Program Description: This is a basic course in pharmacy technology with practical application to medication preparations, direct patient care and the pharmaceutical industry. The course includes basic skills in direct patient care delivery systems, therapeutic effects of prescription and nonprescription medications, information evaluation systems, purchasing and supplies with inventory control, prescription order receipts, medication preparations with computations, compound sterile and non-sterile products, along with medication distribution systems and safety measures. The anticipated outcome for the course is for the student to be able to challenge the National Healthcareer Association Examination (NHA) and obtain a 70% or better passing score as well as employment in the respected vocational career field. Students are individually prepared for National Certification as part of the course and the course includes a 60 hour internship program on completion accomplished within one of several
Financial Assistance : Available for most Applicants
Becoming a pharmacy technician usually requires earning a high school diploma or the equivalent. Pharmacy technicians typically learn through on-the-job training, or they may complete a postsecondary education program in a vocational education program. Most states regulate pharmacy technicians, which is a process that may require passing an exam or completing a formal education or training program.
Education and Training: Our program covers a variety of subjects, such as arithmetic used in pharmacies, recordkeeping, ways of dispensing medications, and pharmacy law and ethics. Technicians also learn the names, uses, and doses of medications. We also include a clinical experience opportunity (internship period), in which students gain hands-on experience in a pharmacy or related facility. Our program meets them minimum accreditation requirements of The American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). Employers usually require pharmacy technicians to be certified by a major certifying organization and which may make it easier to get a job. Our program provides student preparation to take the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) certification examination.
Work Environment: The job market opportunities for pharmacy technicians has always been varied and broad. They can work in a variable number of positions. The median 2012 pay in this category has been $29,320 per year or about $14.10 per hour as minimal standard according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics | Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections. Jobs have been short term and long term and available jobs were 355,300 in 2012. Most pharmacy technicians work full time. Pharmacies may be open at all hours. Therefore, pharmacy technicians may have to work nights or weekends. Pharmacy technicians worked primarily in pharmacies, including those found in grocery and drug stores. Some technicians work in hospitals or clinics. Pharmacy technicians spend most of the workday on their feet
The industries that employed the most pharmacy technicians in 2012 were: Pharmacies and drug stores (retail drugstore chains) 53%, Hospitals; state, local, and private 17%, General merchandise stores 12%, Grocery stores 7%, Ambulatory health care services 3%.
Job Prospects: Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors will lead to increased demand for prescription medications. The population is aging, and older people typically use more prescription medicines than younger people. Higher rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes among all age groups also will lead to increased demand for prescription medications. Advances in pharmaceutical research will allow for more prescription medications to be used to fight diseases. The number of individuals who have health insurance will increase due to federal health insurance reform legislation. As more people have access to insurance coverage, more pharmacy technicians will be needed to handle their prescriptions. In addition, pharmacy technicians may be needed to take on a greater role in pharmacy operations because pharmacists are increasingly performing more patient care activities such as giving flu shots. Technicians will need to perform tasks such as collecting patient information, preparing more types of medications, and verifying the work of other technicians, tasks formerly done by pharmacists
Program Length: 450 Hours
Sched: Day: 9am – 3pm Eve: 5pm – 9pm
Duration: Approximately 4.2 months
Eligibility: HS Diploma / GED / TABE Test