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Pharmacy Technician



Pharmacy Technician

A Nationally Accredited Program

The perfect cure to jump-start your career!

Given increased demands for health care efficiencies and improved patient experience, pharmacy technicians are essential to achieving this outcome within pharmacy practice. By entrusting the pharmacy technician with such tasks as helping with patient education, collecting of medical histories, and assisting in the preparation of medications, the pharmacist has more time to focus on patient care.

Through cutting edge curriculum and real-world practicum experience, the MITT Pharmacy Technician program will prepare you with specialized knowledge and skills to start a rewarding career in the health care field.

 

Ideal Characteristics of a Pharmacy Technician

  • Accurate, observant, detail-oriented, methodical, and organized
  • Patient, calm, approachable, and compassionate
  • Excellent communication and keen listening skills
  • Strong prioritizing, multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills
  • Numerically and technically proficient 

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; thus, a component of the program is 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 program.

Additionally, you’ll use computers to process information, fill prescriptions and maintain patient medication profiles, and you’ll learn how to compound topical products, oral liquids and sterile products.

The MITT Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) and the curriculum aligns with the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators' Association (CPTEA) and the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) competencies for pharmacy technicians.

Graduating from an accredited program will make you eligible to write the national qualifying exam, governed by the Pharmacy Examination Board of Canada (PEBC). To learn more about the steps to becoming a registered Pharmacy technician in Manitoba through the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba, please refer to the information on their website.  

 

Career Pathways

  • Retail pharmacy operations
  • Hospital pharmacies
  • Pharmaceutical benefit insurers
  • Drug manufacturers
  • Pharmaceutical distribution companies
  • Community health services
  • Educational institutions

 

Canadian Student

At A Glance

  • Duration
    10 months full-time
  • Credential
    Certificate
  • work practicum
    Yes
  • apprenticeship
    No
  • Tuition Fees
    $5,200.00 (2017/18); $5,400.00 (2018/19)
  • books
    $355.00 (issued by instructor, subject to change)
  • additional supplies
    $65.00 (purchased by student, subject to change)
  • additional student fees
    $162.00 infrastructure/technology (subject to change); $50.00 MITT Award Fund
A supply list will be provided at time of registration and is available here.
* Tuition fees may be subject to change.

Start Dates

Next start dates:

  • September 6, 2017 - Applications have been closed
  • Fall 2018 (September start) - Apply today!

Classes held:

  • Days: 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Entrance Requirements

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

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

* For applicants who have not graduated from a Canadian high school with three consecutive years of study, and a minimum of one English course/credit per year, proof of English language proficiency will be required.

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 high school in Canada with three consecutive first language English courses/credits; OR
  • Graduation with an undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose 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 the required documentation.

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

 

Credit Transfer and PLAR Information

At this time, MITT does not provide Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for any courses in the Pharmacy Technician program. Credit Transfers from other accredited programs may be considered. See MITT’s Credit Transfer Policy on the Student Policies and Procedures page for further details.

Supplies

Supply lists are provided to students in their admissions package.

International Student

At A Glance

  • Duration
    1 year full-time (10 months of study)
  • Credential
    Certificate
  • work practicum
    Yes
  • apprenticeship
    No
  • Tuition Fees
    $14,100.00 (2017/18); $14,850.00 (2018/19)
  • additional supplies
    $65.00 (purchased by student, subject to change)
  • additional student fees
    $162.00 infrastructure/technology (subject to change); $50.00 MITT Award Fund
A supply list will be provided at time of registration and is available here.
* Tuition fees may be subject to change.

Start Dates

Next Start Dates:

  • Fall 2018 (August start) - Applicants are being waitlisted (updated December 8)

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 high school diploma (or expected completion 45 days prior to the program start date), including:

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

* For applicants who have not graduated from a Canadian high school with three consecutive years of study, and a minimum of one English course/credit per year, proof of English language proficiency will be required.

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 high school in Canada with three consecutive first language English courses/credits; OR
  • Graduation with an undergraduate degree from a university in Canada, whose 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 the required documentation.

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

Before the start of this program, international students will be required to complete Introduction to College and Work, a four-week preparatory program designed to help transition students successfully to the cultural, technical, and work expectations of Canadian post-secondary and workplace environments. Please see the Introduction to College and Work program page for more information. 

 

Credit Transfer and PLAR Information

At this time, MITT does not provide Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) for any courses in the Pharmacy Technician program. Credit Transfers from other accredited programs may be considered. See MITT’s Credit Transfer Policy on the Student Policies and Procedures page for further details.

Supplies

Supply lists are provided to students in their admissions package.

Description

Pharmacy Technician program prepares students to work collaboratively with pharmacists and other health care professionals in providing patient-centered, quality prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications and products.

 

Mission

Student-centered and industry-driven, the MITT Pharmacy Technician program promotes excellence in pharmacy technician education in the province of Manitoba, advances competency in professional practice, and prepares students to successfully pursue the Canadian accreditation pathway.

 

Vision

To revolutionize pharmacy technician education by changing how education and work intersect.

 

Modern Learning Environment

The training environment for MITT’s Pharmacy Technician program is modern and built to industry standards with features such as a simulation pharmacy dispensary, a newly renovated aseptic room, and new lab equipment. With a maximum enrolment of 40 students, divided into two classes each with a dedicated instructor, emphasis is placed on motivating each student to excel academically, as well as helping them develop the employability and life skills necessary for success in their field.

 

Instructors

Jennifer Buffie [Pharmacy Technician Instructor (Lead)] 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. She is a practicing pharmacist and has approximately 15 years of institutional and retail pharmacy experience. Jennifer has worked in a variety of educational institutions with students in numerous different programs.

Jackie Abraham [Pharmacy Technician Instructor] graduated from a pharmacy technician program in 2005. She has nine years of teaching experience in pharmacy technician programs. Jackie successfully completed the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada’s Qualifying Exam in 2010. She is a member of the CCAPP ACPTP (Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Technician Programs) and the Manitoba representative for the CPTEA (Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educator’s Association).

Michael Giannuzzi [Pharmacy Technician Instructor] graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Pharmacy with a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and successfully completed the PEBC Qualifying Exam in 2013. Michael is a practicing pharmacist and has several years of retail pharmacy experience. He has been a pharmacy technician instructor at the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology since 2015.

Specializations

Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs

The Pharmacy Technician program at MITT is fully accredited by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP). Students who graduate from the Pharmacy Technician program will be eligible to write the National Qualifying Exam, governed by the Pharmacy Examination Board of Canada (PEBC). For more information on the pharmacy technician accreditation process and the national exam, please refer to ccapp-accredit.ca/pharmacy-technician-programs/ and www.pebc.ca.

Work Practicum

The Pharmacy Technician program includes two 6-week work practicum rotations. One rotation will be in an institutional pharmacy environment, while the other placement is in a retail pharmacy operation. Successful completion of the first 6-week work practicum rotation is a prerequisite for the final/second 6-week work practicum rotation.

The Applied Pharmacy Technician Work Practicum is a preceptor-led placement where students work under the supervision of a registered pharmacy technician or licensed pharmacist in a clinical setting. The placement enables students to apply skills learned in the classroom, learn on-the-job procedures, and develop valuable job contacts. The dress code of a specific site will apply to the work practicum.

Students will require the following clearances in advance of the Work Practicum:

  • Police Information Check (PIC) and Vulnerable Sector (VS) check;
  • Child Abuse Registry check; and
  • Adult Abuse Registry check. 

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. 

An up-to-date immunization record (as per the WRHA Guidelines for Health Care Workers), as well as a current PHIA certificate, an Emergency First Aid and Health Care Provider CPR (Level C) certificate,  N95 Mask fitting, WHMIS training, and a Non-Violent Crisis Intervention certificate (NVCI) are required for the Work Practicum eligibility. Please refer to the supply list for the associated costs and training scheduling provisions.

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

 

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/Sante Sud Health Authority
  • 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
  • Superstore Pharmacy

 

Program Completion

Students enrolled in the MITT Pharmacy Technician program must complete the program requirements within a period of no more than 5 years.

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