Community Pharmacy Assistant (International) - 375

Mohawk College Certificate
Two years
Obtain knowledge and skills in the delivery of pharmacy products and services in community pharmacy practice.
Overview

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on experience and active participation in a real pharmacy setting.
  • Direct entry into post graduate certificate at Mohawk Canadian Workplace Culture (228), delivered at our Fennel campus 

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.

Program Length

Three semesters + one semester post graduate opportunity (2 academic years total, 17 months). The Community Pharmacy Assistant Program for International Students is three academic semesters (continuous, 13 months) with direct entry into a one semester post graduate certificate, Canadian Workplace Culture”(4 months). Annual September intake, planned completion the following December (17 months continuous). 

View the Exceptions Calendar for start dates and semester break information.

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Tuition and Fees

2020 - 2021 International Tuition and Fees

Please note Tuition and Fees for this program are subject to change. The final fees will be posted in May/June.

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Tuition Fees $7,965.57 $8,025.57
Optional Ancillary Fees $104.43 $44.43 
International Tax Recovery $450.00 $375.00
Program Compulsory Fees $101.00 $0.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Total International Charges Per Semester $8,621.00 $8,445.00
Total 1st Year Fees $17,066.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Admission

It is wise to get a Police Clearance Certificate and an international drivers licence before you leave your home country. There are a number of Mohawk authorized study abroad agents that can assist you with your submissions – contact our office to find an authorized agent nearest to you. Visa Applications must be clear and without error as it is easy to refuse a file that does not conform or meet requirements for studying abroad.

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.

Option are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

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Experiential Learning

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. 

Pre-clinical requirements

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 and do not need to be started until after starting the program and reviewing requirements/process during the program orientation.

It is wise to get a Police Clearance Certificate and an international drivers licence before you leave your home country. There are a number of Mohawk authorized study abroad agents that can assist you with your submissions – contact our office to find an authorized agent nearest to you. Visa Applications must be clear and without error as it is easy to refuse a file that does not conform or meet requirements for studying abroad.

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.

Note: Please note that international students require a co-op work permit in order to participate in the work experience component of this program. If you do not receive a co-op work permit upon your arrival in Canada, you will need to apply for one in order to qualify for the work experience component.

Clinical placements

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).

Opportunities

Opportunities

Where you can go next

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

Course Overview & Descriptions

Some classes will be mixed with other health disciplines offered at Mohawk to facilitate integration and perspective.

Mohawk College course delivery uses an on-line learning platform MyCanvas that adds learner flexibility to the learning experience. If you need help using MyCanvas, visit our Support page (opens new window). We will also support you in the development of online learning skills as part of our program of study because health care professionals in Canada are often required to participate in professional development activities using online technology.

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Learning Outcomes

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.

Additional Information

Physical Functionality

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.

Canadian Workplace Culture Program – Immediate Direct Entry

The Canadian Workplace Culture post graduation certificate provides students with a thorough understanding of practical, and relevant preparation for the Canadian workplace. Students will learn about the work experience in North America, business operations in Canada, entrepreneurship in Canada and legislative framework in which Businesses in Canada operate.

Career Planning

Students attending this program may come from a variety of disciplines and academic backgrounds.  Many students may have similar long term plans to transition or bridge to a designated profession while considering settlement in Canada. This program does not offer employment, nor immigration, as this is outside the scope of our role as an institution.

Our international student office will support student career planning as most international students will not be able to work in their area of specialization until they get their credentials recognized and obtain Permanent Resident status. As a result, many students will be seeking jobs to support their goals as they work towards employment in the health sector. One year’s work experience will increase the number of points awarded for Canadian work experience and therefore increase the students’ total score in the “pool”. If immigration is an objective, it is important that a student understand the Express Entry protocol along with the rules and regulations that highlight qualifying employment opportunities. We suggest you contact a registered ICCRC immigration consultant for advice. (To compare the immigration objective under important overview) In addition, our international student office will offer support and advice related to immigration consultation, as you move through the program and develop your individualized transition plan.

Credential Recognition

Many incoming international students may be educated professionals and may require credential recognition to transition into your Canadian career. This would be done outside of this program.  You will need your credentials assessed for Canadian equivalency by the various health care regulatory bodies in Canada. All professions have their own rules and regulations to practice in Canada and you will require a methodical approach to ensuring your credentials meet the requirements. Many professions are government regulated and your credentials will have to be recognized by the provincial and national bodies governing your area of practice. Often this will require additional coursework and qualifying exams to verify equivalency and obtain regulatory licence in Canada. Some of those courses are on-line and may be pursued concurrently while in our program. Some of these rules are changing and will require further research and investigation. Our international student office can help you develop an individualized transition plan to become a regulated professional in Canada.

Facilities

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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Domestic Canadian Students

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International Students

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Contact International
Email: intl.representatives@mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

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*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

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