Anatomy, Physiology and TerminologyThis course will introduce the foundations of the language of medicine and will develop medical vocabulary through the
study of the structures and functions of the major body systems. Topics include medical terminology; general body
organization; and the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, nervous
(including special senses and psychiatric disorders), integumentary, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
Pharmacy CompoundingThis course is an introduction to drug preparation and dosage forms. Students will gain an understanding of ingredients
used in preparing pharmaceutical products. Students will gain knowledge and hands-on experience in non-sterile
compounding. This course involves the application of both pharmacy math and pharmaceutical abbreviations in the
compounding and dispensing of medications.
Career Planning & Preparation - Level IThis 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 IIThis 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.
Pharmacy Assistant Field PlacementThe field placement component of the program is the practical application of a student’s knowledge and skills in an
industry environment. The focus of the field placement is within a retail pharmacy to emphasize a customer-centered
approach; therefore, the field placement is not within a hospital setting. The duration of the field placement is 6 weeks,
during which the student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 200 hours of work experience.
Pharmacy MathematicsThis course begins with a review of basic mathematics and its application to pharmacy calculations. Mathematics used in
retail pharmacies, namely: business math; prescription pricing; and calculating medication dosages, are studied in this
course. In order to prepare the student for a wide range of pharmacy settings, calculations used in specialized and
institutional pharmacies are also discussed.
Pharmaceutical CalculationsThis 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.
PharmacologyThis course will introduce the basics of pharmacology and include a review of physiology and the basic mechanisms of
action involved in diseases/disorders of body systems. Students will learn to distinguish between the trade names and
generic names of drugs and identify classifications of drugs used in the treatment of diseases and disorders.
Pharmacy Law and EthicsThis course offers students the opportunity to learn about both Federal and Provincial legislation that governs pharmacy
in Canada today. A solid understanding of jurisprudence (pharmacy law) is essential for Pharmacy Assistants to perform
well in the field of pharmacy. The New Brunswick Pharmacy Act as it relates to pharmacy and third party billings will be
discussed in detail. This course will also introduce students to ethical concerns that are becoming increasingly important
in pharmacy and health care in general.
Pharmacy SoftwareThis course provides instruction and hands on training with Kroll, one of the leading computerized dispensary systems in
the pharmacy industry. Students will be required to: enter patient, prescription and doctor information; generate labels;
and practice accurately and efficiently filling prescriptions by selecting the correct medication. Pharmacy reports will
also be generated using Kroll in order to give students the pharmacy software experience necessary to enter the
workplace with confidence.
Retail Pharmacy PracticeThis course will introduce students to the roles and responsibilities of Pharmacist and Pharmacy Assistants. It will also
teach students the procedures to prepare and dispense medications, which include prescription interpretation skills,
billing and inventory as well as medication safety. This course also addresses professionalism, work ethics and
communication in the workplace.
Software Lab - Computer FundamentalsThrough 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 StrategiesIn 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.