The Pharmacy Technician Program will train students to meet the rising need for Pharmacy Technicians to work in a hospital or retail pharmacy. A Pharmacy Technician works under the supervision of a pharmacist and assists in the operation of the pharmacy within specific guidelines. Pharmacy Technicians need a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice and knowledge of techniques required to order, stock, package, and prepare medications but not the advanced college education required of a licensed pharmacist.
This program will prepare students for entry-level pharmacy technician positions. Medical and pharmaceutical terminology will be introduced, and basic anatomy related to the pharmacology of medications will be a major component of the coursework along with pharmaceutical calculations. Clinical rotations consisting of 20 hours of retail experience and 20 hours of hospital experience will be required during the first two semesters of the program followed by a summer practicum of 240 hours.
Upon completion of the 40 credit program, graduates will be awarded a diploma, earned in three terms over a period of approximately 11 months. This program will provide students with the necessary information required to pass the National Certification Exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.