Pharmacy Technicians work collaboratively with Pharmacists and members of the health care team in the promotion of wellness, disease prevention, and the management of chronic diseases. Pharmacy Technicians are responsible and accountable for ensuring accuracy in product preparation and release.
Selkirk College’s Pharmacy Technician program prepares graduates for employment as pharmacy technicians in a variety of settings including community, hospital, and residential pharmacies. Graduates have the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to meet the entry-level competencies defined by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA).
The program has been awarded the status of Full Accreditation by the Canadian Council for Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP) for a five year term (2013 – 2018). Graduates of the program are eligible for direct admission into the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada certification process and the College of Pharmacists of British Columbia registration process.
The program is delivered using a blend of online theory courses, face-to-face lab classes and practicum hours in both hospital and community. Beginning August, 2018, the program will be 15 months in length and consist of three theory semesters, one lab semester, followed by eight weeks of practicum. Students are required to re-locate to the Castlegar Campus for seven weeks to complete the face-to-face labs where they apply theory learned in the online courses and prepare for practicum.
Consider the Pharmacy Technician Program if you
Are detailed-oriented and well organized
Enjoy working in a fast paced team environment
Are self motivated and is committed to life long learning
Have strong interpersonal communication and critical thinking skills
Enjoy computer technology
Are caring and empathetic