Offered ONLY at the Branch Campus
Pharmacy Technician student, will be trained and prepared to be employed in a hospital pharmacy, a community pharmacy, or a large pharmacy chain store. Pharmacy Technicians are trained Health Care professionals who work in both hospitals and retail pharmacies under the supervision of a pharmacist. Pharmacy Technicians prepare and fill prescriptions under the direction of a pharmacist, issue medications, and label and store supplies. Graduates of this training program will have learned the basic aspects of pharmacy practice, including reading, filling and distributing prescriptions. They will understand the legal responsibilities of a pharmacy for record maintenance and the handling of various categories of drugs, and they will know basic pharmaceutical calculations, medications, common drug interactions and their side effects and pharmaceutical agents and their uses.
All prospective students must complete the TABE test and score an 10.0 or higher
- To prepare graduates for entry-level pharmacy technician positions.
- To give graduates an understanding of medical and pharmaceutical terminology and the pharmacology of medications in relation to the anatomy they affect.
- To give graduates familiarity with the federal and state laws that govern pharmacy.
- To provide graduates a strong grasp of the differences between hospital and retail pharmacy environments.
- To give graduates the ability to communicate effectively with patients and medical professionals.
- To equip graduates with the skill and confidence necessary to excel in the range of responsibilities they will assume as pharmacy technicians, from interpreting physician orders and prescriptions and preparing and distributing medications to performing pharmaceutical calculations, processing insurance billing, and controlling inventory.
- To provide graduates the knowledge necessary to meet the highest standards of professionalism, confidentiality, and ethics.
To qualify for graduation from this program the students must demonstrate competency in each of the skills and successfully complete the externship. Graduates in this program will be qualified to take the PTCB or ExCPT National Exams and qualify to find entry-level positions in drug store, pharmacies, hospitals, and medical facilities.
ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 16 weeks
*Indicates prerequisite exists. Student must complete the prerequisite course prior to entry into this course of have the instructor’s permission to enter the course.