Pharmacy Technician Bridging Program Fact Sheet

Published: July 2014

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Background

The Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program was approved by College Council to allow pharmacy assistants who were already working in the profession sufficient time to upgrade their skills to align with changes in the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians. Those applicants who are in the “in the profession” pathway to registration must successfully complete the Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program portion of the registration process prior to January 1, 2015.


Deadlines

The January 1, 2015 deadline applies only to the date for successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program. This deadline is firm and the bridging program will no longer be valid for Ontario applicants wishing to register through the “in the profession” pathway. Individuals who successfully complete the bridging program before the deadline are still able to continue with the other examinations and training requirements for final registration.

Employer Deadlines

Many employers have set their own deadlines to support the shift toward regulating pharmacy technicians. Employer deadlines to become fully registered as a pharmacy technician do not relate to the College’s deadline to complete the Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program.


Options if You Missed the Deadline

The deadline to complete the Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program by January 1, 2015 is firm. If you missed the deadline, you have two options:

  1. Enrol in a pharmacy technician education program accredited by the Canadian Council for the Accreditation of Pharmacy Programs (CCAPP)
  2. Work as a pharmacy assistant
    • Discuss opportunities with your employer
    • Pharmacy assistants are unregulated
    • You will not be able to call yourself a pharmacy technician or perform any of the related authorized acts
    • Your work responsibilities will not be the same as those of a pharmacy technician

National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program

The National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) will continue to offer the Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program to:

  1. Applicants in other provinces that are still developing the regulation process for pharmacy technicians
  2. International pharmacy technician applicants

This program is closed for “in the profession” pathway applicants in Ontario.


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