Program Requirements

The Program consists of three courses, offered consecutively. To progress through the program, each course must be passed with a "C" or better.

Each course is $3,500. The total cost of the Pharmacy Technician Program is $10,500.

Students are provided with all required text books.

Course Cycle

Fall Semester I (8 weeks)

NURS 801 - Introduction to Pharmacy Technician (8 CEUs)

Cost: $3500

This course will serve as the introductory phase of the pharmacy technician training program. During the course, the student will be introduced to the following:  The expanding role of the pharmacy technician and the profession of pharmacy itself. The various pharmacy practice settings, and  pharmacy professional organizations that offer technician membership. They will learn pharmacy and medical terminology, and information about the top 200 selling prescription drugs (brand name, generic name, drug classification, and indication for use). The laws pertaining to the pharmacy profession, the technician’s duties and responsibilities, and laws governing the handling and dispensing controlled substances. Basic pharmaceutical calculations and conversions. The handling, preparation and distribution of a variety of dosage forms. Students will also be instructed on the concepts surrounding insurance plans, billing, and reconciliation as they relate to the practice of pharmacy. Finally, the student will receive introductory level instruction on the pharmacology of many of the medications that they will be handling on a daily basis.

Fall Semester II (8 weeks)

NURS 802 - Introduction to Pharmacology and Advanced Pharmacy Calculations (8 CEUs)

Cost: $3500

Prerequisite: Passage of Introduction to Pharmacy Technician course

This course will serve as the second phase of the pharmacy technician training program. This course will provide a more in-depth look into the profession of the pharmacy and the technician's role. The student will receive instruction on the following:  The student will receive more advanced instruction on pharmaceutical calculations and review those that were previously introduced in PHR1. The student will also continue with the instruction on pharmacology, this time focusing on a new set of drug classes and disease states. The student will also be introduced to compounding (sterile and non-sterile) and receive training on how to perform some of the duties required to work in that particular setting. The student will learn about medication errors, the financial impact that they have on the health care delivery system, and most importantly, receive instruction on how to prevent them from happening. The student will also learn about the non-dispensing duties of the pharmacy technician. Finally, the student will receive instruction on HIPAA and how it effects the profession of pharmacy. In addition to the coursework mentioned above, the student will also receive assistance with job seeking skills (resume’ writing, interviewing) and will begin preparations to take the PTCB exam.

Spring Semester (16 weeks)

NURS 803 - Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Preparation (8 CEUs)

Cost: $3500

Prerequisites: Passage of Introduction to Pharmacy Technician and Introduction to Pharmacology courses or instructor permission for individuals working as a pharmacy technician for a minimum of 6 months

Continue preparation to successfully complete the PTCB pharmacy technician certification exam. This will be the course that will serve as the final review for everything that has been introduced in "Introduction to Pharmacy Technician" and "Introduction to Pharmacology". This can also serve as a review class for current pharmacy technicians who would like to take the PTCB certification test. This course will bring together all of the previously introduced material, and explain how it all relates to the current practice of pharmacy.

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