Jun 23, 2024  
2024-25 Catalog 
2024-25 Catalog

Pharmacy Technician

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Program Coordinator Kaycilee Sackmann

The Pharmacy Technician program will prepare individuals for entry level employment in hospitals and retail facilities. With the changing role of the pharmacist and the evolution of the national health care services, the demand for more educated and trained pharmacy technicians to assist pharmacists in the preparation of prescriptions has increased. The drug preparation duties, performed by the technician under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist, may include interpreting prescription orders, maintaining patient records, packaging and labeling medications, maintaining drug supply, inventory, billing and crediting patients, handling automation, compounding medications, preparing sterile products, and performing computer entries.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Create patient files, enter prescription orders, and fill prescriptions with speed and accuracy
  2. Communicate effectively
  3. Maintain records
  4. Facilitate communications for third-party reimbursement
  5. Compound solutions, ointments, lotions, suppositories, and other medications;
  6. Utilize medical terminology common to the pharmaceutical environment
  7. Practice duties legally and ethically
  8. Package and label drugs for prescription dispensing
  9. Prepare parenteral admixtures under aseptic and sterile conditions
  10. Receive and inventory drug shipments

Program Entry RequirementsThe Pharmacy Technician program is an open admission program that has limited enrollment. Individuals interested in the program are encouraged to contact the program coordinator about registration dates, any course prerequisites, and other academic concerns or questions.

Students are required to complete:

  • Drug screen - completion prior to attending internship
  • Federal background check - completion prior to attending internship
  • Appropriate immunizations (any expenses associated with these or any internship-site immunizations are the responsibility of the student). These requirements must be completed the semester prior to internship.  Please know that failing a drug screen or negative results of a background check will result in dismissal from the program without refund of any costs incurred by the student. No student will be allowed to participate in the internship without satisfactory completion of all of the above.
  • State registration or licensure as a pharmacy technician

Technical StandardsAll students must be able to fulfill certain “technical standards.”  These standards are the essential requirements of the Pharmacy Technician program that students must master to successfully participate in the program and become employable in the pharmacy field.

  1. All students must possess the manual dexterity, physical stamina, and visual capacity to perform all required technical procedures.
  2. Students must be able to communicate in an effectual manner. Students will be required to read and comprehend technical material, as well as write technical material in a clear and concise manner. In addition, all students must be able to verbally communicate effectively with patients, coworkers, and other health care personnel.

Each applicant needs to assess his/her own ability to meet the above technical standards.

Program requirement for Pharmacy Technician certificate program:  High school diploma or Illinois High School Diploma (formerly GED), and qualify for MATH 112 or higher and ENGL 125 or higher with appropriate L&C placement test scores.

Graduation Requirement:  To be eligible for graduation with the Pharmacy Technician Certificate, students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all Pharmacy Technician courses (defined as courses with an PHTC prefix)

Pharmacy Technician - PHARMTEC.CC

Certificate of Completion

Total: 17 Credit Hours

Total Credit Hours Required for the Certificate of Completion in Pharmacy Technician: 17


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