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Pharmacy Assistant Diploma

Credential: Diploma

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Become a vital member of a medical support team as you aid in the measurement and distribution of prescription drugs in either an institutional or retail setting.

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About This Program

The objective of this course is to assist students in transitioning to post-secondary education and equip them with the tools to excel in their chosen career path. The course covers essential topics such as learning styles, goal setting, note-taking, and testing strategies to prepare students for the workforce.

What will you learn:

  • Explore the traits of a successful master student.
  • Learn the importance of setting achievable goals and developing a growth mindset.
  • Discover the benefits of note-taking while reading.
  • Gain an understanding of effective strategies to prepare for tests.

This course is designed to equip students with the skills required to deliver compelling oral presentations that effectively communicate their message to an audience. Students learn to prepare their presentations by organizing material and developing a clear and concise message and designing effective visual aids, such as slides and other multimedia tools, to enhance their presentation.

During the course, students develop their public speaking skills by learning how to deliver their message professionally and engagingly. They will receive feedback on their body language, vocal tone, and delivery, which they can use to improve their performance. In addition, students will learn to handle questions and concerns that may arise during their presentation and how to engage with the audience effectively.

What will you learn:

  • Understand and define negotiation, the key elements of the negotiation process and identify different types of negotiation.
  • Know the commonly accepted ethical standards for negotiation and when they should be employed.
  • Learn the basic components of communication flow and how they relate to negotiating.
  • Understand how negotiation within an existing relationship changes the nature of the negotiation dynamic.

Having a working knowledge of the most widely used word-processing platform in the world is essential for a business setting. Whether you’re using Windows or Macintosh computers, this course teaches you how to format and manipulate Word documents through practical, hands-on training. You’ll gain the skills you need to navigate this program with ease and confidence. Having a working knowledge of the most widely used word-processing platform in the world is essential for a business setting. Whether you’re using Windows or Macintosh computers, this course teaches you how to format and manipulate Word documents through practical, hands-on training. You’ll gain the skills you need to navigate this program with ease and confidence.

What will you learn:

  • Inserting page numbers, reusable building blocks and hyperlinks.
  • How to use researcher and clipboard.
  • Using field documents.
  • Recording, saving, editing and running macro automated tasks.

Digital Literacy is about more than just being literate when it comes to using a computer. Just because individuals constantly have electronic devices in their hands does not mean digital literacy and critical analysis skills will simply emerge. To develop fluency in any language, learners must immerse themselves and work with those who are fluent in that language. The Internet and Computing Core Digital Literacy Certification tests basic computer skills and understanding of the Internet to promote success in school, work and life. Learn the foundational knowledge needed to excel in computers and the use of the internet.

Moreover, in today’s highly competitive job market, having a digital literacy certification can set you apart from other candidates. Employers are increasingly seeking candidates with strong digital literacy skills, as these skills are essential in almost every industry. Therefore, obtaining a digital literacy certification can significantly increase your employability and help you advance in your career.

What you will learn:

  • Assigning categories to lessons (Microsoft Outlook).
  • Adding slides to presentations (Microsoft PowerPoint).
  • Encrypting a presentation with a password (Microsoft PowerPoint).
  • Inserting page numbers, building blocks, and hyperlinks (Microsoft Word).
This comprehensive course is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the critical issues of health, ethics, and privacy in the context of modern-day pharmacies. The course content has been carefully curated to provide students with a solid foundation in relevant topics, including the Health Information Act (HIA), Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP), and Ethics from the Alberta College of Pharmacists. The course covers key concepts and principles related to the protection of sensitive patient information and maintaining strict confidentiality protocols in pharmacy settings. Students learn the regulatory frameworks governing the collection, storage, and dissemination of personal health information and understand the legal and ethical implications of non-compliance. In addition to theoretical knowledge, students also have opportunities to develop practical skills essential to pharmacy practice. The course will provide training in critical areas such as communication, professional conduct, and ethical decision-making. Students learn to interact professionally with patients, families, and healthcare providers, and understand the importance of respecting diverse cultural and ethical values. These activities will help students to develop critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills required to excel in pharmacy practice. What will you learn:
  • Understand the responsibilities of custodians and affiliates under the Health Information Act.
  • Understand the importance of protecting the confidential health and personal information of patients, co-workers, and the public.
  • Recognize the information that can be obtained by the public under the FOIP Act.
  • Understand the differences between primary, secondary, and tertiary care in the healthcare system.

During this course, students develop a foundational understanding of the intricate workings of the human body. Designed for students to explore a range of topics related to anatomy and physiology, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the structure, function, and terminology of various systems within the human body.

Throughout the course, delve into the complex systems of the human body, including the digestive, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular systems. Learn to identify different organs and tissues that make up each system and how they work together to perform their specific functions. Students will also examine the intricate interplay between different systems, including how the circulatory system interacts with the respiratory system, and how the nervous system coordinates movements and reflexes.

What will you learn:

  • Define anatomic terms used to refer to the body in terms of directions and geometric planes.
  • Identify and name the types of glands in the body and provide examples.
  • Discuss and explain the various functions of the skeletal system.
  • Identify and name the major subdivisions of the nervous system and their functions.

This course provides you with an introduction to the fundamental concepts of pharmacology. Throughout the course, you will learn the actions and uses of different types of drugs and their interactions with the human body. You will explore how drugs work to anatomy and physiology, with a particular focus on the musculoskeletal, integumentary, and digestive systems.

In addition to gaining a broad understanding of pharmacology, you will also learn about the various forms of drugs, including pills, capsules, liquids, and injections, and the different routes by which drugs can be administered. You will also learn about the various categories of drugs, including prescription and non-prescription drugs, as well as their indications, dosages, and potential side effects.

Throughout the course, you will be introduced to key pharmacological terms and concepts, including the mechanisms of drug action, drug metabolism, and drug interactions. You will also learn about the different types of drug formulations, how to properly store and handle medications, and the importance of patient education and counselling regarding the safe and effective use of drugs.

What will you learn:

  • How to list and define the major areas of pharmacology.
  • The different forms of drug products and the routes by which they are administered.
  • Explain how the adrenergic nerve endings function both to release and inactivate norepinephrine.
  • Describe the least two ways in which skeletal muscles may be relaxed.

The pharmacy assistant diploma program offers a thorough curriculum that builds upon the Introduction to Pharmacology course. Through this program, students gain a thorough understanding of the various forms and effects of pharmacological interventions, with a focus on their application in treating respiratory and immune system disorders.

Students will delve into the mechanisms of action of drugs and their impact on the body, as well as the potential side effects and interactions. The program also covers the pharmacology of the gastrointestinal tract, endocrine system, and infectious diseases, providing a holistic understanding of the role of medication in managing various health conditions.

Upon completion of this diploma program, students will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective support in a pharmacy setting. You will be able to assist pharmacists in dispensing medication, counselling patients on their medications, and identifying potential drug interactions or adverse effects. Graduates will be well-prepared to pursue 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.

This course in Community Pharmacy Practice provides students with an in-depth understanding of the community healthcare system. Through this course, students get an overview of the principles and procedures involved in community pharmacy practice.

The course covers a wide range of topics related to community pharmacy procedures, including the latest advancements in technology, medication monitoring, and drug administration. Students also learn the importance of quality assurance and its impact on patient safety.

Throughout the course, you will have access to interactive learning materials and engaging case studies that help them develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. You will learn how to communicate effectively with patients, identify potential drug interactions and side effects, and ensure accurate medication dispensing.

Upon completion of the course, students will have the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in entry-level positions in community pharmacies, hospitals, or other healthcare settings. They will be able to provide high-quality patient care by assisting pharmacists in dispensing medication, counselling patients, and managing pharmacy operations.

What will you learn:

  • Explain the ambulatory pharmacy practice setting.
  • Describe the health-system pharmacy practice setting.
  • List the hardware and software components used in pharmacy computers and summarize their purpose.
  • List and describe the five rights of medication administration.

This Pharmacy Assistant diploma course offers an in-depth module in Institutional Pharmacy Procedures, where students will gain a complete understanding of pharmacy operations within a hospital setting. Students learn the essential skills required to provide quality care in a clinical environment. 

The course covers a broad range of topics related to institutional pharmacy procedures, including training on filling, dispensing, preparing and labelling various types of prescription drugs. You will also learn about the importance of sterilization and infection control practices to ensure a safe and sterile environment for patients. 

The course includes interactive learning materials, practical simulations, and real-world case studies to help you develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. You will learn how to communicate effectively with healthcare professionals, work collaboratively with other pharmacy staff, and assist pharmacists in managing medication dispensing and distribution. 

This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in entry-level positions in institutional pharmacies, hospitals, or other healthcare settings. You will be equipped to provide quality patient care by supporting the pharmacy team in medication dispensing, inventory management, and sterile product preparation. Graduates of the course will be well-prepared to pursue a career as a Pharmacy Assistant in a clinical environment. 

What you will learn: 

  • Explain the key characteristics and importance of sterile preparations and the principles of sterility and sterility assurance. 
  • Describe microbial prevention and elimination methods using physical methods, as well as the use of chemical disinfectants and the types and levels of disinfection. 
  • Differentiate among the intravenous (IV), intramuscular (IM), intradermal (ID), and subcutaneous (SC) methods of parenteral drug administration into skin tissue and blood circulation. 
  • Describe why certain drugs are considered hazardous and differentiate between such drugs and nonhazardous drugs. 

This vital Pharmacy Assistant course looks at developing math calculation skills essential for use in a community and institutional pharmacy practice. Through this course, you will learn to interpret medication doses, perform ratio-proportion methods, conduct conversions, and decipher abbreviations.

The course covers various calculation techniques used in a pharmacy setting, including dosage calculations, IV flow rates, and drug concentration conversions. You will be introduced to the basic principles of arithmetic, fractions, decimals, and percentages, which are fundamental in performing calculations.

The course goal is to help students develop confidence in performing essential calculations required in a pharmacy setting. The module includes interactive learning materials, practical simulations, and real-world case studies to help students build their math calculation skills.

What you will learn:

  • Apply the formula method to solve simple calculation problems.
  • Select a suitable method for solving drug dosage problems based on patient-specific factors.
  • Choose appropriate equipment for medication administration based on dosage and method of administration ordered.
  • Differentiate between the trade and generic names of drugs and understand their significance in pharmacy practice.

This module explores the essential role of compound policies and procedures in a pharmacy setting. The course is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and techniques involved in pharmaceutical compounding.

You will learn to perform critical dosage and compounding calculations using various formulations and techniques. The curriculum covers a range of topics, including weighing, levelling, trituration, and geometric dilution.

The unit includes interactive learning materials, hands-on simulations, and real-world case studies to help students build their knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical compounding. Students learn about different types of compounding methods, such as sterile and non-sterile compounding, and the specific procedures involved for each.

The course also emphasizes the importance of following proper procedures and protocols for ensuring quality assurance and patient safety. Students will gain a thorough understanding of the various regulations and guidelines governing pharmaceutical compounding, including USP 797 and USP 800.

What you will learn:

  • List the supplies necessary to compose compound prescription medication.
  • Describe how to perform quality control testing of capsules, tablets, and powders.
  • Distinguish the different types of solutions, suspensions, and emulsions.
  • List the various properties of chemicals, flavouring agents, sweetening agents, suspending agents, diluting agents, and colouring agents.

The Pharmacy Assistant diploma program includes this course on pharmacy software, providing students with an in-depth understanding of the KROLL pharmacy software. This course will cover both community and institutional settings, and you will learn to use the software effectively and efficiently.

Throughout the course, you will learn how to use the KROLL software to manage inventory, process prescriptions, and maintain accurate patient records. Additionally, students will be introduced to different features of the software, such as drug interactions, dose checks, and medication histories.

By the end of this course, students will be able to confidently navigate the KROLL pharmacy software and will gain the skills necessary to work efficiently in a pharmacy setting. This is an essential course component of the Pharmacy Assistant program, providing students with the knowledge and practical skills needed to succeed in the pharmaceutical industry.

What you will learn:

  • How to use the KROLL software platform.
  • Filling and dispensing a digital prescription.
  • Preparing reports and patient requests.

Designed to equip students with the essential skills required to succeed in today’s competitive job market, the focus of the course is on developing effective communication skills, essential for success throughout the job application process.

Students learn to plan, write, and complete a resume that effectively highlights their skills, qualifications, and experience. They will also learn to search for employment, including how to identify job opportunities, prepare for interviews, and make successful presentations to prospective employers.

Throughout the course, students have hands-on opportunities to practice and apply their newly acquired skills. They receive feedback on their performance, which they can use to improve their communication and presentation skills.

What you will learn:

  • Writing a professional résumé and creating an impressive LinkedIn profile.
  • Understanding the AIDA approach to writing effective application letters.
  • Knowing the sequence of job interviews, including initial phone screenings, in-person interviews, and follow-up interviews.
  • Preparing for job interviews by researching the company, practicing common interview questions, and dressing professionally.

Program Objectives:

The online Pharmacy Assistant diploma program aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively in a pharmacy setting. Through a combination of theoretical and practical coursework, students will learn about pharmacy operations, pharmaceutical calculations, drug classifications, dispensing, inventory management, and customer service. Upon completion of the program, students will have the necessary skills to confidently work as a Pharmacy Assistant, providing valuable support to pharmacists and helping to ensure the safe and efficient delivery of pharmaceutical services.


All diploma 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. 

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

38 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 Diploma.

Program Textbooks

Below is a selection of textbooks students will use when taking this course. Our textbooks are painstakingly selected for their industry-standard content and authors who are considered leaders in their respective fields. 

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.

Pharmacy Technician: A Comprehensive Approach

A practical text to understanding the principles, career concepts, and pharmacy skills needed to be a successful pharmacy technician. The Pharmacy Technician is specially designed to make learning easier for your students. It offers clear, concise information to help them learn the material and pass the national certification examinations. This best-selling text is officially endorsed by the American Pharmacists Association (APhA).


Jahangir Moini: Dr. Moini was an assistant professor at Tehran University for 9 years, teaching medical students and nurses. He was a professor at Everest University in Melbourne, Florida for 24 years. Formerly, he was the director of Everest's health and science programs for 15 years. He established several health and science programs at Everest while he was Director. Since 1999, Dr. Moini has been the author of 43 internationally published science and health books.

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By completing this course, you will earn recognized Canadian educational credentials in this subject. Canadian post-secondary institutions are considered some of the best and most affordable academic institutions in the world.

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All Sundance College students have access to priority technical support with regards to their online learning. 

Credits Transfer to all Sundance Colleges within Canada
All module credits are transferable. They may be used to complete all applicable Sundance College Diploma Programs.

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You can share your module on your LinkedIn profile, on printed resumes, CVs, or other documents.


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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.

Online learning is user-centric. Students can study at their own pace, repeat assessments, and take breaks when needed. This helps students to balance their work, education, and family without feeling overwhelmed.

Online learning is accessible. Students only need a space to work with a connection to the internet. Anyone can turn their home into a classroom with Online Learning!

Online learning costs less. NeoCanada doesn’t have classrooms, so we can charge less for the exact same learning materials that are used in Canadian Colleges and Universities. Students also save money because they don’t have to pay for transportation between the classroom and their residences.

‘Four in five Canadian post-secondary students feel the COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed their expectations of a higher education experience and want a tertiary education that matches their digital lifestyle, finds new poll research by KPMG in Canada.’

Absolutely! NeoCanada is always open; you can access your course materials in the morning, afternoon, or nighttime. This helps you schedule your learning in ways that work best for you, ensuring that you have the time to complete your studies.

Canada is known for its educational excellence. This is why Canada is one of the top education destinations in the world, with over 620,000 international students enrolled.

Canadian education is recognized and highly valued around the world; employers know that it’s an accomplishment to receive a credential from a Canadian Institution.

Graduates from Canadian post-secondary institutions have higher employability rates, making them more competitive in the job market both domestically and globally.

Diplomas focus on a distinct discipline and are intended to give students a practical education to develop greater knowledge. Graduates of Diploma Programs have proven themselves to be capable individuals and are highly valuable to employers.

  • Diplomas are comprised of 4-7 MicroDiplomas

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

  • MicroDiplomas are comprised of 2-4 courses.

Modules provide students with knowledge of a single subject and are an excellent way for students to try out online education and learn something new.

You get all the benefits of a Canadian education without the travel, lodging, or time spent away from home that traditional in-person Canadian schools incur on foreign learners. You can remain in your country with your friends, family, and support networks without interrupting your current job or lifestyle. 

NeoCanada provides educational services designed to assist students in improving their qualifications and credentials for potential immigration to Canada. Our courses are designed to educate and equip you with the necessary skills and knowledge to find employment once you arrive in Canada, but we do not guarantee any specific immigration outcomes.

NeoCanada is not an immigration consulting firm or an immigration service provider. We do not provide legal advice, immigration advice, or assistance in the immigration application process. Our services are solely focused on education and skill enhancement.

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