Become a Certified Pharmacy Technician in only 9 weeks!
- Classes meet 2 evenings a week.
- Work in a Pharmacy during Program
- Earn $10-14 per hour
The need for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow with demand expected to increase substantially through 2020. Technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other healthcare settings. This high demand for pharmacy technicians is the result of a multitude of factors including the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians, and the aging population. As a pharmacy technician, you will help the pharmacist package or mix prescriptions, maintain client records, refer clients to the pharmacist for counseling, assist with inventory control and purchasing as well as collect payment and coordinate billing.
Community Job Survey
Approximately 400,000 technicians will be employed by the year 2018 to meet our nations’ growing healthcare demands.
Upon successful completion, graduates will receive a certificate of completion and be prepared to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board PTCB exam.
Minimum 18 years of age and high school completion or its equivalent. Students need competency in basic computer operation. Students will need internet access, printing capabilities, and email.
The Pharmacy Technician Program
This course covers the following key areas and topics:
- Pharmacy calculations
- Medical terminology specific to the pharmacy
- Skills to read and interpret prescriptions
- Review of the top 200 drugs
- Skills to identify drugs by generic and brand names
- Dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, and dose conversions
- Dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, and billing and reimbursement
Detailed Course Topics Covered
- The history of pharmacy and healthcare
- Pharmacy technician role and responsibilities
- Pharmacy technician certification and registration process
- Types of pharmacies including the hospital pharmacy, retail practice, long-term care practice, mail order pharmacy, home care pharmacies, and others
- Drug regulation and control
- Pharmaceutical terminology and related anatomy
- Parts of the prescription and labeling
- Pharmacy calculations and math review
- Pharmacy measures and abbreviations
- Routes and formulations
- Parenterals and compounding
- Basic biopharmaceutics
- Aseptic technique and the handling of sterile products
- Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN)
- Basics of IV solutions and calculating 24-hour supply of IV solutions
- Factors affecting drug activity
- Information and pharmacy resources
- Inventory management and financial issues
- Brand names and generic drugs
- Drug names and drug classes
Class size is limited!
- Course Fee – $1,299 includes books, supplies, externship, and certificate
- Payment plan available prior to program start – call for details.
- Program includes 50 hours of classroom instruction
- Program includes optional externship placement (placement working in pharmacy)
Financial assistance available to qualifying applicants
For more information stop by the Paragould campus continuing education department to pick up a program packet.
Questions? Ready to sign up for info session? Contact:
Patricia Sanderson at 870-239-0969 extension 5220