Pharmacy Assistant - Gulf Medical University
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Pharmacy Assistant

COURSE CODE & TITLEPAC44 PHARMACY ASSISTANT
COURSE DURATION180 hours
COURSE AVAILABILITYWeekend/Evening*
MEDIUM OF INSTRUCTIONEnglish
MAXIMUM INTAKE20
PREREQUISITES (General)Certificate of Completion of High School – with science subjects / 3 years experience in the medical field, Basic Mathematic Skill
PREREQUISITES (Additional)TOEFL score of 400
AWARD18 CE UNITS

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Pharmacy Assistant program is approximately 10 months in length (Phase I & II). During this course, initially the students will receive basic instruction in skills required in any health care setting. The students will receive an understanding of the health industry and its various career paths, both traditional and nontraditional. Competency based areas include medical law and ethics, communications, medical terminology, medical math, body system review and pathology of disease, human growth and development including life continuum. Instruction and practice will be provided in basic skills used in most health care settings, including specific skills such as the taking of vital signs, basic patient intake skills, documentation skills, computer input and retrieval skills, understanding of quality control and quality assurance, standard precautions, as well as others. The second phase II of the program the student will meet the requirements for employment as a Pharmacy Assistant. Instruction includes both classroom and clinical training at pharmacies.

COURSE OUTCOMES: At the end of this course the student will be able to assist a licensed Pharmacist to:

  1. Retrieve prescriptions or files as necessary.
  2. Enter data, type labels and maintain patient profiles.
  3. Perform secretarial tasks such as telephoning, filing, and typing.
  4. Perform accounting tasks such as record keeping, maintaining accounts receivables, third party billing and posting.
  5. Count and/or pour medications.
  6. Fill and label bottles for prescriptions as directed by the Pharmacist.
  7. Affix auxiliary labels to the container.
  8. Affix the prescription label to proper container.
  9. Mix pharmaceutical preparations as directed by the Pharmacist.
  10. Count stock and enter data in computer to maintain inventory records.
  11. Clean equipment and sterilize glassware according to prescribed methods.
  12. Deliver medications and pharmaceutical supplies to patients, or nursing stations.
  13. Help maintain a clean and orderly pharmacy.
  14. Perform any other duties supportive personnel are allowed to perform.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE COURSE
Those who have completed 12 years of schooling and wish to work in pharmacies located in hospital or community settings before deciding on taking up pharmacy as a career.
COURSE CONTENT
Introduction to Pharmacy AssistantshipDosage Forms and Routes of Drug Administration
Drug IdentificationDrug Management Procedures
Pharmacy Laws and EthicsPrescription Filling Procedures
Pharmaceutical MathematicsProfessional Relations
Pharmaceutical TerminologyFormulary review for Insurance Billing
COURSE METHODOLOGY

  • Lectures & Lab
  • Course work
  • Instructor led discussions
  • Worksite learning
VENUE OF STUDY

  • Information & Learning Center, Gulf Medical University
  • GMC Hospital, Ajman
ASSESSMENT: Pretest / Post-test
For academic advising and planning of their study schedule applicants are requested to contact: The CCECO Coordinator, Office of the Assistant Director, Center for Continuing Education & Community Outreach, Gulf Medical University, Al Jurf, Ajman, UAE.

Continuing Education Credits
The course has been accredited for eighteen continuing education (CE) units awarded by the University. Although these CE units cannot be transferred to satisfy credit requirements in any diploma or degree level courses in which the candidates may enroll at a future date, they could be counted in advancement of career by the relevant institutions.