Length: 780 Clock Hours/ 36 Instructional Weeks
Program Quarter Credits: 46
Credential Awarded: Certificate
Mode of Delivery: Blended
Lab Fee: $250.00
Course Material: $130.00
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OBJECTIVE In today’s healthcare field, the role of the pharmacist has been expanded to provide not only patient care and education but also advice to healthcare providers. As a result, the demand for formally educated pharmacy technicians has also increased significantly, and the role of the pharmacy technician has evolved from a simple customer service role to one of knowledge and responsibility. The objective of the Pharmacy Technician program is to train and develop qualified pharmacy technicians who value pharmacy standards and competently assist the pharmacist in direct patient care.
DESCRIPTION The Pharmacy Technician certificate program provides students with a solid foundation of pharmacy fundamentals and terminology needed for graduates to be successful as entry-level technicians. Students of this program will get hands-on practice in multiple pharmacy settings such as hospitals, retail, compounding, mail-order, and long-term care. Topics such as professionalism, state and federal laws, and ethical issues are covered.
EXTERNSHIP An externship course is included in this program to provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to real-life situations in a pharmacy setting. Students are required to complete the required externship hours and other related learning activities before graduation. Students are not paid for work performed at the externship site.
CREDENTIALING EXAMS Students in their final quarter are eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s National Healthcareer Association’s (PTCB) exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT).
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Graduates of this program are prepared to seek entry-level employment in positions such as Pharmacy Technician and Pharmaceutical Care Associate. Upon successful passing of certification exams and where applicable, graduates could also seek employment opportunities such as Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) and IV Certified Pharmacy Technician.
PLAN OF STUDY COURSE
Introduction to Health Professions
Medical Anatomy and Physiology
Fundamentals of Pharmacy
Mathematics for Pharmacy Technicians
Drug Classification Systems
Pharmacy Practice and Principles
Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians
Intravenous Admixtures and Aseptic Compounding
Certification Preparation and Career Development