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Ontario College Certificate

Community Pharmacy Assistant


For the Fall 2021 semester, this program will be delivered through a hybrid model that combines remote and in-person learning. View details on delivery modes for all programs.

This program is not currently offered. However, you may want to explore our Pharmacy Technician program.

Train to work in a community pharmacy.

Program Overview

A changing landscape

As the scope of practice for pharmacists and registered pharmacy technicians expands into higher levels of expertise, the role of the pharmacy assistant is becoming critical to the operational effectiveness of the community pharmacy. Sheridan’s Community Pharmacy Assistant program gives you the resources you need to take advantage of these job opportunities.

Critical training

This program is designed to provide you with the basic knowledge and skills you'll need to work as a pharmacy assistant in a community pharmacy dispensary. When you graduate, you’ll be well prepared to assist pharmacists and pharmacy technicians with day-to-day tasks in compliance with current legislation and policies, and to provide excellent patient care and customer service.

Things you'll learn to do

  • Process, prepare, package, and label prescriptions and pharmaceutical products.
  • Solve problems relating to prescriptions such as adjudication problems, calculations and legality issues.
  • Identify common prescription, non-prescription and medical devices that support healthy living.

Explore your future classroom

As a Community Pharmacy Assistant student you’ll work in labs designed to imitate the real-world workplace. Want a look inside preview? Take a virtual tour of our Pharmacy Lab.


Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

Once you’ve applied for admission to this program, we’ll automatically consider you for this award.

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Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

    PHAR 16048 Community Pharmacy Practice 3
    ACCG 19725 Pharmacy Management and Inventory Control 3
    MATH 16532 Pharmacy Math 3
    HEAL 29385 Self-Medications and Complementary Therapies 3
    HEAL 11651 Introduction to Community Pharmacy Dispensing 6
    COMM 19999 Essential Communication  Skills (General Education)    3
    Total: 21
    PHAR 14498 Basic Physiology and Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    MKTG 57442 Fundamentals of Marketing 4
    CHEM 14438 Introduction to Pharmaceutical Compounding 3
    HEAL 16529 Intermediate Community Pharmacy Dispensing 5
    FLPL 18263 Career Strategies and Observation Practicum 3
    GEN ED General Education Elective 3
    Total: 21

Courses subject to change.

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Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)


Mature student status.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

Articulation Agreement

Applicants who do not possess the necessary admission requirements to this program at Sheridan who complete the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program will be granted admission, contingent on space in the program (in the semester that they are applying for), if they have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a minimum of B grades in all their math and science courses.

Where space is not available in the semester for which an applicant has applied and the applicant meets all the requirements of this agreement, admission to a later intake of the program will be granted.

Applicants from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program must also complete all other pre-admission requirements for their chosen program, such as criminal record checks, immunization documentation, etc. listed in the program admission requirements. All applicants to the Practical Nursing, Veterinary Technician, and Pharmacy Technician programs must also take the HOAE (Health Occupation Aptitude Exam) pre-admission test. Taking the HOAE is a requirement to meet the terms of the articulation; however, admission to the program is not contingent on test results at this time.

Prospective students should ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria for registration, such as English language proficiency in the program for which this transfer process is being applied.

Criminal Record Check and Immunization Requirements

Sheridan field placement agencies may require a police record check for criminal offences, a vulnerable sector check and/or a current record of immunization. Before beginning field placement, students will need to obtain, at their own expense, valid CPR (Level C), A.E.D. and Standard First Aid certificates(s). Students will be required to provide this documentation directly to their field placement prior to the start of the placement. Students who cannot meet these requirements may have limited field placement opportunities. Please refer to the immunization information on Sheridan's website, or come in to one of the campus health centres.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

Career Opportunities

Sheridan graduates are in high demand. When you complete the Community Pharmacy Assistant program, you’ll be ready to take the position of pharmacy assistant at one of the locations listed below.

Here are some examples of places you might work:

  • Community pharmacies
  • Long-term care pharmacies
  • Specialized pharmacy settings

Learning Outcomes

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  • Comply with all legislation, ethical and professional standards governing pharmacy practice.
  • Perform functional business skills such as cash handling and billing of third party plans, inventory control and purchasing using appropriate computer software applications.
  • Solve problems relating to pharmaceutical calculations – dilutions, dosage calculations and conversions using common fractions, decimal fractions, ratios, proportions and percentages.
  • Assist a Pharmacist and/or Pharmacy Technician in the dispensing and labelling of prescriptions and preparation of pharmaceutical products within their scope of practice.

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2021–2022 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Fees For Canadian Students
Fees for International Students

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

All new international students beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

The annual Bursary Program for grade 12 students pursuing careers in the justice sector at an Ontario university or college is now open! Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Each association offers one bursary per year in each of their judicial regions for a total of 22 bursaries province-wide!

Applications close on May 26. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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Articulation Agreements

Program Mission

Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.

Program Vision

Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.

Critical Performance Statement

Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.

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