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Big News for PTEC This Fall At Selkirk College

Selkirk College Delivers National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education


Selkirk College recently signed an agreement with the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory Authorities (NAPRA) to deliver the online version of the National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program.

The National Pharmacy Technician Bridging Education Program will allow those already working in the role of pharmacy technician to upgrade their skills to align with changes in the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians without having to return to school to complete a full-time training program.

Online program draws students from across Canada

Selkirk College, which was selected to deliver the online program across Canada, will offer four courses in both French and English to students from across Canada. Through a virtual classroom, the first session will begin this fall with courses in Pharmacology, Product Preparation, Management of Drug Distribution Systems and Professional Practice.

“We are looking forward to the opportunity to serve Bridging students from across Canada,” says Dean of Health and Human Services, Rhys Andrews at Selkirk College. “It is an exciting initiative for our College and we are up to the challenge.”

Program means more study and work options

Since 2008, Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta have been working toward the regulation of pharmacy technicians, and as other provinces began the regulatory process, it became clear that a national curriculum was needed to support consistency in the knowledge and skills of all pharmacy technicians across Canada in order to support labour mobility.

Selkirk’s delivery of this national program also means more options for students who want to study at Selkirk but live elsewhere. The ability to study online opens doors and makes Selkirk a great choice for furthering their education from any location.

Building on strategic direction

“This national online training program for pharmacy technicians will have an immediate and very positive impact on our ability to provide students with current skills and education they need to be successful in their careers”, says Angus Graeme, President. This program builds on Selkirk's strategic directions to increase enrolments, and engage the wider community in learning and developing innovative programs and services. 

For more information, please contact the Chair of Selkirk’s School of Health and Human Services, Teresa Petrick at 250.365.1442.


Learn more about the National Pharmacy Technician Education Bridging Program or visit Selkirk’s Facebook page.