Are you interested in working in a pharmacy setting? Pharmacy Assistants work under the supervision of Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians and play an integral role in both retail and institutional pharmacies. Duties may include preparing drug compounds, then preparing, packaging and labeling them for clientele, maintaining drug storage, assisting patients and reconciling third party insurance claims.
From helping prepare prescribed medication, counting tablets, and preparing labels to handling customer inquiries in-person and over the phone, operating the cash register and stocking shelves, Pharmacy Assistants play an integral role in the efficient operation of a pharmacy.
- Gain theory, lab, and practicum experiences so you can transition easily into your new work setting
- Be introduced to Community and Institutional Pharmacy procedures so you can be prepared to work in a variety of pharmacy settings
- Learn the basic math calculations used by Pharmacy Assistants in retail and hospital pharmacies
- Be introduced to basic human anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology and medical terminology that will help you identify the major classes of drugs to treat different conditions
Career opportunities for Pharmacy Assistants exist in retail, institutional and long-term care pharmacies all across Alberta
Topics of Study
Anatomy, Physiology & Pharmacology - 80 hours
Introduces students to the human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. Students learn medical terminology and pharmacology of major classes of drugs used in the treatment of common disease conditions.
Career Preparation - 20 hours
Explores the skills needed to effectively search for industry related employment, including preparing a resume, LinkedIn account, cover letter and interviewing skills.
Communication & Interpersonal Skills - 40 hours
Develops communication skills when engaging with pharmacy personnel, other health care professionals and customers. Students are encouraged to use effective listening skills when dealing with different or difficult individuals. Ethnic and cultural differences are celebrated and tolerance and understanding is applauded.
Community Pharmacy Procedures - 100 hours
Explores the fundamentals of dispensing Prescriptions, including translating Latin abbreviations, analyzing directions for patient use in order to calculate quantities, pricing, preparing labels, maintaining accurate patient profiles and ensuring all record keeping required by legislation is accurately maintained. Accuracy, quality assurance, and proper inventory management are emphasized. Students are exposed to a “hands-on approach” and learn retail software necessary to fill a prescription from start to finish with complete accuracy.
Compounding - 20 hours
Develops an understanding for mixing extemporaneous pharmaceutical solutions including liquids, suspension, ointments and creams. Special focus is given to the importance of accuracy in calculations, weighing and measuring as well as maintaining accurate records and documentation.
Institutional Pharmacy Procedures - 40 hours
Prepares students with the basic knowledge and skills necessary to work in an institutional pharmacy setting. Students are introduced to various drug distribution systems and policies and procedures applicable to handling and dispensing of medication in this setting.
Introduction to Computers - 40 hours
Provides students with a basic understanding of common computer applications. Office applications covered include word processing, spreadsheets and presentation.
Jurisprudence - 20 hours
Familiarizes students with the roles of the Pharmacy Assistant, Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacist. In addition, students are introduced to the legislation governing the practice of pharmacy and to the professional standards and ethics.
Pharmacy Calculations - 60 hours
Familiarizes students with performing calculations required within pharmacy settings. Students gain a full understanding of the mathematics involved in the preparation of a prescription. Students are also introduced to short forms and symbols, metric measures as well as imperial measures and their conversions.
Pharmacy Assistant Program Practicum
At the end of the classroom portion of the program, you will participate in a full time practicum in a pharmacy setting where you will gain valuable work experience and be able to perform the duties learned in the classroom and lab within a real-world pharmacy setting.
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