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The Pharmacy Assistant Program was developed to address the need for trained workers to assist Pharmacists and Regulated Pharmacy Technicians in the day-to-day running of a pharmacy. The need arose out of the regulation of Pharmacy Technicians and the expansion of the duties of the Pharmacist. Pharmacy Assistants work under the supervision of the Pharmacist (where permitted by legislation). They assist with the preparation and distribution of pharmaceuticals, inventory management, and documentation. They work within a scope of responsibilities, code of ethics and understanding of the legal and regulatory requirements in the pharmacy industry.
Responsibilities will vary depending of the level of training and employment setting. Duties may include:
Pharmacy Assistants are employed primarily in retail pharmacies and medical centre pharmacies. However, new and expanding opportunities are becoming available with health insurance companies and third party billing centres, pharmaceutical manufacturing companies, drug wholesalers and pharmacy supply companies, pharmacy software vendors, drug information sites and clinical researchers. Pharmacy Assistants may be required to work shifts, including evenings, weekends and holidays.
The NACC final examinations evaluate both the Calculations exam and Theory component of the training to determine whether the candidate has met the required level of knowledge. The external setting and marking provide unbiased and consistent evaluation, adhering to industry standards.
NACC’s Exam Services Committee monitors and reviews the Pharmacy Assistant program content and examination system. The Exam Services Committee also serves as a resource for member colleges offering support and advice for delivery of the program.
Examinations are developed by the committee with input from the pharmacy sector and Common Standards Group Colleges, and examinations are offered on a monthly basis.
The standardized curricula and third party examinations not only demonstrate NACC’s commitment to promote national standards but also facilitate credit transfer and mobility for students seeking further qualifications.
Successful students are awarded a numbered certificate and correspondingly-numbered pin identifying the graduate as having successfully passed the theory portion of the Pharmacy Assistant program.
Benefits to potential employers hiring graduates of the Common Standards Group Pharmacy Assistant Program include:
Topics Covered in the NACC Program:
NACC Final Examinations:
For a complete list of member colleges offering the NACC Pharmacy Assistant Program, click here.