The National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program was developed by the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) to assist individuals already working in the role of pharmacy technician to upgrade their skills to align with changes in the scope of practice of pharmacy technicians, without returning to school to complete a full-time training program. The ultimate goal is a national strategy that will enable regulated pharmacy technicians to relocate and work anywhere in Canada without the need to requalify.
The Program addresses competencies required of regulated pharmacy technicians in both hospital and community practice. The Program of studies includes the following four courses:
- Professional Practice for Pharmacy Technician Bridging
- Product Preparation for Pharmacy Technician Bridging
- Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technician Bridging
- Management of Drug Distribution Systems for Pharmacy Technician Bridging
Delivery partners for Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education include the pharmacy regulatory authorities in all participating jurisdictions and a variety of educational institutions across Canada.
Professional Practice for Pharmacy Technician Bridging
Students focus on four key areas of practice: ethics and professionalism, legal requirements, scope of practice and communication skills. Through a variety of learning tools, students will enhance their ability to practice competently within the professional practice framework.
Course outline - Professional Practice for Pharmacy Technician Bridging
Product Preparation for Pharmacy Technician Bridging
This course addresses the theoretical knowledge and practical skills essential for safe and accurate preparation of sterile and non-sterile pharmaceutical products. For non-sterile preparation, students will focus on equipment and tools and compounding practices for various internal and external preparations and specialty dosage forms. For sterile product preparation, topics include aseptic technique, parenteral dosage forms, appropriate use of equipment, TPN, chemotherapy medications and quality control. Pharmaceutical calculations receive particular emphasis.
Course outline - Product Preparation for Pharmacy Technician Bridging
Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technician Bridging
This course provides a practical, applied approach to pharmacology. Through a variety of assignments, quizzes, case studies and group work, students will enhance their ability to practice competently and contribute to a safe patient care setting. Participants will gain basic knowledge related to the pharmacological uses of drugs within a variety of commonly encountered medical conditions.
Course outline - Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technician Bridging
Management of Drug Distribution Systems for Pharmacy Technician Bridging
This course examines various drug distribution systems in pharmacy practice, with a focus on safe and effective drug supply and distribution in both institutional and community practice settings. Topics include inventory management and various business practices. Accurate product release within the parameters of the pharmacy technician role receives special emphasis.