The pharmacy technician program prepares individuals for the roles of supportive personnel in hospital and community pharmacies. The pharmacy technician provides assistance to the Registered Pharmacist in a variety of tasks involving the preparation, packaging, distribution, labeling, and recording of drugs. Students are theoretically prepared in the practice of pharmacy technician which includes billing, maintenance of stock, computer data entry, legal and ethical guidelines, and professionalism. There are two clinical internships at the end of the program that provide on the job experience in acute care, community, satellite, clinic and private pharmacy settings. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, students are eligible to apply and take a national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Satisfactory completion of this program increases the possibility of passing the certification exam but does not guarantee a passing grade .
The Standard Occupational Classification for this career is Pharmacist Technician, 29-2052. You can access the occupational profile for this career at http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2052.00. Six students completed medical coding during the 2010-2011 academic year. Of those six, four students completed the program during its suggested two-semester time frame. Historically, 37 people have graduated from this program, and 19 of them completed the program in two semesters.
Pennsylvania Highlands is a nonresidential institution. Tuition and fees for this program may be determined using the tuition and fees information posted on the College’s main website. Costs for textbooks are listed by course on the College’s Bookstore page. Used books and rentals are also available.
After satisfactory completion of the pharmacy technician program, the graduate will be able to seek employment as a pharmacy technician in the following areas:
- Hospital pharmacies
- Community pharmacies
- Closed (Private) Pharmacies
- Extended care facilities
- Home health agencies
- Satellite pharmacies
- Mail order pharmacy distribution centers
- Pharmaceutical auditor
- Insurance auditor
Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate competencies needed to work as a pharmacy technician in all pharmacy settings.
- Show proficiency in dispensing medications.
- Assist Registered Pharmacists in all aspects of pharmacy operations.
- Function effectively as a member of the health care team.
- Practice as a pharmacy technician within the legal and ethical framework guidelines.
Obtaining the Certificate
To earn the certificate, the student must:
- Matriculate into the program.
- Satisfactorily complete all certificate requirements.