Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. They must have a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice, and be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, and prepare medications, but they do not need the advanced college education required of a licensed pharmacist. Employers favor those who complete formal training and certification. Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, retail, home health care, nursing homes, clinics and in mail order. This 93-hour program is spent in a classroom environment with simulated lab experience. The course includes a mock certification examination to prepare for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.
After successful completion of the program, the student is awarded a certificate from Delta College. Students may also take the National Certification Exam for Certified Pharmacy Technicians. Those who pass the exam earn the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). Information on this exam will be supplied in class. For more information you may visit the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.
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What is a pharmacy technician?
Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. They must have a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice, and be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, and prepare medications, but they do not need the advanced college education required of a licensed pharmacist.
Pharmacy technicians may perform many of the same duties as pharmacists, however, all of a technician’s work must be checked by a pharmacist before medication can be dispensed to a patient. All the duties of pharmacy technicians have a need for absolute accuracy and precision in both the technical and clerical aspects of the job.
Where do pharmacy technicians work?
Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, retails, home health cares, nursing homes, clinics and in mail order. In a retail pharmacy, technicians may stock and inventory prescription and over the counter medications, maintain written or computerized patient medication records, count or pour medications into dispensing containers, type prescription labels, prepare insurance claim forms, and manage the cash register. In hospitals, pharmacy technicians may perform many of the same duties as they do in retail pharmacy, but they may have additional responsibilities including assembling a 24- hour supply of medication for each patient, repackaging medications, preparing commercially unavailable medications, preparing sterile intravenous medications, maintaining nursing station medications, collecting quality improvement data and delivering medications to patient rooms.
What will I learn in this course?
This 15 week program is spent in a classroom environment with simulated laboratory experience. The course includes a mock certification examination. Students are evaluated through:
- Written exams
- Class participation
Students must maintain a 75 percent average in each aspect of the program, including ethical and safety aspects as well as demonstrations, in order to receive a certificate. Also, students must have 100 percent attendance in order to receive a certificate. There are no excused absences from this course.
What kind of certification will I receive?
After successful completion of the program, the student is awarded a certificate from Delta College. Students may also take the national certification exam for Certified Pharmacy Technician. Information on this exam will be supplied in class.
Students must go through Admission to Delta College. There are several ways to apply to Delta College. For an admissions application, office hours and other important information please contact the Admissions Office.
1. You may apply online.
2. You may also apply in person within the Admissions Office and pick-up the application. Your application will be processed while you are at the college and you will receive your student number.
2. Program Readiness
a. Students are exempt from COMPASS® testing with an associates degree or higher. If you are exempt, students must present transcripts to LifeLong Learning prior to registration.
b. Students must show program readiness with the following placement levels prior to registration.
• Writing – Level 4, COMPASS® Score 70 and above
• Reading – Level 4, COMPASS® Score 81 and above
• Math – Level 3, COMPASS® (Elem. Algebra) Score 28 and above
c. Students may reach required placement levels by completing academic course work in combination with COMPASS®, Asset®, or ACT® test scores.
Accessing your Prerequisite Level
Students who have completed COMPASS® Testing may access their scores through their MyDelta account. Within the Student section of MyDelta, click on the "Placement Test Summary" link to calculate your scores. The placement test summary will calculate completed academic course work in combination with your COMPASS®/Asset test scores to give you an overall placement level. If your placement level does not meet the required prerequisite levels listed above for this program, you may need to retake one or more of the COMPASS® assessments.
For assistance determining your current placement level, please contact LifeLong Learning at 989-686-9444.
3. High School Diploma or GED® Test Credential
It is our recommendation that students who meet the above prerequisites have also attained a high school diploma or GED® test credential (not a high school certificate of completion) prior to participation and/or completion of this program. This recommendation is based on overall student success and hiring standards of many employers in the Great Lakes Bay Region.
Textbooks are required for this course for this course. You may purchase your book through the Delta College Bookstore:
Online: Order your book online at www.bookstore.delta.edu
By Phone: You can place your textbook order by phone 989-686-9030
In Person: Purchase textbooks in person on main campus in the bookstore
Cost & Schedule
Course Number: CHG-3001
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