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Pharmacy Assistant

Open for Winter 2022 (Edmonton & rural intake)

Length: 5 months Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Blended

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Upcoming Information Sessions

This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
Learn more about our course delivery options

Overview

As our population grows and ages, there is a vital need for trained professionals to provide pharmacy-related assistance. In this program, learners will train to assist pharmacy personnel in addressing and ensuring the health needs of a diverse population. As future professionals working under Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians, students of this program will learn to prepare pharmaceuticals, manage inventory, and as the potential first point of contact, assist customers in a variety of related ways.

Through a combination of theory-based study and hands-on laboratory practice, this program covers pharmacy concepts, pharmaceutical calculations, body systems, pharmaceutical implications, order processing, clerical functions, and professional and communications standards. Following this, students spend the second semester increasing their competency through integrating theoretical knowledge with real dispensing practice and customer service, during a 160-hour practicum based in a community pharmacy.

Is this the right fit for me?

Students who experience success in this program and profession:

  • have higher secondary or post-secondary grades
  • possess effective communication skills in both written and spoken English
  • have at minimum basic computer literacy
  • can type at a speed of 35 words per minute (WPM)
  • are disciplined for learning in classroom, online, and professional settings, as well as through self-study required of all courses
  • have experience working in fast-paced retail environments with a diverse clientele
  • are able to efficiently process large volumes of information coming from a variety of sources simultaneously
  • demonstrate prowess in active listening
  • are self-directed, highly motivated, detail oriented, and well organized
  • enjoy working in a team environment

Credential

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Pharmacy Assistant certificate.

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Please note: This stream of the Pharmacy Assistant program addresses a need for services in Edmonton and rural Alberta. As such, all practicum placements will occur within Edmonton and rural Alberta. Only applicants with a home address (living) in those regions will be eligible for admission to the program. Calgary addresses are not eligible to apply. Students will be responsible for all fees born of their practicum placements, including the cost of travel, relocation and dwelling.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in: 

  • retail pharmacies 
  • hospital pharmacies 
  • long-term care facilities

Related careers include: 

  • pharmacy technician 
  • physician assistant 
  • pharmacist’

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $7,821

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Canada-Alberta Job Grant This program is eligible for Canada-Alberta Job Grant funding.

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Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for winter 2022 open March 31, 2021. 
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Winter 2022 April 4, 2022 Oct. 30, 2022

How to apply

Admission requirements

Please note: This stream of the Pharmacy Assistant program addresses a need for services in Edmonton and rural Alberta. As such, all practicum placements will occur within Edmonton and rural Alberta. Only applicants with a home address (living) in those regions will be eligible for admission to the program. Calgary addresses are not eligible to apply. Students will be responsible for all fees born of their practicum placements, including the cost of travel, relocation and dwelling.

Admission and selection

  • Winter 2022 start: applications open March 31, 2021, and are accepted until the program start date.

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
  • 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.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider  Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Pharmacy Assistant and submit your transcripts. Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor you application status after you apply.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add  hps.info@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages. 

Practicum requirements

The School of Health and Public Safety has many practica partners located within Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited and students may be required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum.

Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regards to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practica such as relocation and travel costs.

In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:

  • Security clearance - Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Health and wellness status

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Courses

Winter 2022: This stream of the Pharmacy Assistant program will be offered online with one full week per month on site for May, June, July and August.

Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Winter intake

Semester 1

Course code Course name Credit
PHAR-203 Pharmacy Concepts 1.5
PHAR-204 Pharmaceutical Calculations 1.5
PHAR-211 Assistive Devices 1.5
PHAR-212 Order Processing I 1.5
PHAR-214 Body Systems and Pharmaceutical Implications I 1.5
PHAR-223 Order Processing II 1.5
PHAR-227 Body Systems and Pharmaceutical Implications II 1.5
PHAR-232 Professional Standards and Ethics 1.5
PHAR-234 Order Processing III 1.5
PHAR-236 Body Systems and Pharmaceutical Implications III 1.5
PHAR-247 Compounding and Inventory Management 1.5
PHAR-248 Body Systems and Pharmaceutical Implications IV 1.5
PROF-240* Healthcare Professionalism 1.5
Semester 1 total 19.5

Semester 2

Course code Course name Credit
PRAC-213 Practicum 3.0
Semester 2 total 3.0
Program total 22.5

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $6,488 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $7,821

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $500.
  • Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practica (i.e. relocation costs if placed outside of Calgary, food, housing, transportation, etc.).
  • There is a fee associated with obtaining a Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check and is payable to the Police or the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
  • There is a fee, approximately $50-$100, associated with an Electronic Student Permit Checking submission which is required for clinical practicum placements, payable to Synergy Gateway through the Verified software platform.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

✅ Plan ahead ❗️

You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day. 

Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation.

Get started on pre-orientation requirements

Winter 2022

Orientation

Watch your inbox for the time and location. Learn more about our SAIT-wide orientation activities.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

Other requirements

  • Police Information Clearance with Vulnerable Sector Check

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 
PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities
This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.
PREP 100: The SAIT Experience
Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.
Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.8481 
Email: hps.info@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Health and Public Safety
403.284.8500
hps.info@sait.ca

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