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Pharmacy Assistant

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Our dynamic and practical Pharmacy Assistant program is designed to equip you with the essential skills needed in modern pharmacies. As pharmacies become increasingly central to community health, especially with an aging population, the role of the pharmacy assistant becomes more critical. This program offers comprehensive training, broad theoretical knowledge and practical skills like preparing prescriptions, managing inventory and customer service. You will learn to be an effective team member, providing critical support to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians. As a student, you will: master the math required for accurate medication dispensing learn about pharmacotherapy, which is the understanding of medication uses and effects learn to handle prescriptions and patient orders efficiently acquire administrative skills crucial for pharmacy operations get hands-on experience in preparing custom medication mixtures develop strategies to maintain optimal stock levels enhance your ability to interact with customers and healthcare professionals. You will apply your learning in a real-world pharmacy setting during your practicum. By the end of this program, you will be prepared to step into a pharmacy assistant role, providing vital support to ensure the health and well-being of the community. Whether you want to start a new career or advance in the healthcare sector, this program offers the foundation to succeed.

Office of the Registrar
1301 16 Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2M0L4, Canada

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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents with an overall average of at least 60%:

  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or Pure Math 30 or Applied Math 30, AND,
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $7,416.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,800.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,900.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated October 04, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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