This 108-hour course is designed to train individuals to work under the supervision of a pharmacist in a variety of settings. Coursework provides the student with basic essential knowledge and skills required to work as a technician in the pharmacy.
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
- drug classifications and commonly prescribed drugs
- community and hospital pharmacy practices
- compounding; medical safety and dispensing
- preparation of sterile IV products
- human relations
- Career Pathways (CP) pre-requisite
- Reading and Math Placement test
- Minimum score for Reading: Accuplacer 40/TABE 8.0
- Minimum score for Math: Accuplacer 55/TABE 9.0
- 18 years of age
- High School Diploma or High School Equivalency
- Social Security card – must match government issued photo ID
- Government issued photo ID – must match Social Security card
- Keyboarding & computer skills are recommended
- Emotional and physical ability to carry out normal pharmacy activities (to include lifting, stretching, and standing for long periods)
Career Pathways is a pre-requisite course which provides students with necessary employability skills and knowledge. Course topics include career overview, professionalism, conflict resolution, job market outlook, resume writing, and WorkKeys assessments – skills which prepare individuals to become more marketable and successful. 100% attendance is required for this component.
Upon successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician course, the student will be equipped with a basic understanding of pharmacy practice 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).
- Career Pathways registration $120.00
Fee may be waived based upon employment status
- Pharmacy Tech registration $176.00
Registration is held every Tuesday 8 am – 7 pm in the Corporate and Continuing Education Department.
- Malpractice Insurance (Con Ed Dept.)
- CPR card (Con Ed Dept.)
- Student ID
- Textbook (College Bookstore)
- Lab jacket (White)
Note: Effective October 2011, students who successfully complete Pharmacy Tech training at CCC&TI, will receive four (4) points toward competitive admission into the Physical Therapy Assistant program at CCC&TI.
Frequently Asked Questions
Estimated Hourly Earnings for Pharmacy TechnicianAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010-2011 Edition, state hourly wage range is $9.36 - $19.31 with an average of $13.49.
Department of Labor Standard Occupational Code: 25-1126
What does a Pharmacy Technician do?
- Assist the pharmacist in labeling and filling prescriptions
- Assist patients in dropping off and picking up prescriptions
- Enter prescriptions into the computer
- Verify that customers receive correct prescription(s)
- Compound oral solutions, ointments, and creams
- Schedule and maintain workflow
- Prepackage bulk medications
- Screen calls for pharmacists
- Order medication
- 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
- Purchasing and billing
Where Do Pharmacy Technicians Work?
- Hospital pharmacies
- Retail pharmacies
- Chain drugstores (CVS, Walgreens, Rite-Aid)
- Independent drugstores
- Mass-Merchandisers (Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart)
- Home health care pharmacies
- Long term care pharmacies
- Clinic pharmacies
- Mail-order prescription pharmacies
- Pharmaceutical companies
Will I get a certificate when I complete the course?
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 in order to become credentialed as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).
What are my chances of finding a job?
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010-2011 edition:
- Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.
- Job opportunities for pharmacy technicians are expected to be good, especially for those with previous experience, formal training, or certification.
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