Ontario College Certificate in Community Pharmacy Assistant Curriculum
Accepting Applications for September 2023
Courses and Descriptions
This course will provide the student with an understanding of community pharmacy business practices and will introduce the student to the common third party insurance plans used in community pharmacy practice. This will provide the student with the skills necessary for billing and reconciling third party claims. This course is designed to expose the learner to general principles of efficient inventory management in the pharmacy. The student will learn to control and maintain inventory, using most commonly used inventory systems such as; perpetual inventory. This course will prepare the learner to utilize pharmaceutical business terminology, procedures, customer service, record keeping, purchasing procedures, inventory control systems, pricing, merchandising, and reference materials while developing sound relationships with patients and co-workers.
This course will enable students to review and develop a working knowledge of the fundamentals of mathematical calculations and their application to pharmacy calculations.
In this course students will learn to efficiently use the pharmacy software system in all aspects of daily dispensing that takes place in a community pharmacy. The student will learn how to enter patient data, manage patient profiles, process prescriptions, create prescription labels and manage inventory while under the supervision of the pharmacist. Emphasis will be placed on accuracy, confidentiality and professionalism.
The student will gain practical work experience in a community pharmacy. Under the supervision of a pharmacist or pharmacy technician, students will practice their skills to date for use in a community pharmacy. By the end of the placement, students will be able to fully function in all aspects of customer support of pharmacy services.
This course prepares the Pharmacy Assistant student for the first placement in a community pharmacy. It will entail exploring issues that impact community pharmacies including customer relations, team work, and professional conduct.
This course will prepare the student to become efficient at preparing non-sterile pharmaceutical preparations while maintaining the necessary documentation, record keeping and quality assurance principles. Professional compounding is a vital part of patient care because it allows pharmacy assistants, under the supervision of a pharmacist, to customize medications to meet the individual patient's needs.
The course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of pharmacology, dosage formulations and routes of drug administration. It will enable the student to understand the basic role of drugs in individualized patient care and will introduce the student to the recognition and association of generic and trade names of common medications, in community pharmacy practice.
This course will prepare the learner to work in a pharmacy practice by focusing on ethical principals in healthcare and professionalism expected from a pharmacy assistant. Through a variety of case studies, students will learn the proper code of ethics that govern the pharmacy field. This course introduces students to the values and beliefs associated with the code of ethics for members of the College of Pharmacy. Throughout the course, students will deal with a number of ethical issues that are encountered in everyday practice, and they will be introduced to the professional values such as altruism, fidelity, and veracity. Students will learn to demonstrate honesty, fairness, responsibility, integrity, care, empathy, compassion and respect. The learner will be introduced to sound decision making skills, problem solving and critical thinking skills.
This course will introduce students to the various dispensing techniques and procedures commonly used in a community pharmacy. Students will learn basic concepts of dispensing such as; interpreting the prescription, translating abbreviations, dosage calculations, and determining the directions for patient use in accordance to current legislation. The course will train the student to accurately prepare the product for release to a pharmacy technician and/or pharmacist
This course will familiarize the student with the fundamentals of drug names, classification of drugs and their indications for use. The learner will learn the principles of generic and brand names of drugs as well as their classifications and common uses. Topics to be covered include generic and brand names, classifications of drugs such as; antibiotics, anti-viral, anti-fungal and the indications for use of those drugs studied. This course will also introduce common over the counter products, as well as natural health products sold in pharmacies and their customary uses and health benefits.
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of current legislation as it relates to the role of the pharmacy assistant in Ontario. The emphasis of this course is placed on laws, regulations, various acts, ethical and legislative framework that influence the practice in a pharmacy setting. Students will differentiate between federal and provincial laws pertaining to pharmacy practice. Students will learn the standards of practice that govern the pharmacy field.