Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)

With the need for prescription medications growing each year, the demand for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase rapidly through 2016. The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students to work under supervision of a licensed pharmacist carrying out duties such as assisting patients, filling prescriptions, and keeping pharmacy records. 

This 50-hour program consists of: 

  • Medical terminology specific to the pharmacy
  • Dosage calculations and conversions
  • Dispensing of prescriptions
  • Drug compounding
  • Inventory control
  • Billing and reimbursement

Successful completion will allow students to enter into a career as a pharmacy technician, and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Pharmacy Technician exam.

Work Environment

To be successful as a pharmacy technician, an individual must enjoy working with people, be attentive to detail, and be well-organized. Pharmacy technicians work alongside pharmacists. They are often employed at hospitals, retail/community pharmacies, in-patient and out-patient hospital pharmacies, long-term care facilities, and other businesses that sell drugs. Pharmacy technicians should be willing to spend a lot of time standing and may be required to work evenings and weekends. Many technicians and aides work part-time.

Admissions Requirements or Prerequisites

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must have high school diploma or GED

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Contact Information

Karen Christiansen
Karen Gamble