Program Objectives

The Pharmacy Technical Assistance program prepares a person to practice the trade of pharmacy technical assistance in a health establishment as well as in a community pharmacy.

The pharmacy technical assistant (PTA) works under the supervision of a pharmacist and assists in filling prescriptions, managing patient files and performs work-related technical tasks related to preparing medications.

Program Content

Code Statement of Competency Hours Credits
746-012 Analyze the occupation 30 2
746-025 Perform pharmaceutical calculations 75 5
746-032 Observe the laws, regulations ans standards governing the practice of the occupation 30 2
746-047 Identify non-parenteral drugs and their characteristics 105 7
746-052 Take occupational health and safety precautions 30 2
746-063 Use pharmaceutical applications software for community pharmacies 45 3
746-073 Use pharmaceutical applications software for health care institutions 45 3
746-085 Do a practicum in the workplace 75 5
746-094 Perform customer service activities 60 4
746-104 Identify the characteristics of parenteral drugs 60 4
746-112 Make non-sterile preparations 30 2
746-129 Fill prescriptions in a community pharmacy 135 9
746-139 Fill prescriptions in a health care institution 135 9
746-143 Manage inventory 45 3
746-158 Make sterile preparations 120 8
746-167 Perform work-related tasks in a community pharmacy 105 7
746-177 Perform work-related tasks in a health care institution 105 7
1230 82

Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

To be eligible for admission to this program, candidates must meet one of the following requirements:

Persons holding a Secondary School Diploma or its recognized equivalent, for example, an Attestation of Equivalence of Secondary V studies, or a postsecondary diploma such as the Diploma of College Studies or a Bachelor's degree
OR
Persons who are at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in the programs of study established by the Minister, or have been granted recognition for equivalent learning
OR
Persons who are at least 18 years of age upon entry into the program and have the following functional prerequisites: the successful completion of the General Development Test (see the following table), or recognition of equivalent learning
OR
Persons who have obtained Secondary III credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister are required to pursue general education courses, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the Secondary IV credits they lack in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs established by the Minister.

Functional Prerequisites

A person who has reached the age of 18 can be admitted to a program of study leading to a Diploma of vocational studies (DVS) based on functional prerequisites. These prerequisites, in place for those aged at least 18 years at the start date declared for the vocational training program, are: successful completion of the general development test (GDT) and obtaining and passing the tests relative to the specific prerequisites in the language of instruction and mathematics, if applicable.

This table indicates the new course codes for common core basic education (CCBE) and diversified basic education (DBE) required for the specific prerequisites in language of instruction and mathematics for the targeted program of study. In the cases where the new course codes for the CCBE and the DBE are in progressive implementation, the old codes are indicated in parenthesis and are still valid. The equivalent course codes in basic education in the youth sector are also indicated in the table. When a DVS does not require any specific prerequisites in language of instruction or in mathematics, a (-) will be displayed in the appropriate field. Please note that the functional prerequisites do not apply to attestation of vocational specialty (AVS) programs.

Specific Prerequisites

Language of instructionSecond languageMathematics
AdultsYouthAdultsYouthAdultsYouth
ENG-3101-1 et ENG-3102-2 ou (ENG-3070-3)632-306 ou (630-316)----

Educational Organizations Offering the Program

Schedule:

Capitale-Nationale

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Places available
Admission by waiting list
Course full
CS Central Québec
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
C.F. Eastern Québec PTA22-23 D Jan. 23rd, 2023

Montérégie

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Places available
Admission by waiting list
Course full
Riverside SB
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
ACCESS Career Centre RAC-PTA D/E Continuous entry
PTA230911 D Sept. 11th, 2023

Montréal

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Places available
Admission by waiting list
Course full
Collège supérieur de Montréal (C.S.M.) inc.
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
Collège supérieur de Montréal (C.S.M.) inc.
English-Montréal SB
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
Shadd Health and Business Centre/Centre d'études commerciales Shadd I5122 D Sept. 19th, 2022
Lester-B.-Pearson SB
Vocational Training Centre Group Status D/E Start Date
Business Solutions Group - Centre d’expertise RAC PHARM 2021 D/E Periodic entry
Pearson Adult and Career Centre PHMAR23 D Mar. 13th, 2023
PHAUG22 D Aug. 15th, 2022

Pharmacy Technical Assistance

Pharmacy technical assistants greet clients and answer their inquiries. Under pharmacist supervision, they fill prescriptions. They keep client files up to date in databases, perform transactions at the register and maintain inventory. They may also work in medical clinics. This is an essential trade in high demand. A job as a pharmacy technical assistant requires discretion, respect and honesty. It is suitable for people with good listening skills who like to work in a team.

Job Titles

Pharmacy technical assistant