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The practice of pharmacy has evolved beyond traditional dispensing functions. Therefore, the need for knowledgeable, technically skilled and competent support personnel is paramount. The Pharmacy Assistant program is designed to train Pharmacy Assistants to assist registered pharmacists or pharmacy technicians in community and hospital settings in their respective drug distribution systems.

In addition to practical training using a commercial computer system, skills in communication and interpersonal relations will be developed. The program is 31 weeks in duration and includes 6 weeks of practicum placement.

admission requirements

Standard Admissions Policy:

  • Grade 12 or GED
  • Admissions Interview

Alternate Admissions Policy:

  • Achieve a level 14 on Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE)
  • Admissions Interview

In addition to the above, applicants must also provide:

  • Vulnerable Sector Check

Program Outline

  • Community Pharmacy Practice (70 hrs)
  • Pharmacy Systems Management and Inventory Control (40 hrs)
  • Applied Pharmaceutical Calculations (65 hrs)
  • Self-Medications & OTC Therapies (45 hrs)
  • Community Pharmacy Dispensing & Skills Lab (70 hrs)
  • Professional Pharmacy Practice (40 hrs)
  • Anatomy & Physiology (55 hrs)
  • Medical Terminology (50 hours)
  • Pharmacology (65 hrs)
  • Practicum Placement I (3 weeks)
  • Practicum Placement II (3 weeks)
  • Intro to Institutional Pharmacy & Sterile Practice (30 hrs)
  • Career Building/Employment Readiness (10 hrs)
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (16 hrs)
  • First Aid & CPR (16 hrs)
  • Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) (8 hrs)
  • Retail Pharmacy Observation Day (8 hrs)
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) (2 hrs)

job market

Qualified Pharmacy Assistants may work in community and hospital pharmacies or Long Term Care Facilities. Duties may involve dispensing, compounding, blister packaging, inventory management, records maintenance, operation of computer terminals, customer transactions and Pharmacy Computer Applications. Job opportunities may expand to employment with health care insurers, pharmaceutical computer program companies and possibly to research laboratories and industry. Your possibilities are endless!

This program prepared me and gave me the confidence to enter the real business world. The close knit atmosphere CBBC has, made me very comfortable. Each and every staff member at CBBC was extraordinarily helpful on my journey in obtaining a full-time Administrative Assistant position in Cape Breton. Courtney MacPhail Administrative Assistant / Offshore Technical Services

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