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).
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
- 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
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.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics
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.
- 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.
Contact the Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department at 828.726.2242 (Caldwell).