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Pharmacy assistants assist pharmacists in ordering, preparing, and dispensing medications at the pharmacy.
A pharmacy assistant assists licensed pharmacists and pharmacist technicians in the processing of prescriptions. Assistants often perform clerical and organizing tasks such as answering phones, filling out and filing paperwork, running cash registers, and stocking shelves.
To work as a pharmacist assistant, one must first complete the requisite training by taking the required courses.
The courses for pharmacy assistants are listed below.
1. Basic Pharmacist Assistance NQF Level
SAQA 72049 Basic Pharmacist Assistance Level 3 Specialisation: Institution / Hospital Pharmacy
The following are the requirements for registering for the National Certificate: Pharmacist Assistant Basic:
- Minimum grade 10 (standard 8)( pass in Maths and English with 50% and above
- Have to be employed in a Hospital / Clinic pharmacy or have a Pharmacy Workplace that you will spend the rest of your training (1 year or above)
- Council Approved Tutor and
- Council Approved Training premises
ID copy or Passport with permit (foreign students)
- Proof of qualification
- Valid Tutor Certificate
- Valid Proof of premises approval and
- Proof of payment of Council Registration Fees
Mpilo Royal College Of Health Education South African Pharmacy Council Accreditation Number: R00043
2. National Certificate Pharmacist Assistance
This training program results in a national qualification as a Pharmacist Assistant (Basic), NQF level 3 in the SAQA Field: Health Sciences and Social Services, and SAQA Subfield: Preventative, Curative, Promotive, and Developmental and Health Services. Health Science Academy provides pharmacy education in all four sectors: community, hospital/institutional, manufacturing, and wholesale/distribution. The South African Pharmacy Council has authorized the course and Health Science Academy has been accredited as a supplier of education and training.
3. Further Education and Training: Pharmacist’s Assistance
This training program leads to a national qualification as a Pharmacist Assistant (Post Basic), NQF level 4 in the SAQA Field: Health Sciences and Social Services, and SAQA Subfield: Preventative, Curative, Promotive, and Developmental Health Services. The Health Science Academy provides training in the community as well as the hospital/institutional sectors. The South African Pharmacy Council has authorized the course and Health Science Academy has been accredited as a supplier of education and training.
4. Dispensing Course (Non NQF) [Short Courses]
EthelM Healthcare Resources
Health Advance Institute
Health Science Academy (Pty) Ltd.
Insight Medicine Information
North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus)
Pharmacy Education International cc
Pharmacy Training and Development Project: Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (previously
University of Limpopo (Medunsa Campus))
Public Health Institute of South Africa
Quad Pharmaceutical CC
S Buys Academy (Pty) Ltd.
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