The National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program was developed to assist individuals already working in the role of pharmacy technician to upgrade their skills to align with changes in the scope of practice, without returning to school to complete an entire training program.
The ultimate goal is a national strategy that will enable regulated pharmacy technicians to re-locate and work anywhere in Canada, without the need to re-qualify. The development of consistent competency requirements and standards enables the regulated pharmacy technician to carry out and be accountable for technical responsibilities related to pharmacy practice.
Four Program Courses
Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition
Pharmacy technicians may be able to demonstrate the necessary competencies addressed in one or more of the Bridging courses. As a result, a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) Challenge Examination process has been established to enable candidates to earn educational credit for what they already know.
Three of the four Bridging Program courses are PLAR-eligible. The Professional Practice course is mandatory for all participants and is not eligible for PLAR since it provides an essential foundation for the pharmacy technician’s new and expanded role. See the course descriptions for more information on PLAR.
Apply for a bridging course or PLAR exam with the information found with the left-hand side link, How to Apply and please be sure to read the Important Dates.
The Bridging Education Program was developed and introduced in Ontario in 2008, and then adapted for use in Alberta and British Columbia in 2010. However, as more and more provinces began the steps towards regulating pharmacy technicians, it became clear that a national curriculum was needed to support consistency in the knowledge and skills of all pharmacy technicians across Canada in order to facilitate labour mobility. Thus, in 2012, NAPRA secured funding from the Government of Canada's Inter-provincial Labour Mobility Initiative to revise the existing bridging programs in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario in order to create a program that was more suitable for national delivery. The ultimate goal is a national strategy that will enable regulated pharmacy technicians to re-locate and work anywhere in Canada, without the need to re-qualify. Delivery partners for Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education include the Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities in all participating jurisdictions.
The program is designed to provide current pharmacy technicians with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to take on the additional job responsibilities of a regulated technician. Selkirk College will offer each course online.