Health Career Profiles

Pharmacy Technician

Career Description

As a regulated profession, pharmacy technicians work collaboratively with pharmacists and other health care providers to provide optimal care to their patients. Pharmacy technicians are able to assume responsibility and accountability for the technical and administrative tasks of pharmacy practice. Their scope of practice focuses on the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with the technical aspects of prescription and patient information, and of product and drug distribution. Pharmacy technicians are responsible for ensuring patient safety and for the accuracy and quality of product preparation and release

Academic and Licensing Requirements

  • Completion of High School or equivalent with required academic courses upper level mathematics, English, biology, chemistry
  • Completion of a CCAPP-accredited pharmacy technician training program

In Nova Scotia, this profession is regulated by the Nova Scotia College of Pharmacists. In order to work as a pharmacy technician, one must be registered and licensed with the College. A number of registration requirements, including education, practice experience, national certification exam and jurisprudence exam must be completed in order to register and license with the College.

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