Delivery Method: In-class
Duration: 44 weeks, including 9 weeks of practicum
Start: May
Wages: RPhTs earn $29.86/hour in hospital pharmacies and up to $27/hour in community pharmacies
Regulated By: Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP)
Regional Lab Locations: Surrey

About the Career

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.

As a Registered Pharmacy Technician, you’ll find opportunities for employment with:

  • Hospital, community, and other specialty pharmacies
  • Provincial government drug coverage plans
  • Colleges offering Pharmacy Technician instruction
  • Private health insurance companies and research institutions

Becoming a Registered Pharmacy Technician allows you to operate at an expanded scope of practice and increases your earning potential.

About the Program

Our in-class Pharmacy Technician program has been granted full accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). Only graduates from programs accredited by CCAPP are eligible for the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada certification process, the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia registration process, and the Jurisprudence Examination.

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 Structured Practical Training (SPT) and regulated licensing exams 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.

Admission Requirements

Pre-requisites:

  • Grade 12 graduation
  • 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*
  • Typing speed of 35 words per minute

* 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, and internationally educated applicants.

Please note: 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.

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Accreditation and Recognition

Stenberg College is designated by the BC government’s Ministry of Advanced Education through the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). PTIB is responsible for setting standards of quality and ensuring consumer protection. Stenberg College has also received the BC government’s Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation, which is BC’s brand or “seal” of quality post-secondary education for public and private institutions. This program is also approved by the Registrar.

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