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Those who attend Pharmacy Technician programs go on to play a major role in the Canadian
healthcare system, as the average Canadian fills 12 prescriptions per year with those over 60 filling an
average of 22. To ensure that Canadians are getting the right medication in a timely manner, Pharmacy
Technicians prepare, dispense and compound medications; receive, order and manage inventory; interact
with patients and a variety of health care providers; and assist in the provision of pharmaceutical care and
pharmacy services. These techs find employment in places such as pharmacies, long-term care facilities,
pharmaceutical manufacturers, third-party insurance companies, computer software companies and
government agencies.

Centennial College’s two years worth of Pharmacy Technician courses enjoy a graduate employment rate
of 96 per cent. This offering also results in an Ontario College diploma and the eligibility to write the
Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada qualifying exam for pharmacy technicians in pursuit of the
Registered Pharmacy Technician (RPhT) designation. Students are also eligible to complete structured
Practical Training (12 weeks of supervised practice) in pursuit of the RPhT designation. The Pharmacy
Technician program at Centennial College is accredited with the Canadian Council of Accreditation of
Pharmacy Programs.

Through hands-on practice, guidance from faculty members who are experts with experience in all areas
of the pharmaceutical industry and the opportunity for work experience in community, hospital and
corporate environments, students of the Pharmacy Technician program receive well rounded knowledge.
Among specific Pharmacy Technician Courses are: Advanced Pharmacology, Home Heath Care and Non-
Prescription Products, Community Pharmacy Computers, Professional Practice & Drug Programs,
Compounding, Aseptic Technique Principles, and others. In addition, the Pharmacy Technician courses are
based out of Centennial College’s most technologically-advanced location, which offers high-tech labs with
equipment that students will find in the field upon graduation.

Thanks to this training, Pharmacy Technician course graduates have shown the ability to: communicate
effectively with patients, pharmacists, other colleagues and with healthcare providers within the scope of
the profession; receive and prioritize written prescriptions and verbal requests accurately in compliance
with legislation and established standards, policies and procedures; dispense pharmaceutical products
accurately, efficiently and in compliance with legislation and established standards, policies and
procedures; and release pharmaceutical products in compliance with legislation and established standards,
policies and procedures.

Pharmacy Technician program applicants are required to have completed an Ontario Secondary School
Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or are 19 years of age or older. They must also have taken the compulsory
English 12C or U credit or skills assessment, or equivalent; the Math 11M or U or 12C or U or skills
assessment, or equivalent; 11C, or U or 12C, or U, chemistry, physics or biology, or skills assessment, or
equivalent.

				
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