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PHARMACY ASSISTANT

PROGRAM DETAILS

TYPE:Diploma
TIME:Morning or Afternoon
DURATION:32 Weeks
FIELD PLACEMENT:Available
CAMPUSES:Specific ( INQUIRE )
Noc Code:3414
PROGRAM OUTLINEPharmacy Assistant Program Outline NB

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 prescription intake, 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, and in areas such as patient education within pharmaceutical companies.

STUDENTS RECEIVE:

  • 6 WEEK INTERNSHIP!
  • CLASSROOMS THAT STIMULATE REAL-WORLD PHARMACY SETTINGS, INCLUDING RELEVANT EQUIPMENT
  • MICROSOFT OFFICE, MICROSOFT IMAGINE STANDARD AND WINDOWS ARE INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM FEES

INCLUDED COURSES

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Career Planning & Preparation - Level I

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 about the "Hidden" Job Market and ways to access it in their upcoming job search, 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 and references, and organize proof documents for their career portfolio. 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 - Part II.

Career Planning & Preparation - Level II

This module continues to build on the concepts and skills introduced in Career Planning and Preparation - Part 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 - Part I will be reviewed, with a focus towards on-the-job success in both learner placements and post-graduate employment.

Pharmaceutical Calculations

This module is designed to introduce the student to the type of calculations performed in both hospital and retail pharmacies on a daily basis, starting with the metric system and leading into more complex calculations and problem solving skills. The instructor will introduce topics and then provide the students time and assistance to complete exercises. Topics will include converting between Roman numerals and Arabic numbers, a review of basic math using fractions and decimals, the metric system of measurement, ratio, proportion and percent, calculating strength of medication using percent, units, parts per million and mEq (milliequivalent), translating Latin abbreviations for the administration of medication, calculating pediatric dosages and fractional dosages, performing calculations using formulas, preparing solutions, understanding parental medications and TPN (total parenteral nutrition) calculations, as well as the calculation of a prescription price.

Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals

Through a combination of theory and hands-on-practice, this module examines the role and use of the computer in today’s workplace. Emphasis is placed on those computers outfitted with the Microsoft Windows operating system. Students will review basic computer concepts, Windows OS usage, and complete hands-on training exercises in business-standard software applications, including Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Word. Keyboarding skills are also honed via daily keyboarding exercises and drills

Student Success Strategies

In this orientation module, emphasis is placed on thinking about achieving success from Day One. This module 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 SMART 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 Eastern 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 EASTERN GRADS

  • COSTCO PHARMACY
  • SHOPPERS DRUG MART
  • PHARMACHOICE
  • JEAN COUTU PHARMACY
  • WALMART PHARMACY
  • MEDICINE SHOPPE

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

Grade 12 or equivalent or mature student status.  Please call the campus for more details.

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