Become part of a leading workforce with an education in pharmacy.
About The Program
The Pharmacy Assistant diploma program provides the opportunity for students to pursue a 6-week field placement for hands-on experience.
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.
Employers Who Have Hired Eastern Grads
- Costco Pharmacy
- Shoppers Drug Mart
- Jean Coutu Pharmacy
- Walmart Pharmacy
- Medicine Shoppe
*Employment Rate based on 2018 contactable Eastern graduates employed in a related field.
NOC Code: 3414 - **Wage data is for employees in all ranges of experience in the field, rounded down to the nearest dollar, and based on New Brunswick data. Local (or regional) income may vary.
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.
The Pharmacy Assistant diploma program at Eastern College combines instructor led training with a work placement designed to prepare students for a successful career in healthcare. As a pharmacy assistant, you’ll 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.
Graduates typically 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 enrolled in the program will receive:
- Classrooms that stimulate real-world pharmacy settings, including relevant equipment;
- Microsoft Office, Microsoft Imagine Standard, and Windows are included in the program fees.
Course Listings: New Brunswick
Anatomy, Physiology and Terminology
Career Planning & Preparation - Level I
Career Planning & Preparation - Level II
Pharmacy Assistant Field Placement
Pharmacy Law and Ethics
Retail Pharmacy Practice
Software Lab - Computer Fundamentals
Student Success Strategies
High school graduation or equivalent. For those without high school completion, please refer to the Program Overview at the top of this page or speak to your Education Consultant.
“Every single staff that I have had contact witht is very kind, considerate, ready to help no matter what, and always supportive. If you are willing to work hard on your studies, they have your back 100% all the way. I can't wait to see what the rest of my course brings.”