Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program
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