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Pharmacy Assistant

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.

Program Courses

PHA199 - Practicum
The program provides students with the opportunity to be introduced to, and practice in, a work place setting, enabling them to gain invaluable real-world experience. Students will be required to actively participate in finding a placement location. Once placed, successful completion of the placement is a graduation requirement.
CESO - Career and Employment Strategies
This course will assist students in planning, preparation, and job search execution. Students will prepare personal marketing collateral and will practice a variety of interviewing techniques.
PHA107O - Microbiology and Sterile Products
Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of microbiology, terminology, sterile technique, contamination protection, and infection control. Students will also learn aseptic techniques in the preparation of pharmaceutical products.
PHA106O - Pharmacy Software Applications
Pharmacy software applications are necessary in both the retail and institutional settings. Students will learn how to effectively and efficiently use KROLL pharmacy software to enter and manage patient records, prescriptions, and third party and private insurance billing.
PHA105O - Compounding
This course introduces students to pharmaceutical preparation and documentation. Students will learn how to perform a variety of commercial compounding and mixing techniques. The student will become proficient at accurate ingredient measuring and weighing as well as equipment cleansing and maintenance.
PHA104O - Community Pharmacy
This course introduces students to computerized and manual dispensing procedures, community pharmacy business practices: dispensary and storefront inventory maintenance, insurance plan processing, patient profiles and filing, billing and claim reconciliation, and the roll of the pharmacy assistant with respect to the pharmacy technician and pharmacist. Pharmacy equipment and dispensing techniques will be demonstrated, explained, and practiced in the lab.
PHA103O - Pharmaceutical Calculations
Students will learn how to perform critical dosage and compounding calculations.
PHA102O - Fundamentals of Pharmacology
This course will introduce the student to pharmacological fundamentals. Topics include receptor mechanisms, kinetics, and the actions of drugs and toxins at the cellular, organ, and system level. Students will be introduced to dosage formulations, drug administration OTC medications, adverse effects, contraindications, common dosage regimens, and administration considerations. Students will learn various mechanisms of drug action and pharmacokinetic processes that affect drug-body interaction.
PHA100O - Anatomy and Physiology
This course explores basic human anatomy and physiology. Students will be introduced to human body systems and their components. Students will study how these systems function separately and as a collaborative whole. The impact of disease on systems and the purpose and function of medications in treating illness are studied.
PHA101O - Introduction to Pharmacy
This course introduces the student to the pharmacy profession, the role of the Pharmacy Assistant in the drug dispensing process. Other topics include benefit plans, third party insurance, billing practices, standards of practice, legislation, and professional codes of conduct.
FCMO - 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.
SSSO - Student Success Strategies
This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.