mathematics I (48 hours)

The student will review mathematical fundamentals and develop a working knowledge of the various systems of metric, apothecary, and imperial weights and measures encountered in the pharmacy which will enable the student to accurately prepare prescriptions. The student will become familiar with strength designations and will perform various dosage calculations and interpret drug orders.  Use of case studies during the course will help the student develop critical thinking skills in solving various mathematical calculations encountered in pharmacy practice. 

PHR – 104 Drug Names and Classes (39 hours)

This course will take place throughout the program, enabling the student to become familiar with the brand name, the generic name, the pronunciation and the drug classification/use of the top 400 drugs commonly used in Canada.

PHR – 105 Pharmacology & Therapeutics 1 (88 hours)

Pharmacology is one of the most challenging subjects for those embarking on careers in pharmacology and the health sciences.  A comprehensive, interdisciplinary perspective, drawing upon core concepts of anatomy, physiology and pathology, will be used in order to make drug therapy more understandable.  Early in this module, the student will be introduced to the history of pharmacy along with Canadian drug regulation and approval.  Drug classes, schedules, and categories will be discussed along with the use of reputable electronic and print drug information and medical resources.  The student will be introduced to various dosage forms, including their advantages and disadvantages, and the methods of drug delivery (routes of administration).  Also discussed is what happens to the drug after it has been administered (the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs) and drugs commonly abused in Canada.

PHR – 106 Non-Sterile Compounding Techniques (Theory) (39 hours)

In this module, the student will learn the theory behind compounding non-sterile products, including calculation of the correct amount of each ingredient and why the ingredient is used.  Theory will cover compounding lotions, creams, ointments, solutions, suspensions, gels, powders and capsules.  The techniques discussed in class will be practiced in the complimentary laboratory course on non-sterile compounding (PHR-109) and the student will apply practical knowledge obtained in the labs (PHR-109) within this theory course.  Emphasis is placed on accuracy and how to prepare a pharmaceutically elegant product.

COMP- 100 Introduction to MS Office (12 hours)

Emphasis in this module is placed on giving the student fundamental competence in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Power Point software.  Emphasis is placed upon learning the knowledge and skills required to enable individuals to preform efficiently and collaboratively as a member of the healthcare team.

NOTE: An exemption exam will be offered.  Passing of an exemption exam (75% of higher) prior to the module beginning will exempt the student from participating in classes for this course.

PHR – 107 Dispensing Lab (72 hours)

This module will introduce the student to pharmacy dispensing software and will cover the basics of pharmaceutical dispensing: entering a prescription, collecting and managing the patient profile, and processing a prescription.  The student will also become more familiar with the keyboard and preform basic data entry.  At the beginning of the course, the student will be able to perform the basics of dispensing while utilizing a pharmacy dispensing software system.  The student will then move to the pharmacy lab to simulate the intake technician, the filler technician and the checking technician in a pharmacy setting.  Emphasis is placed on correct interpretation of the prescription, picking the appropriate product, checking the finished product, and when to collaborate with the pharmacist.  Throughout this module, the student will build their dispensing skills so that prescriptions are entered efficiently without error.

PHR – 108 Fundamentals of Pharmacy Practice (60 hours)

Principles relating to the scope of practice, competence, confidentiality, professional manner and image, attitude, initiative, accountability, adapting to change, motivation, ethics, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and other workplace issues are investigated.  Through simulation, activities, and role-playing of patient-technician and technician-healthcare team.  This course will also introduce the student to the historical and current role that pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry, and government play in the delivery of health care.  The student will be introduced to the evolving role of the pharmacy technician, the requirements to become a registered pharmacy technician, federal and provincial laws and regulations and narcotic regulations.

PHR – 110 College & Career Readiness (24hours)

Through lectures, activities and in-class discussions, students will develop skills to succeed in the college learning environment such as recognizing their learning style and developing their note taking, studying, test taking, time management and presentation skills.  The student will learn the importance of goal setting, professionalism, and keeping their social media profile clean.  They will also learn of the importance of volunteering and developing networks.  Writing a professional resume and cover letter and will be practiced along with discussing the importance of a learning and career portfolio.  Students will also learn how to select appropriate references and will practice job interview techniques.

PHR 200 Community Pharmacy Experience (162 hours)

Every Friday from February to June, the pharmacy technician students will be gaining community pharmacy experience by training in local community pharmacy under the guidance of a licensed preceptor.  Throughout the module, the students will work with real patients with real problems and lean to handle various dispensing tasks within the scope of practice of a registered pharmacy technician student.  The student will also spend one day shadowing an LPN in a long-term care facility and will spend one day within a long-term care pharmacy using PAC-MED packaging.  Emphasis will be on the development of professional, communication skills, interpersonal skills, customer service skills, intra-professional and inter-professional collaboration, and dispending skills. 

PHR – 201 Applied Anatomy & Physiology (52 hours)

This course is offers foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human body.  Emphasis will be placed on the structure and function of the various body systems and the pathophysiology of common diseases and conditions associated with each system.  The student will become familiar with the theory of homeostasis and the normal workings of the human body along with some basic medical terminology.  Completion of this course will allow the student to confidently communicate with other health care professionals and patients and will aid the student in their understanding of pharmacological concepts.

PHR – 202 Pharmaceutical Mathematics II (52 hours)

Advanced calculations in IV, TPN and chemotherapy preparations will be included in this module to prepare the student for employment in a hospital pharmacy.  Also included is checking the safety of critical care and pediatric dosing and preparing dilutions.  Accuracy is stressed throughout this course along with techniques to detect and reduce medication errors.

PHR – 207 Dispensing II (137 hours)

This module will build the student’s proficiency in using pharmacy dispensing software as they move on to entering more difficult prescriptions and preforming more difficult tasks within the pharmacy dispensary.  The student will practice drug distribution and dispensing in community and long-term care pharmacy dispensary.  The student will practice drug distribution and dispensing in community and long-term care pharmacy within a simulated environment.  They will also enter prescriptions for compliances packs and compounds for vulnerable patient populations.  Included will be preforming an independent double check on prescriptions, filling and scanning prescriptions, blister packaging, compliance packaging, compounding, interacting with the customer, enhancing communication skills, teaching device usage to practicing inventory control, and collaborating intra-professionally with the pharmacist.  Dispensing of prescriptions without error will be emphasized along with the displaying of sting communication skills, professionalism, and teamwork. 

PHR – 208 Communication & Patient Care (52 hours)

The student will develop good verbal and written communication skills while caring for the customer. The communication process, types and methods of communication, and barriers to communication will be discussed. Caring for customers and patients and maintaining confidentiality will be emphasized. Verbal communication will be enhanced through effective use of the telephone and simulating patient–technician/technician–healthcare situations.  The student will use Microsoft Office 2013 software as a means of written communication, will use-mail to communicate productively, and will use reputable internet sources for research.  Throughout this module, the student will also be developing inter-professional collaboration by working with various healthcare professionals.

PHHR – 301 Community Pharmacy (42 hours)

The student will learn the theory behind practice of community pharmacy and the role of the pharmacy technician within that environments.  Topics discussed will include drug distribution, narcotic regulations, methadone dispensing, compliance packaging, and error reduction.  Also explored will be the use of various equipment used in community pharmacies, drug interchangeability, third-party and formulary usage, inventory control, merchandising, and basic business math.        

PHR – 303 Hospital & Long-Term Care Pharmacy (42 hours)

The student will be introduced to the hospital environment including its structure, organization, and the role in health–care delivery.  The student will be also introduced to long-term care pharmacy.  The roles of the pharmacist, pharmacy technician, and other health care professionals in these environments will be discussed.  The various drug-distribution systems used in hospitals and long-term care will be presented along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.  The student will practice medication order processing as well as the role of a drug formulary in a hospital setting.  Purchasing and inventory control and record-keeping requirements are also practiced. 

PHR – 304 Sterile Product Preparation Theory (14 hours)

In both health care facilities and specialized community pharmacies, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians aseptically prepare sterile products.  Students will be introduced to the concepts of sterility, aseptic technique, sterilization methods, infection control and incompatibilities.  The student will gain the knowledge behind preparing, measuring, labeling and packaging the sterile product, including IV Admixtures, TPNs, chemotherapy and ophthalmic preparations, according to appropriate USP 797 standards of practice relating to the preparation of sterile products in the pharmacy.  Methods for checking work for accuracy while incurring the sterility of the product will be emphasized. 

PHR – 305 Pharmacology & Therapeutics II (56 hours)

This continuation of pharmacology and therapeutics will cover the therapeutic effects of prescription medications, non–prescription medications and alternative therapies commonly used in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect various body systems such as the immune, respiratory, visual, auditory, gastrointestinal, reproductive and endocrine systems. Using the prototype approach to drug therapy, the students will learn the brand and generic names and classifications of common medications in Canada along with their mechanisms of action, major side-effects, and contraindications.

PHR – 304P Sterile Product Preparation (Lab) (56 Hours)

 In both health care facilities and specialized community pharmacies, pharmacist and pharmacy technicians aseptically prepare sterile products.  During this module, the student will gain practical experience in the correct preparation, measuring, computer entry, ;labeling and packaging of the sterile product, including IV Admixtures, TPNs, chemotherapy and ophthalmic preparations, according to the appropriate USP 797 standards of practice relating to the preparation of sterile products in the pharmacy,  Emphasis is placed on accurate dispensing techniques, including methods of checking work for accuracy, while also ensuring sterility of the product.

PHR – 309 Comprehensive Review (28 hours)

 Using various teaching methods, including comprehensive case studies and simulated exam questions and stations, students will apply learning from the year in order to help prepare for the national PEBC exams and provincial jurisprudence (JP) exam.  Developing critical thinking and problem solving skills will be emphasized along with zero tolerance for error with calculations.

PHR – 400 Clinical Community Pharmacy Experience (CCPE) (160 hours)

The student will compete 160 hours in a community pharmacy environment at the completion of the program under guidance of a licensed preceptor.  Throughout the 4 weeks, the student will complete various activities to prepare them for pharmacy practice.

PHR – 401 Clinical Hospital Pharmacy Experience (CHPEE) (160 hours)

The student will complete 160 hours in a hospital pharmacy environment at the completion of the program under the guidance of a licensed preceptor.  Throughout the 4 weeks, the student will complete various activities to prepare them for pharmacy practice. 

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry* AND Biology* 
  • Grade 11 or 12 English*
  • Grade 11 or 12 Academic Math Level*
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package
  • Geographical quotas may be considered

    *Level II or University Preparatory ​courses are required
    Based on New Brunswick Anglophone High School Curriculum.
    All French Math needs to be level B or C.
    For other provincial or international requirements please contact us directly.

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

Admission into a CCAPP-accredited pharmacy technician program requires that:

a. Language proficiency test results that meet the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada; or

b. Graduation from a high school in Canada with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or

c. Graduation from a Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or

d. An undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English or French.

Pharmacy Technician

The Oulton College Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program prepares you for a dynamic career in the expanding field of pharmacy. It certainly is an exciting time to start your career as a Pharmacy Technician! Legislative recognition of the Pharmacy Technician as an integral member of the pharmacy team is leading to the emergence of new roles and responsibilities.

Our Pharmacy Technician Program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Council of Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). Students within the Pharmacy Technician Program are taught to the highest of national educational standards and graduates are eligible for direct entry into the national PEBC exams, enabling them to work anywhere in Canada as a registered Pharmacy Technician. The NB College of Pharmacists is the provincial regulatory body and their Pharmacy Technician webpage contains more specific information on the registration process for pharmacy technicians in New Brunswick.

Our graduates are sought-after by many employers, such as community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, and healthcare organizations. Most of our graduates find employment within a few months of graduation.

Our Pharmacy Technician Program is a one-year program that provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Sterile and non-sterile compounding techniques in our new laboratory facility.
  • Community and hospital drug dispensing in our new dispensing lab using Kroll, a dispensing software.
  • Pharmaceutical mathematics to ensure the accuracy and safety of prescribed medication.
  • Pharmacology and the use of medications to treat diseases and disorders.
  • Anatomy and Physiology in order to understand the workings of the human body.
  • Professional practice and communication techniques allowing for excellent patient care.

After completing 10 months of classroom, laboratory, and simulated community and hospital environments, students are ready for Community Pharmacy practice and Hospital Pharmacy practice. These practicums allow students to perfect their patient centered care competencies.

Term: October - October (Note: This is a one year program)

Practicum: 8 weeks

There is currently a bursary that is available for Pharmacy Technician students. Click here for more information.

The Pharmacy Technician Program of Oulton College has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for the Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) for a five year term 2014 - 2018.

Career Choices

Career Choices

Pharmacy Technicians perform pharmacy related functions under the supervision of a licensed Pharmacist. Job duties include preparing, dispensing, and checking prescription drugs while instructing patients on the use of their devices. Pharmacy Technicians also perform administrative duties, such as performing documentation, accepting prescription requests from prescribers, and ensuring payments for medications are received from insurance companies.

Our Pharmacy Technician grads work in a variety of locations.

  • Community Pharmacies
  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Specialty Pharmacies
  • Healthcare Organizations

You Will Learn

You Will Learn

  • How to control the inventory in the Pharmacy
  • How to enter prescriptions into the computer dispensing software
  • How to check prescriptions
  • Techniques of teaching patients how to use devices
  • How to prepare medications for nursing home and hospital patients
  • Pharmaceutical Mathematics
  • Pharmacology
  • Non-Sterile Compounding Techniques
  • Sterile Product preparation
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Course Description

Course Descriptions

PHR- 101 Applied Anatomy & Physiology 1 (48 hours)

This course offers foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human body.  Emphasis will be placed on the structure and function of the nervous and cardiovascular body system.  The student will become familiar with the theory of homeostasis and the normal workings of the human body along with some basic medical terminology.  Completion of this course will allow the student to confidently communicate with other health care professionals and patients and will aid the student in their understanding of pharmacological concepts. 

PHR – 102 Pharmaceutical Mathematics I (48 hours)

The student will review mathematical fundamentals and develop a working knowledge of the various systems of metric, apothecary, and imperial weights and measures encountered in the pharmacy which will enable the student to accurately prepare prescriptions. The student will become familiar with strength designations and will perform various dosage calculations and interpret drug orders.  Use of case studies during the course will help the student develop critical thinking skills in solving various mathematical calculations encountered in pharmacy practice. 

PHR – 104 Drug Names and Classes (39 hours)

This course will take place throughout the program, enabling the student to become familiar with the brand name, the generic name, the pronunciation and the drug classification/use of the top 400 drugs commonly used in Canada.

PHR – 105 Pharmacology & Therapeutics 1 (88 hours)

Pharmacology is one of the most challenging subjects for those embarking on careers in pharmacology and the health sciences.  A comprehensive, interdisciplinary perspective, drawing upon core concepts of anatomy, physiology and pathology, will be used in order to make drug therapy more understandable.  Early in this module, the student will be introduced to the history of pharmacy along with Canadian drug regulation and approval.  Drug classes, schedules, and categories will be discussed along with the use of reputable electronic and print drug information and medical resources.  The student will be introduced to various dosage forms, including their advantages and disadvantages, and the methods of drug delivery (routes of administration).  Also discussed is what happens to the drug after it has been administered (the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs) and drugs commonly abused in Canada.

PHR – 106 Non-Sterile Compounding Techniques (Theory) (39 hours)

In this module, the student will learn the theory behind compounding non-sterile products, including calculation of the correct amount of each ingredient and why the ingredient is used.  Theory will cover compounding lotions, creams, ointments, solutions, suspensions, gels, powders and capsules.  The techniques discussed in class will be practiced in the complimentary laboratory course on non-sterile compounding (PHR-109) and the student will apply practical knowledge obtained in the labs (PHR-109) within this theory course.  Emphasis is placed on accuracy and how to prepare a pharmaceutically elegant product.

COMP- 100 Introduction to MS Office (12 hours)

Emphasis in this module is placed on giving the student fundamental competence in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Power Point software.  Emphasis is placed upon learning the knowledge and skills required to enable individuals to preform efficiently and collaboratively as a member of the healthcare team.

NOTE: An exemption exam will be offered.  Passing of an exemption exam (75% of higher) prior to the module beginning will exempt the student from participating in classes for this course.

PHR – 107 Dispensing Lab (72 hours)

This module will introduce the student to pharmacy dispensing software and will cover the basics of pharmaceutical dispensing: entering a prescription, collecting and managing the patient profile, and processing a prescription.  The student will also become more familiar with the keyboard and preform basic data entry.  At the beginning of the course, the student will be able to perform the basics of dispensing while utilizing a pharmacy dispensing software system.  The student will then move to the pharmacy lab to simulate the intake technician, the filler technician and the checking technician in a pharmacy setting.  Emphasis is placed on correct interpretation of the prescription, picking the appropriate product, checking the finished product, and when to collaborate with the pharmacist.  Throughout this module, the student will build their dispensing skills so that prescriptions are entered efficiently without error.

PHR – 108 Fundamentals of Pharmacy Practice (60 hours)

Principles relating to the scope of practice, competence, confidentiality, professional manner and image, attitude, initiative, accountability, adapting to change, motivation, ethics, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and other workplace issues are investigated.  Through simulation, activities, and role-playing of patient-technician and technician-healthcare team.  This course will also introduce the student to the historical and current role that pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry, and government play in the delivery of health care.  The student will be introduced to the evolving role of the pharmacy technician, the requirements to become a registered pharmacy technician, federal and provincial laws and regulations and narcotic regulations.

PHR – 110 College & Career Readiness (24hours)

Through lectures, activities and in-class discussions, students will develop skills to succeed in the college learning environment such as recognizing their learning style and developing their note taking, studying, test taking, time management and presentation skills.  The student will learn the importance of goal setting, professionalism, and keeping their social media profile clean.  They will also learn of the importance of volunteering and developing networks.  Writing a professional resume and cover letter and will be practiced along with discussing the importance of a learning and career portfolio.  Students will also learn how to select appropriate references and will practice job interview techniques.

PHR 200 Community Pharmacy Experience (162 hours)

Every Friday from February to June, the pharmacy technician students will be gaining community pharmacy experience by training in local community pharmacy under the guidance of a licensed preceptor.  Throughout the module, the students will work with real patients with real problems and lean to handle various dispensing tasks within the scope of practice of a registered pharmacy technician student.  The student will also spend one day shadowing an LPN in a long-term care facility and will spend one day within a long-term care pharmacy using PAC-MED packaging.  Emphasis will be on the development of professional, communication skills, interpersonal skills, customer service skills, intra-professional and inter-professional collaboration, and dispending skills. 

PHR – 201 Applied Anatomy & Physiology (52 hours)

This course is offers foundational knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human body.  Emphasis will be placed on the structure and function of the various body systems and the pathophysiology of common diseases and conditions associated with each system.  The student will become familiar with the theory of homeostasis and the normal workings of the human body along with some basic medical terminology.  Completion of this course will allow the student to confidently communicate with other health care professionals and patients and will aid the student in their understanding of pharmacological concepts.

PHR – 202 Pharmaceutical Mathematics II (52 hours)

Advanced calculations in IV, TPN and chemotherapy preparations will be included in this module to prepare the student for employment in a hospital pharmacy.  Also included is checking the safety of critical care and pediatric dosing and preparing dilutions.  Accuracy is stressed throughout this course along with techniques to detect and reduce medication errors.

PHR – 207 Dispensing II (137 hours)

This module will build the student’s proficiency in using pharmacy dispensing software as they move on to entering more difficult prescriptions and preforming more difficult tasks within the pharmacy dispensary.  The student will practice drug distribution and dispensing in community and long-term care pharmacy dispensary.  The student will practice drug distribution and dispensing in community and long-term care pharmacy within a simulated environment.  They will also enter prescriptions for compliances packs and compounds for vulnerable patient populations.  Included will be preforming an independent double check on prescriptions, filling and scanning prescriptions, blister packaging, compliance packaging, compounding, interacting with the customer, enhancing communication skills, teaching device usage to practicing inventory control, and collaborating intra-professionally with the pharmacist.  Dispensing of prescriptions without error will be emphasized along with the displaying of sting communication skills, professionalism, and teamwork. 

PHR – 208 Communication & Patient Care (52 hours)

The student will develop good verbal and written communication skills while caring for the customer. The communication process, types and methods of communication, and barriers to communication will be discussed. Caring for customers and patients and maintaining confidentiality will be emphasized. Verbal communication will be enhanced through effective use of the telephone and simulating patient–technician/technician–healthcare situations.  The student will use Microsoft Office 2013 software as a means of written communication, will use-mail to communicate productively, and will use reputable internet sources for research.  Throughout this module, the student will also be developing inter-professional collaboration by working with various healthcare professionals.

PHHR – 301 Community Pharmacy (42 hours)

The student will learn the theory behind practice of community pharmacy and the role of the pharmacy technician within that environments.  Topics discussed will include drug distribution, narcotic regulations, methadone dispensing, compliance packaging, and error reduction.  Also explored will be the use of various equipment used in community pharmacies, drug interchangeability, third-party and formulary usage, inventory control, merchandising, and basic business math.        

PHR – 303 Hospital & Long-Term Care Pharmacy (42 hours)

The student will be introduced to the hospital environment including its structure, organization, and the role in health–care delivery.  The student will be also introduced to long-term care pharmacy.  The roles of the pharmacist, pharmacy technician, and other health care professionals in these environments will be discussed.  The various drug-distribution systems used in hospitals and long-term care will be presented along with the advantages and disadvantages of each.  The student will practice medication order processing as well as the role of a drug formulary in a hospital setting.  Purchasing and inventory control and record-keeping requirements are also practiced. 

PHR – 304 Sterile Product Preparation Theory (14 hours)

In both health care facilities and specialized community pharmacies, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians aseptically prepare sterile products.  Students will be introduced to the concepts of sterility, aseptic technique, sterilization methods, infection control and incompatibilities.  The student will gain the knowledge behind preparing, measuring, labeling and packaging the sterile product, including IV Admixtures, TPNs, chemotherapy and ophthalmic preparations, according to appropriate USP 797 standards of practice relating to the preparation of sterile products in the pharmacy.  Methods for checking work for accuracy while incurring the sterility of the product will be emphasized. 

PHR – 305 Pharmacology & Therapeutics II (56 hours)

This continuation of pharmacology and therapeutics will cover the therapeutic effects of prescription medications, non–prescription medications and alternative therapies commonly used in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect various body systems such as the immune, respiratory, visual, auditory, gastrointestinal, reproductive and endocrine systems. Using the prototype approach to drug therapy, the students will learn the brand and generic names and classifications of common medications in Canada along with their mechanisms of action, major side-effects, and contraindications.

PHR – 304P Sterile Product Preparation (Lab) (56 Hours)

 In both health care facilities and specialized community pharmacies, pharmacist and pharmacy technicians aseptically prepare sterile products.  During this module, the student will gain practical experience in the correct preparation, measuring, computer entry, ;labeling and packaging of the sterile product, including IV Admixtures, TPNs, chemotherapy and ophthalmic preparations, according to the appropriate USP 797 standards of practice relating to the preparation of sterile products in the pharmacy,  Emphasis is placed on accurate dispensing techniques, including methods of checking work for accuracy, while also ensuring sterility of the product.

PHR – 309 Comprehensive Review (28 hours)

 Using various teaching methods, including comprehensive case studies and simulated exam questions and stations, students will apply learning from the year in order to help prepare for the national PEBC exams and provincial jurisprudence (JP) exam.  Developing critical thinking and problem solving skills will be emphasized along with zero tolerance for error with calculations.

PHR – 400 Clinical Community Pharmacy Experience (CCPE) (160 hours)

The student will compete 160 hours in a community pharmacy environment at the completion of the program under guidance of a licensed preceptor.  Throughout the 4 weeks, the student will complete various activities to prepare them for pharmacy practice.

PHR – 401 Clinical Hospital Pharmacy Experience (CHPEE) (160 hours)

The student will complete 160 hours in a hospital pharmacy environment at the completion of the program under the guidance of a licensed preceptor.  Throughout the 4 weeks, the student will complete various activities to prepare them for pharmacy practice. 

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry* AND Biology* 
  • Grade 11 or 12 English*
  • Grade 11 or 12 Academic Math Level*
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package
  • Geographical quotas may be considered

    *Level II or University Preparatory ​courses are required
    Based on New Brunswick Anglophone High School Curriculum.
    All French Math needs to be level B or C.
    For other provincial or international requirements please contact us directly.

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

Admission into a CCAPP-accredited pharmacy technician program requires that:

a. Language proficiency test results that meet the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada; or

b. Graduation from a high school in Canada with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or

c. Graduation from a Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec with three consecutive, first language English or French courses/credits; or

d. An undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose instruction was provided in English or French.

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