Duration

2 Years

1100 Hours

Delivery

Instructor-Led

Self-Paced

Cost

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

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


Standard Admissions: 

  • High School Diploma Alberta / Non-Alberta Equivalent / GED 
  • Interview with Program Coordinator 

Mature Admissions: 

  • Minimum age of 18 for mature students. 
  • One year out of school. 
  • Completion of Peerless College’s standard entrance exam (English and Mathematics) with an average of 60%. 

    International Student Admissions: 
  • Verification of transcripts of the high school diploma outside of Canada for eligibility. 
  • Eligibility criteria for English Language proficiency: CLB (with a score of 6) and IELTS (with a score of 5.5)

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