Pharmacy Assistant

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Qualification: Diploma
Duration: 29 Weeks
Delivery: Blended
Video: 8 lessons
Lectures: 600 Hours
Practicum: 4 Weeks

CAREER PATHS

Pharmacy Assistants aid their pharmacists in retail, customer service, and clerical duties. Moreover, they also have job options in hospitals, pharmaceutical companies.

RETAIL PHARMACY ASSSTANT

In a retail environment, the pharmacy assistant is expected to know how to interact with patients in a professional matter, support them as they run the pharmacy, and adhere to the strict guidelines that apply to the retail pharmacy environment. Pharmacy assistants need to be able to perform to a high standard at all times, making the pharmacist and the patients comfortable in their ability to play an active role in the process. Through the ERP College Pharmacy Assistant program in Calgary, students will become top-class certified pharmacy assistants.

CLINIC PHARMACY ASSISTANT

A certified clinic pharmacy assistant is responsible for managing the pharmacy cash register, processing transactions, interacting with patients, and maintaining records. Alongside licensed pharmacists, pharmacy assistants prepare and distribute medicines in drugstores.

HOSPITAL PHARMACY ASSISTANT

In a hospital a certified pharmacy assistant will work alongside a licensed pharmacist to distribute medicines to patients. Additional responsibilities include receiving phone calls and taking messages, managing the queue of incoming orders, monitoring all medicine stock, and processing transactions.

PHARMACEUTICAL PHARMACY ASSISTANT

A pharmaceutical pharmacy assistant will count pills, label bottles, check prices, and prepares prescriptions alongside a licensed pharmacist. Other responsibilities include maintaining the drug stocks and making a record of all results

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Education
Alberta High School Diploma, General Education Diploma G.E.D., or Equivalent:

  • Verified By Transcript
  • Prioritize Biology 30 or Equivalent High School Level Biology Course

English Proficiency
International English Language Testing System IELTS score of 5

  • Canadian Language Benchmark C.L.B. level 5
  • Listening 5
  • Speaking 5
  • Reading 5
  • Writing 5

Interview:

  • Program applicants require an interview. Successful candidates have their choice of program.
  • Police Background Check for Practicum as Needed
  • Updated Vaccinations for Practicum as Needed
  • Medical Certificate for Practicum as Needed

Internal Basic Skills Test

  • Program applicants require a basic skills test based on a grade 12 education.
  • Understanding English
  • Understanding Mathematics

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

PERSONAL SUCCESS STRATEGIES

Facilitating consistency in pharmacy environments, personal success strategies benefit both the people who adopt them and the businesses who employ the people who adopt them. These are strategies that emphasize responsibility, accountability, and other values conducive to well-run pharmacy business.

PHARMACY PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES

In order to support pharmacists, pharmacy assistants must be familiar with pharmacy principles and practice, which define and guide the day-to-day work that pharmacists perform. These are the rules that all pharmacists follow in order to serve their patients.

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGIES

Using proper medical terminologies ensures that all employees in the pharmacy environment are referring to the same ailment or prescription, avoiding misunderstandings that can prove costly to patients and the pharmaceutical businesses.

MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION AND PRESCRIPTION READING

The form that communication with doctors and other medical professionals takes, medical transcriptions and prescriptions are constant parts of all certified pharmacy assistants’ work, providing information as to what is appropriate and expected in each situation.

COMMON DRUG AND USES

Because certified pharmacy assistants support pharmacists dispensing medications, a wide-ranging knowledge of common drugs and uses is necessary, laying the groundwork for the choices and decisions that pharmacy assistants make throughout the workday in the pharmacy environment.

PROGRAM COURSES

Section 1: Personal Success Strategies
Section 2: Keyboarding/Word Processing Skills/MS Office
Section 3: Pharmacy Compounding
Section 4: Microbiology and Sterile Preparation
Section 5: Pharmacy Principles and Practice
Section 6: Medical Terminology
Section 7: Communication, Interpersonal and Customer Relations
Section 8: Pharmaceutical Calculations
Section 9: Anatomy and Physiology
Section 10: CPR and Exam Review
Section 11: Pharmacy Software Kroll
Section 12: Medical Transcription and Prescription Reading
Section 13: Pharmacy Law and Ethics
Section 14: Pharmacology
Section 15: Common Drugs and Uses
Section 16: Practicum

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