In partnership with SAIT, the district offers students a free one-year program to earn a Dual-Credit Pharmacy Assistant Certificate in high school.
About the Program
Pharmacy assistants work under the supervision of a pharmacist in retail operations compounding, dispensing and packaging prescriptions and sterile products. They also manage inventory, place orders for stock, answer phone calls, accept payments and assist customers with non-prescription product information.
Students complete their high school diploma requirements using SAIT Pharmacy Assistant courses as options. The program is designed to fulfill requirements of both Alberta Education and the SAIT Dual-Credit Pharmacy Assistant program.
SAIT instructors will deliver the program on-campus and students will be supervised by a Calgary Catholic off-campus teacher. Students will attend classes at SAIT four mornings a week, Tuesday to Friday, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
The program also includes 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 throughout July and August.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from SAIT and for the purchase of textbooks.
Students in Grade 10 who are applying for this program must:
- Be enrolled in HCS3000 Workplace Safety Systems
- Have completed Biology 20 in first semester of Grade 11
- Have completed Biology 30 in first semester of Grade 12
- Commit to the one-year (two semester) program
- Have an average of 60 per cent or higher in Math 30-1 or 30-2 by end of Grade 12
- Have an average of 60 per cent or higher in ELA 30-1 or 30-2 by end of Grade 12
- Be able to attend all scheduled Friday morning classes regardless of whether it is a high school non-instructional day
Successful students may immediately begin working as a Pharmacy Assistant upon completion of high school and the summer practicum. No further post-secondary training or experience in the field is required.
Students can apply at their high school through their counsellor, career practitioner or Off-Campus teacher.