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Pharmacy Assistant

CDI College's Pharmacy Assistant diploma program is a customer-centered program that gives graduates the practical knowledge and skills needed to excel in a retail pharmacy environment. Graduates of this program will be prepared for pharmacy assisting jobs in community pharmacies.

Students gain a broad knowledge of anatomy, microbiology, physiology, and pharmacology, as well as computer skills. Communications and customer service skills for the retail work environment are also a focus of the program.

All students participate in a practicum placement at a community pharmacy in order to refine their pharmaceutical skills and gain hands-on work experience.

Program Courses

CES4 - Career & Employment Strategies
Students will have the use of our Job Search lab which has unlimited Internet access, a job search resource library, and a fax machine and phone for contacting prospective employers with their resume. Facilitators will also be made available to advise on job-finding resources, interview skills, and techniques and to carry out mock interviews. Students review core program concepts and learning in order to market their skills effectively.
PRAC - Practicum
Practicum (on-the-job) experience in the community setting is an essential component of the Pharmacy Assistant training service. It provides the physical and human resources by which the trainee may build on their knowledge and skills in the pharmaceutical setting. Practical experience helps develop the student’s understanding of employer expectations, permits involvement in the educational process for both pharmacists and pharmacy employees, and fosters a cooperative effort between college and professional pharmacists.
PHA107 - Sterile Products Aseptic Techniques
This course addresses the theoretical knowledge and practical skills essential for safe and accurate preparation of sterile and non-sterile pharmaceutical products. Students will focus on compounding practices for various internal and external preparations and specialty dosage forms, equipment and tools, professional guidelines, standards and legislation, pharmaceutical calculations, and documentation requirements.
PHA106 - Pharmacy Software Applications
This course reviews working with the Windows operating system to manage files and folders and customize the desktop, creating documents, and using the Internet for communication and research. Students are then introduced to the use of pharmacy software in dispensing medications and will become familiar with the various software screen shots. Students will be able to enter the required information for patient profiles and look up particular patient profiles. Students will also be able to create or update new drug files and doctor information, as well as the third party billing information. Adjudicating a prescription on-line will also be covered.
PHA105 - Compounding
The student will review and practice the various mixing techniques and standards of commercial compounding and learn the necessity of, and limitations to, commercial compounding. Compounding will be taught through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and practical exercises. The student will become proficient at the use of torsion and electronic balances to accurately weigh ingredients to compound.
PHA104 - Community Pharmacy
Students are introduced to dispensing techniques and procedures with a great deal of emphasis on the role of the Pharmacy Assistant in relation to the role and responsibilities of the pharmacist in a retail pharmacy. Students become familiar with the fact that they must complete many of the technical duties so that the pharmacist is available primarily for patient care. The student is introduced to the prescription and all of its components and the computerized and manual system of preparation and maintenance of patient profiles, as well as completion of third party billings. The student will become skilled at how to completely fill a prescription in a laboratory setting. Pharmacy equipment and dispensing techniques will be demonstrated, explained and practiced in the lab. This course is designed to expose the student to general principles of efficient inventory management in the community pharmacy.
PHA103 - Pharmaceutical Calculations
This course is designed to provide students with the mathematical skills needed in the preparation of parenteral products as well as community and hospital compounding. This course will allow the students to become familiar with the multiple ways of expressing strengths, systems of weights, and measurements currently used in pharmacy practice.
PHA102 - Fundamentals of Pharmacology
In this course, students learn various mechanisms of drug action and will gain an understanding of pharmacokinetic processes that affect drug/body interaction, the procedure for administration of pharmacologic agents, and will be able to identify major drugs by drug class. Students will learn about drug indications, therapeutic uses, side effects, administration routes, and common dosages. Students will be exposed to the work and language of the Pharmacy Assistant and the context in which the Assistant’s work is performed. Current pharmaceutical care delivery systems and drug distribution systems are introduced.
PHA101 - Introduction to Pharmacy
Introduction to Pharmacy is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the pharmacy profession. This subject will introduce the student to the important role that they will play as a Pharmacy Assistant. The student will review pharmacy history to see how pharmacies in general and their role as an assistant have changed throughout the centuries. The profession of pharmacy as it is today will be examined from the context of the role of the pharmacy personnel, the structure of the various types of pharmacies that are in our society, and the laws, regulations and record keeping requirements governing the practice of pharmacy in the province.
PHA100 - Anatomy and Physiology
This component of the program is designed to introduce students to the structures and functions of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the various effects of the disease states of the body and the manner in which pharmaceutical products affect them.
MED110E - Health Care Communication and Interpersonal Skills
Learning basic communication skills, especially relating to the medical field, will assist the student in dealing with all patients. Understanding cultural differences and encouraging diversity can add a new dimension and safer patient healthcare delivery to the medical office.
FCMR - Fundamentals of Computers
This course presents an introductory look at Windows 7 and its interface, tools, and features. You will learn about the fundamentals of navigating and personalizing the interface, organizing files and folders, using media devices, and searching for information. This course relies heavily on practical hands-on activities that allow you to learn the concepts by practicing them on a regular basis.
SSS4 - Student Success Strategies
This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.