- Program Accreditation: Diploma
- 43 weeks – Total hours: 900
- Theory: 800 hours – Internship 100 hours
If you’re interested in pursuing a people-focused career in health care, the Pharmacy Assistant Diploma Program will prepare you for an entry-level position in both retail pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies. The course curriculum will cover the educational elements required for employment, including prescription processing, pharmacy software, compounding techniques, inventory management, record-keeping, billing, legislative requirements and communications.
Program graduations will be prepared for entry-level positions as members of interdependent healthcare teams. Typically, Pharmacy Assistants are employed in a range of pharmacy environments including communities, hospitals and other institutions, along with patient education positions. Graduates may also find employment in the pharmaceutical industry.
- An Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent; or be at least 18 years of age or older and pass an entry test.
- English proficiency requirement for international students.
- Current vaccinations and negative TB test.
To successfully meet the program outcomes the student must:
- Achieve a minimum mark of 65% in all of the module assignments and exams
- Achieve a satisfactory rating in the internship evaluation
What You Will Learn
The Course consists of 14 modules. These modules are covered in the classroom.
- Community Pharmacy Practice
- Pharmaceutical Fundamentals
- Anatomy and Body Systems
- Pharmaceutical Calculations
- Legislation and Jurisprudence
- Computers in Pharmacy
- Hospital Pharmacy
- Aseptic Technique/Sterile Products
- Interpersonal/Communication skills
- Diabetic and Medical Devices
- Pharmacy Technician Exam Review
- Internship: The Pharmacy Assistant students complete their education with 100 hours of internship experience.
JOB FINDING WORKSHOPS ARE INCLUDED
The Pharmacy Assistant Program is approved as a vocational program under the Ontario Career Colleges Act, 2005.