Due to the increase in retail pharmacy services across the country, a growing ageing population, and expanded healthcare due to the Affordable Care Act, the need for pharmacy technicians is increasing. This program prepares students for a career as a pharmacy technician, providing support to the pharmacist. Students learn pharmacology, medical terminology and abbreviations, pharmacy law and ethics, pharmacy math and dosage calculations, medication preparation, prescription processing, inventory, insurance billing, communication, and customer service skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible for employment in a variety of pharmacy settings. Additionally, this program will prepare students to take a national certification examination to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician either through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or the National Healthcareer Association (NHA). The program has candidate status with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).
Overall Program Goal
To provide students with the knowledge of pharmacy practices and pharmacological concepts and processes in order for them to assist the pharmacist including performing pharmacy calculations when preparing prescriptions.
- Pharmacy Practices
- Dosage & Calculations
- The Dispensing Process
- Medication Safety & Quality Assurance
- Pharmacy Technician Practical Lab
Pharmacy Law & Ethics
Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding
Medication Dosage Routes and Formulations
Preparing for a Career as a Pharmacy Technician
Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs
Tools and Equipment in the Pharmacy
Time Management Skills