This Pharmacy Assistant course will introduce you to multiple aspects of the pharmacy sector.
The ten modules will stimulate your interest in the field of pharmacy. Every aspiring pharmacy assistant can develop his or her personal niche and will have early opportunities to improve their efficacy and competence in the field.
Pharmacy is a unique and enterprising field and you can look forward to enjoying a meaningful and exciting career. The role of a pharmacy is a crucial one and it contributes to the healthcare system in several valuable ways. As an assistant pharmacist, you will enjoy opportunities to interact with patients and dispense medications in line with prescriptions issued by a certified health professional. You will also be in charge of managing stocks, advising patients on dosage regimes, benefits and side-effects of medication and so on.
This course is designed to give you a solid foundation on which you can begin your career as a pharmacy assistant. It will explain work environments, salaries and career advancement, and learning about these topics will help you make an informed career decision.
What you will learn
The course covers these key areas in details, plus much more:
- An introduction to the field of pharmacy and how it plays a pivotal role in the UK’s healthcare system.
- As an assistant, you will be working together with a pharmacy team. You will learn all about the different members of the team.
- How to develop your customer service skills.
- Checking and management of stocks in a pharmacy: Pharmacy assistants are often in charge of tracking and managing stocks in a pharmacy.
- The role of a pharmacy assistant: You will be expected to execute multiple tasks and responsibilities, including management of prescriptions, dispensation of medication, interacting with customers and ordering supplies.
- Regulations, health and safety in a pharmacy: There are certain standards of health and safety that are governed by regulations which you will need to follow.
- Prescriptions: You will learn how to read and interpret prescriptions and how to avoid mistakes. The course also covers risk assessment and error prevention.
- You will learn how to report problems and issues to the pharmacist.
Benefits of the Pharmacy Assistant Course
Any student who enrols on this course will find the following features beneficial:
- The ability to study from any location as long as you have an internet connection.
- The ability to work at a pace that is comfortable for the individual student. The course doesn’t impose time limits, so the student can take days, weeks or months to successfully complete the course.
- The option to study from any internet connected device, including a laptop, PC or mobile phone.
- Course modules that are easy to manage, making the entire process enjoyable.
- Continued support to help enhance your training.
- Ability to access a full syllabus to help you stay on track.
- Enhance your job application by adding the skill to your resume.
- Pass the test and receive a certification.
- Affordable tuition costs.
- Role and importance of pharmacy in the healthcare system
- Brief history and development of pharmacy in the UK
- Multiple benefits of pharmacy
- How the pharmacy sector can contribute to patient outcomes
- How pharmacists can support self-care choices amongst patients
- Significance of self-medication practices and how the pharmacy team plays a crucial role
- Code of Ethics for Pharmacy team workers
- Seven principles of Code of Ethics (Royal Pharmaceutical Society)
- Vision for the future
- The pharmacy team
- Role of the pharmacy assistant
- Skills and knowledge required for the role of pharmacy assistant
- Changing communication behaviour in pharmacies
- Establishment of open, honest and mutual relationships
- Communication behaviour in community pharmacies
- Important aspects of communication behaviour in pharmacy settings
- Detailed guide to patient counselling in a pharmacy
- Therapeutic alliance, egalitarian relationships and self-awareness
- Barriers to effective communication in a pharmacy setting
- Assumptions and their role in counselling communication
- Define roles and responsibilities executed by pharmacy assistants
- Pharmacy record keeping and maintenance
- Information contained in pharmaceutical records
- How EHR records are useful for pharmacy record keeping
- Explaining prescriptions and the information contained in them
- Why pharmacy workers should learn about drug dispensation
- Factors affecting accurate dispensation of drugs
- Cleanliness and hygiene in the dispensing area
Module 8 : Different Dispensing Methods, Electronic Prescription Service, How to Minimise Dispensation Errors
- Different types of dispensing methods
- Electronic prescription services
- Prescription and dispensing tokens
- Medicine dispensation errors and how to minimise them
- Different methods and technologies used for stocking products
- Understand the concepts of availability, turnover and expiration dates
- Process of ordering medication, along with use of appropriate inventory terminology
- Automatic, manual stock and special ordering procedures
- Basics of pharmacy terminology
- Importance of health and safety standards and risk assessments in pharmacies
- Pharmacy health and safety standards guidelines
- Arrangement of medicines on pharmacy shelves
Who can take the Pharmacy Assistant Certification course?There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 10 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although students are free to spend as much or as little time as they feel necessary on each module.
Where / when can the course be studied?The course can be studied study at any time and from any internet connected device
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 10 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 10 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if a user fails the test?If the user doesn’t pass the test first time they will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times a test can be taken.
How long does it take to complete the Pharmacy Assistant Certification course?We estimate that the course will take about 15 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.