Community Pharmacy Assistant
Program Code: PHRA (International) Length of Program: One-Year Awarded Upon Completion: Ontario College Certificate Starts: Sep (Closed)
Term 1 ENG-1033 Communications for Health Sciences I IPH-1001 Interprofessional Perspectives PHR-1002 Pharmacy Fundamentals and Legislature PHR-1012 Applied Pharmaceutical Calculations PHR-1042 Interpersonal Interaction in Pharmacy Practice PHR-1036 Retail Dispensing Theory and Lab I PHR-1102 Inventory Control Term 2 PHR-2053 Non-Prescription and Home Health Products PHR-2133 Retail Dispensing Lab II PHR-2142 Pharmacology PHR-5106 Community Field Placement PHR-2163 Pharmacy Assistant Compounding GED-XXX3 General Education Elective

The Community Pharmacy Assistant program provides an avenue into the pharmacy profession for those interested in the specialized retail business fundamentals and customer relations within the field of human health and wellness promotion. Traditional in-class instruction is enhanced through teamwork, role-playing activities, guest speakers and innovative lessons in a fully-equipped retail pharmacy simulation lab.

Students will experience ingenuity within the field as they formulate common products in a retail pharmacy setting, and specialty products such as medicinal lozenges, powders, creams, tablets, capsules and suppositories. Students also experience up to 80 hours of field placement in a community pharmacy.

Graduate with a firm understanding of pharmacology, inventory practices, and modern pharmacy software programs and a demonstrated ability to provide clerical and technical support to a Registered Pharmacist and Registered Pharmacy Technician in a retail pharmacy environment.

Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or equivalent, with:
Grade 12 English C or U

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant assessment for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The assessment(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects. For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.

Employment Opportunities

Community Pharmacy Assistants function in a support role for both the pharmacist and for pharmacy technicians by compounding, packaging and labelling pharmaceutical products as well as maintaining prescription records and inventories of medications and pharmaceutical products.

Our graduates have sought employment with retail/community pharmacies, long-term care specialty pharmacies, compounding pharmacies and methadone dispensing specialty pharmacies.

For information about post-graduate work eligibility for international students, please review the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program information.

Tuition Fees

Please visit the international tuition fee section for individual program fees. For more information regarding tuition, please contact or 519-542-7751 ext 3018.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

905-890-7833 x 222
Sarnia/Main Campus