As new kinds of medication hit the market every day, the need for qualified pharmacy technicians has risen significantly over the past few years. Added to this trend is the fact that more and more consumers are taking an interest in understanding exactly what kind of medicines they are taking and what they contain. A trained pharmacy technician should be able to answer these questions in a satisfactory manner as well as serve customers well.
A pharmacy technician's job is a combination of many different skills. A student must learn customer service skills, business administration as well as some basic medicine and chemistry in order to execute the job effectively. It is a career that offers good employment opportunities immediately on graduating as well as a solid foundation for further specialization and study.
Courses designed to teach students how to become pharmacy technicians will cover subjects like health care systems, pharmacy legislation, the fundamentals of pharmaceutical practice, jurisprudence, pharmacology, drug distribution systems in hospitals, patient requirements, medical requirements for long term patients, pharmaceutical calculations, purchasing, inventory control and ministry reporting. Students will also learn about medical preparations, adverse effects and reactions, drug classifications and pharmacopoeia. They will also learn about the design and production of medication as well as effective communication skills when communicating with customers and doctors. Programs will also cover the dispensing and compounding of medicine, narcotics control, preparing aseptic products, drug distribution, third party billing, repacking pharmaceuticals and clerical duties as well.
There are a number of immediate career opportunities available to graduates of this course, including working as a pharmacy assistant in hospitals or clinics. They may also work in pharmacies or other establishments related to the pharmaceutical field. There is also good scope for specialization in related fields.
Canadian Provinces with Career Colleges offering diplomas, programs or courses in Pharmacy Assistant and Technician