Pharmacy Assistant

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The ABHI Pharmacy Assistant career-focused Program is designed to help students prepare for a career in the healthcare industry as Pharmacy Assistants. This program integrates knowledge in theory and practical applications to enable the students to efficiently perform the job responsibilities attached to their new roles as Pharmacy Assistants. It...

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The ABHI Pharmacy Assistant career-focused Program is designed to help students prepare for a career in the healthcare industry as Pharmacy Assistants. This program integrates knowledge in theory and practical applications to enable the students to efficiently perform the job responsibilities attached to their new roles as Pharmacy Assistants. It is intended to orient the students to the fundamental workings and structure of a community and hospital-based pharmacy.

Length: 19 Weeks

Credential: Diploma

Program Delivery: Online

Median Starting Salary: $31, 200.00 - $47, 738.00

Program Overview

From assisting in the processing of prescriptions to administrative duties, Pharmacy Assistants are largely responsible for the smooth running of pharmacies. Pharmacists and their technicians rely heavily on Pharmacist Assistants to aid in the various technical aspects of pharmacy operations. Pharmacy assistants are crucial healthcare professionals whose duties go beyond drug preparation, inventory management, and assisting customers. They have a wide range of responsibilities including administrative duties, merchandising, compounding, replenishing shelves & taking inventory, answering phone calls and responding to clients in-person inquiries, just to mention a few. Pharmacy assistants take on these job responsibilities to enable pharmacists to focus on patient care.

This 19-week-long program is orchestrated to favorably distinguish our graduates in the job market. Completion of this program gives you an edge in the market to compete favorably for an entry-level position in the pharmaceutical industry. You will experience hands-on training and will be given the right exposure that will help you develop confidence and the right mindset that will set you apart from the competition.

The demand for pharmacy assistants is expected to rise in Canada and this program aims to fulfill the rising need for Pharmacy Assistants in community pharmacies as well as institutional pharmacies. This program lays a solid foundation for individuals who may wish to further their education and transition to become Pharmacy Technicians.

ABHI offers a timetable to meet the individual needs of students. Students have the option of taking the course part-time weekdays (days or evenings) or weekends.

Course Outline

  • Computer Fundamentals
  • Pharmacy History and Communication Practices
  • Human Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology Terminology
  • Pharmacy Management
  • Pharmacy Laws and Ethics
  • Drug Delivery System and Dosage
  • Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Repackaging and Non-Sterile Compounding
  • Aseptic techniques and Sterile Compounding
  • Medication Safety and Error Prevention
  • Pharmacy Billing and Software Application
  • Pharmacology and Medication
  • Practicum

Career Avenues

ABHI offers a timetable to meet the needs of the students. The students will be given the chance and option to take courses days or evenings on weekdays or weekends. Listed below are just some of the career opportunities a successful graduate of this program will be qualified to have as employment:

  • Clinical Pharmacy Assistant
  • Diabetic Meter Assistant
  • Medical Clerical Assistant in Research Firms and Care Agencies
  • Medical Supply Firms
  • Pharmaceutical Firms
  • Retail Pharmacy Assistant
  • Institutional and Long-term Care pharmacies across Canada