Comprehensive Pharmacy Technician

Comprehensive Pharmacy Technician

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).

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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.

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Coursework includes:

  • Pharmacy Practices
  • Pharmacology
  • Dosage & Calculations
  • The Dispensing Process
  • Medication Safety & Quality Assurance
  • Pharmacy Technician Practical Lab
  • Credentialing

Topics include:

Pharmacodynamics

Drug Classifications

Pharmacy Law & Ethics

Career Preparation

Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding

Alternative Modalities

Medication Dosage Routes and Formulations

Preparing for a Career as a Pharmacy Technician

Safe Handling of Hazardous Drugs

Pharmacy Calculations

Tools and Equipment in the Pharmacy

Inventory Management

Communication Skills

Time Management Skills

 

Comprehensive Pharmacy Technician