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Faculty of Healthcare
Pharmacy Assistant

Faculty of Healthcare»Pharmacy Assistant


Program Description
The Pharmacy Assistant program at KLC College: Healthcare, Business, Education is a 30- week diploma program approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.

Graduates of the KLC program will be prepared to work in retail settings upon completion of the program. Their responsibilities include assisting in the preparations of prescriptions under the supervision of a Pharmacist.

Program Outline
  • Computerized Prescription/Dispensing
  • Compounding
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacy Chemistry
  • Sterile Techniques
  • Retail Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Math
  • Hospital Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Law
  • Non-Prescriptive Drugs
  • Inventory Management
  • Communications and Relations
  • Community Health

Additional Training: (30 hrs)
WHMIS
Advanced CPR and Standard First Aid

Placement: (200 hours)
PLC Community Pharmacy Placement (6 weeks)

Academic Course Grading
 Students must achieve a 75% over all to pass the program with a minimum 60% in each course.

Work Internship
Students will complete one unpaid, four-week internship under the supervision of a pharmacist/technician after the completion of semester two. Students, with faculty guidance, decide on a community placement. Students are evaluated during placement on a pass/fail basis.

Admission Requirements
Applicants to the NACC Pharmacy Assistant Program will be required to have the following documentation: ? Grade 12 Provincial Secondary School Diploma with a minimum of: ? One senior math, ? One senior English, and ? One senior science Note: Mature students must have the required level of math, English and science plus an acceptable score on an approved qualifying test. Communication Skills: ? Strong oral and written English skills ? Must be able to communicate well in person and over the phone Negative Police Check

Additional Requirements
  • Police Record Check
  • Immunization against Hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, tetanus, diphtheria, influenza and negative on the Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Test
  • Fitness to complete practical internship

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Students may have acquired learning through work experience, study and experiential learning. Students will be required to demonstrate their achievement of course learning outcomes. Students will be granted PLAR with a combination of work and education experience. They must however achieve a score of 75% in the challenge exam. Students must still complete a minimum of fifty percent of the program to receive our diploma. Students may obtain a course outline from the academic area responsible for delivering the course to determine if their knowledge and skills match the course learning outcomes.

Applying for a Transfer Credit
Students will only be granted advance standing if the academic courses they have previously taken are Pharmacy Assistant Ministry of Training, Colleges and University approved and have obtained a passing grade of 75% in each course. All supporting transcripts and detailed course outlines (course descriptions in calendars are not sufficient) must be included with transfer credit application. Advance standing for completed placement is not transferable. Student must still complete a minimum of fifty percent of the program to receive our diploma.

English Language Proficiency Requirement
Applicants whose first language is NOT English must demonstrate ONE of the following:
  • Achievement of valid TOEFL score 557-560 on the paper based test. A score of 220 on computer based test or a score of 83 on the internet based test (iBT)
  • Achieving a valid IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6.5

Employment Opportunities
KLC College: Healthcare, Business, Education Pharmacy Assistant graduates have been hired by:
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Medical Arts / Lovell Drugs
  • Loblaw’s Pharmacy
  • Wall Mart
  • No Frills Pharmacy
  • Methadone Clinic Pharmacy
  • Rexall Drugs

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Useful Information

***Next Start Date***

        April , 2018