Format of Examination Stations - Part II (OSPE)
The Pharmacy Technician Qualifying Examination – Part II (OSPE) consists of both interactive and non-interactive stations.
Each station will require that you complete one or more short tasks such as:
- interacting with a “Standardized Patient” or “Standardized Client” or “Standardized Health Professional” to gather information and resolve a drug-related problem or ethical dilemma
- responding to questions from a “Standardized Patient” or “Standardized Client” or “Standardized Health Professional” and making a referral when appropriate
- documenting or updating information gathered in a patient record
- screening / evaluating new prescriptions
- checking patient records and prepared medications for accuracy
- compounding a product or checking compounded products and compounding techniques
In any situation, you are expected to use your professional and/or ethical judgement, and act in the best interests of the patient, in order to provide safe and effective patient care. In most instances, you are required to assist the client while the client is present in the station, NOT simply refer the client to another health professional nor indicate that you will call them back later with your response.
Station examples, which are representative of the formats for interactive stations and non-interactive stations, are found in OSPE Sample Stations section.
OSPE Orientation Video
References in Stations - Part II (OSPE)
References are provided in some OSPE stations, but not all. The most current edition from the following list of references, or excerpts thereof, may be provided:
- RxTx– Canadian Pharmacists Association (most current or second most current edition): downloaded onto an electronic tablet (hand-held device) or printed excerpts
- Health Canada publications
- Package inserts or other professional references, where appropriate.
Candidates may only use the references provided in the stations. References are provided only when they are deemed essential in allowing candidates to meet the objectives of the station (i.e. solving the problem), but not necessarily when the station is based on knowledge and skills that candidates are expected to possess at entry to practice.
Candidates should become familiar with the listed references in order to use them efficiently, when provided.