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Pharmacy Technician

ZZZ613 Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist. Their main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors’ orders. They  prepare medications for dispensing to patients. This generally includes retrieving drugs in the correct dosage form and strength, measuring the appropriate amount of drug and producing a prescription label. Pharmacy Technicians work with drugs to be administered orally, topically, for the eye, nose, etc. Depending upon the practice setting, a Pharmacy Technician is also involved in the admixture of drugs for intravenous use. Other duties include:

  • Checking inventories and ordering supplies
  • Receiving and checking in supplies
  • Assisting customers
  • Keeping pharmacy work areas clean
  • Complete insurance forms
  • Preparation of “bingo cards” for nursing home patients

Pharmacy Technicians – Employment & Education
Pharmacy Technicians may work in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy benefit managers and large industrial complexes. The demand for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow. This high demand is the result of the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians and the aging population.

Educational Requirements
A high school diploma or HSE (formerly GED) is required to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. Anyone with a high school degree or HSE (formerly GED) must take the Placement Test prior to completing registration. Placement Testing for reading comprehension and basic math is on a walk-in basis. Check the Placement Testing Schedule. A photo ID is required to take the Placement Test.

Pharmacy Technician Certification Program
This comprehensive 50-hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.

Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings – working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program includes a graded final exam to help prepare students for the PTCB exam.

PTCB detailed course information:

  • Role of the Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy history/discussion of various practice settings and the technician certification process
  • Recruiting by pharmacy specialty
  • “Evolution of Pharmacy”
  • Review of hospital pharmacy setting, retail practice, regulatory agencies involved with a pharmacy practice, long term care practice setting, mail order pharmacy, home care pharmacy practice
  • Pharmacy measures, roman numerals, abbreviations
  • Review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage forms, patient profiles
  • Prescription label requirements, order transcription, ordering and inventory control, drug pricing, third party reimbursement
  • Formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, house supplies, automatic stop orders, calculating number of doses required
  • All major classes of drugs including top brand names and generic drugs
  • Aseptic technique, handling of sterile products including antineoplastic agent considerations
  • Basics of IV solutions, calculating 24 hour supply of IV solutions, percentages and electrolytes preparations
  • The metric system
  • Apothecaries’ and avoirdupois systems of measurement
  • Children’s doses
  • Allegation method, math review
  • Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), demonstration of TPN admixture, hands-on practice of IV admixture and parenteral medication preparation.

Course #ZZZ613B1 – July 30th – September 20th
Registration Deadline: July 19, 2018
Dates and Times: July 30th – September 20th
Mondays & Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (No class on September 3)
Location:  SCCC Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Monday, Room A211 and Thursday, Room A312

Pharmacy Technician Program 7-30-18 Schedule

Course #: ZZZ613A1
Registration Deadline: September 24, 2018
Dates and Times: October 1 – October 22, 2018
Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location:  SCCC Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room A208

Course #: ZZZ613B1
Registration Deadline: November 20, 2018
Dates and Times: November 27, 2018 – January 24, 2019 (Snow Dates: 1/29 & 1/31, No Class: 12/24 – 1/1)
Tuesday & Thursday, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Location:  SCCC Performing Arts Center (A Bldg), Room A312

Tuition – $1,299
Total Hours – 50 classroom + 80 hours clinical time

Refunds and Fees Policy

Please email or call 908-689-7613 for more information.