2 Years

1100 Hours





Domestic: $19,900

International: $30,000

Estimated Book Costs: $1,000

Program Description

Preparing and Providing Medication and Administrative Duties

A Pharmacy Assistant helps licensed Pharmacists provide medication and other healthcare products to patients. Pharmacy Assistants usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication, such as counting tablets and labelling bottles. They also perform administrative duties, such as answering phones, stocking shelves, and operating cash registers. Pharmacy Assistants refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist. CPR, First Aid and WHMIS will be completed during the program.

In large pharmacies and health systems, pharmacy assistants with significant training, experience and certification can be promoted to supervisory positions, mentoring and training pharmacy assistants with less experience. Some may advance into specialty positions such as chemotherapy assistants and nuclear pharmacy assistants. Others move into sales. This program gives the student the necessary skills to be competitive in this exciting field.

Job Opportunities

  • Clinical Pharmacy Assistant
  • Diabetic Meter Assistant
  • Health Care Consultant
  • Medical Clerical in Research & Care Agencies
  • Medical Supply Firms
  • Pharmaceutical Firms
  • Retail Pharmacy Assistant



  1. Minimum high school diploma or equivalent; Successful interview with school administration; Able to read, write and speak English fluently (CLBA-6 or IELTS 5.5 in all bands); Current immunization report (MMR, TB test, HEP B) Clean criminal background.

Alberta Mature Admission:

  1. The student must be 18 years of age; must complete an academic achievement test ie. Wonderlic with a score of 20 at minimum.
  2. All students must complete a successful interview with the College Program Chair or Administrative Manager.
  3. If ESL, the student must meet CLB level 6.0 or IELTS equivalent.
  4. Candidates must produce evidence of English ability or complete the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) with a minimum of 60 % in each of the verbal and quantitative skills.
  5. International students must supply transcripts that are equivalent to the standard admission requirements or complete the WBST.

B.C. Mature Admission

  1. The student has graduated from grade 12 or equivalent (B.C. high school diploma, B.C. Adult Graduation Diploma, General Educational Development) or an equivalent secondary school completion from another jurisdiction.
  2. The student is 19 years of age or older before the start of classes and has demonstrated evidence at the appropriate level of literacy, numeracy, comprehension and/or written skills to enable successful completion of the program.