Pharmacy Assistant Ottawa Campus |

Pharmacy Assistant Ottawa Campus |

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Become a Pharmacy Assistant

The practice of pharmacy has evolved beyond the traditional dispensing functions, creating the need for knowledgeable, technically skilled and competent supportive personnel. This program is designed to train Pharmacy Assistants to assist Registered Pharmacists or Pharmacy Technicians in community and hospital settings in their respective drug distribution systems. In addition to practical training using a commercial computer system, skills in communication and interpersonal relations will be developed.

Is the Pharmacy Assistant program right for you?


  • Someone who likes variety in their work each day
  • Someone who wants a quick start to their professional life
  • Someone who enjoys a sense of responsibility
  • Someone who is detail-oriented and focused
  • Someone who is interested in both science and public health


Total program length is 32 weeks

26 weeks of theory, 4 weeks practicum placement
Up to 2 weeks of breaks

Job Market

Pharmacy Assistants work in a variety of healthcare settings. They can be found working in community pharmacies, grocery and drug stores.

  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Pharmacy & Store Front Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technical Assistant

Salary Information

Average Wage ($/hr) – $21.00
High Wage ($/hr) – $28.85
National Occupation Classification (NOC) for this program: 3414

Admission Requirements

To apply, you must possess ONE of the following: Grade 12 (Secondary School Diploma) or GED equivalence


Willis College Entrance Assessment. If you are a Mature Student (over 18 years of age and/or have been out of school for one year or more), you can gain admittance by writing a free high school equivalency test.

Note: Students with foreign credentials, regardless of whether their documents have been translated/compared or not, should be tested to establish literacy in the English language.

Are you looking to apply as an International Student?

Find out more about international student admissions requirements.

Program Outline

  • Anatomy and Terminology
  • Applied Pharmaceutical Calculations
  • Business Communications I – English Essentials
  • Career Management
  • Community Pharmacy Dispensing and Skills Lab
  • Compounding
  • Institutional Pharmacy & Sterile Practice
  • Jurisprudence
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Windows & Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Practicum Placement
When I first started at Willis I was a shy, self-conscious girl… but Willis changed all that! My time at Willis was knowledgeable, fun and most importantly self-rewarding. The PSW program was amazing. I learned so much. All of the staff are absolutely awesome; they looked at you as a person and not just a number filling up a seat. Rachel Goyer Personal Support Worker

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