The demand for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow due to availability of new drugs, national shortage, aging population, and establishment of certified technicians.
This comprehensive 80-hour program prepares students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. MCC’s program enables technicians to work more efficiently with pharmacists to offer safe and effective patient care and service. Course content includes: pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, the pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Through classroom lecture and hands on labs, students review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the “top 200 drugs”, I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parenteral nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.
What does a Pharmacy Technician do?
Pharmacy Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings - working under the supervision of a registered 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.
Typical job duties include:
- checking inventories and ordering supplies
- receiving and checking in supplies
- assisting customers
- keeping pharmacy work areas clean
- complete insurance forms
- The program is 160 hours total split into two 80 hour parts, 80 hours of classroom training and 80 hours clinical externship. Upon successful completion of the exam, students must be registered by DHHS as a pharmacy technician.
- Students are then placed in an 80 hr. clinical externship in a local pharmacy.
- 18 years of age
- High School Diploma or equivalent
- Must never have been convicted of any non-alcohol, drug related misdemeanor or felony (FBI National background screening)
- Pass drug screening
- Must have Immunizations before starting externship (Varicella, MMR, Hep B series, up to date Tdap) Note: If you do not have immunization records to refer to, you will have to do a titer to test for immunities.
- Proof of a negative PPD test (TB test) completed within the last 12 months
- Physician Statement of Good Health stating that you are cleared physically and have no communicable diseases
This program meets the necessary requirements to take the Pharmacy Technician Certified Board (PTCB) – Certified Pharmacy Technician (PTCB) exam and the National Workforce Career Association (NWCA) Pharmacy Technician (PTAC) Exam.
The CPhT certification is recognized in all 50 US states. Nebraska, Iowa and most other US states and territories require a PTCB or similar certification to work as Pharmacy Technician. For more information on the CPhT certification, visit the PTCB website.
Individuals who wish to work as a pharmacy technician in the Unites States.
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.
- Role of the pharmacy technician
- Pharmacy history/discussion of various practice settings and the technician certification process
- Recruiting by pharmacy specialty
- “evolution of pharmacy”
- Review of hospital pharmacy setting, retail practice, regulatory agencies involved with a pharmacy practice, long term care practice setting, mail order pharmacy, home care pharmacy practice
- Pharmacy measures, roman numerals, abbreviations
- Review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage forms, patient profiles
- Prescription label requirements, order transcription, ordering and inventory control, drug pricing, third party reimbursement
- Formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, house supplies, automatic stop orders, calculating number of doses required
- All major classes of drugs including top brand names and generic drugs
- Aseptic technique, handling of sterile products including antineoplastic agent considerations
- Basics of iv solutions, calculating 24 hour supply of iv solutions, percentages and electrolytes preparations
- The metric system
- Apothecaries’ and avoirdupois systems of measurement
- Children’s doses
- Allegation method, math review
- Total parenteral nutrition (tpn), demonstration of tpn admixture, hands-on practice of IV admixture and parenteral medication preparation
To enroll in the Pharmacy Technician program, visit the Pharmacy Technician Catalog.