The Pharmacy Technician diploma program at the National Academy of Health and Business was created to expertly prepare graduates for employment in a variety of pharmacy settings – from community to industrial. With expert instructors and courses designed to follow guidelines concerning skills and competencies set forth by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA), graduates of the Pharmacy Technician diploma program will graduate with the competency and qualifications to provide superior assistance as a pharmacy technician.
With a combination of cutting-edge theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on skills training, graduates will have the necessary competency and confidence to step into the workplace immediately upon graduation.
The program is accredited by the Canadian Council for Accredited Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) and approved as a vocation program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.
In this program, students will learn to:
• Practice within the legal, ethical, and professional requirements in the pharmacy practice setting.
• Collaborate with pharmacists and other healthcare providers to optimize patient safety and healthcare outcomes.
• Process prescriptions accurately and safely in compliance with legislation and established policies and procedures.
• Prepare pharmaceutical products accurately and safely for distribution in compliance with legislation and established policies and procedures.
• Release pharmaceutical products accurately and safely in compliance with legislation and established policies and procedures.
• Promote optimal patient care and well-being through effective communication and collaboration.
• Contribute to quality assurance through collaboration, compliance, administrative functions, and critical thinking in practice settings.
• Manage drug distribution and inventory systems to ensure both patient and product safety.
• Develop a strategy for the continuing maintenance and enhancement of personal growth and professional development in the pharmacy sector.
The Pharmacy Technician diploma program at NAHB is 40 weeks long and includes an 8-week job placement, with 4 weeks in a hospital setting and 4 weeks in a community setting. In total, students will spend 25 hours in the classroom per week.
The Pharmacy Technician Diploma Course Concentration:
The comprehensive Pharmacy Technician Diploma program prepares students for a wide range of professional careers in all manner of different pharmacy-related settings.
Students complete the following 16 courses that adhere to the learning outcomes dictated by the Canadian Pharmacy Technician Educators Association (CPTEA), and the NAPRA competencies.
The Pharmacy Technician Diploma Course Concentration:
• Student Success (20 hours)
• Professionalism in Pharmacy Practice (20 hours)
• CPR & First Aid (15 hours)
• Pharmacy Calculations (100 hours)
• Extemporaneous Compounding (75 hours)
• Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology (75 hours)
• Pharmacology (100 hours)
• Medical Devices, National Health and OTC Products (25 hours)
• Management & Inventory Control (25 hours)
• Pharmacy Law and Ethics (75 hours)
• Community Pharmacy Practices (75 hours)
• Long Term Care Pharmacy Practices (25 hours)
• Hospital Pharmacy Practices (75 hours)
• Aseptic Technique (50 hours)
• Final Review (25 hours)
• Career Success Toolkit (20 hours)
We also place an emphasis on practical, non-pharmaceutical industry skills such as literacy, mathematic competency, computer literacy, interpersonal communications, and critical thinking.
The Pharmacy Technician program is eligible for up to five different funding options, including OSAP (to those who qualify), EI, Second Career, Payment Plans and even loans facilitated by us.
These funding options, to those who qualify, may assist in covering the costs of our program which consist of:
Other fees: $817.
Please, don’t hesitate to call us to discuss your financial options.
Teaching Faculty and Facilities
Our program has been developed collaboratively by a team with strong pharmacy and healthcare backgrounds as well as NAHB management to ensure we are, at minimum, in compliance with program standards (CCAPP, NAPRA, CPTEA, OCP) and education standards (MTCU). Our faculty and curriculum support team includes:
• Kiranjit Bansal, R.PhT
• BaseerYasseen, R.Ph
• Daljit Kaur, R.PhT
• Jagdeep Bath, R.PhT
• Amorale Boston, R.PhT
• Kelly Shaw, R.Ph, PhD
• Carol Borcevski, R.PhT
• Penny Gudgeon
In order to ensure our program meets the demands of current industry trends, regulations and employer requirements, we have set up a Program Advisory Committee made up of industry experts in the fields of pharmacy, education and business to oversee the continuing development and maintenance of the program.
We have also recently upgraded our pharmacy classroom to include a “mock pharmacy” setting, as well as brand new, state-of-the-art equipment and supplies.
Students also have access to a library, computers and complimentary Wi-Fi. Our support staff, including our campus directors, director of education, curriculum support, career counselors, administrative assistant, and financial aid officer also works with students every step of the way ensuring that all their educational requirements are met.
At least one of the following set of admission requirements must be met. We understand that obtaining the following requirements can seem difficult – it’s easier than you think. Please contact us if you require any assistance – we can help you every step of the way!):
1. Ontario secondary school:
• English, Grade 12 (C or U) minimum mark 60 percent OR Grade 11 (C or U), minimum mark 70 percent.
• Biology, Grade 12 (C or U) minimum mark 60 percent OR Grade 11 (C or U), minimum mark 70 percent
• Math, Grade 12 (C or U) minimum mark 60 percent OR Grade 11 (C or U), minimum mark 70 percent.
2. Applicants educated outside Ontario will be required to write an equivalency test, which includes English, Math and Science (these requirements must be completed before entry into the program – please contact us for assistance in helping guide you through the process).
• ITP Nelson Form K, Level 17/18 Canadian Tests of Basic Skills (Math & Science).
• English proficiency examination (TOEFL, Melab). Please click here to review specific minimum standards.
Admission to our programs is competitive and , thus, meeting the minimum requirements does not ensure admission into the program.
• Proof of certification in First Aid and CPR / AED (CPR Level C), which must be obtained during the theory portion of the program.
• Confidential current immunization report to be completed by a physician (detailed information on immunization requirements are available upon request).
• Current Canada-wide criminal record police check.
Prospective students will be interviewed by one of our experienced admission representatives. The purpose of the interview will be to access the student’s likely success within the industry.
Focus will be on the prospective student’s understanding of the profession, including, but not limited to recent developments, the general roles of pharmacy technicians, the candidate’s communication and interpersonal skills, attention to details and level of motivation.
Pharmacy Technician Program Funding Options
Students in the Pharmacy Technician program are eligible for up to five different funding options, including the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), Employment Insurance, Second Career Payment Plans and even loans facilitated by us.