Internationally Educated Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education

Council has approved the University of Toronto, School Of Continuing Studies’ Orientation to the Canadian Health Care System, Culture and Context course combined with any program approved by the Registration Committee as the bridging education to assist internationally educated pharmacy technician applicants to gain the knowledge, skills and abilities required to meet the Canadian entry-to-practice standards for pharmacy technicians.

The Registration Committee has approved the following courses offered by the CTS Canadian Career College as the bridging education program that internationally educated pharmacy technician applicants must successfully complete to meet the education registration requirement:

  • Pharmacy Laws, Regulation and Ethics
  • Communications with Patients and Health Professionals
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Community Dispensing
  • Medication Packaging
  • Compounding (Non-Sterile) skills
  • Sterile Product Skills
  • Hospital Dispensing Skills
  • Hospital Dispensing Theory
  • Practicing the Pharmacy Technician (PT) Scope of Practice

All internationally educated pharmacy technician applicants who did not pass Parts I and II of the PEBC Qualifying Exam for pharmacy technicians on their first attempt must successfully complete bridging education to be eligible to apply for Structured Practical Training and the Jurisprudence Exam.

Course descriptions, availability and fees are posted on the providing institution’s website.

NOTE: An alternative option to this bridging education would be to successfully complete a CCAPP-accredited Canadian pharmacy technician program and register with OCP through the registration pathway for CCAPP graduates.

College Contact: regprograms@ocpinfo.com