About the Career
Pharmacy technicians work under licensed pharmacists to help dispense prescription medication to customers or health professionals. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations.
Pharmacy technicians typically do the following:
- Take the information needed to fill a prescription from customers or health professionals
- Measure amounts of medication for prescriptions
- Package and label prescriptions
- Organize inventory and alert pharmacists to any shortages of medications or supplies
- Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims
- Enter customer or patient information, including any prescriptions taken, into a computer system
- Answer phone calls from customers
- Arrange for customers to speak with pharmacists if customers have questions about medications or health matters
About the Program
This program is comprised of 60 hours of classroom instruction and practical clinical experience. It provides students with the technical knowledge and fundamental principles of pharmacy practice within a retail or hospital setting. It also enables students to take the
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) examination and obtain an entry-level position as a pharmacy technician. Textbooks are required and available in the college bookstore.
This course is offered in the fall & spring semester.