Pharmacy Assistants work under the supervision of a
pharmacist and may be responsible for the overall operation of a
pharmacy, including: safe study, drug receipt accountability,
preparation, packaging, storage, and return or disposition of all unused
products. Some of a pharmacy assistant's responsibilities include
filling orders under a pharmacist's supervision, entering client
information, identifying the correct mixture of breakdowns for
prescriptions, and preparation and processing of paperwork for orders.
The Pharmacy Assistant diploma program covers a broad range of subjects.
Students in this program learn about Pharmacy Assistant practices,
basic pharmacology, and drug and medical terminology. They also explore
pharmacy computer systems, hospital and community pharmacy practices and
procedures, drug dosage calculations, and compounding labs. Ethics,
legislation, personal conduct, and workplace safety are also covered.
The Pharmacy Assistant diploma program also includes a field placement in a pharmaceutical setting.