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Pharmacy Technician Program

720 clock hours; 47 Credit units Certificate Program

Program Description:
The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program provides both technical and practical training which will enable the technician, upon certification, licensure or registration, to function as a competent entry-level pharmacy technician to the licensed pharmacist. The program provides the student with the basic knowledge of and practice in pharmacy calculations, drug distribution systems, and preparation of sterile dosage forms. Computer skills necessary in pharmacy practice will be utilized and both pharmaceutical and medical terminology and anatomy and physiology, are also covered.

The program emphasizes theory, as well as hands-on practice, followed by an externship which prepares the student for the actual work setting. Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be fully prepared to take the national pharmacy technician certification exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Pharmacy services have expanded and grown at an accelerated rate. Pharmacy Technicians play a major role in pharmacy operations and in the overall healthcare work force.

As pharmacy services continue to grow, with new services being offered, new drugs entering the market, and as comprehensive drug information becomes a necessity, the need for highly trained pharmacy technicians increases. Many of the traditional pharmacy functions, once performed by pharmacists, are now being performed by pharmacy technicians. Today’s pharmacy technician has assumed a position which supports and enhances the progressive direction taken by pharmacy. The technician has also become the key person in assuring the smooth uninterrupted functioning of traditional pharmacy services.

Pharmacy is a dynamic field requiring an ongoing learning process. Graduates from this training program will become active participants in this growing field by exhibiting competence through knowledge and skills learned through the institute.

Course Objectives
The Pharmacy Technician program provides the student with the theory and hands-on applications required to perform the following tasks:

  • To prepare the graduate to function at an entry-level competency as a certified licensed or registered pharmacy technician assistant to a licensed pharmacist in both retail and hospital settings. Training encompasses a thorough understanding of the duties and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians, including the standards of ethics and law, as they pertain to the practice of pharmacy.
  • To provide the student with a sufficient knowledge base in pharmaceutical and medical terminology, abbreviations and symbols used in prescribing, dispensing, and documenting medications. The student will achieve a working knowledge of trade and generic names, dosages, routes of administration, and dosage forms of medications. The student will also be prepared to perform the necessary calculations used in dosage determination and preparation of drugs.
  • To prepare the student to perform the essential functions related to drug procurement and inventory control and to provide a working knowledge of manufacturing and packaging operations, including the physical and chemical nature of drugs used in a pharmacy, and the packaging and labeling requirements as well as manufacturing techniques used for drug dispensing.
  • To provide the student with a working knowledge of aseptic technique, parenteral admixtures, compounding procedures, and microbiology as it applies to disease and the use of aseptic techniques in the healthcare field.
  • To provide the student with a working knowledge of computers for entry-level employment in a pharmacy setting.
  • To provide the student with skills required for CPR certification.
  • Use appropriate skills, including those required for administrative aspects of pharmacy technology and basic pharmacy applications, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacy operations, and pharmacology.
  • Discuss and be able to demonstrate how to work with pharmaceutical dosage forms.
  • Demonstrate competency in performing pharmaceutical calculations, including conversions, working with pediatric dosages, parenteral and IV dosages, admixtures, and compounding dosages.
  • Explain the term “nonjudgmental duties,” explore various practice settings for pharmacy technicians, and describe current qualifications of technicians.
  • Identify professional organizations available to pharmacy technicians.
  • Demonstrate how to find state-specific requirements for Pharmacy Technicians.
  • Describe various aspects of the National Certification Examination and the California State Board of Pharmacy Registration process.

The method by which these objectives and the mission of the institution fulfilled will be achieved through direct instruction, lecture and practicum. Instructors utilize lectures, classroom discussions, hands-on experiences, exercises, role playing, presentations, demonstrations, research and student assignments (depending on section requirements) to facilitate students’ achievement of course objectives.

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