Pharmacy Technician Program
Pharmacy Technician is the perfect program for individuals seeking opportunities in the pharmaceutical field. Our 9-month program prepares you to receive and fill prescriptions under the supervision of licensed pharmacists in settings that include hospitals, pharmacies, clinics, assisted living facilities, and pharmaceutical companies.
- What is the Enrollment Process?
- What's the job outlook for a Pharmacy Technician?
- Pharmacy Technician Job Duties
- Pharmacy Technician Class Outline and Schedule
- Campuses Offering the Pharmacy Technician Program
What is the Enrollment Process?
In order to be considered for enrollment, the following must be completed:
Prospective students must:
- Successfully Complete a Career Planning session and Admissions interview
- Pass the Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) with the required passing score
- Complete Admissions application
- Complete and Sign Enrollment Agreement
- Complete Financing arrangements and if applicable, all documents related to obtaining an official award letter for Federal Student Aid*
Pharmacy Technician Alumni
What's the job outlook for a Pharmacy Technician?
With the largest segment of our population aging and requiring increasing medication in their advancing years, the job opportunities for pharmacy technicians continue to be strong, with significant growth potential seen in the coming years and decades. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), "Employment of pharmacy technicians and aides is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 31 percent."
Pharmacy Technician Job Duties
Pharmacy technicians' work under the supervision and direction of a licensed pharmacist. In retail pharmacies, pharmacy technicians' stock inventory for prescription and over the counter medications, maintain patient medication records, count and pour medication into dispensing containers, type prescription labels, prepare insurance claim forms and manage the cash register.
Pharmacy technicians working in hospitals perform many of the same duties as their counterparts in retail pharmacies. Hospital pharmacy technicians also assemble 24 hour supplies of medication for patients, repackage medication, prepare commercially unavailable medication, prepare sterile intravenous medication, maintain nursing station medication, collect quality improvement data and deliver medication to nursing units.
Pharmacy Technician Class Outline
Learn industry-specific knowledge in the following areas to apply in your new career:
- Pharmacy Technician Job Opportunities, traditions and developments in the field of Pharmacy, in the past, present, and the future
- Gain the know-how to function competently as an assistant to a licensed pharmacist in both retail and hospital settings
- Grasp a knowledge base in pharmaceutical and medical terminology, abbreviations and symbols used in prescribing, dispensing, and documenting medications
- Get trained in aseptic technique and preparation of parenteral admixtures.
- Get knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of a Pharmacy Technician with regard to standards and ethics, law, and regulations governing the practice of pharmacy.
- Hands-on knowledge on how to prepare and carry out calculations required for common dosage forms of medications employing metrics, apothecary, and household equivalents.
- Learn to demonstrate the ability to type a minimum of 45 wpm.
- Communicate Effectively with Patients and healthcare professionals.
- Put your knowledge and skills to use in the real world during your Pharmacy Technician Externship!
Campuses Offering the Pharmacy Technician Program
Gainful Employment DisclosureGainful Employment disclosure related to this program can be read in our Pharmacy Technician Program Gainful Employment Disclosure page.
If you qualify for the Federal Direct Stafford Loans (Sub & Unsub), please be aware that the federal government charges a loan fee. The Federal Direct Stafford Loans are required by law to provide a range of flexible repayment options, including, but not limited to, income-based repayment (IBR) and income-contingent repayment (ICR) plans, and loan forgiveness benefits, which other student loans are not required to provide; and Federal Direct Stafford Loans are available to students regardless of income.
Private student loans are not federal student loans. Private loans are credit based and may have, either, a variable or fixed interested rate. Private student loans can offer variable interest rates that can increase or decrease over time, depending on market conditions. Private student loans have a range of interest rates and fees; students should determine the interest rate of, and any fees associated with the private student loan before accepting the private loan. The student should contact the lender of the private student loan if they have any questions about the private student loan. The private student loan interest rate may depend on the borrower's credit rating. The student has the ability to choose any lender.
Unitek College's Concord campus has applied for, but not yet received, accreditation or approval from the following agencies:
- BVNPT (Board of Vocational Nursing & Psychiatric Technicians)
The new Concord campus is currently not accredited and is not approved to participate in any Federal Financial Aid programs.
*Financial Loans available for those who qualify.