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Pharmacy Assistant Diploma

Next program start dates:
Monday, January 4, 2021
Monday, March 1, 2021
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Engaging Classrooms
Passionate and knowledgeable instructors use both practical and theory components for easy learning
Real Pharmacy Experience
Students practice their skills in a mock pharmacy lab on-campus and have an extended 6-week practicum in a real pharmacy
Industry-Standard Software
Students learn first-hand with software programs that are mostly used in modern pharmacy settings
Diploma

Pharmacy Assistant Diploma

Length

43 Weeks 37 In-Class 6 Practicum

Location

Calgary Campus

Offered

Classroom Blended

Available

Morning Evening Weekend

Pharmacy Assistant Diploma

Program Overview

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Pharmacy Assistant Diploma Summary

ABM College’s Pharmacy Assistant Diploma is a comprehensive program designed to prepare students with all of the skills and knowledge they will require to become a professional Pharmacy Assistant. With hands-on training in realistic simulation labs and a full 6-week practicum in retail and facility setting placements, students are uniquely and effectively prepared to succeed in this rewarding and exciting career opportunity.

Pharmacy Assistant Diploma Description

The ABM College Pharmacy Assistant Diploma program gives students the practical skills necessary to be employed as a Pharmacy Assistant. Students gain relevant knowledge of the technical and clerical aspects of the pharmacy profession, including principles of pharmacy practice, pharmacology, software, drug terminology, pharmacy mathematics, inventory maintenance, record keeping, pharmacy equipment, and an introduction to compounding and prescription preparations.

Students end the program with an intensive six-week practicum that allows them to gather real-world experience in both a retail and facility setting. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are qualified to work as a pharmacy assistant in a wide variety of care facility or retail pharmacy environments.

Career Opportunities

  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Hospital Pharmacy Assistant
  • Clinic Pharmacy Assistant
  • Compounding Pharmacy Assistant
  • Pharmacy Distribution Clerk

Salary Range

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Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet ONE of these criteria*: Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent with minimum score of 50% in Biology 30, Science 30, Math 30/33, and English 30/33 or equivalents on verified transcript -OR- General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) with minimum score of 50% in Biology 30, Science 30, Math 30/33, and English 30/33 or equivalents, successful interview with ABM College Administration, and if student’s first language is not English, Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 with SLE Language Evaluation Test (Accuplacer) *All students must provide a current proof of immunization report and clear criminal record check prior to admission.

Mature Admission

Students must meet ALL of these criteria*: 1. At least 18 years of age prior to admission (BC residents must be 19 years of age) 2. At least 50 credits towards an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent with minimum score of 50% in Grade 10 English and Mathematics or equivalent -OR- score of 15 or higher on Entrance Exam (Scholastic Wonderlic) 3. Successful interview with ABM College Administration 4. If student’s first language is not English, Canadian Language Benchmark of 5 with SLE Language Evaluation Test (Accuplacer) *All students must provide a current proof of immunization report and clear criminal record check prior to admission.

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Course Components

1. Principals of Pharmacy Practice

Course Description: This course will focus on helping students understand the role of the pharmacy assistant and their duties and responsibilities. The course will discuss specifically on the gradual stages of development in the pharmacy profession. We will also learn to differentiate among various workplace environments such as community and institutional. This course will also educate students on the Law and Ethics in the pharmacy workplace. At the end of the course, students will be able to explain the various cultural origins of pharmacy and their impact on the profession.

2. Community Pharmacy Practice

Course Description: The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the retail pharmacy workplace. This course takes a practical view in educating the students on how to receive prescriptions and be efficient at problem solving. We will emphasize customer communication skills and body language. The course will also explore the importance of inventory management within the pharmacy. We intend to develop skills needed for being an efficient Pharmacy Assistant in a retail environment.

3. Hospital Pharmacy Practice

Course Description: This course outlines how the hospital pharmacy works and the role of the pharmacy assistant within it. It gives students a look at how the hospital pharmacy operates differently from the community pharmacy. It explains single-unit dose medications and equipment like PACMED machines, which are involved in packaging the unit dose medication. The course also outlines sterile compounding and the safety procedures that have to be followed before, during and after sterile procedures.

4. Pharmacy Math and Calculations

Course Description: The aim of this course is to help students perform the required mathematical calculations while working in a pharmacy. The course will mainly focus on dosage and other calculations required for basic compounding in the pharmacy. It is essential for a pharmacy assistant to be able to understand the importance of decimals, as little change in decimals could lead to medication errors.

5. Anatomy and Physiology

Course Description: Anatomy is defined as the study of the body structures, and Physiology is the function of the body structures. It is important for a pharmacy assistant to have a brief idea of the body systems and how they work. This course will help them in understanding Pharmacology, and where and how medications act in the body.

6. Pharmacology

Course Description: This course provides concrete knowledge on different drugs, and focuses on a practical and applied approaches to Pharmacology. The primary focus is on the brand name and generic names of drugs, which is essential for a pharmacy assistant when working in the pharmacy. Knowledge on different classifications, look-alike and sound-alike drugs, and their adverse effects will help in reducing the duplication of medication from the same class and thus reducing dispensing errors.

7. Pharmacy Compounding

Course Description: This module focuses on helping students understand the concepts and procedures of compounding. It will emphasize patient safety regulations during sterile preparations and help students develop basic and advanced compounding skills.

8. Pharmacy Software (Kroll)

Course Description: This course will help students learn the basic and advanced skills of industry-standard pharmacy software system Kroll.

9. Practicum

Course Description: Students gain practical and hands-on experience to apply the knowledge and skills learned in class to real-world experiences in a professional capacity.

10. Microsoft Office & Keyboarding

Course Description: This course equips students with the Microsoft Office skills needed to work in a fast-paced pharmacy or clinic environment. Students will build skills in keyboarding, internet use, and how to use all common Microsoft Office Suite applications including Excel, Outlook, and Word.

Optional - Business Communication

Course Description: This course helps students explore and understand the role of communication in professional business settings. Attention is given to workplace culture, interpersonal and team communication, technology, professional presentations, research, meetings, and professional writing grounded in communication and business theory.

Optional - Resume Writing & Professional Skills

Course Description: Students work with a professional career counsellor to develop and optimize a professional resume to put forward for employers. Additional support in job searching, interview techniques, and other career transition skills are offered to ensure students have the best possible work prospects.

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