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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician Training- Retail
This 30-hour class will prepare you to test for the national certification in a growth industry. The course outline includes duties of a retail pharmacy technician, HIPAA and privacy laws, the top 200 prescribed drugs, insurances and billing, customer service, hands-on training in pharmacy math, dosages, conversions and measurement. A job shadowing experience in a retail pharmacy is included. A strong background in math and some knowledge of chemistry is recommended. Both Retail and Hospital Pharm Tech classes are needed for completion of the program and ability to sit for certification exam.
In order to be eligible to register for this class, students must complete the following prerequisites:

  • Short Term Training Course (Silver WorkKeys scores needed)
  • Clear Criminal Background Check
  • Negative Drug Screen

Register for this Course

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Date: Wednesdays, September 10 – November 12, 2014
Time: 6 – 9 pm
Place: Napier Avenue Campus, Room C323 
Cost: $550
Instructor: Candice Martell
CRN: 50759

Job Responsibilities

Pharmacy technicians typically do the following:

  • Take from customers or health professionals the information needed to fill a prescription
  • Count tablets and measure amounts of other medication for prescriptions
  • Compound or mix medications, such as preparing ointments
  • Package and label prescriptions
  • Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims
  • Do routine pharmacy tasks, such as answering phone calls from customers

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review all prescriptions before they are given to patients. If a customer's question is about the medication or health matters, the pharmacy technician arranges for the customer to speak with the pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals and other medical facilities prepare a greater variety of medications, such as intravenous medications. They may make rounds in the hospital, giving medications to patients.

Career Outlook and Job Prospects

Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 32 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As a result of advances in pharmaceutical research, more prescription medications are being used to fight diseases. Also, the number of older people is growing, and older people use more prescription drugs than younger people.

Job prospects should be excellent for pharmacy technicians, particularly those with formal training and those with experience in retail settings.

Information can be found online at the United States Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics

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