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Potential Career Paths for Pharmacy Assistant Graduates

By April 19, 2023No Comments
Pharmacy Assistant

With a passion for patients, working alongside a team of caring professionals and building a career that truly contributes to healing and vibrant living for those in need, you may thrive in a pharmacy assistant career. Completing a leading-edge pharmacy assistant course in Ontario at a pharmacy assistant school with a track record for training graduates to be skilled and in demand, you’re set for a for a thriving future in healthcare.

Anderson College has had the opportunity to serve students since 1885 and our pharmacy assistant classes and pharmacy training courses, are second-to-none. Our Pharmacy Assistant program is 44 weeks and includes 240 hours of practicum with on-the-job training, offsite with potential employers. All you need to do after that is determine where you want to hone your skills and provide the vital services you’re trained to offer. Here are the details you need to get a sneak peak at your future.

Your Potential Career Paths as a Pharmacy Assistant Graduate


Community Pharmacies

Within pharmacy assistant programs you’ll fine tune your interpersonal and communication skills, and if you shine in an environment that allows for interacting with the public this may be the place for you. Your role may include welcoming clients, organizing and updating files, maintaining medical stock, and more, supporting a pharmacist who serves the community.

Retail Pharmacies

This is one of the more common opportunities after graduation. In this type of pharmacy, you will spend the majority of your time connecting with customers in person and on the phone. Your responsibilities may include welcoming and assisting customers and taking payments, updating patient information, keeping inventory stocked and maintaining inventory records etc… Your personality, communication and organizational skills, and all that stellar pharmacy assistant training will fuel your success in this workplace.


If you prefer to work your magic behind the scenes, as you attend to details, care for patients, and assist doctors and healthcare teams, applying your skills in a hospital setting could be for you. Instead of interacting with customers, you will prepare prescriptions that will be delivered. You will maintain inventory and have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, as prescription orders in a hospital are numerous and ongoing.

Assisted Living Facilities

As a pharmacy assistant in an assisted living or long-term care facility, you will support a pharmacist or pharmacy technician as they counsel patients and make recommendations to doctors based on patient history and the ideal treatment plan. Your job will be to help fulfil prescriptions, keep inventory stocked and organized and ensure patient information and files are in order.

Set Your Sights on Skill Enhancement

With the foundational technical skills gleaned in our Pharmacy Assistant program, you are also poised to take your career to the next level. If you have the ambition to become a pharmacy technician, then you can still work in these various environments, but will take on additional responsibilities and enjoy the myriad benefits that come along with that.

Your work opportunities are varied and vast in this healthcare field, and as you can see there is something to fit everyone’s propensities and personality. You can enjoy a spectacular career as a pharmacy assistant or choose to leverage your skills and experience to become a pharmacy technician. No matter what you decide, if you’re just getting started, we’re here to help you navigate your way.

Whether you’re still deciding about this career path and need a little assist by taking the “Pharmacy Assistant Discovery Quiz” or are ready to leap, our team is here to help. To explore your pharmacy assistant career, learn more about our course here or book a virtual appointment with our admissions team.

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