Pharmacy Assistant

Diploma Program Length: 32 Weeks

26 Weeks Classroom, 6 Weeks Internship


The purpose of the program is to prepare students with the necessary skills and academic knowledge for entry-level positions in retail pharmacies, as well as pharmaceutical companies. This program provides an overview of the theory, principles and practices of the Pharmacy Assistant. Areas of study include accurately and safely processing prescriptions, pharmacy software practice, proper extemporaneous compounding techniques, controlling inventory, keeping accurate and confidential records, third party billing, acting within relevant legislation, and effectively communicating verbally and in writing. Graduates will be prepared to work as members of an interdependent health-care team.

Graduates should find employment opportunities in retail pharmacies and other environments such as mail order pharmacies, home care, patient education, and various other positions within pharmaceutical companies.

Students recieve: 
  • 6 week internship!
  •  Classrooms that stimulate real-world pharmacy settings, including relevant equipment
  •  Anatomy lab tour to the University of Guelph
  •  Microsoft Office, Microsoft Imagine Standard and Windows are included in the program fees


As a Pharmacy Assistant, you’ll work as part of a health care team to ensure that consumers receive the best possible pharmaceutical care. Graduates of the triOS Pharmacy Assistant program may work for Pharmacists in retail pharmacies, home healthcare divisions/companies, insurance companies, institutional settings and pharmaceutical distribution wholesalers/manufacturers. Employment of Pharmacy Assistants is expected to grow due to the increased pharmaceutical needs of a larger and older population, and to the greater use of medication. With advances in science, more medications are becoming available to treat more conditions. The increased numbers of middle-aged and elderly people – who, on average, use more prescription drugs than do younger people – will spur demand for assistants. Note: Some career and education options may require advanced degrees, further training or experience.

Are You Career Training Ready? Find Out!Take the triOS “Pharmacy Assistant Readiness Quiz”

Pharmaceutical sales in Canada have a 2.5 percent share of the global market, making Canada the 9th largest world market.
"Pharmaceutical Industry Profile." Government of Canada.

  • Shoppers Drugmart
  • Walmart Pharmacy
  • Toronto Western Hospital
  • Rexall Pharma Plus
  • Costco Wholesale Pharmacy
  • The Dispensary
  • Joseph Brant Hospital
  • Toronto Medical Pharmacy
And many more..


Average Wage ($/hr)  - $18.00
High Wage ($/hr)        - $29.00



The Pharmacy Assistant Diploma Program combines instructor led training with a work placement designed to prepare students for a career in healthcare. The Pharmacy Assistant provides services and assistance to pharmacists by compounding, packaging and labeling pharmaceutical products and by maintaining prescription records and inventories of medications and pharmaceutical products.


High School Graduation Diploma or Mature Student Status (18 years of age and academic achievement test passed). In addition, an entrance assessment must be successfully passed; demonstrated fluency in English (oral and written).

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