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Sprott Shaw College - Nanaimo Health Care Area of Study
Pharmacy Assistant - Diploma

Alchemy makes for a good career in any day and age: as a Pharmacy Assistant, you will help licensed pharmacists prepare and provide medication and other essential health products. You will also handle product sales and other administrative duties, gaining experience that can be leveraged towards positions in various other fields, including as a specialised technician or even Sales Professional.

Pharmacy Assistants help licensed Pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients. Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. They also perform administrative duties, such as answering phones, stocking shelves, and operating cash registers. Technicians refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist.

In large pharmacies and health-systems, Pharmacy Assistants with significant training, experience and certification can be promoted to supervisory positions, mentoring and training Pharmacy Assistants with less experience. Some may advance into specialty positions such as chemo therapy technician and nuclear Pharmacy Assistant. Others move into sales. This program gives the student the necessary skills to be competitive in this exciting field.

Note: CPR, First Aid, Food Safe and basic WHMIS will be completed during the program.

Entrance Requirements

Grade 12/GED or mature student status. Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and entrance assessments.
Total Program Hours: 660 Hours.
Full-time Program Length: 33 Weeks (7.7 Months).

Practicum options available in some campuses - Work Placement Overview.

Accelerated Program available in some campuses.

Career Opportunities

Clinical Pharmacy Assistant; Diabetic Meter Technician; Health Care Consultant; Retail Pharmacy Assistant

Program may not be available at all campuses. Program content is subject to change.

For more information on this program including: how to apply; curriculum; program duration; tuition, fees and other costs; entry level jobs and salaries in your area of study; alumni success and other important information please request more info directly from the school today.
Last update: September 30, 2014
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