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Do you want to help people and contribute to healthcare services that make a real difference to patients’ lives? Take the next step in your professional development with our online pharmacy assistant training courses.

Whether you are already working in a health and fitness role or you want to take your career in a new direction, our flexible learning programmes will give you the skill set you need.

Explore our course breakdown below or enroll now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enroll in our pharmacy assistant course, you will complete the following units of study:

    1Medical Terminology
    • Medical definitions, prefixes & glossary
    • Abbreviations & acronyms
    • Using medical terminology
    • Human systems & anatomical divisions
    • Pharmacology
    2Human Anatomy & Physiology
    • The nervous system
    • The muscular system
    • The skeletal system
    • The digestive system
    • Blood and blood pressure
    • The skeletal system
    • Cells & tissue
    • Physiology of pulmonary ventilation
    • Vitamins & minerals
    • Diet & food processing
    4Risk Management
    • Developing and managing risk prevention measures – diet & food processing
    5Common Illnesses
    • Medical information ranging from illnesses and conditions such as asthma and acne to erectile dysfunction and the common cold – diet and food processing
    6History of Pharmacy
    • Evolution & future of pharmacy
    • Origins of the pharmacy store
    • Patient care era
    7Customer Service in a Retail Pharmacy
    • Interacting with customers
    • Face-to-face customer service
    • Telephone customer service
    • The difficult / angry customer
    8Sales in Retail Pharmacy
    • Communication and conversational selling
    • Knowing your product
    • How to close a sale
  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with studying our online pharmacy assistant course. For example, you will:

    • Expedite your career as a pharmacy assistant
    • Study a course that has been developed in consultation with senior members of the pharmacy profession
    • Complete your learning at your own pace, allowing you to fit your pharmacy assistant training around work, family and other commitments
    • Have your own personal tutor to provide advice and answer questions
    • Save time and money by eliminating the need to travel to classes
    • Pay upfront for a 10% reduction in the course fee, or choose our interest-free weekly payment plan
  • Career Prospects

    pharmacy-assistant-imge1If you have a passion for patient care and customer service, as well as great organizational skills, a career as a pharmacy assistant could be ideal for you.

    People always need access to medicines, and this is increasingly the case as the population ages and people rely more heavily on prescription drugs. There is also a rising awareness of the importance of physical wellbeing in general, which is contributing to the growing demand for pharmacy services.

    This means there are strong career prospects in this field. Indeed, the US Bureau of Statistics predicts that the number of pharmacy assistants will increase by nearly 5% over the next decade, resulting in the creation of thousands of new positions.

    What does a pharmacy assistant do?

    As a pharmacy assistant, you will help pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to order, prepare and dispense a variety of medications. You’ll work as part of a wider pharmacy team under the leadership of a registered pharmacist.

    Your tasks may include everything from receiving and unloading deliveries to checking stock levels and, if you are working in a health centre or hospital, delivering medicines to wards and healthcare professionals.

    Opportunities to advance your career

    There are also opportunities to advance your career if you wish. For example, you can undertake additional training to become a pharmacy technician.

  • Course Levels Explained


    Our pharmacy assistant course leads to the awarding of a Certificate of Completion. This represents an introductory level of operational and general knowledge.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into our pharmacy assistant course.

    So, if you want to launch your career as a pharmacy assistant, simply register for our learning programme today.

  • Course Length


    The average time within which students complete this Certificate is 24 weeks.

    You are in charge of how quickly you complete your pharmacy assistant training course. Work through the course material and submit your assignments whenever you are ready, meaning you can finish the learning programme at your own pace.

    If you want to fast track your studies, you could graduate in a matter of months. Or if you prefer, you can take much longer. We allow a maximum of three years to complete our pharmacy assistant course.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    The entire pharmacy assistant course is completed online via distance learning. Also referred to as correspondence learning, this format is perfect if you need to adapt your studies to fit around commitments such as family or work. It is also ideal if you want to dictate your own timetable. You can learn, access tutorial assistance and submit assessments whenever and wherever you wish.

    You can complete our pharmacy assistance training programme from anywhere in the world, and there’s no need to attend classes in person – saving you time and money.

    These courses have been specifically developed to be highly engaging and relevant to this important area of healthcare.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    Our pharmacy assistant course is recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC).

    Like all ICI courses, it takes a practical approach. The content is written and delivered by industry professionals and it goes far beyond the theory involved in being a pharmacy assistant. It equips you with real-world knowledge and skills that will help you to thrive in these roles.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Already working as a pharmacy technician or dispenser? This course is for you. It gives you the chance to further your professional development, increase your knowledge and skills and enhance your confidence in your role. It is one of the most practical steps you can take to advance your career and gain a promotion.

    Course fees can be claimed as a tax deduction if the course is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our pharmacy assistance course are included in the course fee. When you enroll, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all your course and career questions and provide guidance.

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:

    • A graduation certificate officially recognising your completion of the pharmacy assistant course
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (for example: John Smith, DipPhrmcyA)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme.
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 6th October 2023 is the next enrollment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrollment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enroll today!

Course Investment & Payment Plans

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How do I get started?

Click on one of the Enroll Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career as a pharmacy assistant – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enroll, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrollment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrollment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enroll in a program, simply complete the online enrollment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrollment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrollment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.