Community Pharmacy Assistant


Course List

Term 1

ENG-1033: Communications for Health Sciences I

This course is designed to improve students' writing skills by focusing on mechanics, sentence structure, spelling, medical terminology, professional writing style, and workplace report writing.

IPH-1001: Interprofessional Perspectives

As a new student to a health care profession this course introduces you to the workings of interprofessional teams. Concepts of teamwork, conflict resolution, the health care system and ethics will be presented through a unique interprofessional delivery model.

PHR-1002: Pharmacy Fundamentals and Legislature

This course introduces the student to all aspects of pharmacy practice, including components of jurisprudence pertaining to pharmacy, drug schedules, Canadian regulatory bodies associated with pharmacy practice, communication and customer service, marketing, and community pharmacy business practices.

PHR-1012: Applied Pharmaceutical Calculations

This course introduces the Pharmacy Technician students to pharmaceutical calculations. Students will review basic mathematics including fractions, ratios, decimals, percents, proportions and imperial, metric and apothecary measurement. The basic mathematic principles will then be applied to solve pharmacy-related problems/calculations. The course emphasizes the importance of performing precise calculations when dealing with medications.

PHR-1042: Interpersonal Interaction in Pharmacy Practice

This course will explore the principles of communication, relationships and interpersonal interactions. Students will be introduced to a number of communication issues commonly experienced in pharmacy practice. This course will encourage the cultivation of self-awareness and the development of techniques to support team collaboration, resolve interpersonal conflict and impact career success in the pharmacy profession.

PHR-1036: Retail Dispensing Theory and Lab I

This course introduces the student to the written prescription, Latin abbreviations, dosage forms, and the information on a prescription required by law. Generic and brand name recognition is stressed for the top prescribed medications. Students are required to perform various pharmacy computer tasks using various community pharmacy software programs. Hands on activities in the lab support Integration of National and Provincial Standards of Practice as well as jurisprudence. This course introduces students to the roles and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician, pharmacy assistant and pharmacist in a community pharmacy practice setting.

PHR-1102: Inventory Control

This course provides a foundation for the study of pharmacy as a business. Students study topics such as inventory management, methods of inventory control, purchasing decisions, sources of supply, dispensary layout and pricing practices. Students examine the legislation that influences business practices and apply mathematical formulas and use basic arithmetic to calculate profit margins, inventory turnover rates, and product markups.

Term 2

PHR-2053: Non-Prescription and Home Health Products

The student will be introduced to the area of home health care products, medical devices, and other non-prescription medications and products sold in a community pharmacy and ancillary pharmacy outlets.

PHR-2133: Retail Dispensing Lab II

The student will continue to build on the skills learned in Retail Dispensing Lab I. Students will improve on their efficiency, speed and accuracy in selecting and processing prescriptions. Drug interchangeability, third party plans, adjudication and reconciliation will be covered as well as the use of pharmacy resource materials and publications. Team dispensing concepts, multi-tasking and customer service strategies will be presented through case studies that involve patients, healthcare professionals and office personnel. Also in this course, the student will learn how to manage inventory of medications, equipment, and supplies for all areas of the pharmacy. This course will teach students the theories and importance of inventory management and allow them to apply their knowledge in a lab setting. Students will focus on and practice purchasing, receiving, storage, rotating stock, monitoring expriy dates, return policies and the paper work associated with these activities.

PHR-2142: Pharmacology

In this course, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of anatomy and physiology and a foundation in the study of pharmacology. They will examine common conditions and drug therapies.

PHR-5106: Community Field Placement

This course is delivered in two parts; the first section held in the classroom will help students to develop team building skills, use effective communication policy, procedures and protocols in the promotion of patients' health and wellness in collaboration with other members of the pharmacy team, and to prepare for employment in a retail pharmacy. The second section will place the student in a commonly known pharmacy to observe and gain practical experience applying the knowledge and skills acquired during the preceding academic semester. The student will be exposed to a variety of activities in a pharmacy that involves the provision of care and service to the consumer/patient. This will include the observation of computer order entry, dispensing medications, customer service, cash handling, front shop layout and merchandising, loss prevention methods, third party billing and on-line adjudication.

PHR-2163: Pharmacy Assistant Compounding

Students will be introduced to Non-Sterile Pharmacy Compounding within a combined theory/practical lab component. The students will prepare common pharmaceutical compounded preparations individually and in group exercises. Preparation techniques, calculations, weights and measures, in all relevant systems, of each pharmaceutical product will be covered with an emphasis on an accurate and organized process to achieve a pharmaceutically elegant product. Students will become familiar with legislation and the required documentation procedures surrounding compounded products. Proper and timely cleaning and maintenance of compounding equipment and environment will be stressed.

GED-XXX3: General Education Elective

Program Maps

Students are required to follow their prescribed program map and are not allowed to take unscheduled breaks for any reason.

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

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