3219 Other medical technologists and technicians (except dental health)
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Lead statementThis unit group includes medical technologists and technicians not elsewhere classified, such as dietary technicians, pharmacy technicians, ocularists, prosthetists, orthotists, prosthetic technicians and orthotic technicians. Dietary technicians are employed in health care and commercial food service establishments such as hospitals, extended care facilities, nursing homes, schools, cafeterias and fast food outlets. Pharmacy technicians are employed in retail and hospital pharmacies, long-term care facilities and by pharmaceutical manufacturers. Ocularists are employed in custom ocular prosthetic laboratories, or they may be self-employed. Prosthetists, orthotists and prosthetic and orthotic technicians are employed in hospitals, clinics, prosthetics and orthotics laboratories, and prosthetic device manufacturing companies. Prosthetists and orthotists may also be self-employed.
- pharmacy technician
- dietary technician
- orthotic technician
- food and nutrition technician – dietetics
- prosthetic technician
- ocularist technician
- Dietary technicians require completion of a two- to three-year college program in dietary technology and supervised practical training.
- Pharmacy technicians usually require completion of a two- to three-year college program in pharmaceutics.
- Registration with a regulatory body is required for pharmacy technicians in all provinces except Quebec and Saskatchewan.
- Ocularists require completion of the education program of the American Society of Ocularists and supervised practical training
or A five-year supervised practical training program under a certified ocularist.
- Certification by the National Examining Board of Ocularists is usually required.
- Prosthetists and orthotists require a two-year college program in prosthetics and orthotics technology and three years of supervised practical training.
- Certification by the Canadian Board of Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CBCPO) may be required.
- Prosthetic and orthotic technicians usually require a two- to three- year college program in prosthetics and orthotics and one to two years of supervised practical training
or Completion of secondary school and up to four years of supervised practical training under a certified prosthetist or orthotist.
- Registration with the Canadian Association of Prosthetists and Orthotists (CAPO) may be required.
- Prosthetic and orthotic technicians may become certified prosthetists or orthotists with an additional two years of experience as a registered prosthetic or orthotic technician and completion of certification examinations by the Canadian Board of Certification of Prosthetists and Orthotists.
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