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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 mathematic principles, and will be able to understand computer applications and keyboarding.

Pharmacy assistant course providing hands-on training in medication and customer service in a pharmaceutical setting

Program Start Dates

  • April 22, 2024 - Full-Time - Surrey/Abbotsford

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

Wages

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

# PARTICULARS FEE REMARKS
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.

FAQs

How many years does it take to be a pharmacy assistant in British Columbia?

In British Columbia, it typically takes about 1-2 years to complete a pharmacy assistant program.

What qualifications do you need for a pharmacy assistant in British Columbia?

To work as a pharmacy assistant in British Columbia, you need a high school diploma or equivalent. Completing a pharmacy assistant program from an accredited institution is also preferred by employers.

How much does a pharmacy assistant earn in British Columbia?

According to WorkBC, the median hourly wage for pharmacy assistants in British Columbia is around $20 per hour.

Is being a pharmacy assistant worth it in British Columbia?

The worth of being a pharmacy assistant in British Columbia is subjective and varies from person to person. However, it can be a good career choice for individuals interested in the healthcare field and who enjoy working with people.

What does a pharmacist assistant do in British Columbia?

In British Columbia, a pharmacist assistant helps pharmacists in dispensing medication, maintaining inventory, and communicating with patients and healthcare providers. They also process insurance claims, manage patient records, and perform administrative tasks.

What can you do with a pharmacy assistant course in British Columbia?

With a pharmacy assistant course in British Columbia, you can work in various settings such as hospitals, pharmacies, and long-term care facilities. You may also choose to pursue further education and training to become a licensed pharmacist or other related healthcare professions.

What is the difference between a pharmacist and a pharmacy assistant in British Columbia?

In British Columbia, a pharmacist has completed a degree in pharmacy and is licensed to prescribe medication, while a pharmacy assistant supports pharmacists in dispensing medication, maintaining inventory, and communicating with patients and healthcare providers.

What can pharmacy assistants not do in British Columbia?

In British Columbia, pharmacy assistants cannot provide medical advice, interpret prescriptions, or dispense medication without the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

What is a Grade 1 Pharmacist Assistant in British Columbia?

In British Columbia, a Grade 1 Pharmacist Assistant is an entry-level position in the pharmacy industry. It typically involves basic tasks such as greeting customers, handling cash, and performing administrative duties.

What is the highest level in pharmacy in British Columbia?

In British Columbia, the highest level in pharmacy is a licensed pharmacist who has completed a degree in pharmacy and is authorized to prescribe medication.

How can I work at a pharmacy without a degree in British Columbia?

In British Columbia, you can work as a pharmacy assistant without a degree by completing a pharmacy assistant program from an accredited institution and obtaining a pharmacy assistant license.

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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%

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