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Pharmacy Technician

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Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department
2855 Hickory Boulevard
Hudson, NC 28638
828.726.2242

Watauga Continuing Education Department
372 Community College Drive
P.O. Box 3318
Boone, NC 28607
828.297.8120

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Pharmacy tech holding a pill bottle while talking on the phone Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be equipped with a basic understanding of pharmacy practice and pharmacology and be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board in order to become credentialed as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

  1.  Program Content    
  2.  Costs  
  3.  Admission Requirements  
  4.  Career Info  
  5.  FAQ  
The 158-hour Pharmacy Technician Program is a combination of basic training in pharmacy practice and pharmacology. The basic pharmacy practice component of the program is 108-hours in duration and is designed to train individuals to work under the supervision of a pharmacist in a variety of settings. Course work provides the student with basic essential knowledge and skills required to work as a technician in the pharmacy. The pharmacology component is comprehensive and is 50 hours in duration that allows students to acquire basic drug knowledge of medications commonly dispensed by technicians in pharmacy practice.

Material Taught In This Course:

  • State and federal drug laws/regulations
  • Drug forms and routes of administration
  • Pharmaceutical abbreviations, measurements, and calculations
  • Reading and interpretation of prescriptions
  • Community and hospital pharmacy practices
  • Compounding; medication safety and dispensing
  • Preparation of sterile IV products
  • Human relations
  • Prescription drug classes and the mechanisms of action
  • Prescription drug uses, dosages, side effects, and special precautions

Costs

  • Career Pathways tuition $ 120.00
       - Fee may be waived based upon employment status
  • Pharmacy Technician tuition $ 180.00
  • Campus Access Fee $ 1.00
  • Malpractice Insurance $ 13.00
  • Textbooks $ 215.00
  • College ID $ 2.50
  • Criminal Background Check $ Varies
  • Scrubs $ Varies
Registration is held every Tuesday 8am to 7 pm in the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department

Admission Requirements

  • 18 years of age
  • High School Diploma or Equivalency
  • Orientation to Health Services
  • Career Pathways – Is a pre-requisite course which provides students with necessary employability skills and knowledge. 100% attendance is required for this component. Course topics include:
    • career overview
    • conflict resolution
    • job market outlook
    • professionalism
    • resume writing
    • WorkKeys assessments
  • Reading placement test – acceptable scores:
    • TABE 10
    • CPT/Accuplacer 70
    • SAT 300
    • Enhanced ACT 16
    • ASSET 39
    • COMPASS 73
  • Math placement test- acceptable scores:
    • TABE 9.7
    • CPT/Accuplacer 55
    • SAT 340
    • Enhanced ACT 15
    • ASSET: 36-37
    • COMPASS 29-32
  • Social Security card – signed original for photocopy - name must match that of the state issued picture ID
  • Government issued photo ID - name must match that of the social security card
  • Criminal Background Check – clinical component facility requirement
  • Keyboarding & Computer skills
  • While not absolutely necessary, it is preferable that students have prior knowledge of medical terminology
  • Emotional and physical ability to carry out normal pharmacy activities (to include lifting, stretching, and standing for long periods)

Educational Pathways:

Basic Pharmacy Technician > Associate Degree in Pharmacy Technology > AAS, Physical Therapy Assistant program at CCC&TI > Bachelor of 
        	Science in Pharmaceutical Science > Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Science > Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharmacist)

Note: Effective October 2011, students who successfully complete Pharmacy Technician Training at CCC&TI, will receive four (4) points toward competitive admission into the Physical Therapy Assistant program at CCC&TI.

Estimated Salary

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website:
  • The national median annual pay in 2012 was $29,320.00; or hourly rate of $14.10

  • Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors will lead to increased demand for prescription medications.
Licensure: Authorization granted to CCC&TI to provide instruction within another state does not imply or provide guarantees of any kind that an individual will be granted professional licensure by another state as a result of completing coursework at CCC&TI or receiving professional licensure in North Carolina. It is the sole responsibility of the individual/student to determine whether another college or license-awarding agency in another state will accept CCC&TI coursework and/or award licensure through a reciprocity agreement with the State of North Carolina.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does a Pharmacy Technician do?
    • Assist the pharmacist in labeling and filling prescriptions
    • Assists patients in dropping off and picking up prescriptions
    • Take the information needed to fill a prescription from customers or health professionals
    • Enter customer or patient information, including any prescriptions taken, into a computer system
    • Measure amounts of medication for prescriptions
    • Verify that customers receive correct prescription
    • Compound oral solutions, ointments, and creams
    • Schedule and maintain workflow
    • Prepackage bulk medications
    • Order medication, purchasing, and billing
    • Work with insurance carriers to obtain payments and refilling authority
    • Prepare medication inventories
    • Prepare chemotherapeutic agents
    • Compound Total Parenteral Nutrition solutions
    • Compound intravenous admixtures
    • Assist in outpatient dispensing
    • Assist in inpatient dispensing
    • Arrange for customers to speak with pharmacists if customers have questions about medications or health matters
  • Where do Pharmacy Technicians work?
    • Hospital pharmacies
    • Retail pharmacies
    • Chain drugstores (CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, etc)
    • Independent pharmacies
    • Mass merchandisers (Walmart, Target, K-Mart, etc)
    • Home health care pharmacies
    • Long-term care pharmacies
    • Clinic pharmacies
    • Mail-order pharmacies
    • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Will I get a certificate when I complete the course?
    • Yes
  • Is there a national test?
    • Yes, upon completion of the program, you will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) in order to become credentialed as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).
  • What are my chances of finding a job?
    • According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website: Job prospects should be good for pharmacy technicians, particularly those with formal training, certification, and those with experience in retail settings. Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors will lead to increased demand for prescription medications.

For Additional Information:
Contact the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department at 828.726.2242 (Caldwell).

For course specific information, contact:
  • Brandy Dunlap, Career and Health Services Director, 828.726.2453 or email bdunlap@cccti.edu OR
  • Kevin Eisenhour, Course Faculty, via email at kjeisenhour@yahoo.com

 
 
 
 
 
 

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