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Dual-Credit Pharmacy Assistant

Length: 9 Months
Credential: Certificate
Available: Classroom

Program Highlights

As our population grows and ages, there is a vital need for trained professionals to provide pharmacy-related assistance — train to become a knowledgeable and skilled pharmacy assistant!

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Program length

  • Dual-Credit Pharmacy Assistant is offered over two semesters (September to June)
  • A 160-hour practicum will take place in July and August following the completion of the theory and lab portion of the program. 
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 September 2018

Who is this program for?

Students in Grade 11 or 12 who:

  • have higher secondary or post-secondary marks; 
  • have effective communication skills in English; 
  • are detail-oriented and enjoy working in a team environment.
As keyboarding and basic computer skills are not taught in this program, students are expected to be proficient in these areas prior to admission. We strongly recommend the student have a typing speed of 35 words per minute or better. 

Program description

This program trains students to become knowledgeable and skilled pharmacy assistants — a career in high-demand as our population ages. Theory is taught in-class and practiced in the laboratory.

Pharmacy assistants are responsible for receiving prescriptions, preparing drugs, undertaking clerical and computer duties, managing inventory and providing customer service. They must always work directly under the supervision and guidance of the pharmacist and/or pharmacy technician. They allow the pharmacist to spend more time with the client in his or her care.

Elements of the program require students to have access to a computer with an internet connection.

Your career

Graduates may work in community-based retail pharmacies, hospital pharmacies and long-term care facilities.


Upon successful completion of this program, students will be eligible to receive a SAIT Pharmacy Assistant certificate.

Co-requisite requirements

In order to be eligible for a SAIT credential, students must successfully pass the following courses or equivalents with an overall average of at least 60%:

  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2
  • English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2

There may be additional pre-requisites or co-requisites required by your school board for admission into this dual-credit program. Check with your local school board for more information.


Course CodeCourse Name
PHAR 203 Pharmacy Concepts
PHAR 204 Pharmaceutical Calculations
PHAR 211 Assistive Devices
PHAR 212 Order Processing 1
PHAR 214 Body Systems and Pharmaceutical Implications 1
PHAR 223
Order Processing 2
PHAR 227 Body Systems and Pharmaceutical Implications 2
PHAR 232 Professional Standards and Ethics
PHAR 234 Order Processing 3
PHAR 236 Body Systems and Pharmaceutical Implications 3
PHAR 247 Compounding and Inventory Management
PHAR 248 Body Systems and Pharmaceutical Implications 4
PROF 240 Healthcare Professionalism
PRAC 213 Practicum


Students who complete the dual-credit Pharmacy Assistant program are eligible to earn:

  • up to 26 high school Career and Technology (CTS) credits
  • a SAIT Pharmacy Assistant certificate


Dual Credit 

To learn more about all dual-credit opportunities currently offered in Alberta, visit Alberta Dual Credit.

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