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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.

82% of our graduates are employed.

This employment data is based on actual Winter 2013 student feedback.

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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
  • Punctuality
  • Attendance

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.

Prerequisites

1. Admission

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. Required COMPASS® Scores/Levels

Students must go through Admission to Delta College and show course readiness with the following COMPASS® test scores prior to registration. 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.

Writing – Level 4, Score 70 and above
Reading – Level 4, Score 81 and above
Math - Level 4, (Elementary/Intermediate Algebra) Score 41 and above

READING: Level 4
COMPASS® - Score 81 and above
ASSET – Score 42 and above
ENG 111 – enrolled in, C- or higher
RDG 097 – C or higher
OAT 095 – B- or higher
RDG 093 – A
ACT English - 20 or higher

WRITING: Level 4
COMPASS® - Score 70 and above
ASSET – Score 42 and above
ENG 111 – enrolled in, C- or higher
OAT 095 – C or higher
WRT 098 – A- or higher
WRT 090 – A
ACT English - 20 or higher

MATH: Level 4
COMPASS® – (Elementary/Intermediate Algebra) Score 41 and above
ASSET – Elem Algebra Score 38 and above
Inter Algebra Score 31 and above
MTH 097 – C or higher or ACT 19
MTH 117 – C or higher
Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians (LifeLong Learning Course)

Accessing your Prerequisite Level:

Students who have completed COMPASS® Testing may access their scores through their  My Delta  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 more information on COMPASS® visit the Testing Center.

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 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 

Cost: $999
Course Number: CHG-3001

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Dates: 5/5/14 - 8/18/14 (Skip 5/28/14)
Times: Mondays & Wednesdays; 6pm - 9pm
Location: Delta College Main Campus

Questions?

We can help! Call us at (989) 686-9444 or send us an email at lifelonglearning@delta.edu.

 

LifeLong Learning Personnel has made every reasonable effort to determine that everything stated in this guide was accurate at the time it was published. Programs and Testing Services offered and related fees, with other matters contained therein, are subject to change or cancellation without notice by Delta College LifeLong Learning for reasons related to student enrollment, or for any reason, at the discretion of the college. Delta College LifeLong Learning reserves the right to cancel class and test sessions.


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