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PHARMACY ASSISTANT

PROGRAM DETAILS

TYPE:Diploma
TIME:AM/PM
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

INCLUDED COURSES

Anatomy, Physiology and Terminology

This course will introduce the foundations of the language of medicine and will develop medical vocabulary through the study of the structures and functions of the major body systems. Topics include medical terminology; general body organization; and the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, nervous (including special senses and psychiatric disorders), integumentary, endocrine, and reproductive systems.

Pharmacy Compounding

This course is an introduction to drug preparation and dosage forms. Students will gain an understanding of ingredients used in preparing pharmaceutic products. Students will gain knowledge and hands-on experience in non-sterile compounding. This course involves the application of both pharmacy math and pharmaceutical abbreviations in the compounding and dispensing of medications.

Computer Fundamentals

This course is designed to provide students with a basic overview of computer usage, along with an introduction to Microsoft Office applications. The course will involve a comprehensive skills assessment process that will be used to determine the need for future training.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level 1

This module introduces tools for planning and preparing for a successful job search, so that students can maintain a career-focused approach throughout their education program. Students will learn how to research opportunities and network for industry contacts, and use appropriate etiquette when communicating with prospective employers. Students will identify their personal skills, values and preferences for the workplace, begin preparation of a professional resume, cover letter, thank you note and references. Class discussions on various self-management topics introduced in Student Success Strategies will round out this module, which is a pre-requisite for Career Planning and Preparation – Level 2.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level 2

This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Level I. Students will learn how to conduct an effective job search and identify various methods of applying for work with today’s technology. Students will create a personal list of “Top Employers” and target current industry opportunities, while finalizing their professional resume, portfolio and career correspondence. Students will learn to identify the different types and forms of interviews, practice responding to typical questions, and practice follow-up, evaluation and negotiation techniques they can use to ensure success. Self-management topics from Career Planning and Preparation - Level I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.

CPR and First Aid

Upon successful completion of this course, students will achieve the St. John's Ambulance Standard Level First Aid and Level C CPR.

Pharmacy Mathematics

This course begins with a review of basic mathematics and its application to pharmacy calculations. Mathematics used in retail pharmacies, namely: business math; prescription pricing; and calculating medication dosages, are studied in this course. In order to prepare the student for a wide range of pharmacy settings, calculations used in specialized and institutional pharmacies are also discussed.

Pharmacology

This course will introduce the basics of pharmacology. A review of physiology and the basic mechanisms of action involved in disease/disorders of body systems. Students will distinguish between trade name/generic name of drugs, also classifications of drugs used in treatment of such diseases and disorders will be taught.

Pharmacy Law and Ethics

This course offers students the opportunity to learn about both Federal and Provincial legislation that governs pharmacy in Canada today. A solid understanding of jurisprudence (pharmacy law) is essential for pharmacy Assistants to perform well in the field of pharmacy. The Ontario Drug Benefit Act as it relates to pharmacy and third party billings will be discussed in detail. This course will also introduce students to ethical concerns that are becoming increasingly important in pharmacy and health care in general.

Pharmacy Software

This course provides instruction and hands on training with ProPharm’s Nexxsys, one of the leading computerized dispensary systems in the pharmacy industry. Students will be required to: enter patient, prescription and doctor information; generate labels; and practice accurately and efficiently filling prescriptions by selecting the correct medication. Pharmacy reports will also be generated using Nexxsys in order to give students the pharmacy software experience necessary to enter the workplace with confidence.

Retail Pharmacy Practice

This course will introduce students to the roles and responsibilities of Pharmacist and Pharmacy Assistants. It will also teach students the procedures to prepare and dispense medications, which include prescription interpretation skills, billing and inventory as well as medication safety. This course also addresses professionalism, work ethics and communication in the workplace.

Student Success Strategies

This course stresses the importance of developing non-technical skills to enhance personal, academic and career success. This includes understanding learning styles and honing practical study skills, such as memory, reading, note- and test-taking techniques. Personal exercises will focus on teamwork, decision making and problem solving skills, setting goals and maintaining a positive attitude techniques for managing change, stress and conflict will also be explored.

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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

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