Rx: An Education as a High-Demand Pharmacy Assistant


Call it wishful thinking, but we hope you’ve managed to stay healthy through the string of flu (H3N2), RSV, and norovirus outbreaks. If you or your loved ones have not been fortunate, keep in mind (for next winter) that influenza vaccines are recommended – especially if you work with children, are 65 or older, or are otherwise high-risk. Flu shots can be received at walk-in clinics, your family doctor’s office, and pharmacies.

You might recall a long wait at the pharmacy for your flu shot or prescription this season… or every season. Due to the increase of prescription drug use, our ageing population, and other health care sector needs, there are not enough Pharmacy Assistant graduates to fill demand, and the unemployment rate is accordingly low. Job openings are also expected to increase quickly over the coming years.

Prescription medicine and other health care products must be prepared and dispensed with extreme accuracy and efficiency. If you are detail-oriented and have the steady hands of a surgeon (at least when you don’t have the flu), consider signing up for the Pharmacy Assistant program at Sprott Shaw. You will learn everything from medical terminology to general administrative skills. Graduates can choose to work towards specialized positions – eg. as chemotherapy technicians – or as supervisors or retail professionals in hospitals or pharmacies.

Our Pharmacy Assistant program is 33 weeks in length, with practicum (work placement) opportunities available. See details here.

Or, enhance your education and increase career opportunities through our Medical Office Assistant & Pharmacy Assistant accelerated program.

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