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Pharmacy Assistant Diploma

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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

Pharmacy Assistant Diploma


53 Weeks




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Pharmacy Assistant Diploma Summary

ABM College’s Pharmacy Assistant Diploma Program 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.

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Pharmacy Assistant Diploma Description

Students gain relevant knowledge of the technical and clerical aspects of the pharmacy profession. Students end the program with an intensive 6-week practicum that allows them to gather real-world experience in both a retail and institutional setting. Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate is qualified to work as a pharmacy assistant in a wide variety of healthcare facilities as well as retail pharmacy environments.

Discover key features of the Pharmacy Assistant Diploma program:

  • Learn the roles of a Pharmacy Assistant in both a community/retail environment and a medical/hospital environment.
  • Study the mathematical calculations and clerical skills required for proper dosage, compounding, and inventory maintenance.
  • Gain an understanding of the effects of medications on anatomy and physiology.
  • Learn the concepts and procedures behind pharmacy compounding with an emphasis on patient safety regulations during sterile preparations.
  • Explore the fundamentals, core features, and functions of the industry standard KROLL software, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Career Opportunities

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

Salary Range

Pharmacy Assistant Diploma Information Kit

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Admission Requirements

Standard Admission

Students must meet the following criteria: 1. Grade 12 or equivalent and successful completion of Biology 30, Science 30, Math 30 or 33 and English 30 or 33. 2. Successful interview with school administration. 3. Clean criminal record. 4. Current immunization report.

Mature Admission

Students must meet all of the following criteria: 1. Must be 18 years or older(BC residents must be 19 years of age). 2. Fifty credits toward an Alberta High School, with 50% or better in a Grade 10 English and Grade 10 Mathematics, or non-Alberta equivalent, or successful completion of ABM Admission test using the Wonderlic Scholastic Level exam with a minimum score of 15. 3. Clean criminal record.

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Course Components

Principles of Pharmacy Practice

This course will focus on helping students understand the role of the pharmacy assistant and their duties and responsibilities. The course will discuss the historical background and the development of the pharmacy profession. Students will learn to differentiate between various workplace environments such as community and institutional pharmacies. They will also become familiar with the Canadian Pharmacy Organization, Standards of Practice, Legislations, and Ethics. At the end of the course, students will be able to explain the various roles of pharmacy throughout history and their impact on the profession.

Community Pharmacy Practice

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the retail pharmacy workplace. This course takes a practical view in training the students how to receive prescriptions and to become efficient problem solvers. We will emphasize customer communication skills and body language. The course exposes students to the general principles of effective and efficient inventory management. The course is intended to develop the skills needed for being an efficient Pharmacy Assistant in the retail environment. SIG Codes would be discussed in brief during this course.

Hospital Pharmacy Practice

This course outlines how the hospital pharmacy works and the role of the pharmacy assistant within this environment. Students will learn the various types of drug distribution systems in hospitals and institutional settings. They will be familiarized with automation and various 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.

Pharmacy Math and Calculations

The aim of this course is to help students perform the mathematical calculations required while working in a pharmacy. The course will mainly focus on doses and other calculations needed for basic compounding in the pharmacy. The students will also become familiar with multiple ways of expressing strengths, systems of weights and measurements, and dispensing language currently used in pharmacy practice.

Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy is defined as the study of the body structures, and Physiology is the function of the body structures. Students are introduced to the basic anatomy and physiology of the major body systems and their components. They are made aware of how a body and its multiple parts function together by working as a single unit.


This course provides concrete knowledge of different medications and focuses on basic principles of pharmacology. The primary focus is on the brand name and generic names of medications, which is essential for a pharmacy assistant when working in the pharmacy. Topics to be covered include receptor mechanisms, knowledge of different drug classifications, and effective ways to reduce dispensing errors. The course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of pharmacology, dosage formulations, and routes of drug administration as well as OTC medications. SIG Codes are extensively dicussed during this course.

Pharmacy Compounding

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. Students will become efficient at preparing pharmaceutical compounds and the necessary documentation to meet and maintain standards.

Pharmacy Software (Kroll)

Many Pharmacies are using KROLL software.This course will help students learn the basic and advanced skills of industry-standard pharmacy software system Kroll. The students are required to efficiently use the KROLL pharmacy software in all aspects of daily processes within a pharmacy.

Microsoft Office

This training will help students to effectively utilize all the features of Microsoft Office products, and increase productivity. Students become well versed in the Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook applications. This 4-week module helps students sharpen their computer and Office skills and prepare for the main course modules.

Capstone Career Prep

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.


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

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