Pharmacy Assistant

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Pharmacy Assistant Program is designed to teach students the technical and clerical aspects of the pharmaceutical departments including inventory maintenance, record keeping, the latest trend of pharmacy equipment, mathematical skills related to pharmacy, and prescription. This program reflects the current trends and practices in Canada.

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 ASSISTANT

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

If you do not meet the admissions requirements and are interested in our program, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us anyway as we understand every situation is different and we will find ways to accommodate you.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

MS OFFICE

This course is designed so students get hands-on experience using Microsoft Office.
The course will enhance the student’s skills on Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. It will also teach them to integrate data between the programs.

HOURS: 80

MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY, ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

This course will assist the students in developing specialized language specific to the health care field.

Students will learn anatomical terms, medical prefixes- root words- suffixes, diagnostic exams, basic anatomy and functions for each body system, and conditions/ diseases for each body system, and introduction to the human body and its functions. The module will help students to communicate effectively in medical settings.

HOURS: 80

PHARMACY SOFTWARE KROLL, MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION AND PRESCRIPTION READING

Students will get an illuminating insight of KROLL, the pharmacy software.

KROLL is an efficient, innovative, and user-friendly pharmacy management software used by chains, independent pharmacies, and other specialized clinical settings.

Knowledge in the applications of the software will allow students to excel at their future endeavor’s in the pharmaceutical industry.

HOURS: 80

PHARMACY PRINCIPLES, PRACTICE, LAW, ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

The course will introduce students to the profession and scope of practice for pharmacy assistants.

An in-depth look will be given to federal and provincial laws, and the standards that regulate the practice of pharmacy in the Canadian health care system.

Students will also look at the foundations of ethical and professional practice. They will also discuss the ethical and legal principles that guide the professional practice and how to respond when unethical, illegal, or unprofessional actions are observed.

HOURS: 80

PHARMACOLOGY, COMMON DRUGS AND USES

The pharmacology course covers the study of drugs and its properties, effects and therapeutic value in the main drug categories.

Students will learn the essentials of pharmacology and how it will relate to dispensing and the patient’s safety.

HOURS: 80

PHARMACY COMPOUNDING, PHARMACEUTICAL CALCULATIONS, MICROBIOLOGY AND STERILE PREPARATION

● Understanding subdivisions of numbers, number systems, estimating and accuracy
● Ratios, percent and proportions
● Applying metric measurements and calculating doses
● Preparing injectable medications
● Preparing intravenous medications
● Using special calculations in compounding
● Using business maths in pharmacy
● Five kingdoms of microorganisms

HOURS: 80

PRACTICUM

The practicum will offer the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the pharmacy setting.

Students will have the chance to apply the skills, theories and concepts they learned in the classes. This is an unpaid commitment of the students to potential employers.

HOURS: 80

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