The purpose of the program is to prepare students with the necessary skills and academic knowledge for entry-level positions in retail pharmacies, as well as pharmaceutical companies. This program provides an overview of the theory, principles, and practices of the Pharmacy Assistant.
Areas of study include accurately and safely processing prescriptions, pharmacy software practice, proper extemporaneous compounding techniques, controlling inventory, keeping accurate and confidential records, third-party billing, acting within relevant legislation, and effectively communicating verbally and in writing. Graduates will be prepared to work as members of an interdependent health-care team. Graduates should find employment opportunities in retail pharmacies and other environments such as mail-order pharmacies, home care, patient education, and various other positions within pharmaceutical companies.
- 6-week internship!
- Classrooms that stimulate real-world pharmacy settings, including relevant equipment
- Anatomy lab tour to the University of Guelph
- Free Microsoft Office Professional Plus, DreamSpark Standard and Office 8
As a Pharmacy Assistant, you’ll work as part of a healthcare team to ensure that consumers receive the best possible pharmaceutical care. Graduates of the triOS Pharmacy Assistant program may work for Pharmacists in retail pharmacies, home healthcare divisions/companies, insurance companies, institutional settings and pharmaceutical distribution wholesalers/manufacturers. Employment of Pharmacy Assistants is expected to grow due to the increased pharmaceutical needs of a larger and older population, and to the greater use of medication. With advances in science, more medications are becoming available to treat more conditions. The increased numbers of middle-aged and elderly people – who, on average, use more prescription drugs than do younger people – will spur demand for assistance.
Note: Some career and education options may require advanced degrees, further training or experience.
EMPLOYERS THAT HIRE
- Shoppers Drugmart.
- Walmart Pharmacy.
- Toronto Western Hospital.
- Rexall Pharma Plus.
- Costco Wholesale Pharmacy.
- The Dispensary.
- Joseph Brant Hospital.
- Toronto Medical Pharmacy.
- And many more.
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