Selkirk College

Pharmacy Technician Bridging National Education Program

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Program Information

School:Selkirk College
Faculty:Health - Castlegar Campus
Degree:Not Applicable; Online
Field of Study:Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Description: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. Four program courses are available: Professional Practice; Product Preparation; Pharmacology; Management of Drug Distribution Systems.

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.

URL:Pharmacy Technician Bridging National Education Program at Selkirk College

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:*These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Although regulation of pharmacy technicians is not currently in place in all jurisdictions/provinces, it is anticipated that completion of Bridging Education will be a mandatory requirement for individuals intending to pursue registration/licensure in any Canadian jurisdiction/province.

    Before taking any of the Bridging courses, candidates are advised to contact the Pharmacy Regulatory Authority (PRA) in their jurisdiction to determine if Bridging is required and to identify any additional requirements that may impact their eligibility or suitability to complete the Bridging Program. In some jurisdictions there may be time limits or pre-registration requirements that they need to know about first.

    Note: Requirements and completion sequence vary from one jurisdiction to another.
    Additional Admission Requirements:
      Fill an online application form (for further details, visit

      * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

      Modified on July 21, 2015