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Pharmacy Technician

Non-Credit Job Training

Program Overview

Pharmacy Technician

Delta's 15-week Pharmacy Technician program will provide you with the skill, knowledge and simulated lab experience you need to be successful. Employers favor hiring pharmacy techs who have formal training and certification is now required in the State of Michigan.

As a pharmacy technician, you must have broad knowledge of pharmacy practice, and be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package and prepare medications but don’t need the advanced college education required of a licensed pharmacist.

You could work in a hospital, retail setting, home health care, nursing home, clinic or mail order. You will be awarded a non-credit certificate from Delta College upon successful completion of the program. You will receive information in class about taking the national certification exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician. Once you pass the exam, you will earn the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). For more information you may visit the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.


Earning Potential

Average pay for pharmacy techs is $26,527 per year. Those just getting started generally start around $19,441, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as $38,926. This is a great way to get a jump start in the growing field of healthcare.

In this field, it is estimated that you could earn an average of $27,490 per year.

 

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Likely Careers

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacist (with advanced education)
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    Course Schedule

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Program Details

What is a Pharmacy Technician?

A Pharmacy Technician: 

  • Assists and supports licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients.
  • Possesses broad knowledge of pharmacy practice and is skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, and prepare medications.
  • Is accurate and precise in both technical and clerical aspects of the job. 
  • Counts or pours medications into dispensing containers.
  • Types prescription labels.
  • Prepares insurance claim forms.
  • Manages a cash register.

A Pharmacy Technician in a hospital setting also:

  • Assembles a 24-hour supply of medication for each patient in a hospital setting.
  • Repackages medications as needed.
  • Prepares commercially unavailable medications and sterile intravenous medications.
  • Maintains nursing station medications.
  • Collects quality improvement data.
  • Delivers medications to patient rooms.

The Pharmacy Technician course is designed to prepare individuals to work in a hospital, retail setting, home health care, nursing home, clinic or mail order.

Prerequisites

1. Admission
Students must go through admission to Delta College. There are several ways to apply to Delta College. 

a. You may apply online. Select "Non-Academic LifeLong Learning, ND.11000" as your Program of Study.
b. You may also apply in person within the Admissions Office and pick-up the application. Your application will be processed while you are at Delta and you will receive your student number.

2. Program Readiness
a. Potential LifeLong Learning students are exempt from placement testing with an associates degree or higher. If exempt, you must present transcripts to LifeLong Learning prior to registration.
b. You must demonstrate program readiness with the following placement levels prior to registration. 

• Writing – Level 4
• Reading – Level 4
• Math – Level 3

c. You may also reach required placement levels by completing academic course work in combination with placement, SAT® or ACT®test scores.

Accessing your Prerequisite Level 
Students who have completed placement testing may access their scores through their Portal account. Within the Student menu, click on "Placement Test Summary" to calculate your scores. The placement test summary will calculate completed academic course work in combination with your placement 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 placement 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

Textbooks are required for this course. You may purchase your books 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 in the bookstore.

Non-credit financial assistance

Funding you may qualify for:

The Board of Trustees Grant
To make an appointment, please call the Financial Aid Office at 989-686-9080. In Midland call 989-495-4000 ext. 9080. Eligibility requirements apply. Download the Board of Trustees Grant Application for complete details.

Michigan Works!
Sixteen Michigan Works! Agencies oversee local Michigan Works! Service Centers, where job seekers and employers can access services. Call Saginaw 989-249-5232, Bay 989-667-0500 or Midland 989-631- 3073 or vIsit the Michigan Works! website for a complete listing of Michigan Works! One-Stop Service Centers.

Note: The Pell grant does not apply to non-credit programs.

Facts & Figures

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This career is expected to grow by 20% in the next 10 years.

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The Board of Trustees Grant may be available for eligible students enrolling in short-term training programs.

 

"I chose Delta College's Pharmacy Technician program because of the high demand in the field. The information I gained was invaluable."

Rachel Dilas, Pharmacy Technician Student