Community Pharmacy Assistant - 796
- Hands-on experience and active participation in a real pharmacy setting.
What you'll learn
- Understand legislation and processes related to dispensing prescriptions, drug inventory controls and customer service.
- Identify the uses and classes of available prescription medications, non-prescription products and medical devices.
1 academic year (period of 9 months)
View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.
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Tuition and Fees
Domestic and International student admission requirements
OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
- Grade 12 English, C or U level or equivalent
- Grade 11 Mathematics, minimum C level (M or U level recommended)
- Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry or Biology, C or U level
- Recommended: good computer and Windows-based skills, 35 WPM keyboarding, and good written and verbal communication skills.
- The pharmacy assistant health profession is physically demanding. It is important that applicants become familiar with the profession before entering the program so that they are able to function at an acceptable standard. Some of the physical requirements include: working on your feet for multiple hours, medium load bearing activities and fine motor skills with good visual acuity.
Language Requirements for International Students:
- See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English. Options are available for mature applicants.
How you'll gain skills
- Through practical experience in simulated pharmacy practice lab courses.
- Attending clinical placement in a combination of two community pharmacy experiential courses.
To learn more, please visit the Centre for Experiential Learning.
All accepted applicants are required to complete certain requirements prior to clinical placement and are responsible for the associated costs. Details about pre-placement requirements will be emailed to you once you accept your offer of admission.
To be eligible for field/clinical placement, you must not have been convicted of any offence for which you have not been pardoned. If your Police Check is 'not clear', your acceptance and suitability for placement is at the discretion of the agency. Mohawk College cannot guarantee placement changes if refused by the agency.
Clinical placement experience is provided in community pharmacies throughout Ontario.
Clinical placements may occur at locations that are not accessible by public transit. As such, students shall be expected to either have access to a car or the ability to supply their own transportation when attending clinical placement activity. Mohawk shall not be responsible for providing students with transportation to clinical placements.
For more information regarding the 150 hour Community Pharmacy Assistant clinical placement, please contact angela.grimminck [at] mohawkcollege.ca (subject: Clinical%20Placement%20Inquiry, body: Hello%20Angela%2C%0A%0A) (the clinical placement specialist.)
Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**: Students that graduate from any of the following Ontario College Certificate programs are eligible to enroll into the Community Pharmacy Assistant program:
- Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees
- Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificate and Diplomas
Graduates from the Community Pharmacy Assistant program are eligible to enroll into the following Ontario College Diploma programs:
- View our internal pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.
- See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.
Your future career options
- Pharmacy Assistant
Where you could work includes:
- Independent and Corporate Community Pharmacies
- Long-Term Care and Compounding Pharmacies
- Pharmacy Benefit Providers
- Pharmacy Software Vendors
Program of Studies
Course Overview & Descriptions
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Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.
In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.
The pharmacy assistant health profession is physically demanding. It is important that applicants become familiar with the profession before entering the program so that they are able to function at an acceptable standard. Some of the physical functionality required includes: working on your feet for multiple hours, medium load bearing activities, fine motor skills with good visual acuity.
All the pharmacy courses are taught at the Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences. Lectures are delivered in state of the art "Smartrooms" and practical labs are taught in our dedicated pharmacy lab space which consists of two different rooms (computer lab and compounding/dispensing lab).
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