The Calgary Catholic School District, in partnership with SAIT Polytechnic, offers students an opportunity to earn a Dual-Credit Pharmacy Assistant Certificate in addition to an Alberta High School Diploma upon completion of their Grade 12 year. This is a two-year program (four semesters) offered to district students.
What is a Pharmacy Assistant?
Pharmacy Assistants work under the supervision of a pharmacist in retail operations compounding, dispensing and packaging prescriptions and sterile products. They manage inventory, place orders for stock, answer phones, accept payment for prescriptions and assist customers with non-prescription product information.
Who may enrol in this two-year program?
Students apply in Grade 10 and must complete the prerequisite, HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems. It is important that students understand that this program is a two-year commitment. Students must complete Biology 20 in the first semester of Grade 11 and Biology 30 in the first semester of Grade 12. Students must also have an average of 60% or higher in Math 30-1 or 30-2 and English 30-1 or 30-2 by the end of Grade 12.
Note: A maximum of 24 students are accepted in this dual-credit program.
How do students earn a Dual-Credit Pharmacy Assistant Certificate while in high school?
Students complete their high school diploma requirements using SAIT pharmacy assistant courses as options. The program has been designed to fulfill requirements of both Alberta Education and the SAIT Dual-Credit Pharmacy Assistant program.
Are there any special program requirements?
Yes. There is a work experience component in a pharmacy setting, which will be scheduled to occur during the summer following the grade 12 year. This is a 160 hour unpaid practicum during July and August.
Who will teach the courses?
SAIT instructors will deliver the program. District students access course content online through D2L via St. Anne Academic Centre and the SAIT campus. Students will be supervised by a Calgary Catholic off-campus teacher. Students attend SAIT twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., moving to Monday and Wednesday mornings for labs in the second year of the program. For those students who will begin in February 2018, the schedule will be 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for the first semester only (February 2018 to June 2018).
How do students get to SAIT?
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from SAIT. LRT access takes students right onto campus. Parking is available at a cost to the student.
Is there a cost to the program?
This program is free to all students who are enrolled in a Calgary Catholic high school. Students are responsible for the purchase of textbooks.
How to ApplyWhat does the course load look like?
Students apply at their high school through the counselor, off-campus teacher or career practitioner.
- Attend Parent and Student Information Session
- Complete application
- Complete HCS3000 (1 credit online CTS course)
Grade 11 (Semester 1):
Grade 11 (Semester 2 at SAIT 4th period twice/week):
- Health Care Professionalism (3 credit on-line course)
- Health Care Fundamentals 25 (5 credit SAIT course)
Grade 12 (Semester 1):
- Biology 30
- English 30-1 or 30-2
- Math 30-1 or 30-2
Grade 12 (Semester 1 and 2 at SAIT 4th period twice/week):
- Pharmaceutical Therapeutics 35 (5 credit SAIT course)
- Prescription Processing 35 (5 credit SAIT Course
July and August after Grade 12:
- Summer practicum (6 credit)
What are the advantages of enrolling in this program?
Successful students may begin working as a Pharmacy Assistant immediately following completion of high school and their summer practicum without any further post-secondary training or experience in this field. Students interested in health and/or bio-medical careers at university will benefit from the knowledge and work experience obtained through this program. Students may also pursue further education at SAIT in related health programs using the knowledge gained in the Dual-Credit Pharmacy Assistant certificate program.