Accredited Pharmacy Assistant Courses – Work in the Pharmacy Industry

Pharmacy Assistant Courses

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Program Description

The Pharmacy Assistant program at KLC College: Healthcare, Business, Education is a 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. Pharmacy Assistants work under the supervision of the Pharmacist and/or Regulated Pharmacy Technician. They assist with the preparation and distribution of pharmaceuticals, inventory management, and documentation. They work within a scope of responsibilities, code of ethics and understanding of the legal and regulatory requirements in the pharmacy industry.

Program Courses: (432 hours)

Introduction to Community Pharmacy Practices

Anatomy, Physiology, Medical Terminology& Pharmacology I

Pharmacy Calculations

Professionalism, Ethics and Pharmacy Law

Pharmacy Management & Inventory

Advanced Community Pharmacy Practices*

Anatomy, Physiology, Medical Terminology& Pharmacology 2

Pharmaceutical Compounding

Essential Communication Skills

Practice & Career Development

Placement: (225 hours)

Students will complete one unpaid, six-week Community Pharmacy Practicum under the supervision of a pharmacist/technician after the completion of all modules. Students, with faculty guidance, decide on a community placement. Students are evaluated during placement on a pass/fail basis.

*Requirements prior to Practicum (20 hrs)

– Current Standard First Aid and Level C CPR certification


– Computer Skills including a keyboarding minimum speed and accuracy of 40 words per minute

To graduate from the Pharmacy Assistant Program a student must:

– Receive a minimum of 70% in each of the courses

– Have a current Standard First Aid and Basic Rescuer (Level C) CPR Certifications

– Successfully complete all Clinical Placement hours and skill requirement


Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Pharmacy Assistant Program will be required to have the following documentation:


1.     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. e.g. Wonderlic score minimum of 18.


2.     Communication Skills:

Strong oral and written English skills, and

Must be able to communicate well in person and over the phone


3.     Negative Police Check

4.     Immunization against Hepatitis B, poliomyelitis, tetanus, diphtheria, influenza and negative on the Two-Step Tuberculin Skin Test

5.     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 Pharmacy Assistant graduates have been hired by:

Shoppers Drug Mart

Medical Arts / Lovell Drugs

Loblaw Pharmacy


No Frills Pharmacy

Rexall Drugs