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Pharmacy Technician Diploma

Pharmacy Technician Diploma

  • Specialization: Pharmacy Technician
    • Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

      This course introduces the principles of pharmacy practice and patient-centered, outcome-focused care. It also defines the roles of the pharmacy, the pharmacist, the pharmacy technician and the pharmacy assistant in the health care system. Students study basic pharmacy workflow, Latin abbreviations, and the principles of evidence-based medicine. Time is spent learning about information sources and retrieval and evaluation of reliable health information. Students also study factors affecting patients’ experiences in the health care system.

      Course Code: PT-110
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 100
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Introduction to Microbiology

      This course is a survey of the biology of microorganisms with an emphasis on bacteria. Topics include microbial diversity, structure, metabolism and reproduction. Concepts in medical microbiology are also introduced, including transmission of disease, the control of microbial growth and the development of resistance.

      Course Code: PT-115
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 25
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Communication Skills for Pharmacy Technicians

      This course helps students develop the skills needed for communicating with the public, coworkers and other health care professionals. Basic communication techniques in verbal, non-verbal, written and electronic communication are covered. Students explore their own communication styles and how to adapt them to various situations. Knowledge and skills that develop nonjudgmental, empathetic and respectful communication with diverse populations are central to this course.

      Course Code: PT-120
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 75
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Pharmaceutical Calculations I

      This course is designed to give students a review of foundational mathematical concepts and the ability to perform with confidence any mathematical computation encountered by a pharmacy technician. Topics include a basic mathematics review, systems of measurement and conversions. Students also learn about drug product labels and practice oral dosage form calculations and those adjusted for special patient populations and treatment regimens.

      Course Code: PT-130
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 75
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Pharmaceutical Calculations II

      This course builds upon Pharmaceutical Calculations I and introduces more advanced calculations for the pharmacy technician, including those related to extemporaneous compounding, intravenous medication administration, third-party insurance payments and basic pharmacy business math.

      Course Code: PT-140
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice,Pharmaceutical Calculations I

      Hours: 75
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Human Body Systems and Disease States I

      This is the first part of a two-part series of courses. This course covers the basics of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology of various human body systems and provides an introduction to the pathophysiology of various diseases and conditions.

      Course Code: PT-150
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 75
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Human Body Systems and Disease States II

      This course builds on the content of Human Body Systems and Disease States I by exploring the remaining body systems and common diseases and conditions of each.

      Course Code: PT-160
      Course Requirements: Human Body Systems and Disease States I

      Hours: 50
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Culture and Diversity in Canadian Society

      This course provides a basic introduction to historical and contemporary influences on culture and diversity in Canada to help students develop intercultural competence. Topics include multiculturalism, inequality, social justice, challenges faced by minority groups, social change, legislation and Canadian workplace culture.

      Course Code: PT-170
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

      Hours: 50
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Computer Usage

      This course introduces students to the basic functions and use of applications such as Excel, OneDrive, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word and commonly-encountered internet browsers. Students explore using these programs and are given opportunities to prepare assignments using each.

      Course Code: PT-175
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 25
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Pharmacy Law and Ethics I

      This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of the laws and ethics that apply to the practice of pharmacy. Students study relevant legislation, regulations, by-laws and standards and their applications to pharmacy practice. Roles, responsibilities and scope of practice of various pharmacy personnel are highlighted. The basics of ethical decision making are also introduced.

      Course Code: PT-180
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

      Hours: 50
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Community Pharmacy Practice I

      This course introduces students to the practice of pharmacy in community settings. Students learn about dispensary work flow, maintaining patient profiles, processing and preparing prescriptions, third party agreements, drug product storage and regulatory guidelines as they apply to community pharmacy practice in Manitoba.

      Course Code: PT-190
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice,Communication Skills for Pharmacy Technicians,Pharmaceutical Calculations II,Human Body Systems and Disease States II,Culture and Diversity in Canadian Society,Computer Usage,Pharmacy Law and Ethics I

      Hours: 50
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory I

      This course is designed to complement the material learned in Community Pharmacy Practice I. Students use community pharmacy software to process and fill prescriptions and participate in simulations of interactions with patients, coworkers and other health care personnel.

      Course Code: PT-200
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice,Communication Skills for Pharmacy Technicians,Pharmaceutical Calculations II,Human Body Systems and Disease States II,Culture and Diversity in Canadian Society,Computer Usage,Pharmacy Law and Ethics I

      Hours: 75
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Institutional Pharmacy Practice

      This course introduces students to the practice of pharmacy in institutional settings. Students study the organization of health care provision in the province, pharmacy’s role within the health care system and practices and procedures unique to hospitals and long-term care facilities. Other topics include systems of drug distribution and the roles of the technician within them, computer applications used in drug distribution and inventory management and record keeping practices for institutions.

      Course Code: PT-210
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice,Communication Skills for Pharmacy Technicians,Pharmaceutical Calculations II,Human Body Systems and Disease States II,Culture and Diversity in Canadian Society,Computer Usage,Pharmacy Law and Ethics I

      Hours: 50
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Institutional Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory

      This course is designed to complement the material learned in Institutional Pharmacy Practice. Students utilize institutional software in product preparation, record keeping and inventory management. Simulation activities in this course include those related to medication preparation and distribution, inter- and intra-professional and patient interactions and emergency preparedness. Particular emphasis is placed on final product verification.

      Course Code: PT-220
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice,Communication Skills for Pharmacy Technicians,Pharmaceutical Calculations II,Human Body Systems and Disease States II,Culture and Diversity in Canadian Society,Computer Usage,Pharmacy Law and Ethics I

      Hours: 75
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Health Care Training Seminar

      This seminar is comprised of a series of sessions designed to provide students with foundational skills and knowledge for a career in health care. Sessions include training in the following:

      • Emergency First Aid and Health Care Provider (HCP) CPR (Level C)
      • Violence Prevention Program (VPP)
      • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI)
      • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
      • N95 mask fit
      • Personal Health Information Act (PHIA)

      Course Code: PT-221
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 15

    • Keyboarding Seminar

      This seminar introduces students to the basics of keyboarding technique, beginning with proper posture and positioning at the keyboard and progressing through developing accuracy and speed in keyboarding.

      Course Code: PT-222
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 10
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Practicum Preparation Seminar

      This seminar is designed to prepare students for work practicum experiences. Students learn about the practicum placement, monitoring and evaluation processes; the roles of the student, preceptor, site and clinical instructor; trouble-shooting common practicum issues; making the most of the practicum experience; when and how to escalate issues; the content and structure of the evaluation forms; and how to prepare for the start of the practicum.

      Course Code: PT-223
      Course Requirements: Community Pharmacy Practice I,Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory I

      Hours: 5
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Student Success Strategies

      This seminar introduces students to fundamental strategies to improve their success in a post-secondary program of study. Students learn skills and tools for effective note-taking, textbook and technical reading and metacognition. Additionally, students explore effective ways to learn and retain new material as well as strategies for successful test- and exam-taking. Research skills and evaluation of resources are also highlighted. Particular focus is given to time- and stress management strategies.

      Course Code: PT-224
      Course Requirements: None

      Hours: 10
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Pharmacy Calculations Zero Tolerance Tests

      Accurate, reliable, error-free pharmacy calculations are vital to the delivery of safe and effective therapy to patients. This series of tests is designed to assess students’ competence and proficiency in pharmacy calculations and their readiness for practice.

      Course Code: PT-226
      Course Requirements: Pharmaceutical Calculations II

      Hours: 5
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Community Pharmacy Work Practicum I

      Year 1 of the program includes a work practicum placement in a community pharmacy practice setting. This rotation provides students with community pharmacy experience at the pharmacy assistant level as an initial exposure to working with patients, pharmacists, technicians, and other health care professionals.

      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 building entry-to-practice competence. Practicums are an unpaid, work-integrated learning experiences.

      Course Code: PT-230
      Course Requirements: Community Pharmacy Practice I,Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory I,Health Care Training Seminar,Practicum Preparation Seminar

      Hours: 80

    • Community Pharmacy Practice II

      This course builds upon the foundational concepts and knowledge introduced in Community Pharmacy Practice I. Students learn about inventory management, self-testing and monitoring devices, final product verification, emergency preparedness and community health activities.

      Course Code: PT-300
      Course Requirements: Community Pharmacy Practice I,Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory I,Institutional Pharmacy Practice,Institutional Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory

      Hours: 50
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Pharmacy Law and Ethics II

      This course is a continuation of Pharmacy Law and Ethics I in which students build upon the foundations gained in the earlier course. Case studies and simulations are used to apply relevant legislation and ethical principles. Additional topics include identification and management of unusual patterns of drug distribution, ethical principles and the bases of ethical decision-making.

      Course Code: PT-305
      Course Requirements: Pharmacy Law and Ethics I,Community Pharmacy Practice I,Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory I,Institutional Pharmacy Practice,Institutional Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory

      Hours: 25
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory II

      This course builds upon the skills acquired in Community Pharmacy Practice I and Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory I. Students continue prescription processing and filling and learn about inventory management. There is a focus on simulation exercises for device demonstration, verbal orders and prescription transfers, medication incidents, public health initiatives and drug diversion. Particular emphasis is placed on final product verification.

      Course Code: PT-320
      Course Requirements: Community Pharmacy Practice I,Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory I

      Hours: 75
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Non-Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation

      This course introduces students to the fundamentals of non-sterile product preparation at the community and institutional level. Students learn about various dosage forms and their active and inactive constituents and the influences of chemical and physical properties on product preparation. Policies and procedures governing extemporaneous product preparation in Manitoba and Canada are introduced. Other topics include product stability and record keeping.

      Course Code: PT-330
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice,Introduction to Microbiology,Pharmaceutical Calculations II,Community Pharmacy Practice I,Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory I,Institutional Pharmacy Practice,Institutional Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory

      Hours: 50
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Non-Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation Laboratory

      This course complements Non-Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation and provides students with practical experience in utilizing laboratory equipment and preparing a variety of extemporaneous compounds, including powders, solutions, suspensions, elixirs, capsules, creams, ointments and suppositories, while applying principles of USP General Chapter <795>, Good Manufacturing Practices and Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-sterile Preparations.

      Course Code: PT-340
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice,Introduction to Microbiology,Pharmaceutical Calculations II,Community Pharmacy Practice I,Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory I,Institutional Pharmacy Practice,Institutional Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory

      Hours: 75
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation

      This course introduces students to fundamental concepts in sterile product preparation, including principles of parenteral product preparation; aseptic technique; use and maintenance of equipment; and sources and consequences of contamination.

      Course Code: PT-350
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice,Introduction to Microbiology,Pharmaceutical Calculations II,Institutional Pharmacy Practice,Institutional Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory

      Hours: 50
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation Laboratory

      This course complements Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation to prepare students to work in an aseptic environment and prepare sterile products, including parenteral medications. Students apply principles of USP General Chapters <797> and <800>, Good Manufacturing Practices, Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Non-hazardous Sterile Preparations and Model Standards for Pharmacy Compounding of Hazardous Sterile Preparations.

      Course Code: PT-360
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice,Introduction to Microbiology,Pharmaceutical Calculations II,Institutional Pharmacy Practice,Institutional Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory

      Hours: 75
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians I

      This course exposes students to basic concepts of pharmacology as well as the major medications and medication classes used in health care and their applications to relevant diseases and conditions. Students review and utilize pertinent anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and medical terminology.

      Course Code: PT-370
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice,Introduction to Microbiology,Pharmaceutical Calculations II,Human Body Systems and Disease States II

      Hours: 75
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians II

      This course is a continuation of Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians I and provides an understanding of additional medications and medication classifications.

      Course Code: PT-380
      Course Requirements: Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians I

      Hours: 75
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • National Qualifying Examination Preparation Seminar

      This seminar prepares students for the national qualifying examination. Individual sessions incorporate self-assessment strategies to help students prepare a personal study schedule, as well as exam-taking tips and strategies. Students also participate in written and practical examination simulations.

      Course Code: PT-385
      Course Requirements: Institutional Pharmacy Practice,Institutional Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory,Community Pharmacy Practice II,Pharmacy Law and Ethics II,Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory II,Non-Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation,Non-Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation Laboratory,Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation,Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation Laboratory,Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians II,Medication Safety and Risk Management

      Hours: 25
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Medication Safety and Risk Management

      This course examines the nature of medication incidents and how they occur. Students learn about risk awareness in terms of patients, the public and self. Different types of medication errors and incidents are discussed and particular focus is placed error prevention and safe medication practices.

      Course Code: PT-390
      Course Requirements: Institutional Pharmacy Practice,Institutional Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory,Community Pharmacy Practice II,Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory II,Non-Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation,Non-Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation Laboratory,Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians I

      Hours: 50
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Community Pharmacy Work Practicum II

      Work practicum is a capstone component of this program. Year 2 of the program includes two (2) pharmacy practice experiences: one in community pharmacy practice and one in institutional pharmacy practice. This practicum provides students with the opportunity to perform tasks appropriate to the pharmacy technician scope of practice within a community pharmacy setting. Observation, analysis and documentation related to medication incidents are emphasized.

      All 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 an unpaid, work-integrated learning experiences.

      Course Code: PT-400
      Course Requirements: Pharmacy Calculations Zero Tolerance Tests,Community Pharmacy Practice II,Pharmacy Law and Ethics II,Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory II,Non-Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation,Non-Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation Laboratory,Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians II,Medication Safety and Risk Management,Drug Names Tests,Final Product Verification Zero Tolerance Tests

      Hours: 240

    • Institutional Pharmacy Work Practicum

      Work practicum is a capstone component of this program. Year 2 of the program includes two (2) pharmacy practice experiences: one in community pharmacy practice and one in institutional pharmacy practice. This practicum provides students with the opportunity to perform tasks appropriate to the pharmacy technician scope of practice within an institutional pharmacy setting.

      All 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 an unpaid, work-integrated learning experiences.

      Course Code: PT-410
      Course Requirements: Pharmacy Calculations Zero Tolerance Tests,Community Pharmacy Practice II,Pharmacy Law and Ethics II,Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory II,Non-Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation,Non-Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation Laboratory,Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation,Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation Laboratory,Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians II,Medication Safety and Risk Management,Drug Names Tests,Final Product Verification Zero Tolerance Tests

      Hours: 240

    • Career Preparation Seminar

      This seminar is comprised of a series of sessions designed to help students prepare for securing employment upon graduation from our program. Students study techniques for job searching and preparing cover letters and resumes and are given the opportunity to practice job interview skills.

      Course Code: PT-411
      Course Requirements: Communication Skills for Pharmacy Technicians,Computer Usage

      Hours: 10
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Drug Names Tests

      Knowledge of generic and proprietary medication names is essential to efficient and effective work as a pharmacy technician. These tests are designed to assess students’ recall of generic and proprietary product and medication names in preparation for application in pharmacy practice.

      Course Code: PT-412
      Course Requirements: Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

      Hours: 15
      Location: Pembina Campus

    • Final Product Verification Zero Tolerance Tests

      Performing final product verification is a fundamental role of the pharmacy technician in many different pharmacy practice settings. Accurate, reliable, error-free checks are essential for the protection of patients. This series of tests is designed to assess students’ competence and proficiency in final product verification and their readiness for practice.

      Course Code: PT-413
      Course Requirements: Institutional Pharmacy Practice,Institutional Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory,Community Pharmacy Practice II,Community Pharmacy Dispensing Laboratory II,Non-Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation,Non-Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation Laboratory,Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation,Sterile Extemporaneous Product Preparation Laboratory

      Hours: 5
      Location: Pembina Campus

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