This comprehensive 160 hour program will prepare students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Course content includes: pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Through classroom lecture and hands on labs, students will review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the “top 200 drugs”, I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.
In addition to 80 classroom lecture and lab hours, this program includes a clinical externship through a local pharmacy. To be eligible for the 80 hour clinical externship, students must successfully complete the 80 hour classroom program, submit to a thorough background check, drug screening and meet other requirements. Tuition does not include the cost of the PTCB exam fee.