Community Pharmacy Assistant (International) - 375

Ontario College Certificate
One year or less
Obtain knowledge and skills in the delivery of pharmacy products and services in community pharmacy practice.
  • 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.

Program Length

1 academic year (period of 9 months)

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


Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language

Tuition and Fees

2017 - 2018 Domestic Tuition and Fees


Semester 1Semester 2
Tuition Fees$1,460.67$1,460.67
Mandatory Ancillary Fees$746.50$509.35
Mandatory Program Fees$77.00$0.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Total 1st Year Fees$4,254.19

2017 - 2018 International Tuition and Fees


Semester 1Semester 2
Tuition Fees$7,130.43$7,130.43
International Tax Recovery$375.00$375.00
Mandatory Program Fees$77.00$0.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A
Total 1st Year Fees$15,087.86

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Course Overview & Descriptions

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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.

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 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] (subject: Clinical%20Placement%20Inquiry, body: Hello%20Angela%2C%0A%0A) (the clinical placement specialist.)

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.


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

Additional Information

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

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