Pharmacy Technician Program
Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. Pharmacy technicians must have a broad working knowledge of pharmacy practice, and be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, and compound and otherwise prepare medications. Under the supervision of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians work in hospital pharmacies, community pharmacies, home health care pharmacies, long-term care pharmacies, clinic pharmacies, nuclear medicine pharmacies, health maintenance organization pharmacies, compounding pharmacies, veterinary pharmacies and in mail order prescription pharmacies. Pharmacy technicians sometimes assume responsibility in areas relating to technology and informatics in the pharmacy. In addition, some pharmacy technicians have been employed in non-traditional settings by medical insurance companies, managed care organizations, medical computer software companies, drug manufacturing companies, drug wholesale companies, food processing companies, and as instructors in pharmacy technician training programs.
Program Description: This program consists of 96 contact hours of training to enable students to perform the duties of a Pharmacy Technician in a hospital or home care environment and in all pharmacy settings. Emphasis is placed on pharmacy mathematics, medical and pharmaceutical terminology, drug classification and clinical uses, drug chemistry packaging and labelling, unit dosage and solution preparation, aseptic compounding and parenteral (IV) admixture operations, drug distribution systems and record keeping.
Successful completion of this program will enable students to:
- Perform the duties and responsibilities of the Institutional Pharmacy Technician within the standards, ethics and legal parameters of the profession and demonstrate a working knowledge of the pharmaceutical/medical terms, abbreviations and symbols commonly used in prescribing, dispensing and charting medications.
- Describe and explain general chemical and physical properties of drugs handled in manufacturing and packaging operations in the institutional pharmacy department and carry out calculations required for usual dosage determinations and solutions preparation, using weight and volume equivalents in both the metric and apothecary systems. Compound, package and label drug products using standard procedures.
- Perform aseptic compounding and parenteral admixture operations and demonstrate a working knowledge of drug dosages, routes of administration and dosage forms and perform the usual technician duties associated with an institutional drug distribution system
- Perform manipulative and recordkeeping functions associated with dispensing prescriptions for inpatient and ambulatory patients.
- 18 years of age
- High School diploma or GED
- Current Tuberculin Test
- Basic Computer Skills
- Proof of Age( I.D)
- Criminal background check and fingerprinting
- Drug- screening test
- Current CPR card
Length of program: 12 weeks.
Books,Flash cards and Qbanks $150