Pharmacy Technician One-Year Certificate Program
Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist. Their main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors’ orders. Pharmacy Technicians 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 mixture of drugs for intravenous use. Other duties include the following:
- Checking inventories & ordering supplies
- Pricing and filling prescriptions
- Assisting customers & maintaining patient profiles
- Keeping pharmacy work areas clean
- Completing insurance forms
Employment & Education
Pharmacy Technicians may work in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long-term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, and large industrial complexes – working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
Students should have taken math and science in high school. A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.
Pharmacy Technician Certification Program
This certificate will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.
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.
For national certification eligibility requirements please visit www.ptcb.org or call 1-800-363-8012.
Click here for a packet: Pharmacy Technician Certificate
Contact to learn more:
Rob Kinker, Ph.D.
Michal M. Thompson, RN, BA, CPhT
Health Science Office