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Pharmacy Technician Diploma



Pharmacy Technician Diploma

Two pharmacists standing in front of a wall of prescription medicine

In 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.

For more general program information, please refer to the attached Frequently Asked Questions sheet, schedule an appointment with a Student Recruitment Coordinator to tour the Pharmacy Technician facilities, or attend the MITT Open House held each year in February.

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.

The diploma program curriculum – designed by specialized pharmacy experts to reflect the current scope of practice, as well as 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 and high-impact simulated learning experiences, students are prepared for career success in today’s ever-changing pharmacy environment.

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 problem-solving skills
  • Technologically adaptable
  • Able to follow instructions, retain information, and prioritize tasks
  • Accountable
  • Objective and factual
  • Active listening skills, non-judgmental and empathetic
  • Detail-oriented and organized
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

Strong math skills are an absolute must for pharmacy technicians, which is why this program emphasizes a zero tolerance for math errors. An essential part of the job involves performing calculations to determine dosages and quantities to prepare and dispense medications. The following sample questions reflect the types of calculations associated with these tasks.

Program completion

The Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program requirements must be completed within four years of admission to the program to be eligible for graduation.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfer

Presently, MITT does not recognize RPL for Pharmacy Technician courses. Credit transfer from accredited programs may be considered; however, some exclusions and conditions may apply (see the MITT Credit Transfer Policy for details).

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

MITT’s two-year Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program is the most comprehensive program in Manitoba, with significantly more time dedicated to hands-on simulated learning (including compounding and dispensing activities involving non-sterile and sterile extemporaneous product preparation). Additionally, students will learn how to use Kroll software to process information, fill prescriptions and maintain patient medication profiles. These distinctive programming components, as well as the comparative tuition fee advantage, set this program apart.

Mission

Create a high-impact learning environment defined by industry relevant curriculum and differentiated by a quality-centric culture.

Vision

Advance pharmacy technician practice in Manitoba and empower future leaders in the pharmacy technician profession to achieve excellence.

Simulated learning environments

MITT has invested significantly in its simulation spaces (including a new community and institutional dispensary, a community pharmacy, a compounding laboratory, and functioning aseptic product preparation space) to offer students real-world institutional and community pharmacy experiences.

To prepare students to work effectively within an interdisciplinary healthcare team environment, the program includes a number of intraprofessional and interprofessional activities with the University of Manitoba, the College of Pharmacy of Manitoba, and other MITT health programs.

Experienced instructors

Currency of knowledge and pharmacy practice are important values to MITT. The dynamic team of instructors includes licensed pharmacists and listed pharmacy technicians who specialize in community and institutional pharmacy 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 20 years of institutional and community pharmacy experience. Jennifer has worked in a variety of educational institutions across various programs. She also serves as a Learning Review Panelist for the Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy and is a member of the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba Safety IQ Committee.

Emelié Gillingham, Accreditation Consultant
Emelié graduated from the Pharmacy Technician program at Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology in 2017 and was a successful candidate of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s Qualifying Examination the same year. She has been an active alumnus, participating in the Pharmacy Technician Program Advisory Committee upon graduation and developing curriculum for the program. Emelié brings a varied background to the program with current employment in both community and institutional pharmacy practice, as well as an education background and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.

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.

Canadian Student

At A Glance

  • Duration
    2 years full-time (20-months of study)
  • Credential
    Diploma
  • work practicum
    Yes
  • apprenticeship
    No
  • Tuition Fees
    $6,750 per year (2020/21)
  • additional supplies
    $600 (2020/21)
  • additional student fees
    $180 Infrastructure/Technology Fee (2020/21) // $174 Infrastructure/technology (2019/20); $50 MITT Award Fund
Notes: Fees may be subject to change.
Textbook information can be found at mitt.ca/textbooks.

Start Dates

Next start date: 

Classes held:

  • Days: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Future Offering (subject to change):

  • Fall 2021 (September start, Day)

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;
  • Grade 12 Chemistry (40S)*, or equivalent; and
  • Grade 12 English Language Arts (40S)*, or equivalent.

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

To be considered for admission to this program, applicants must meet one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

For more information regarding Admissions to the MITT Pharmacy Technician Program, please refer to the Application Guide for Domestic and Permanent Resident Students.

Supplies

The Supply List outlines the supplies purchased by students and the approximate costs.

International Student

At A Glance

  • Duration
    2 years full-time (20-months of study)
  • Credential
    Diploma
  • work practicum
    Yes
  • apprenticeship
    No
  • Tuition Fees
    $17,350 per year (2020/21)
  • additional supplies
    $600 (2020/21)
  • additional student fees
    $180 Infrastructure/Technology Fee (2020/21) // $174 Infrastructure/technology (2019/20); $50 MITT Award Fund; $800-$1200 Health Insurance
Notes: Fees may be subject to change.
Textbook information can be found at mitt.ca/textbooks.

Start Dates

Next start date: 

Classes held:

  • Days: 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Future Offering:

  • Fall 2021 (September start, Day)

MITT reserves the right to limit the number of seats allocated to international student in this program and base admission decisions on academic achievement.

Entrance Requirements

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

  • Senior Level Math*, or equivalent;
  • Senior Level Biology*, or equivalent;
  • Senior Level Chemistry*, or equivalent; and
  • Senior Level English Language Arts*, or equivalent.

*A minimum equivalent grade of no less than 60% is required in each of these senior level courses.

To be considered for admission to this program, applicants must meet one of the following English language proficiency requirements:

For more information regarding Admissions to the MITT Pharmacy Technician Program, please refer to the Application Guide for International Students.

Supplies

The Supply List outlines the supplies purchased by students and the approximate costs.

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 May 2020. 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 will 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 for Pharmacy Technician Programs in Canada.

This program qualifies students to write the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada (PEBC) Qualifying Exam. With a PEBC Pharmacy Technician Certificate of Qualification, graduates of this program may pursue listing with the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba.

Work Practicum

The Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program includes three work practicum placements: two in community pharmacy practice and one in an institutional pharmacy environment.

  • All practicums in this program are preceptor-led placements in which students work under the direction of a pharmacy technician and/or pharmacist.
  • Practicums are unpaid practice experiences that offer students the opportunity to gain relevant work experience and further develop entry-to-practice competence.
  • MITT does not guarantee the student’s choice of placement site or a placement within close geographical proximity of their home.
  • MITT reserves the right to assign students to out-of-town placements with regional health authority facilities outside of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority boundaries (which may include, but is not limited to, Steinbach, Portage, Brandon, Winkler, The Pas, and Thompson). Practicum shifts may be scheduled outside of the standard program hours.
  • Students may be required to adjust personal work schedules and make alternative arrangements for transportation and parking, accommodation, and childcare. They will also be responsible for all costs associated with the assigned placement.

Students may not participate in Work Practicum without the following clearances and immunizations:

  • Clear Police Information Check (PIC)* with 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 (international students only)

* At the discretion of individual Work Practicum sites, students may be declined access to Work Practicum based on the findings of a Police Information Check. It is a prospective student’s responsibility to report the existence of a criminal record or any pending legal issues that could adversely impact their practicum eligibility to MITT before applying for admission to this program.

Students are responsible for all costs associated with these clearances and immunizations. Further, the PIC and abuse registries must be dated no more than six months prior to the start of each Work Practicum to be valid; therefore, multiple PIC and abuse registry clearances are required for this program.

Work practicum partners

MITT has extensive ties in industry and works with recognized community and institutional partners to provide our students with meaningful practice 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
  • Safeway and Sobeys Pharmacy
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Walmart Pharmacy

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