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PHARMACY ASSISTANT

PROGRAM DETAILS

TYPE:Diploma
TIME:Morning or Afternoon
DURATION:26 - 32 Weeks
INTERNSHIP:Available
CAMPUSES:SpecificINQUIRE
NOC CODE:3414
PROGRAM OUTLINE

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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 RECEIVE:

  • 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

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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.

FACT

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.

EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE RECENTLY HIRED triOS GRADS

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

SALARY INFORMATION

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

Source: workingincanada.gc.ca

PROGRAM INFORMATION

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.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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).

RESOURCE ARTICLE: HOW PHARMACIES SERVE CANADIANS

Woman looking at books on a shelfEveryone knows pharmacies dispense medication to Canadians who have a prescription from their physician. These medications can be as simple as painkillers you cannot buy over-the-counter to things like antibiotics and medication for serious conditions like heart disease or diabetes.

However, this is not the only service pharmacies and pharmacists can offer the patients who walk in. Below are six detailed examples of other ways in which pharmacies serve Canadians and ensure we are as healthy as possible ...continue reading!

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