Community Pharmacy Technician certificate
The Community Pharmacy Technician certificate program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to find employment as a pharmacy technician.
Students will gain knowledge of:
The training program is offered over nine months as a part-time program on Saturdays. Theory components must be successfully completed prior to practicum placement.
A practicum is required upon completion of the program.
1. Successful completion of Grade 12 or equivalent (please attach copy of transcript).
2. Grade 10 Math and Grade 11 Science: Biology or Chemistry (please attach copy of transcript).
3. Strong oral & written knowledge of English.
4. A CPT (composition placement test) score of 48 or better or successful completion of ESL course level 80 English may be required.
5. Typing speed of 30 wpm (attach copy of certification). More Information.
6. Completion of an introductory computer course or equivalent experience.
7. A 500-word written statement outlining your reasons for taking the program.
8. A personal interview with the course instructor.
9. Personal suitability.
10. Good health.
11. Must be bondable. (Must submit a criminal record check prior to being placed in practicum)
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding of pharmacy's role in
the health care industry
Working conditions and personal skills and attributes
Community pharmacy technicians are often required to work shifts and/or weekends and holidays. Furthermore, many pharmacy technician positions remain open in communities outside British Columbia's Lower Mainland due to a shortage of trained personnel.
Therefore, recommended skills or attributes of applicants include:
How to apply and register
1. Fill out a UCFV Application for Admission form.
2. Fill out a Continuing Studies Community Pharmacy Technician certificate program application form.
3. Attach your written statement explaining why you would like to be a community pharmacy technician.
4. Attach all documentation and submit the completed application package to the Continuing Studies office in Abbotsford.
5. You may be required to take a composition placement test and/or a math placement test.
6. Once advised of acceptance to the program, you may register.
$4500 (subject to change) plus supplies (approximately $200).
For more information, contact the Financial Aid and Awards office at either the Abbotsford or Chilliwack campus. There are also a variety of bursary applications available from the Financial Aid and Awards offices.
Students will be evaluated for each course in the program on classroom participation, classroom assignments, study projects, practicums, and by examination. You must maintain a grade percentage of 75% and an attendance record of 90%. All theory components must be successfully completed prior to practicum placement
Note: In PHAR 03 (Pharmaceutical Technology), you must obtain 100%.
Students challenging components are required to pay the full tuition fee for that section prior to examination. (Based on UCFV official policy on course challenge.)
In addition to classroom activities, students will be required to research, study and prepare assignments outside of class for approximately three to four hours per week.
Schedule of courses
All classes will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Program runs SeptemberJuly. Students will be required to attend lab sessions at the University of British Columbia.
Introduction to Community Pharmacy Practice (PHAR1)
This course familiarizes students with the role of the pharmacy, pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians in the health care system. Topics include history, law, ethics, and the basic concepts and terms in the practice.
Introduction to the Health Sciences (PHAR2)
An introductory class which examines the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacology of the human body. Students will learn the names of the most-used pharmaceutical agents including brand names, generic names, therapeutic classification, dosage forms and strengths, recordkeeping, and special storage.
Pharmaceutical Technology (PHAR3)
This course will provide students with the technical skills to perform as a pharmacy technician. The course will provide the mathematical skills required for the compounding and dispensing of pharmaceutical products that are taught in the laboratory component of this course.
Community Pharmacy Practice (PHAR4)
This course provides students with the information and skills necessary to fulfil the specialty functions of a community pharmacy technician. Topics include third-party billing, inventory management, computer systems, and home health products.
Professional Development (PHAR5)
Interpersonal skills are essential in your role as a pharmacy technician as you communicate with other health care providers and the public. This course describes principles and elements of communication, types of communication, barriers to communication, and practical communication skills.
The practicum provides students with an opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills in a workplace setting.
For more information
Contact Julie Laursen at 604-864-4626 or 604-792-0025, local 4626, or toll-free (within Canada) 1-888-504-7441, local 4626. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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