Pharmacy Technician Certification Program
Train for a career as a Pharmacy Technician and earn the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Certificate. This certificate meets or exceeds employment requirements in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Optional 80-hour clinical externship is available upon successful course completion (no extra fee).
Cost: $1,299 student tuition
Class dates: March 6 – May 23 from 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Main Campus
An optional 80-hour clinical internship is available upon successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician course at no additional fee.
Call the Workforce and Community Education Office to register: 740.699.3868 or 740.699.3869.
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 admixture of drugs for intravenous use. Other duties include:
Pharmacy technicians may work in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy benefit managers and large industrial complexes. The demand for pharmacy technicians continues to grow with demand expected to increase substantially through 2014. This high demand is the result of the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians and the aging population.
Students should have taken math and science in high school. A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the PTCB exam. Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings – working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist.
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. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program includes a graded final exam to help prepare students for the PTCB exam.
Detailed Course Information
The Pharmacy Technical Certification program includes, but is not limited to, the following major skill areas: