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*From an English-language teaching institution.
**19 years of age upon starting classes and pass the college's admissions test.
The Pharmacy Assistant diploma program at CDI College offers job-ready training in the office and clerical and medical skills to support pharmacists.
In the program, you'll learn about pharmacology, pharmaceutical calculations, medical terminology, communications, pharmacy industry software and computer programs, inventory, billing and administration, and customer service skills.
After completing your courses - including first aid, CPR-C, and WHMIS training - you'll embark on a four-week practicum placement to gain work experience.
Upon graduation, you will receive a Pharmacy Assistant diploma and be prepared to work as crucial support to pharmacists and others in the pharmacy field.
This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.
This program is approved to be offered at the following campuses. Please contact the campus of your choosing for program availability.
The program is approved to be delivered in the following methods.
Classrooms have a lot of space and it's just like working in a pharmacy. I feel very welcomed and made some new friends. Teachers and staff are awesome.
This practicum will place students in actual workplaces related to their field of study where they are expected to act as a regular employee for the set time periods in order to gain the valuable “real world” experience, often sought by employers who are hiring. Students are encouraged to find their own work experience; however, once placed, continuation in the placement is a mandatory diploma requirement. This practicum is an unpaid work experience. Students and practicum hosts are provided with a practicum “package” that outlines the expectations of both the student and the host that need to be met to have a successful outcome.
In this final integration practice module, students are provided with the opportunity to practice and understand the basic technical duties required to work as a Pharmacy Assistant in a community pharmacy in Canada. Students will participate in duties and tasks as Pharmacy Assistants working in a community pharmacy. Their daily tasks will include receiving prescriptions, patient and prescription data entry, generating labels, retrieving or compounding medications, filling each prescription, leaving prescriptions to be checked, returning stock to inventory, filing completed prescription hard copies, storing prescriptions for pick-up and delivery.
Pharmacy software applications are necessary in both the retail and institutional setting. The students are required to efficiently use the KROLL pharmacy software in all aspects of the daily processes that take place in a pharmacy. The more knowledgeable the student is with respect to the detail involved in entering and processing prescriptions, the more valuable they will be to the employer. Many pharmacies are actively using the KROLL pharmacy software. It is a user-friendly program with a variety of options that help deliver optimal care to the patient.
This module is designed to give the student the skills and knowledge that are required to develop a career as a Pharmacy Assistant. Students will become efficient at preparing pharmaceutical preparations and the necessary documentation to meet and maintain standards. Emphasis is on calculations in this module. The students will become proficient at the use of equipment and supplies used in compounding. A variety of dosage forms will be reviewed with emphasis being placed on the knowledge and skills that are needed to accurately prepare prescribed compounds. The students will review and practice the various mixing techniques and NAPRA standards of non-sterile compounding and learn the necessity of compounding medications. Students are expected to calculate, measure, weigh and mix. Proper and timely cleaning and maintenance of compounding equipment and area will be stressed.
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 hospital pharmacies.
This course explores the basic principles of pharmacology, with an emphasis on drugs used for prevalent diseases in the community setting. Students will learn the pharmacokinetic processes that affect medications and the body. Students will learn to identify drugs by their therapeutic use. Students will learn about conditions that affect the different body systems and how these conditions are treated with prescription and over-the-counter medications. Commonly prescribed Canadian generic and brand name drugs will be discussed along with dosage forms, indications, contraindications, side effects, drug interactions and other special administration considerations and dispensing tips.
Introduction to Pharmacy provides students with an understanding of the pharmacy profession. The history of medicine and pharmacy will be reviewed, focusing on the evolution of Pharmacy roles, especially Pharmacy Assistant. The profession of pharmacy as it is today will be examined, and the structure of the various types of pharmacies in our society will be explored. Students are introduced to the important roles of all pharmacy personnel including the role they will play in a career as a Pharmacy Assistant. Students become familiar with the Federal and Provincial Laws that govern pharmacy in Canada. This module provides the necessary knowledge and skills to identify a valid prescription, patient profile and label, and introduces the process of filling a prescription. Transcription of Latin abbreviations and physician directions are reviewed. Drug nomenclature is introduced along with the use of required resources to research drugs. Students will learn both Federal and Provincial drug benefit plans along with other private thirdparty insurance companies and their billing procedures.
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.
This course is a broad-based introduction to using a personal computer. It teaches the fundamentals of an operating system and the most popular application software including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. You will also learn about the Internet, Web browsers, electronic mail and antivirus software. The course is based on the Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft office 2013 and a variety of popular software programs for the Internet-related and security-related applications
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.
This course is specially designed for the new healthcare professional. In any business or interpersonal contact, an impression of a person forms in the first 10 to 15 seconds, so it is crucial to the success of that relationship. The importance of the ‘customer’ and of customer relations, to business success is examined in this course, including through case studies and role playing. Students learn relevant techniques in human behaviour and how they may be applied to improve customer (patient) relations in the medical office. Learning basic communication skills, especially related to the medical field, will assist the student in dealing with all kinds of patients. Understanding cultural differences and appreciating diversity will add another dimension in how to deal with patients and provide safer healthcare delivery in the medical office.
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills that are required to recognize and prevent medical and dental emergencies within a medical/dental office. It will prepare students to assist the physician/dentist in administering immediate care for the client in the medical office environment. Students also participate in CPR and First Aid training. Lectures, reading assignments, and laboratory projects will provide a basic understanding of medical emergencies and the role of the office assistant in assisting with the administration of care used in the office. This information permits the student to interpret and relay information and to communicate to the health care team and emergency workers. Note: This one-week course may extend beyond 20 hours due to First Aid and WHMIS training on specific days, which may be being full-day hours.
This course looks at the planning, preparation, execution, and follow-up stages of an interview: how people find jobs; employer expectations; presenting an enthusiastic attitude; focusing on the right job; transferable skills; the job interview; effective resume preparation; cover and thank you letters; effective telemarketing; tapping the hidden job market; handling objections; job search management; self-confidence and self-esteem building; mock interviews (video-taped); and individual counselling and coaching.
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