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PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
TUITION & FEES
- 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent, or 60% in ESLG 1860 or 70% in ESLG 1898
- 60% in Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2 or equivalent
- 60% in Biology 30 or equivalent and 60% in Chemistry 30 or equivalent
- high school diploma, general education diploma (GED), or equivalent
- successful completion of NorQuest College's Pharmacy Technician diploma arithmetic assessment
You must complete 23 courses to graduate. Courses are listed by term to show the recommended path to completing the program in two years as a full-time student.
|Term 1 - 16 weeks|
|ANPH1000 (O)|| Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology |
Study the basics of normal anatomy and physiology. The structure and function of each body system is covered, and the relationship between the structure and function of each system is explored. Learn about the interactions of body systems.
|COMM1001 (O)|| Introduction to Communications |
Explore the fundamentals of communication and interpersonal relationships. Examine effective communication, barriers to effective communication, and specific communication strategies that can improve interactions with others and enhance critical thinking skills. Learn and apply theories related to communication climate, groups, teams, conflict management, and problem solving.
|ENGL2510 (O)|| Scientific and Technical Writing |
This technical writing course prepares students with the skills required for writing in professional contexts. Students will learn to produce documents reflecting different types and styles of technical communication, including technical descriptions, proposals, reports, online documents, and instruction manuals. Students will also learn to organize information, write clearly and concisely, rigorously edit their work, cite sources appropriately, and apply APA formatting to a variety of documents. In addition, students will examine effective document design and the use of visual aids, and will be required to create and deliver presentations based on these principles. Prerequisites: 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
|PHRM1000|| Introduction to Pharmacy Practice |
Explore the history of pharmacy practice. Discover the role and scope of practice of the pharmacy technician within the Canadian health-care system. Examine health promotion and primary health care in relation to medication use. Explore the use of critical thinking in pharmacy practice. Learn the fundamentals of pharmacy practice related to drug development and manufacturing, drug stability, drug formulations and uses, and safe medication practices. This course also introduces you to lifelong learning through reflective practice and has a mentorship component.
|PHRM1001|| Pharmaceutical Calculations |
Learn the application of arithmetic to pharmacy calculations. Examine units of measurement, pharmacy math, prescription pricing, calculation of medication doses, and those calculations used in the preparation of extemporaneous compounds and parenteral products.
|PHRM1011|| Community Prescription Processing Lab |
Students will learn to identify the legal requirements of a prescription and how to interpret prescription information. Commonly used drug information resources will be used to research prescribed medications. Finally, students will enter prescription information in a commonly used pharmacy software program, building speed and accuracy over the course.
|Term 2 - 16 weeks|
|PATH1010 (O)|| Pathophysiology |
This course focuses on the pathological processes underlying diseases and disorders. It gives learners a foundation for understanding the phenomena that produce alterations in human physiologic function across the lifespan. The course includes common disease entities as examples of pathological processes. Each pathological process is explained as a concept and illustrated by typical diseases and disorders. Disease is discussed in terms of manifestations, etiology, and complications. Learners will gain a basic understanding of the diagnosis and management of the disease process associated with pathophysiologic dysfunction.
|PHRM1002|| Pharmacy Law and Ethics |
Examine the laws and ethics that govern health care, pharmacy practice, and the profession of pharmacy technician in Alberta. Learn the value of professionalism, the Code of Ethics, and the concept of self-regulated professions. Students will differentiate between personal and professional values and principles.
|PHRM1003|| Pharmacotherapeutics I |
Examine the physiological effects of drugs on humans, including therapeutic effects, adverse effects, and drug interactions. Study the drugs used to treat infections and various disorders affecting the nervous, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urinary systems.
|PHRM1020|| Community Pharmacy Practice |
Learn about community pharmacy operations in relation to the roles of pharmacy personnel, security, technology, and contemporary issues in community pharmacy practice. Explore the application of federal and provincial legislation to community pharmacy services.
|PHRM1030|| Community Pharmacy Lab |
Gain practical experience in applying safe and accurate medication practices in community pharmacy environments. Develop a knowledge base of frequently prescribed medications and related dosage forms while mastering basic concepts of prescription dispensing, checking, inventory management, and patient interactions. Performance evaluation is based on evidence of the attainment of skills and demonstration of professionalism throughout the lab sessions.
|PHRM1041|| Compounding Lab |
Gain practical experience in preparing a variety of extemporaneous compounds, including liquids, suspensions, emulsions, lotions, solutions, elixirs, ointments, creams, and suppositories. Learn how to competently calculate, weigh, and measure chemicals and complete records required in pharmacy practice.
|Term 3 - 8 weeks|
|PHRM1013|| Pharmacotherapeutics II |
Examine the physiological effects of drugs on humans, including therapeutic effects, adverse effects, and drug interactions. Study the drugs used to treat various disorders affecting the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, and endocrine systems. Topical therapies, chemotherapy, and nutrition are also studied.
|PHRM2010|| Institutional Prescription Processing Lab |
Expand your knowledge in the use of pharmacy software programs. Practise order entry of prescriptions for institutionalized patients by entering the prescriptions according to simulated institutional health-care agency guidelines.
|PHRM2022|| Institutional Pharmacy Practice |
Explore the ways in which institutional pharmacy operations influence the work of pharmacy personnel and the function of drug distribution systems and pharmacy services. Study the issues that affect institutional pharmacy practice and the impact of technology and trends. Learn how federal and provincial legislation applies to institutional pharmacy services. In addition, you will learn about aseptic technique in the preparation of sterile products.
|PHRM1005|| Professional Practice for Pharmacy Technicians |
Examine the responsibilities of the pharmacy technician in the profession and practice of pharmacy. Utilizing patient-centred communication skills, learn to describe and demonstrate accurate and safe patient teaching for the use of common medical devices and aids.
|Term 4 - 16 weeks|
|PHRM2006|| Medication Safety and Risk Management |
Examine safe medication practices and risk-management strategies designed to reduce the occurrence of medication incidents while supporting zero-tolerance for errors, effective reporting and disclosure, and the development of a just culture of patient safety in all pharmacy environments. Explore the medication reconciliation process and its impact on patient safety.
|PHRM2007|| Integrated Skills for Pharmacy Technicians |
Integrate theory and hands-on lab skills from throughout the pharmacy technician diploma program as you prepare for clinical placement in the program and a career as a pharmacy technician.
|PHRM2030|| Institutional Pharmacy Lab |
Gain practical experience in applying safe and accurate medication practices in institutional pharmacy environments. Develop a knowledge base of frequently prescribed medications and related dosage forms while mastering basic concepts of prescription dispensing and checking in a variety of drug distribution systems. Performance evaluation is based on evidence of the attainment of skills and demonstration of professionalism throughout the lab sessions.
|PHRM2050|| Sterile Products Lab |
Apply your previous knowledge in the preparation of sterile products, including parenteral medication. Develop competency in the skills required by pharmacy technicians for sterile products: basic aseptic techniques, accuracy, record keeping, and strict adherence to protocol.
|PHRM2008|| Non-Prescription and Complementary Therapies |
Examine the role of the pharmacy technician in assisting patients with non-prescription medication and complementary therapy information. Emphasis is placed on the demonstration of appropriate communication and interview strategies within the scope of practice.
|Term 5 - 9 weeks|
|PHRM2101|| Community Practicum |
Gain practical experience applying the knowledge and skills of a pharmacy technician in a community pharmacy setting. Students are preceptored in a community pharmacy for four consecutive weeks (20 days/160 hours). Some evening or weekend shifts may be required.
|PHRM2102|| Institutional Practicum |
Gain practical experience applying the knowledge and skills of a pharmacy technician in an institutional pharmacy setting. Students are preceptored in an institutional pharmacy for five consecutive weeks (25 days/200 hours). Some evening or weekend shifts may be required.
Courses marked with (O) are available through Open Studies.
Credits required for full-time status: 9 credits per term