CNC and Castlegar’s Selkirk College College have announced a partnership, bringing a pharmacy technician program to students in the north.
The 15-month program will begin in June 2023, and be taught in a hybrid online and in-person format.
All lab work and hands-on learning will be done at CNC, while Selkirk will pick up classroom sessions over the internet.
“Selkirk College has been delivering a respected pharmacy technician program for 20
years and prioritize providing quality accessible education – particularly in rural and
underserved areas,” said Melissa Bleier, program coordinator at Selkirk College.
“This partnership with CNC is an exciting opportunity to provide students in the north with
the hands-on training they need, while staying close to home and their families.”
The first three semesters of the program will be completely online, followed by eight weeks of practical training and lab time at CNC. The course concludes with a 10-week practicum in northern BC.
“As soon as I graduated from Selkirk’s program, I got a job with Northern Health. They had
heard great things about the program and I use the information I learned at school daily,”
shared Delaney Elliott, who now works as a chemotherapy technician in Smithers.
According to CNC, the province will need 1,600 new pharmacy technicians over the next decade.
For more information on the program and the partnership, click here.