|Field of Study:||Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
|Description:||As our population grows and ages, there is a vital need for trained professionals to provide pharmacy-related assistance. This program trains students to become knowledgeable and skilled pharmacy technicians for the retail environment. Theory is taught in class and practiced in the laboratory. A four-week retail fieldwork practicum completes the training. The retail pharmacy technician is responsible for receiving prescriptions, preparing drugs, undertaking clerical and computer duties, managing inventory and providing customer service. Pharmacy technicians must always work directly under the supervision and guidance of the pharmacist. They allow the pharmacist to spend more time with the client in his or her care.
In this five-month certificate program, students spend approximately 16 hours per week on campus in theory-based courses and laboratory practice. Course content in the first semester includes pharmacy concepts, pharmaceutical calculations, body systems and pharmaceutical implications and order processing, as well as professional standards and workplace communications. In the second semester, students complete their practicum in a community retail pharmacy to gain competency integrating theoretical knowledge with dispensing practice and customer service.