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Pharmacy Technician Diploma



Pharmacy Technician Diploma

Two pharmacists standing in front of a wall of prescription medicine

Within a modern pharmacy practice, the pharmacy technician’s role is essential to meeting the ever-increasing demands for health care efficiency and improved patient experience. Today, pharmacy technicians are entrusted with assisting in preparing medications, collecting medical histories, and educating patients—all of which allow the pharmacist more time to focus on patient care.

Canadian Student

At A Glance

  • Duration
    2 years full-time
  • Credential
    Diploma
  • work practicum
    Yes
  • apprenticeship
    No
  • Tuition Fees
    $6,500.00 (2019/20)
  • books
    $668.00 (2019/20)
  • additional supplies
    $65.00 (purchased by student)
  • additional student fees
    $174.00 Infrastructure/technology (2019/20); MITT Award Fund $50.00
A supply list will be provided as part of your welcome communication.
*Fees, books and supplies may be subject to change.

Start Dates

Next start dates

  • Winter 2020 (February) - Apply today!
  • Fall 2020 (September)  

Classes held:

  • Days: 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must have a Manitoba high school diploma (or expected completion 45 days prior to the program start date), or equivalent, including:

  • Grade 12 Math (40S)*, or equivalent;
  • Grade 12 Biology (40S)*, or equivalent;
  • Chemistry (40S)*, or equivalent; and
  • Three English Language Arts courses including Grade 12 English Language Arts (40S)*, or equivalent.

*A minimum grade of no less than 60% is required in each of these 40S courses.

Applicants must have one of the following forms of English language proficiency to meet this requirement:

  • Language proficiency test results that meet the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada (e.g. IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0. Please visit the NAPRA website to confirm the current requirements); OR
  • Graduation from a Canadian high school with three English courses within their high school years (within a maximum of three consecutive semesters); OR
  • Graduation with an undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, where instruction was provided in English.

In addition to the NAPRA English language proficiency requirements, please refer to the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba website for further information on required documentation.

For further information regarding entrance requirements, please refer to the application/admission process.

Supplies

A complete supply list will be available at http://mitt.ca/current-students/supply-lists .

International Student

At A Glance

  • Duration
    2 years full-time (20 months of study)
  • Credential
    Diploma
  • work practicum
    Yes
  • apprenticeship
    No
  • Tuition Fees
    $15,100.00 (2019/20)
  • books
    $668.00 (2019/20)
  • additional supplies
    $65.00 (2018/19)
  • additional student fees
    $174.00 Infrastructure/technology (2019/20); MITT Award Fund $50.00
A supply list will be provided as part of your welcome communication.
*Fees, books and supplies may be subject to change.

Start Dates

Next start dates

  • Winter 2020 (February) - This intake is currently closed.
  • Fall 2020 (September)  

Classes held:

  • Days: 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Please note that there are a limited number of seats reserved for international students in the Pharmacy Technician program.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must have a Manitoba high school diploma (or expected completion 45 days prior to the program start date), or equivalent, including:

  • Grade 12 Math (40S)*, or equivalent;
  • Grade 12 Biology (40S)*, or equivalent;
  • Chemistry (40S)*, or equivalent; and
  • Three English Language Arts courses including Grade 12 English Language Arts (40S)*, or equivalent.

*A minimum grade of no less than 60% is required in each of these 40S courses.

Applicants must have one of the following forms of English language proficiency to meet this requirement:

  • Language proficiency test results that meet the NAPRA Language Proficiency Requirements for licensure as a Pharmacy Technician in Canada (e.g. IELTS 6.5 with no band less than 6.0. Please visit the NAPRA website to confirm the current requirements); OR
  • Graduation from a Canadian high school with three English courses within their high school years (within a maximum of three consecutive semesters); OR
  • Graduation with an undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, where instruction was provided in English.

In addition to the NAPRA English language proficiency requirements, please refer to the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba website for further information on required documentation.

For further information regarding entrance requirements, please refer to the application/admission process.

Supplies

A complete supply list will be available at http://mitt.ca/current-students/supply-lists .

Description

Since 1987, the MITT Pharmacy Technician Program has prepared students to work collaboratively and competently with pharmacists and other healthcare professionals in a variety of pharmacy practice settings. Following extensive industry consultation in 2018, MITT is launching a new, , two-year diploma program.

The diploma program curriculum--designed by specialized pharmacy experts to reflect the current scope of practice and emerging health care trends and technologies—focuses on the core competencies of everyday pharmacy technician practice. It also aligns with the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) Accreditation Standards for Canadian Pharmacy Technician Programs. Through innovative curriculum (including courses such as Culture and Diversity in Canadian Society and Medication Safety and Risk Management) and high-impact simulated learning experiences, students are prepared for career success in the ever-changing modern pharmacy environment.

Review the following Frequently Asked Questions for general information about the program.

Program learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Identify and implement sector-specific knowledge to day-to-day medication preparation and dispensing;
  • Apply knowledge and research-based information while collaborating in the provision of safe, effective, and high-quality patient care;
  • Communicate effectively with key stakeholders, act responsibly and professionally, and demonstrate a commitment to ongoing professional development;
  • Collaborate with pharmacists and members of intra- and interprofessional health teams in the promotion of a healthier workplace, community, and environment; and
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to pursue registration with the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) and listing with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba (CPhM) as a pharmacy technician.

Skill and characteristics of ideal candidates

  • Strong math and problem-solving skills
  • Adaptable to technology with basic computer knowledge and skills
  • Able to follow direction
  • Accountable
  • Objective and factual
  • Good at listening
  • Able to retain information
  • Detail oriented, organized, and able to prioritize tasks
  • Good at communicating, listening, and building relationships with others
  • Non-judgmental and empathetic

Strong math skills in this profession are an absolute must! An essential part of the job involves performing calculations to determine dosages and quantities to prepare and dispense medications. This program has zero tolerance for math errors. Review the following sample questions as an example of the types of calculations that can be expected in the Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program.

Additionally, students will use computers to process information, fill prescriptions and maintain patient medication profiles, and learn how to prepare nonsterile and sterile compounded products.

Program completion

Students enrolled in the MITT Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program must complete the program requirements within a period of four years of admission.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfer

At present, MITT does not recognize RPL for any Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program courses. Credit transfers from other accredited programs may be considered, however, this would not extend to courses with simulation or pharmacy practice experience components (as per the CCAPP accreditation requirements). See the MITT Credit Transfer Policy for further details.

The MITT experience: Industry-drive, Student-focused and Sustainable outcomes

MITT promotes purpose-driven learning based on industry-driven, student-focused, sustainable educational outcomes. MITT’s Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program is the most comprehensive in Manitoba and the first in the province to be reviewed under the new accreditation standards. The distinctive programming components, as well as the comparative tuition fee advantage, set this program apart.

Mission

Deliver a high impact educational experience and develop graduates who shape the future of pharmacy technician practice in Canada.

Vision

Revolutionize pharmacy technician education and unlock student potential by being innovative, current, and connected.

Class size

To optimize learning and provide more one-on-one support to learners, the Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program limits class size to 20 students. This smaller class size facilitates closer connections with instructors and peers. These connections create a strong learning community, promote an understanding of different perspectives, and produce strong teamwork skills.

Simulated learning environments

MITT has invested significantly in simulation spaces (including a new dispensary, a mock pharmacy, a compounding laboratory, and an aseptic space) to offer students real-world institutional and community pharmacy experiences. The program also features a computer lab with pharmacy software and equipment to allow students to practice making prescription labels and prescription data sheets.

Interdisciplinary collaborations with other health care programs at MITT, such as Medical Office Assistant, provide context to the role of the pharmacy technician within the larger health care system.

Experienced instructors

Current knowledge and practice are important drivers of the MITT teaching philosophy.The Pharmacy Technician Program has a dynamic instructor team that includes licensed pharmacists and listed pharmacy technicians with specialized expertise in community and institutional practice.

Meet Our Team:

Jennifer Buffie, Lead Instructor
Jennifer graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in 1999 followed by a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 2003. She completed a pharmacy residency through the University of Toronto at The Ottawa Hospital before returning to Manitoba to complete a Bachelor of Education at the University of Manitoba in 2006. Jennifer is a practicing pharmacist and has approximately 19 years of institutional and community pharmacy experience. Jennifer has worked in a variety of educational institutions across various programs.

Jackie Abraham, Instructor
Jackie graduated from the Herzing College Pharmacy Technician Program in 2005 and successfully completed the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s Qualifying Exam in 2010. She is a member of the CCAPP Pharmacy Technician Programs Committee (PTPC) and was a past representative for the CPTEA (Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association). Jackie brings close to a decade of teaching experience in pharmacy technician programs to her role at MITT.

Michael Giannuzzi, Instructor
Michael graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 2013and successfully completed the PEBC Qualifying Exam in 2013. In addition to teaching in the MITT Pharmacy Technician Program since 2015, Michael is a practicing pharmacist and has several years of community pharmacy experience.

Specializations

Accreditation: Canadian council for accreditation of pharmacy programs

In discussion with CCAPP, MITT anticipates CCAPP will award the new Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program Provisional Accreditation upon review of the program in December 2019. Provisional Accreditation is the category of accreditation granted to new program initiatives. Graduates from a school designated as having provisional accreditation will be deemed by CCAPP to be graduates of an accredited program and be eligible to write the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s Qualifying Exam.

The MITT Pharmacy Technician Program has qualified for accreditation since 2010.

The program curriculum aligns with the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice and the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association (CPTEA) Educational Outcomes.

Work Practicum

The Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program includes three work practicum placements; two within a community pharmacy setting and one within an institutional pharmacy environment.

The Pharmacy Technician practicum experiences are preceptor-led placements where students work under the direction of a pharmacy technician and/or pharmacist. Practicums offer students the opportunity to gain industry-relevant experience while building entry-to-practice competence. Practicums are unpaid, work-integrated learning experiences.

MITT does not guarantee practicum placements and, in such situations, the Institute will explore alternative options for program completion with a student. MITT also reserves the right to assign students to out-of-town placements including distant regional health authority facilities (such as Brandon, Winkler, The Pas, Thompson, and Churchill). Students will be responsible for all transportation and accommodation costs associated with the assigned placement.

International students must provide the College with verification of a valid Co-op Work Permit authorization prior to the start of Work Practicum. See the Work Practicum outline for details on all eligibility criteria and general expectations.

Students are responsible for obtaining all of the following documentation required for Work Practicum purposes as per the deadline set by the program area:

  • Clear Police Information Check (PIC)*/ Vulnerable Sector
  • Clear Provincial Child Abuse Registry
  • Clear Adult Abuse Registry
  • Up-to-date immunization record (as per the WRHA Guidelines for Health Care Workers)
  • Co-op Work Permit for International Students

If any prospective student knows their Police Information Check (PIC) would divulge the existence of a criminal record or other adverse police information, this individual is responsible for informing MITT prior to applying for admission to this program.

The PIC must be dated within six months of the start of the Work Practicum to be valid; therefore, students may require another PIC clearance for their second rotation. 

Students are responsible for all costs associated with the Work Practicum documents listed above.

Work practicum partners

MITT has extensive ties in industry and works with many of the leading retail pharmacy and institutional partners to provide our students with meaningful work practicum experiences. These partnerships include organizations such as, but are not limited to:

  • Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA)
  • Southern Health-Santé Sud
  • Interlake Eastern Regional Health Authority
  • Prairie Mountain Health Authority
  • Northern Regional Health Authority
  • St. Boniface General Hospital 
  • St. Amant Centre
  • Safeway and Sobeys Pharmacy
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Walmart Pharmacy

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