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.
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.
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 Code||Course 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|
||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|
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