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Pharmacy Assistant

Program Overview

Be a vital member of a pharmacy! From helping to prepare prescribed medication to answering the phone, inventory management, and operating cash registers, Pharmacy Assistants play an essential role in the operation of a community pharmacy.

The Pharmacy Assistant (PA) diploma program will provide you with an interactive learning experience on key topics such as compounding and dispensing prescriptions. You will be prepared for all aspects of the job.

At the end of your program, you will participate in a 6-week Community Practicum where you will have the opportunity to perform the duties learned in class and in the lab in a real-world community retail pharmacy setting. The practicum placement will be arranged through the college.

Financial assistance is available to students who qualify. For assistance, please contact our Admissions team for more information.

Program Courses

The Westervelt Pharmacy Assistant diploma program is designed to provide you with the hands-on training and theoretical knowledge you need to find success within the pharmacy setting.

  • Role of the Assistant
  • Compounding
  • Dispensing
  • Provincial & Federal Legislation
  • Communication Skills
  • Pharmacology
  • Community Procedures
  • Computer Systems & Applications
  • Sterile Products
  • Grammar
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Dosage Forms
  • Prescription Language
  • Compliance Aids
  • Prescription Calculations
  • Mastering the Attitude of Success (TPI MAS)
  • Drug Distribution Systems
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Enriched Academy
  • Externship

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for Pharmacy Assistants exist in retail, institutional and long-term care pharmacies all across Ontario.

Ares of Employment for Pharmacy Assistants:

  • Retail Pharmacies
  • Public & Private School Boards
  • Home Healthcare Facilities
  • Community Pharmacies
  • Long-Term Facilities
  • Public Health Service

Program Details

Duration 44 Weeks
Program Type Diploma
Campuses Kitchener
Practicum 6 Weeks