Diploma in Pharmacy Assistant

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If you're interested in the chance to learn the skills needed to assist pharmacists and oversee the daily operations of a pharmacy, you may be interested in the Pharmacy Assistant diploma program offered at CDI College. Find out more about the program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The Pharmacy Assistant diploma program offered through CDI College combines coursework in basic pharmacology and medical terminology with courses related to pharmacy operations and management. You will have the chance to learn about preparing, storing, and returning medications, as well as drug dosage calculations and compounding. In addition, you could study basic pharmacy assistant practices, such as how to fill orders, enter client information, and process paperwork for orders. There are also courses designed to teach you about workplace safety, medical ethics, and hospital and community pharmacy practices. Hands-on experience is attainable through a required field placement in a pharmaceutical setting.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you're considering applying to the Pharmacy Assistant diploma program, you may already have a desire to work in a health care setting and assist customers with their medication and health care purchases. All CDI College applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent, though some programs or campuses may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Specific course requirements vary by campus, but could include the following topics. Contact CDI College to confirm the most up-to-date information before enrolling in a program.

Common Course Topics

  • Introduction to pharmacy and pharmacy practice
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical calculations
  • Sterile products and aseptic techniques
  • Pharmacy software applications
  • Compounding
  • Pharmacy billing and transcription
  • Health care communication
  • Medical language and anatomy
  • Fundamentals of computers
  • Practicum
  • Student success strategies
  • Career and employment strategies

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

CDI College's Pharmacy Assistant diploma program can prepare you for positions where you are responsible for the overall operation of a pharmacy. Your duties could include filling orders under the supervision of a pharmacist, entering patient information, and managing inventory. You could seek pharmacy assistant positions in in a retail or community pharmacies.