Pharmacy technicians perform a variety of roles including ensuring patients’ medical needs are met and prescriptions are accurate. Pharmacy technicians also perform other functions such as filling prescription requests, prepacking bulk medicines, responding to patient questions, maintaining proper storage and security conditions for drugs, establishing and maintaining patient profiles, and maintaining adequate supplies of medications. In the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program, students will learn pharmacology, medical terminology and abbreviations, pharmacy law and ethics, pharmacy mathematics and dosage calculations, medication preparation, prescription processing, inventory, insurance billing, communication, and customer service skills.
The overall program goal is to provide students with the knowledge of pharmacy practices and familiarize them with pharmacological concepts and processes including using math to perform pharmacy calculations when preparing prescriptions.
Upon completion of this certificate program, students are expected to able to:
- Discuss the knowledge, skills, and job responsibilities of a Pharmacy Technician.
- Discuss the different components of medications and how that affects their bioavailability and pharmacology.
- Identify therapeutic, side, and adverse effects, dosages, and common abbreviations for drugs used in the treatment of disorders.
- List the different routes of administration, drug forms, and drug classifications and uses.
- Explain the effect of laws, regulations, ethics, and professional standards on pharmacy practices.
- Perform pharmacy math and dosage calculations.
- Describe how to fill prescriptions, package and repackage medications.
Completion: Students must successfully complete 18 semester credit hours to earn a Pharmacy Technician Certificate.
Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program – Topics Include
Introduction to Pharmacy Practices
Communication and Customer Service
Pharmacy Law and Ethics
Regulations and Standards
Dosage Routes and Forms
Pharmacy Math and Dosage Calculations
Numbering and Measuring Systems
Medication Orders and Prescriptions
Pharmacy Practices and Employment
Retail Practice Settings
Hospital Practice Settings
Other Practice Settings
Credentialing and Employment