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Program objectives

Develop the skills necessary for the application of the basic principles, rules and methods of the pharmacy technical assistant profession:

  • Analyzing work functions
  • Perform pharmaceutical calculations
  • Understand the laws that apply and the standards in place.
  • Adopt a preventative and safe practice
Étudiant du Collège Supérieur de Montréal prenant des notes dans une salle d'étude.

Program objectives

Develop the skills needed for the use of computer tools :

  • Learning pharmaceutical application software in community pharmacy and health establishment pharmacy
  • Develop the skills needed to communicate in the workplace, and for job search.
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Program objectives

Develop the skills needed to perform tasks in a community setting and in a health establishment.

  • Learn about non-parenteral drugs and their particularite
  • Executing prescriptions in community pharmacies and related tasks
  • Executing prescriptions in health establishment pharmacy and related tasks
  • Make non-sterile preparations
  • Keeping stocks up
  • Skills wanted
    • A keen sense of organization and responsibilities
    • Communication skills
    • An ability to work effectively under pressure
    • Attention to detail and rigorous mind
    • Good judgment and meaning ethics
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  • Job perspectives
    • Technical assistant in health facility pharmacy
    • Technical assistant in community pharmacy
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  • Workplace
    • Hospital and clinic pharmacies
    • Private pharmacies
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Placement rate

A full-time placement rate of 100% for all of Quebec. Our programs are made to meet the needs of the labour market. Contact us to find out the latest placement rates for our programs.

Satisfied students

Laura

My employer appreciates the quality of training I received at the College.

Laura - Student
Nidal

I just received my end of program documents. I wanted to thank you very much for all that you have done for me. You marked a rather special period of my life with your support.

Nidal - Student
Lucas

My training at the Collège Supérieur de Montréal has been the key to my professional advancement. A truly rewarding experience!

Lucas - Student

Advantages of studying at CSM

  • Job placement assistance
  • Conveniently located facilities (Berri-UQAM subway station)
  • A simulation class to develop your confidence and skills
  • High-quality education
  • More than 50 years of experience

Description of competencies

Analyzing work functions

  • Identify characteristics and practice conditions in the profession.
  • Identify tasks related to the profession.
  • Identify abilities and behaviours required in the profession.
  • Understand the profession’s evolution, trends and outlook.
  • Confirm your career path.

Laws and professional ethics

  • Recognize the legal concerns relevant to the profession.
  • Recognize the legal standards for handling patient files.
  • Recognize legal provisions related to medications.
  • Follow professional ethics rules.

Prevention and safety practices

  • Recognize high-risk situations.
  • Take precautions to control health and safety risks.
  • Use preventative hygiene and antiseptic measures.

Joining the workforce

  • Finding a position.
  • Examining the specific aspects of a workplace.
  • Building professional relationships.
  • Teamwork.

Parenteral medications

  • Recognize the class or sub-class of medications.
  • Recognize the names of medications.
  • Recognize the routes and methods for administering medications.
  • Recognize concentrations and forms.

Prescriptions in community pharmacies

  • Receive the prescription.
  • Verify or create the patient file.
  • Prepare and package medications.
  • Produce necessary documents.
  • Verify and correct the results of your work.
  • Perform container/content verification of a colleague’s work.
  • Provide medications to customers and produce invoices.
  • Perform tasks related to maintenance and storage.

Stock management

  • Order merchandise and pharmaceutical products.
  • Receive orders.
  • Check stock levels.
  • Perform tasks related to maintenance and storage.

Professional tasks specific to community pharmacies

  • Work planning.
  • Perform tasks related to filling prescriptions.
  • Perform tasks related to customer service.
  • Ensure appropriate stock levels.
  • Prepare non-sterile compounds.

Pharmaceutical calculations

  • Perform dosage, medication quantity and treatment duration calculations.
  • Calculate the final concentration of a medication.
  • Calculate ingredient quantities for magistral preparations.
  • Calculate ingredient quantities for diluted stock solutions.
  • Calculate quantities of ingredients and solute for a compound.

Nonparenteral medications

  • Recognize the class or sub-class of medications.
  • Recognize the names of medications.
  • Recognize the administration route for medications.
  • Recognize pharmaceutical forms and their specific characteristics.

Pharmaceutical software in community pharmacies

  • Perform operations related to patient files.
  • Perform operations related to prescriptions.
  • Produce documents for the customer.

Pharmaceutical software in health establishment pharmacies

  • Perform operations related to patient files.
  • Perform operations related to prescriptions.
  • Produce documents for physicians or nurses.

Customer service

  • Greeting customers.
  • Interacting with customers.
  • Arranging support services for customers.
  • Completing service.

Non-sterile compounds

  • Perform the preliminary steps.
  • Produce different non-sterile compounds.
  • Package non-sterile compounds.
  • Perform tasks related to labelling non-sterile compounds.
  • Perform tasks related to maintenance and storage.

Prescriptions in health establishment pharmacies

  • Receive the prescription.
  • Verify or create the patient file.
  • Prepare and package medications.
  • Produce documents for physicians and nurses.
  • Verify and correct the results of your work.
  • Perform container/content verification of a colleague’s work.
  • Refill prescriptions.
  • Prepare narcotics, controlled drugs and targeted substances.
  • Perform tasks related to maintenance and storage.

Sterile compounds

  • Perform preliminary steps.
  • Prepare basic sterile compounds.
  • Prepare parenteral nutrition compounds.
  • Prepare antineoplastic compounds.
  • Prepare batches of syringes and solute.
  • Fill sterile vessels for ambulatory infusion pumps.
  • Perform tasks related to labelling of sterile compounds.
  • Perform tasks related to maintenance and storage.

Professional tasks specific to pharmacies in health establishments

  • Work planning.
  • Perform tasks related to filling prescriptions.
  • Answer telephone calls.
  • Perform tasks related to the dispensing of narcotics, controlled drugs and targeted substances.
  • Perform staging of various medications.
  • Ensure appropriate stock levels.
  • Prepare non-sterile compounds.
  • Prepare sterile compounds.

Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Pharmacy Technical Assistance program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements

 

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent

OR

Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning

OR

Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning.

OR

Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

 

Admission test

  • a mandatory information meeting
  • taking psychometric & mathematical tests
  • other selection tests can be evaluated

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