Pharmacy Technicians can work in a variety of settings, from a community pharmacy setting, to hospitals and long-range care facilities. As practitioners in a complex field, Pharmacy Technicians do more than just count pills. PT’s assist in compounding and preparing medications and, with the assistance of Pharmacists, review patient records to ensure accuracy in the delivery of medication and to ensure patients are taking medications in the proper manner.
Pharmacy Technicians have a variety of shift opportunities as they work whenever the pharmacy is open. This may include evenings, weekends, over night and some holidays. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pharmacy Technician job growth is expected to experience a 9% increase from 2014-2024 and the median salary is around 14.00 an hour. For more information, refer to their website at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm
***Beginning Fall 2017, All students entering the program will be required to attend face to face lab EACH SEMESTER. There will be a new face to face lab attached to PH101 Community Pharmacy Technician for three days in the first semester. The three day PH105L with Hospital Pharmacy Technician will be in the second semester. Finally there will be an mandatory two day skills check at the beginning of PH201 Pharmacy Practicum.
The Pharmacy Technician program at HCC is one that is extremely flexible and portable, with many of the courses available online. Also, when compared to other institutions, our program is very affordable.
HCC's Pharmacy Technician program is a 33 credit hour (3 full time semesters) program leading to a certificate. The curriculum consists of technical and general education support courses. The student will be provided theory in an online classroom environment, a hands-on laboratory experience and clinical pharmacy experiences in various settings. The program is designed to include a variety of courses to prepare the student for success in any pharmacy environment. The Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education partnership.
During the practicum stage of this program, students are required to sit for the national certification examination. For more information on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination, please visit www.ptcb.org.
NOTE: Applicant must have no felony convictions in order to participate in the pharmacy practicum.
Fall 2017 Upcoming Important Dates
ALL students who wish to start the Pharmacy Technician program in the Fall 2017 MUST have cleared their Drug Test and Background check through precheck.com at the student expense by August 4, 2017.
August 16 , 2017 First day of Fall classes
October 17-19, 2017 PH105L Hospital Pharmacy Tech LAB Days at Peel Center Campus
November 7-9, 2017 PH101L Community Pharmacy Tech LAB days at Peel Center Campus
December 4-7, 2017 Finals Week