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The Pharmacy Assistants at CSDM
NOC-2021 Code 33103

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Jenna Nicole Dupont
ECE Diploma, PhA Diploma

Following the completion of her diploma in Early Childhood Education, Jenna completed the diploma in Pharmacy Assistance and Medical Office Assistant.

Caring, bright, and a fast learner, Jenna has decided to join CSDM to offer her services helping patients at the pharmacy when she is not working at the community medical clinic next door (CRMC).

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Ndidiamaka Chukwunonso
BSc in Microbiology, PhA Diploma

Ndidi initially graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. After relocating to Calgary, her new home, Ndidi successfully completed her Pharmacy Assistant Diploma from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, and joined CSDM after working for a couple of years for a larger pharmacy chain in the province where she gained much of her experience.

Ndidi is warm, positive, patient, and is always very happy to help clients in need of help. Her naturally practical attitude and knowledge will have you feel comfortable, safe, and relaxed when speaking with her.

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Angie Tan
MOA Diploma (Hons)​, PhA Certificate - SSIA
Registered HCA (🇨🇦#63464)

Angie joined our team after having graduated with the highest marks from her studies leading to the Diploma in Medical Office Assistant from ABES College, in Calgary, Alberta.

 

Very family-oriented, compassionate, caring, and kind-spirited, we are extremely lucky and blessed to have Angie in our team. She has started working for CSDM on a as-and-when basis through the Staff Sharing Initiative Agreement between us and the clinic next-door. Angie is your contact if you require someone who speaks Cantonese.

​FAQs ABOUT THE PHARMACY ASSISTANT

  • Who are the Pharmacy Assistants?

Pharmacy Assistants are trained members of staff who have completed a diploma in Pharmacy Assistance from an accredited college in Canada, and are able to perform a number of tasks including, but not limited to billing for and filling up prescriptions. They liaise with insurance companies to secure insurance coverage for clients.

Pharmacy Assistants work in teams with pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to facilitate the scheduling of patients' refilling of medications and the progress of their consultations and procedures with the pharmacist.

 

Pharmacy Assistants are not receptionists. Only those in possession of a diploma in Pharmacy Assistance from an accredited college in Canada or the USA may work at CSDM as PhAs. The only exceptions to this rule are Registered Health Care Aides (RHCAs) who possess a certificate in Health Care Aide from an accredited institution, and holders of a foreign pharmacy degree accepted by PEBC. For more information regarding the minimum requirements and qualifications needed to work as an PhA at CSDM, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

  • What can our Pharmacy Assistants do?

    • Schedule and confirm appointments

    • Enter and format electronically based medical reports and correspondence

    • Prepare spreadsheets and documents for review

    • Interview patients in order to complete forms, documents and case histories

    • Complete insurance and other claim forms

    • Initiate and maintain confidential medical files and records

    • Prepare financial statements and billing

    • Establish and maintain various internal office administrative support procedures such as document tracking and filing and monthly reporting

    • Order supplies and maintain inventory

    • Determine and establish office procedures and routines

    • May supervise and train other staff in procedures and in use of current software.

    • Prepare patients for the pharmacist's consultation;

    • Screen patients for signs of stroke or myocardial infarction according to a pre-approved protocol and screening tool;

    • Prescreen patients for UTI symptoms to triage them to either the pharmacist prescriber or to the Urgent Care Centre when walk-ins are not available in the clinic;

  • Is it safe for me to share medical or personal information with a Pharmacy Assistant?

Pharmacy Assistants are bound by the same confidentiality laws that pharmacists and other health care professionals must abide.

 

Even though they may sometimes be sitting at a reception, Pharmacy Assistants are trained members of staff who have completed a diploma in Pharmacy Assistance at an accredited college in Canada.

 

This means that our PhAs are trained members of staff with that abide by a code of conduct and legal/professional responsibilities. Therefore, you are safe to share personal or medical information with a PhA when required to do so. Whatever you say to the PhA will remain with the PhA and with the pharmacist who cares for you. The PhA will keep your information safe at all times and will deal with it in a professional manner as expected of a trained health care member of staff.

This team member can assist you in:

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Anita Angelika Sondej
MOA Diploma, HCA Diploma, PhA Certificate - SSIA
Registered HCA (🇨🇦#65519)

After having trained as a Medical Office Assistant and as a Health Care Aide and having obtained the relative qualifications, Anita has for many years worked in assisted living settings helping the elderly in our community. 

 

Known for her Caring, gentle, and dedicated attitude, after completing her Pharmacy Assistant bridging certificate, she has now joined CSDM on an as-and-when basis, through the Staff Sharing Initiative Agreement between us and the clinic next-door. Anita is your point of contact if you speak Polish and need help with specific issues that you may find difficult to communicate in English.

This team member can assist you in:

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Minimum Requirements and Qualifications:

  • Canadian Pharmacy Assistant Diploma

OR

  • US Pharmacy Assistant Diploma

OR

  • Canadian Health Care Aide Certificate or foreign equivalent accepted by the AHCAD

OR

  • Staff members of CRMC who participate in the Staff-Sharing Initiative Agreement (SSIA) between CRMC and CSDM.*

OR

(when waiting to obtain ACP registration in Alberta)

  • Foreign Pharmacy Degree (recognized by the PEBC)

* These must complete a 3-module certification free of charge during the first 90 days of employment at CSDM in order to continue to work as PhAs at CSDM.

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