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Pharmacy Assistant

The Pharmacy Assistant program at CDI College provides students with the office, clerical and medical skills to provide the essential support required by pharmacists.

Students will be trained in pharmacology, dispensing (community & hospital), inventory, billing and administration, as well as customer service skills. They will also receive First Aid and CPR training and certification.

Upon graduation, students will receive a Pharmacy Assistant diploma.

Admissions Requirements
Students must meet all of the pre-requisites listed below, meet their financial obligations with the college, and acknowledge their understanding of the college’s policies and procedures provided in the student handbook, prior to starting classes.
  • High school graduation or equivalent, or mature student status.
  • Pass college’s admissions test.
  • Criminal record check (in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act).

Program Courses

CESE - Career and Employment Strategies
This course looks at the planning, preparation, execution, and follow-up stages of an interview.
M3110 - Practicum
This module is for course credits but has no grade. Students will be placed in actual work places related to their field of study and will be expected to act as a regular employee for the practicum in order to gain the valuable "real world" experience that so many employers seek. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience placement; however, once placed, continuation in that placement is mandatory.
M4050 - Hospital Pharmacy & Aseptic Techniques
Students will be introduced to the responsibilities of a pharmacy technician working in a hospital. Procedures and structures specific to hospital pharmacies will be highlighted including methods of drug distribution, procedures surrounding medication administration and areas that merit special control or methodology. The basic principles of aseptic technique will be explored through theory and practice. Students will learn about parenteral drug administration and precautions necessary for establishing and maintaining an aseptic environment. Students will also learn about TPN preparation, the principles of working with cytotoxic / hazardous drugs and CIVA programs. The importance of quality control checks is emphasized.
M4030 - Pharmacy Practice
Students cover several aspects of pharmacy law, drug laws and regulations, as well as policies and procedures set by the BC College of Pharmacy. Students will study over 200 brand name and generic drugs, complete dispensing and blister packing procedures, compounding labels and filling prescriptions using a pharmacy computer system. Students will be trained in how to use blood glucose testing machines. Students will also receive their First Aid and CPR certification via external training and examination.
M4025 - Pharmacy Billing
Students will be provided an overview of several different pharmacy billing practices used in BC today, including MSA.
M4020 - Prescription Transcription
Students will learn how to process prescriptions, by understanding how to enter patient information, prescription usage directions, drug information, doctor information, and other pertinent information relating to the drug in question.
M4010 - Pharmacy Math
Students will learn about ratios, fractions, and other math related topics and how they play a major part in calculating different prescription and medication dosages. Students also learn about math calculations routinely used in IV preparation, a requisite skill for employment in a hospital pharmacy.
M3070 - Pharmacology
This module will introduce students to the basics of pharmacology. Students will be introduced to aspects of the administration and application of pharmaceutical drugs. Both brand name and generic drugs will be covered. Students will develop an ability to respond to patients' inquiries regarding prescribed medications.
ML1E - Medical Language I
Medicine, like other professions, has its own language. Students will learn to work with the specialized terminology of medicine, including the pronunciation and spelling of terms to describe medical circumstances and situations. Students will learn through descriptions, illustrations and exercises to identify the major anatomical features and systems of the body and the common pathologies, which can adversely affect these systems.
HCCE - Health Care Communication & Interpersonal Skills
In business, as in other interpersonal contact, the impression formed in the first 10 to 15 seconds is crucial to the success of the relationship. The importance of the customer and of customer relations to business success is examined through case studies and role-playing. Students will learn relevant theories of human behaviour and how they may be applied to improve customer relations in a medical office setting.
B1045 - Bookkeeping Basics
Students are introduced to the fundamentals of double entry bookkeeping including debits and credits, assets, liabilities, equities, journalizing transactions, posting of accounts to ledgers and preparing a trial balance. Stock and inventory control is also addressed in this module.
FCME - 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.

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