Pharmacy Assistant Certificate Program
Duration; 2 years modular intensive
Program emphasizes hands-on learning through labs and field placements—students complete approximately 165 field placement hours.
- Curriculum covers the newest pharmaceutical product, practices and drug distribution systems.
- Program emphasizes Interprofessional Education.
- Good knowledge of O’level Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, and English is required
- Candidate with previous higher education may be considered
- A background check for criminal record will be done for all accepted candidate
- This is a fast track program
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You will train to assist pharmacists by preparing drugs, managing inventory and helping with customers through this program that combines theory and hands-on instruction. Pharmacy assistants can find work in hospitals, long-term care facilities and retail pharmacies and Local Government Authorities and Companies.
As a community pharmacy assistant, working with a Registered Pharmacist and/or Pharmacy Technician, you will be an integral part of the health care team that aims to offer quality pharmaceutical services to customers in the community pharmacy setting.
As our population grows and ages, there is a vital need for trained professionals to provide pharmacy‐related assistance. This program trains students to become knowledgeable and skilled pharmacy assistants. Theory is taught in class and practiced in the laboratory. A four‐week retail fieldwork practicum completes the training. The pharmacy assistant is responsible for receiving prescriptions, preparing drugs, undertaking clerical and computer duties, managing inventory and providing customer service.
Pharmacy assistants must always work directly under the supervision and guidance of the pharmacist. They allow the pharmacist to spend more time with the client in his or her care.
In this certificate program, students spend approximately 16 hours per week on campus in theory‐based courses and laboratory practice. Course content in the first semester includes pharmacy concepts, pharmaceutical calculations, body systems and pharmaceutical implications and order processing, as well as professional standards and workplace communications. In the second semester, students complete their practicum in a community retail pharmacy to gain competency integrating theoretical knowledge with dispensing practice and customer service.
second year courses
|GSS||Use of English and Communication Skill||3|
|MATH111||Health Sciences Mathematics||2|
|PHAR1111||Pharmacology I for Community Pharmacy Assistant||3|
|PHAR131||Pharmacy Business Practices for Community Pharmacy Assistant||3|
|PHAR1114||Community Pharmacy Assistant Lab||3|
|PHAR1115||Pharmacy Legislation for Community Pharmacy Assistant||2|
|PRAC1124||Field Placement Community Pharmacy Assistant I||3|
|Term two (2018)|
|PHAR1212||Pharmacology II for Community Pharmacy Assistant||3|
|PHAR1215||Applied Pharmacy Calculations for Community Pharmacy||2|
|PHAR1216||Non Prescription Drugs and Products for Community Pharm||2|
|PHAR1217||Pharmaceutical Compounding for Community Pharmacy Assistant||4|
|PHAR1218||Long Term Care Pharmacy for Community Pharmacy Assistant||2|
|PHAR1219||Pharmacy Computers for the Community Pharmacy Assistant||3|
|PRAC1224||Field Placement Community Pharmacy Assistant II||5|
|PHAR1112||Pharmacology I for Community Pharmacy Assistant|
Note there may be some changes to the above curriculum which can take place without notice
After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a Community Pharmacy Assistant Diploma
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