Pharmacy Assistant

Program Overview

This program is designed to prepare the student with the skills and knowledge that they will require to become a pharmacy assistant. Students will become familiar with pharmacology, pharmacy math, and pharmacy billing software. They will be introduced to the basic bookkeeping and accounting principles, and will be able to understand computer applications and keyboarding.

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Get ready to work in hospital & community pharmacies as a Pharmacy Assistant. PTIB accredited program with smaller class sizes. Offered Part time and Full time. Become familiar with pharmacology, pharmacy math, and pharmacy billing software.

Job Opportunities

Graduates of the program can work as Pharmacy Assistants in:

  • Community pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • Pharmacy distribution companies
  • Independent pharmacies


Earn up to $27.30 per hour
All wages taken from the Canada Job Bank

Program Admission Requirements

  • The applicant must be a mature student (19 years or older) or Grade 12.
  • Grade 10 Math or equivalent.
  • Must also successfully pass the English Language Assessment Test given by the College.
  • International Students will also need to have an IELTS Score of 5.5 bands or more OR pass the English Language Assessment Test given by the College.

Program Duration

Full time: 760 hours /38 weeks
Part time: 760 hours / 47.5 weeks

Course Outline

Course Number Name of Course Hours
PA 01 Customer Service and Communication 20
PA 02 Computer Applications and Keyboarding 80
PA 03 Introduction to Bookkeeping and Accounting 60
PA 04 Medical Terminology 80
PA 05 Pharmacology 80
PA 06 Pharmacy Billing 80
PA 07 Pharmacy Math 80
PA 08 Fundamentals of Pharmacy Practice 80
PA 09 Aseptic Techniques 80
PA 10 Practicum 120
Total 760 hours

Fee Structure

1 Tuition Fee $6080 Domestic Students
2 Registration Fee $250
3 Text Books $700
Total $7030
1 Tuition Fee $8740 International Students
2 Registration Fee $250
3 Text Books $700
Total $9690

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

Financial Assistance

Western Community College offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation.

  • BC Student Loan
  • In-house Financing
  • Student Line of Credit
  • Scholarships

Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.

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Why Study at Western Community College

  • Installment-based, low tuition fee.
  • 100% Practicum Placement
  • Weekday, weekend, and evening classes optionally available
  • Part-time or full-time class schedule
  • Free CLB preparation classes * Conditions Apply
  • Graduate employment rate: 97%

Admissions Contact Information

Mon – Sunday 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

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