Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program with a Clinical Externship

Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist. Their main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors' orders. Pharmacy technicians prepare medications for dispensing to patients. This generally includes retrieving drugs in the correct dosage form and strength, measuring the appropriate amount of drug and producing a prescription label. Pharmacy technicians work with drugs administering taken orally, applied topically, for the eye, nose, etc. Depending upon the practice setting, a pharmacy technician is also involved in the admixture of drugs for intravenous use. Other duties include:

  • Checking inventories and ordering supplies
  • Receiving and checking in supplies
  • Assisting customers
  • Keeping pharmacy work areas clean
  • Complete insurance forms

Pharmacy technicians may work in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy benefit managers and large industrial complexes. The demand for pharmacy technicians continues to grow with demand expected to increase substantially. This high demand is the result of the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians and the aging population.

Who Should Attend

This program is for individuals who are interested in working in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals or clinics. Pharmacy technicians work under the direction of a pharmacist and their main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors’ orders.

Certificate Completion

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam. The cost of this exam is $129 and is not included in your tuition.

CPR certification is not required, but is beneficial when working in a healthcare environment. The College of Extended Learning offers CPR certification courses. The cost of this course is $65 and is not included in your tuition

Delivery Format

Face-to-face (lecture and labs)
Clinical externship (field)

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Course Information
Course No. HSCI 1028
Units NC
Fee* $2,499**
Training Time 50 hours, classroom
80 hours, clinical time
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** Textbooks included

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This program requires 50-classroom hours plus 80-hour clinical externship to earn a certificate of completion.

Students should have taken math and science in high school. A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the PTCB exam.

Skill Sets

  • Pharmacy measures, roman numerals, abbreviations
  • Review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage forms, patient profiles
  • Prescription label requirements, order transcription, ordering and inventory control, drug pricing, third party reimbursement
  • Formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, house supplies, automatic stop orders, calculating number of doses required
  • Basics of IV solutions, calculating 24 hour supply of IV solutions, percentages and electrolytes preparations
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), demonstration of TPN admixture, hands-on practice of IV admixture and parenteral medication preparation

Outline

Training Time

50 hours, classroom
80 hours, clinical time

PTCB detailed course information:

  • Role of the pharmacy technician
  • Pharmacy history/discussion of various practice settings and the technician certification process
  • Recruiting by pharmacy specialty
  • “Evolution of Pharmacy”
  • Review of hospital pharmacy setting, retail practice, regulatory agencies involved with a pharmacy practice, long term care practice setting, mail order pharmacy, home care pharmacy practice
  • Pharmacy measures, roman numerals, abbreviations.
  • Review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage forms, patient profiles
  • Prescription label requirements, order transcription, ordering and inventory control, drug pricing, third party reimbursement
  • Formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, house supplies, automatic stop orders, calculating number of doses required
  • All major classes of drugs including top brand names and generic drugs
  • Aseptic technique, handling of sterile products including antineoplastic agent considerations
  • Basics of IV solutions, calculating 24 hour supply of IV solutions, percentages and electrolytes preparations
  • The metric system
  • Apothecaries’ and avoirdupois systems of measurement
  • Children’s doses
  • Allegation method, math review
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), demonstration of TPN admixture, hands-on practice of IV admixture and parenteral medication preparation.

Summer 2017 Schedule (Tuesday & Thursday)

Day Date Time Location
Tuesday & Thursday 6/20/17 - 8/10/17 6:00-9:30pm YC 105

Fall 2017 Schedule (Tuesday & Thursday)

Day Date Time Location
Tuesday & Thursday 10/10/17 - 11/30/17 (NO CLASS 11/23) 6:00-9:30pm YC 105

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