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Other Assisting Occupations in Support of Health Services

Other titles : blood donor clinic helper, pharmacist assistant, physiotherapy helper, rehabilitation aide


Description :

This unit group includes workers who provide services and assistance to health care professionals and other health care staff. They are employed in hospitals, clinics, offices of health care professionals, nursing homes, optical retail stores and laboratories, pharmacies and medical pathology laboratories.

Main duties :

Orthopedic technologists

  • assist orthopedic surgeons in the treatment of orthopedic diseases and injuries by applying and adjusting casts, splints, bandages and other orthopedic devices;
  • assisting in the application, maintenance and adjustment of traction equipment;
  • cleaning and dressing wounds;
  • removing casts, sutures, staples and pins;
  • instruct patients and their families and other health care professionals with respect to orthopedic matters.

Pharmacy assistants

  • assist pharmacists by compounding, packaging and labelling pharmaceutical products;
  • maintain prescription records and inventories of medications and pharmaceutical products.
  • optical/ophthalmic laboratory technicians and assistants
  • operate laboratory equipment to grind, cut, polish and edge lenses for eyeglasses according to prescriptions received and fit lenses into frames;
  • make minor repairs for customers such as replacing frame screws or straightening frames;
  • maintain and repair optical laboratory equipment or machinery.
  • Lanaudière
  • Laval
  • Laurentides
  • Montérégie
  • Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine
  • Chaudière-Appalaches
  • Nord-du-Québec
  • Côte-Nord
  • Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Outaouais
  • Montréal
  • Estrie
  • Mauricie
  • Capitale-Nationale
  • Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean
  • Bas-Saint-Laurent
  • Centre-du-Québec


Diploma of Vocational Studies (DVS)


Pharmacy Technical Assistance

Program length : less than a 1 years and half

Program Objectives

The Pharmacy Technical Assistance program prepares a person to practice the trade of pharmacy technical assistance in a health establishment as well as in a community pharmacy.

The pharmacy technical assistant (PTA) works under the supervision of a pharmacist and assists in filling prescriptions, managing patient files and performs work-related technical tasks related to preparing medications.

Educational organizations offering the program