2 – Pharmacy Jurisprudence and job ethics
This course is designed to give students an understanding of the structure of pharmacy services in AB., the laws that govern pharmacy practice and the area of pharmacy ethics.3 – Pharmacology
In this course students will be provided with a framework of knowledge to recognize drug names, drug classes, and to understand drug actions and the rationale for treatment. Focus will also be on drug side effects, allergic reactions and various health issues relating to pharmacology and drugs.
4 – Pharmacy Computer Applications & Billing
This course will familiarize the student with the Kroll software program. The course covers the topics of prescription filling, drug interaction, third party medical plans and the Netcare system.
5 – Health Care Communication and Interpersonal Skills:
Learning basic communication skills especially relating to the medical field will assist the student in dealing with all patients. Understanding cultural differences and encouraging diversity can add a new dimension and safer patient healthcare delivery to the medical office.
6 – Pharmacy Management
Students will practice different tasks they will be required to perform in this practical work in the pharmacy. In this course they will be able to submit orders through wholesalers’ portals, receive orders and do other daily on-dispensing tasks.
7 – Non prescribed products
This course will teach students the different groups of over the counter medications and medical supplies they will interact with in the community pharmacy
8 – Community Pharmacy
Students are introduced to dispensing techniques and procedures with a great deal of emphasis on the role of the Pharmacy Assistant in relation to the role and responsibilities of the pharmacist in a retail pharmacy. Students become familiar with the fact that they must complete many of the technical duties so that the pharmacist is available primarily for patient care. The student is introduced to the prescription
9 – Medical Terminology
Medical Terminology covers the broad base for medical terminology, abbreviations and the systems of the body. Students will learn to build medical words using the key components which also include the correct pronunciation and spelling of each term. Students also gain the understanding of proper utilization of terms to describe medical conditions and disease states
10 – Non-Sterile Compounding
This course reviews all aspects of compounding prescriptions. The student will prepare various mixtures, creams and ointments, solutions and suspensions. Emphasis is placed on accuracy and preparation of a pharmaceutically elegant product.
11 – Introduction to Hospital Pharmacy
Hospital aseptic techniques provides students the opportunity to learn the terms and procedures specific to a hospital pharmacy. The course will focus on the preparation of sterile products, and infection control. Procedures covered include sterilization methods, equipment use and maintenance.
12 – Pharmaceutical Calculations
Students will be provided with the pharmaceutical expressions of strengths and dosages calculations for dispensing. Apothecary and metric system of measurement will be reviewed
13 – Career & Professional Development
This course focuses on effective resume, letter writing, interview skills and cold calling. In addition, students will be taught the skills for effective networking and marketing of their skills to potential employers. Students learn valuable interview skills and are given time to practice in role playing exercises. Upon completion of the program students will learn how to do cold calling, use the hidden job market, use professional social networking sites, create a cover letter, thank you letter and reference list, which they can then use in their career search.
B – Practicum:(In pharmacy Training)
(on-the-job) experience in the community setting is an essential component of the Pharmacy Assistant training service. It provides the physical and human resources by which the trainee may build on their knowledge and skills in the pharmaceutical setting. Practical experience helps develop the student’s understanding of employer expectations, permits involvement in the educational process for both pharmacists and pharmacy employees, and fosters a cooperative effort between college and professional pharmacists
Is one of the core element of the program . Heritage college has many contracts with pharmacy chains like Shoppers drug mart, Co-op pharmacy and Save on food to give the opportunity to our students to practice in a various work environment
16 weeks (13 weeks in college- 3 weeks pharmacy practicum)