Pharmacy Technician


Course List

Term 1

COM-1013: Critical Thinking and Writing

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

IPH-1001: Interprofessional Perspectives

As a new student to a health care profession this course introduces you to the workings of interprofessional teams. Concepts of teamwork, conflict resolution, the health care system and ethics will be presented through a unique interprofessional delivery model.

PHR-1023: Pharmacy Fundamentals and Legislature

This course introduces the student to all aspects of pharmacy practice, including components of jurisprudence pertaining to pharmacy, drug schedules, Canadian regulatory bodies associated with pharmacy practice, communication and customer service, marketing, and community pharmacy business practices.

PHR-1012: Applied Pharmaceutical Calculations I

This course introduces the Pharmacy Technician students to pharmaceutical calculations. Students will review basic mathematics including fractions, ratios, decimals, percents, proportions and imperial, metric and apothecary measurement. The basic mathematic principles will then be applied to solve pharmacy-related problems/calculations. The course emphasizes the importance of performing precise calculations when dealing with medications.

PHR-1042: Interpersonal Interaction in Pharmacy Practice

This course will explore the principles of communication, relationships and interpersonal interactions. Students will be introduced to a number of communication issues commonly experienced in pharmacy practice. This course will encourage the cultivation of self-awareness and the development of techniques to support team collaboration, resolve interpersonal conflict and impact career success in the pharmacy profession.

PHR-1036: Retail Dispensing Theory/Lab

This course introduces the student to the written prescription, Latin abbreviations, dosage forms, and the information on a prescription required by law. Generic and brand name recognition is stressed for the top prescribed medications. Students are required to perform various pharmacy computer tasks using various community pharmacy software programs. Hands on activities in the lab support Integration of National and Provincial Standards of Practice as well as jurisprudence. This course introduces students to the roles and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician, pharmacy assistant and pharmacist in a community pharmacy practice setting.

PHR-1093: Anatomy and Physiology

This course is designed to provide pertinent information about the human body and how it functions. The study is concentrated on medical terminology, cells, tissues, organs, and systems and how the systems work together for human survival.

Term 2

COM-2033: Communications for Health Sciences II

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

PHR-2034: Retail Dispensing Lab and Inventory Practices

The student will continue to build on the skills of learned in Retail Dispensing Lab l. Students will improve on their efficiency, speed and accuracy in selecting and processing prescriptions. Drug interchangeability, interactions and third party plans, adjudication and reconciliation will be covered as well as the use of pharmacy resource materials and publications. Team dispensing concepts, multi-tasking and customer service strategies will be presented through case studies that involve patients, healthcare professionals and office personnel. Also in this course, the student will learn how to manage inventory of medications, equipment, supplies and devices for all areas of pharmacy. This course will teach students the theories and importance of inventory management and allow them to apply their knowledge in a lab setting. Students will focus on and practice purchasing, receiving, storage, rotating stock, monitoring expiry dates, return policies and the paper work associated with these activities.

PHR-2043: Pharmacology I

This course provides a foundation in the study of pharmacology. It will familiarize the Pharmacy Technician student with the study of prescription medications. Students will learn therapeutic and pharmacological classifications of drugs. The student will be introduced to the basic action on the body of a variety of drug classifications, new drugs for the health care market and drug usage. Students will be expected to perfect their skills in the use of specific pharmaceutical references, specifically the CPS and Ontario Drug Benefit Formulary.

PHR-2053: Non-Prescription and Home Health Products

The student will be introduced to the area of home health care products, medical devices, and other non-prescription medications and products sold in a community pharmacy and ancillary pharmacy outlets.

PHR-2064: Pharmacy Compounding Theory/Lab

Students will be introduced to Pharmacy Compounding within a combined theory/practical lab component. The students will prepare common pharmaceutical compounded preparations individually and in group exercises. Preparation techniques, calculations, weights and measures, in all relevant systems, of each pharmaceutical product will be covered with an emphasis on an accurate and organized process to achieve a pharmaceutically elegant product. Students will become familiar with legislation and the required documentation procedures surrounding compounded products. Proper and timely cleaning and maintenance of compounding equipment and environment will be stressed.

Academic Break

Academic Break

Term 3

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

PHR-3012: Applied Pharmaceutical Calculations II

In Applied Pharmaceutical Calculations II, the Pharmacy Technician students perform advanced pharmaceutical calculations when dealing with medications. This course prepares the students to do the necessary calculations used in pharmaceutical manufacturing of stock solutions, extemporaneous compounding and parenteral solutions, pediatric and chemotherapeutic admixtures.

PHR-3023: Computer and Institutional Dispensing

This course introduces the student to Hospital Pharmacy Software. Students practice receiving and accurately reading physicians' orders and patient records, prepare medications for the patient according to hospital policies and procedures. Students learn about automatic stop orders, therapeutic interchangeability, pass medications, checking/quality assurance, charge/credits and medication error/incident reporting. Students prepare and maintain crash carts. Students are introduced to emergency drug boxes, night cupboards and automated drug delivery systems.

PHR-3043: Pharmacology II

The Pharmacology II course builds on the knowledge gained in Pharmacology I. This course will emphasize in more detail the general properties of specific drugs, mechanism of action, pharmacologic effects, therapeutic uses, and adverse effects in both retail and institutional pharmacy.

PHR-3064: Sterile Techniques Theory/Lab I

This course is an introduction to the Principles of Asepsis and Aseptic Technique as a combined theory and practical lab. The student will learn basic skills required to safely prepare sterile products. This course introduces the student to concepts of various sterile products, incompatibilities and dosage calculations. Observance to aseptic technique procedures and quality assurance controls will be emphasized through demonstration and practice.

PHR-3073: Hospital Pharmacy Procedures

The student is introduced to the organization of hospitals, the functions and services of the hospital pharmacy, institutional communications, and operations systems that are a fundamental element of health care institutions in Ontario. Legislation that governs hospital pharmacy, the role of the hospital pharmacist, pharmacy technician, and other health care professionals will be discussed. The student will become familiar with hospital accreditation, policies and procedures, quality improvement programs, drug utilization reviews, and risk management procedures.

PHR-3083: Professional Issues

This course introduces students to a number of ethical and professional issues in pharmacy practice. Students will discuss current issues and trends that influence the practice of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, pharmacy organizations, and the pharmaceutical industry. Other topics include bioethics and ethics concerning health care, medication incident and adverse reaction reporting. This course challenges students to reflect on their own values and beliefs, and through discussion, to explore those held by others.

Term 4

PHR-3051: Examination of Prescriptions

This course integrates knowledge and skills that were developed through previous course including applying national and provincial legislation, performing calculations, demonstrating best practices in product distribution, and utilizing pharmacy resources efficiently. Students will demonstrate optimization of patient health outcomes through safe and effective drug distribution systems. A focus will be placed on the accurate dispensing of medications within the Pharmacy Technician's scope of practice. The practice of technical checking will be perfected.

PHR-4033: Institutional Dispensing II

This course introduces the students to nursing homes, retirement homes and long term continuing care facilities from a hospital dispensing and a community pharmacy, and long term care dispensing perspective. This course will introduce students to various drug distributions concepts and billing requirements. The students enrolled in this program require the knowledge and skills necessary to safely dispense medication in a variety of settings. This course introduces the student to the long term continuing care setting, including the role of the pharmacy within the organization, as well as drug distribution systems used long term care facilities.

PHR-4063: Sterile Theory/Lab II

This course is an extension of Sterile Theory / Lab l and will emphasize more details / procedures in the handling and preparation of a sterile parenteral agent. There are both a combined theory and practical lab component. The student will learn the advanced skills and knowledge required to safely prepare all types of sterile products individually and in group work. Students will be introduced to the basic components of Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), chemotherapy and the safe handling of chemotherapy products and patient controlled analgesics.

PHR-4022: Journey to Practice

This course prepares the student to write the Pharmacy Technician Licensing exams. Students will demonstrate consolidation of knowledge gained throughout the Pharmacy Technician Program by completion of a comprehensive exam. Students will be introduced to pharmaceutical industry and the roles that a Registered Pharmacy Technician hold in various fields. This course includes a capstone trip to consolidate student learning throughout the program.

PHR-3106: Community Field Placement

The student will continue to gain practical work experience through a field placement in a community pharmacy. The community field placement experience is a 4 week course. The student will be expected to employ the skills developed in the classroom and in Community Field Placement 1. The student will at all times work under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program need the practical experience of working in a retail pharmacy setting. Hands on service-learning will enable the student to better understand the workplace and the future customers that they will be serving as a member of the community pharmacy health care team.

PHR-4106: Institutional Field Placement

The Institutional Field Placement experience is a 4 week course where the student is placed full time within an institutional or hospital pharmacy. The purpose of the field placement is to allow the student and opportunity to apply the previously attained classroom knowledge and skills acquired in a simulated laboratory to the real life practical setting. Students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program need the practical experience of working in a hospital/institutional pharmacy setting. Hands on learning will enable the student to better understand the workplace and the future patients that they will be serving as a member of the health care team.

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