44 weeks, including 9 weeks of practicum experience
Once a year (May)
Registered Pharmacy Technician (RPhT)
RPhTs earn $29.70/hour in hospital pharmacies and up to $27/hour in community pharmacies
- Info Session
About the Program
Pharmacy Technicians are a critical part of the health care team. They work closely with Pharmacists and ensure that the highest standards of quality and accuracy are met in the compounding and dispensing of prescription medications. Their scope of practice includes receiving and transcribing verbal prescriptions, transferring prescriptions, and performing final checks.
Stenberg’s Pharmacy Technician program is designed to prepare students for Pharmacy Technician positions in community or hospital pharmacies. Hands-on skills are developed in the lab setting and clinical competencies are mastered at affiliated clinical partner sites (hospitals and community pharmacies). It’s Stenberg College’s mission to offer an exceptional career-oriented Pharmacy Technician Program with a goal to prepare graduates who:
- Demonstrate the knowledge base, skills, and attitudes consistent with industry expectations for entry-level employment. Graduates will be able to meet competency requirements set out by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA).
- Successfully complete the regulated licensing exams and Structured Practical Training (SPT) required to become a Registered Pharmacy Technician and qualify for registration with the College of Pharmacists in their province within 12 months of program completion.
Our program is designed with a vision to educate potential students about the career of a Registered Pharmacy Technician (RPhT) within Canada in an accurate and transparent manner. Through this program, we want to make Pharmacy Technician training accessible to qualified applicants who prefer an in-class learning experience and graduate job-ready entry-to-practice Pharmacy Technicians who are recognized as a vital part of the health care team.
- High School Diploma (if GED, must be 19 years or older and take Math and English Stenberg College Challenge exams)
- English 12 (minimum grade C) or equivalent**
- Biology 12 or an acceptable Human Anatomy and Physiology Course (minimum grade C) or equivalent*
- Math 11 (Principles or Foundations) or Applications of Math 12 (minimum grade C) or equivalent*
- Grade 11 Chemistry (minimum Grade C) or equivalent*
- Completion of Stenberg College’s Admission entrance informational interview
- Typing speed of 35 net words per minute
- The physical and mental ability to work as a Pharmacy Technician. Applicants must have acceptable levels of manual dexterity, hand strength and the ability to work while standing and walking for long periods. Severe latex allergies may be a problem.
*Entrance requirements can be met with evidence of alternate assessments such as Challenge Exams, or acceptable standardized English equivalency tests as per the Stenberg College Language Proficiency chart.
** English Language Proficiency Requirements met through standardized tests as defined by NAPRA for Non-Native English Speakers
Prior to going on practicum, students must submit a proof of good health completed by a physician, immunity status, flu vaccination, and an acceptable criminal record review.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Stenberg College Pharmacy Technician Program, graduates will be able to:
- Comply with the Pharmacy Manager’s directives and demonstrate professionalism, accountability and responsibility.
- Collaborate effectively with other health professionals to provide exceptional patient care.
- Safely prepare and dispense medications within the Pharmacy Technician’s scope of practice.
- Determine patient, physician, drug, third party and government information required to maintain accurate records using
pharmacy prescription software.
- Accurately and efficiently process a prescription in a pharmacy setting.
- Effectively support pharmacy operations including merchandising, inventory management and risk management.
- Accurately and efficiently perform pharmaceutical calculations and conversions based on prescription information.
- Demonstrate multi-tasking skills, adaptability, how to make effective decisions while using good judgement and reasoning
and how to use critical thinking skills.
- Under the supervision of the Pharmacy Manager, understand legal and ethical behaviour that considers confidentiality, liability,
negligence, patient rights, patient safety occupational health and safety, and consent.
- Communicate clearly and concisely with patients and other health professionals using written, verbal, non-verbal and technological
forms of communication.
- Support public health activities in collaboration with the pharmacists.
- Accept referrals from and make referrals to the pharmacists.
Becoming a Registered Pharmacy Technician
Becoming a Registered Pharmacy Technician is a five-step process. For more information on these steps, visit College of Pharmacists of British Columbia.
Financing Your Education
Stenberg College is accredited with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). This status allows you to apply for provincial and federal financial aid to assist with the cost of taking the program. You could be eligible for Employment Insurance funding for education, government student loans, as well as other financing options. Stenberg’s Financial Aid Officer would be happy to provide further assistance.