Pharmacy Assistant with Co-op

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
1300 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
65 Weeks
Includes holidays and professional days.
Delivery Methods:
  • In-Class Instruction
  • Combined Delivery (Both In-Class and Distance)
Program content is subject to change.

Online and On-Campus Delivery Options may be available!

Pharmacy assistants help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients. Assistants usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication, such as counting tablets and labelling bottles. They also perform administrative duties, such as answering phones, stocking shelves, and operating cash registers. Assistants refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist.

In large pharmacies and health-systems, pharmacy assistants with significant training, experience and certification can be promoted to supervisory positions, mentoring and training pharmacy assistants
with less experience. Some may advance into specialty positions such as chemotherapy assistants and nuclear pharmacy assistants. Others move into sales. This program gives the student the necessary skills to be competitive in this exciting field.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Assist licensed pharmacists and working with Regulated Pharmacy Technicians in providing medication and other health care products to patients.
  • Perform tasks to help prepare prescribed mediations, such as counting tablets and labelling bottles, and routines of compounding and blister packing.
  • Perform administrative tasks such as answering phones, stocking shelves and receiving payments.

Methods of evaluation vary amongst the courses in the program. Please see the individual course outlines on how students are evaluated for each course.

Why Study To Be a Pharmacy Assistant At Sprott Shaw?

  • Lifetime access to dedicated Employment Services Specialists (ESS) who can help you with resume and cover letter writing, interview skills, and the overall job search after graduation 
  • Lifetime tuition-free access to course refreshers if you ever need to retrain and update your skills 
  • Practicum opportunities with recognized organizations across BC 
  • Multiple start dates so you can start your education when you want to without the wait 
  • Career and professional development success courses to help create a career development marketing plan, learn the cardinal rules of professionalism, and identify the target markets and employment resources in the counselling field 
  • Preparation and orientation courses to teach you how to find credible research, write papers, create proper citation formats including APA, and study effectively for exams 
  • All-inclusive program costs where what you see is what you pay. Our costs include registration fees, assessment fees, tuition, textbooks, supplies, course materials, uniforms, certificates, graduation fees, practicum fees, and much more 
  • Grant and scholarship opportunities are available to help you save on tuition. Up to $4000 in scholarships and grants are open to recent high school graduates, Sprott Shaw alumni, military veterans, and more! Click here to browse our full list of grants and scholarships.

Where Are Sprott Shaw Graduates Working? 

Our Health Care, Nursing and Dental graduates can be found working throughout the province. In addition to health authorities across BC, our Practical Nursing and Health Care Assistant graduates are working at recognized hospitals like Vancouver General Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Chilliwack General Hospital, Kelowna General Hospital, Victoria General Hospital, and more. 

Our Dental Assistant graduates can be found working at a variety of dental clinics throughout the province such as Family Care Dental Clinic, Heavenly Dental, NOVO Dental Centre, and more. Our Pharmacy Assistants can be found working in Walmart Pharmacies, Rexall Pharmacies, and numerous other independent pharmacies throughout BC. 

Click below to learn more about where our graduates are currently working. Please note that these lists do not cover every single business that has hired a Sprott Shaw graduate, but they do provide a good representation of the sort of industries that Sprott Shaw graduates are working in. 

Admission Requirements:
  • Grade 12 or equivalent (General Education Development, Adult Basic Education) with evidence of a ‘true certified copy’ or original transcript; OR
  • Mature student status (age 19 and one year out of high school) and completed entrance assessment with minimum scores of 20/40 in both the English and math components (and composite score of 42/80).
  • English Entrance Assessment. The equivalent credential must be evaluated and verified.
  • International students can also meet the English requirement by demonstrating one of the following three options:
  • Sprott Shaw’s English Language Assessment, OR
  • Minimum IELTS Score 5.5 overall or iBT TOFEL Score of 70, OR
  • Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s partnered ESL schools.
  • For more information on English Language requirements and equivalencies please click here.

Domestic Students:

  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment.
  • Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of Math 10, 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the Math Entrance Assessment.

International Students:

  • SSC entrance assessment: English (minimum 20/40)
    * Partnered ESL School Program
    Sprott Shaw Language College (SSLC) – one of the following:
    o ESL Skilled Focus (ESL-SF) Level 4
    o ESL Skill Combined (ESC-SC) Level 8
    o Career English (CE)
    o Power Speaking & Modern Media (PMM)
    o Medical English (ME)
    IELTS Academic (minimum scores)
    * Speaking: 5.5
    * Listening: 6.0
    * Reading: 5.0
    * Writing: 5.5
    * OVERALL BAND SCORE: 5.5 (scores valid for two years)
    * TOEFL iBT (minimum score 46)
  • Duolingo English Test – DET (min. 85)
    * TOEIC (min. 640)
    * CELPIP (min. 6 all categories)
    * CLBPT (min. 6 all categories)
    * Michigan English Test – MET (min. 53)
    * Common European Framework of Reference – CEFR (min. Level B1)
    * Cambridge (min. score 160 / CFE Level B1 / CAE Level B2)
    * Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test (min. 40)
    * CanTEST (min. Band 3 in all four categories)
    * Pearson Test of English – PTE (min. 42)
Other Requirements:
  • Successful completion of all on-campus courses with a minimum of a 60% overall average.
  • CPR, First Aid and WHMIS will be completed during the program.


* Pharmacy Assistant with Co-op was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.

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Courses List

This 65 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • MS Office Word Certification
  • MS Office Word editing, layout, templates, styles and
    sections, mail merge, tables, charts and desktop publishing

  • MS Office Excel Certification
  • Plan, edit and manage worksheets (formulas/functions)

  • Skills and strategies conducive to learning in a college atmosphere, orientation to the college environment, using technology, knowing college policies and procedures.
  • Time management, writing and using citations, study strategies, student budgeting, and wellness/self-care/stress management.
  • An orientation to the PCP program and the emergency medicine professions.
  • Prepare for upcoming studies, learning environments, and work experience placements throughout the program.

  • Research, prepare and deliver presentations
  • Apply proper use of grammar principles
  • Overview of processes of communication in the workplace
  • Use MS Office PowerPoint

  • Importance of written communication within the business environment
  • Memos, email, letters and reports

  • Effective customer service and support
  • Problem-solving theory and applications

  • Anatomy and physiology as related to the body systems
  • Associate pathological conditions with the body systems
  • Define pharmacology and related terminology
  • Identify all standard medical abbreviations
  • WHMIS Certification

  • This introductory course introduces the students to the profession of pharmacy in Canada.
  • The history of medicine and pharmacy will be reviewed to help understand the evolution of the roles in pharmacy, emphasizing Pharmacy Assistant.

This course introduces some basic pharmacology principles with emphasis on drugs used for prevalent diseases in the community setting.

  • This course provides students with the necessary math skills to work as a Pharmacy Assistant in a pharmacy.

  • KROLL® is a pharmacy software application that is commonly used in community pharmacies.
  • It is a user-friendly program with options that help deliver optimal care to the patient.

  • This course emphasizes the role of the Pharmacy Assistant in the community pharmacy.
  • The students learn the dispensing process, dispensing techniques, packaging medications, compliance, packaging and related third party billing.

  • This course introduces both non-sterile and sterile compounding, they will learn the reasons for compounding and the necessary precautions.

Strategies for Student Success:

  • Interview techniques
  • Create a Career Development Marketing Plan
  • Apply aspects of professionalism
  • Identify target markets and employment resources

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