PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DIPLOMA PROGRAM
The Pharmacy Technician Diploma program prepares individuals to achieve competency in the skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to enter the pharmacy workplace as a pharmacy technician. Emphasizing a customer-centered approach, the program helps develop the skills needed to work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
Program length - 10 months
Classes in the program include instruction in pharmacology, anatomy, physiology, medical law and ethics. The program also includes classes focused on communication and problem-solving skills. Part of the curriculum is a 300-hour externship to help students gain real-world experience.
Pharmacy technicians work under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. They prepare medications and compounds, perform order entry of prescriptions, manage inventory and calculate medication doses. Administrative responsibilities include creating patient profiles and processing third-party claims.
Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, stand alone pharmacies, large retail outlets, long-term care facilities, and mail order companies.
Demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow by 9-13%, faster than average, through 2024.1
1U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2015 Edition, Job Outlook, retrieved 4/26/16