Pharmacology Sciences MicroDiploma

Credential: MicroDiploma

MicroDiplomas are intended
for students who want to
upgrade their skills or get
a comprehensive education in
a new subject.

Get an introduction to the world of Pharmacology with this intensive, four-course MicroDiploma designed to acquaint students with some of the knowledge required to become a pharmaceutical assistant. Learn the importance of ethics in the medical field concerning a patient’s privacy and medical information. Students also study the human body, how the different components of our physical makeup interact with each other, and how they depend on each other to function correctly. Lastly, there is the science of drugs and their positive and negative effects on the body.

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About This Program

This study covers health, ethics, and privacy in modern pharmacies. Students learn about relevant laws and principles, including confidentiality protocols and regulatory frameworks. They also receive practical training in communication, professional conduct, and ethical decision-making. By the end, students will be equipped to deliver safe and compassionate care to patients in a pharmacy setting.

What will you learn:

  • Understand your responsibilities under the Health Information Act
  • The importance of protecting confidential health and personal information of patients, co-workers, and the public
  • Know what information can be obtained by the public under the FOIP Act
  • Know what separates primary, secondary, and tertiary care within the healthcare system

In this course, you’ll learn about the human body’s anatomy and physiology, with a focus on the digestive, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular systems. You’ll also explore the connections between these different systems and gain a solid foundation of knowledge and skills. By the end of the course, you’ll have a firm grasp of the structure, function, and vocabulary of the body’s systems.

What will you learn:

  • The anatomic terms refer to the body in terms of directions and geometric planes
  • Know the different types of glands in the body and provide examples
  • Know and identify the parts and functions of the skeletal system
  • Identify and name the different areas that make up the nervous system and how they function

In this course, students will be introduced to the world of pharmacology. They will gain insight into the effects different types of drugs have on the human body, with specific emphasis on the musculoskeletal, integumentary, and digestive systems. Students will also learn about the different drug forms and how they can be administered, including pills, capsules, liquids, and injections. The course will explore prescription and non-prescription drugs, their indications, dosages, and potential side effects. Students will learn key pharmacological terms and concepts, such as drug action mechanisms, metabolism, interactions, formulations, storage, handling, patient education, and counselling for safe and effective drug usage. Upon completion of the course, students will have a solid understanding of pharmacology fundamentals and be equipped to apply their knowledge in various healthcare and research contexts.

What will you learn:

  • List and define the major areas of pharmacology
  • The different types of drugs and how they are administered
  • How the adrenergic nerve endings function both to release and inactivate norepinephrine
  • Describe at least two ways in which skeletal muscles may be relaxed

Our Pharmacy Assistant Diploma Program offers a comprehensive understanding of pharmacological interventions that go beyond introductory Pharmacology courses. The curriculum focuses on the practical application of pharmacology in treating respiratory and immune system disorders, covering drug mechanisms, potential side effects, and interactions. We also cover the pharmacology of the gastrointestinal tract, endocrine system, and infectious diseases to equip our students with the knowledge and skills needed to manage various health conditions. After completing the program, graduates will be ready to provide effective support in pharmacy settings, including dispensing medication, counselling patients, and identifying potential drug interactions or adverse effects. With their newfound expertise, graduates will be prepared for entry-level positions in retail pharmacies, hospitals, or other healthcare settings.

What will you learn:

  • Explain the process of digestion and the principal digestive enzymes involved
  • Describe the basic function of a hormone
  • Explain the pituitary control of female sex hormone secretion
  • Describe the location and types of some fungal infections in humans

Program Objectives

This MicroDiploma program introduced students to some of the relevant practices used by pharmaceutical technicians in both public and institutional pharmacy settings. The emphasis is on the technician’s relationship with the patient concerning confidentiality, the distribution and administration of drugs and the ability to act in a consultatory manner with patients. This MicroDiploma is a good start for those curious about a career as a pharmaceutical technician.


All MicroDiploma courses have different grading systems. For most, it is a combination of homework, assignments, quizzes and exams. Some course grading is 100% based on assignments or exams. An example of the breakdown is listed below.

  • Homework and Lab Assignments – 40%
  • Review Quizzes – 30%
    These will test your comprehension of course materials following each section of the course.
  • Knowledge Assessments – 30%
    An overall assessment of the course material, may consist of one or more exams.

This MicroDiploma is part of:

Average Duration

12 weeks at 20 hours per week.


All courses are taught in English.

Global Applications

Apply your new knowledge and skills around the World.

Textbook Included

World-class textbooks are available with no extra cost.

Transfer Credits

Module credits you have completed can be put towards a MicroDiploma. Earn MicroDiploma credits to put towards a Diploma.

Program Textbooks

Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology

Packed with vivid illustrations, this best-selling text is written specifically for learners in a one-semester introductory course in the allied health field who have little or no previous knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Known for its clear approach to teaching, the text is widely praised for its ability to break anatomy and physiology down into very simple, easy-to-understand language. Content is organized according to body systems and focuses on the body working together to promote homeostasis. Improving both the quality and quantity of text illustrations, the Fourth Edition's new art program brings text concepts to life with new figures throughout.


Donald C. Rizzo: Professor emeritus at Marygrove College in Detroit, Michigan, where he taught Human Anatomy and Physiology and Medical Terminology. He also taught Biology II: The Unity and Diversity of Life, Principles of Biology, Parasitology, Zoology, and Botany. He conducted biological fieldwork around the globe. Dr. Rizzo began his teaching career at Marygrove College in 1974 and served as chairperson of the Science and Mathematics department from 1975―2006.

Pharmacology – An Introduction

Pharmacology is incredibly readable, with short chapters that link theory to practice; content that is focused on the need-to-know information to not overload the reader; excellent tables and features such as Patient Administration and Monitoring Boxes; and the most up-to-date drug information.


Henry Hitner: Hitner earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and spent several years working in the pharmaceutical industry, first as a research assistant in toxicology for Wyeth Laboratories and then as a research pharmacologist for National Drug Company, both in Philadelphia. During this time he earned a master of education degree in biology from West Chester University. He attended graduate school at Hahnemann Medical College in Philadelphia, where he earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology.

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₹1.49 LPA

Average salary


These statistics are from
from February, 2023 and may not represent
current employment numbers.


Job Postings

176,000 Piso*

Average salary


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from February, 2023 and may not represent
current employment numbers.


Job Postings

$38,500 CAD*

Average salary


These statistics are from
from February, 2023 and may not represent
current employment numbers.

Build Job-ready Skills To Succeed in Canada

Take advantage of an increasing job market in Canada.


Job Postings

$38,500 CAD*

Average salary


These statistics are from from February, 2023 and may not represent current employment numbers.

Skills You Will Gain

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  • Counselling

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  • Motivation

  • Stress Management

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Pharmacology Sciences MicroDiploma


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Exclusive Benefits of a Canada North College MicroDiploma

Affordability: Compared to other Canadian online and in-person colleges, we offer the same high-quality education at lower prices.

Top Learning Materials: We use the best textbooks and learning platforms available, written and recognized by industry experts.

Industry-experienced Instructors: Our faculty members come from the course industry and are up to date on the latest trends and techniques.

World-Class Skills: Canadian post-secondary education is recognized the world over for its excellence in preparing students to enter the global job market.

Cost Effective: Because we are online, there is no need to obtain a student visa or incur the financial or emotional costs associated with relocating to Canada for your studies.

Career-Focused Knowledge: Graduate prepared to enter the job market that corresponds to your field of study and ready to meet employer needs.


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Everything depends on your experience, location, industry, and the job market itself. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of May 2020, pharmacy aides (which includes pharmacy assistants) can make a salary of up to $39,460.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy aides (which includes pharmacy assistants) is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations. The demand for prescription medications is expected to increase as the population ages, which will lead to more job opportunities for pharmacy assistants. Additionally, as the healthcare industry continues to grow, there will be a need for more support personnel, including pharmacy assistants, to help ensure that patients receive the medications and care they need.

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