Program Overview: The Pharmacy Technician Vocational Program is designed to provide comprehensive training and education for individuals seeking a career in the pharmaceutical field. This program combines classroom instruction with practical hands-on experience to equip students with the knowledge and skills to assist pharmacists in various healthcare settings.
- Pharmacy Basics:
- Introduction to the pharmaceutical industry, terminology, and the role of pharmacy technicians in healthcare.
- Overview of drug classifications, common medications, and their effects on the human body.
- Medical Terminology:
- Development of proficiency in medical vocabulary relevant to pharmacy practice.
- Pharmacy Law and Ethics:
- Understanding of legal and ethical considerations in pharmacy practice, including regulations and confidentiality.
- Pharmacy Calculations:
- Mastery of dosage calculations, compounding, and other mathematical skills crucial for accurate medication dispensing.
- Prescription Processing:
- Practical training in receiving and interpreting prescriptions, including understanding abbreviations and dosage forms.
- Drug Compounding:
- Hands-on experience in compounding medications, including sterile and non-sterile compounding techniques.
- Medication Dispensing:
- Training in accurately measuring, packaging, and labeling medications for distribution.
- Inventory Management:
- Understanding the principles of pharmacy inventory control, including ordering, stocking, and managing expiration dates.
- Customer Service Skills:
- Developing effective communication and interpersonal skills for interacting with patients and healthcare professionals.
- Pharmacy Software and Technology:
- Familiarization with pharmacy management software and other technology used in daily pharmacy operations.
- Clinical Rotations/Externship:
- Practical, hands-on experience in real-world pharmacy settings, working under the supervision of licensed pharmacists.
Certification Preparation: The program prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) or other relevant certification exams required for state licensure.
Career Development: Guidance on job search strategies, resume building, and interview preparation to assist students in securing entry-level positions as pharmacy technicians.
Prerequisites: High school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.
Accreditation: Ensure that the program is accredited by the appropriate accrediting bodies or regulatory agencies.
Upon successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician Vocational Program, graduates are prepared to pursue entry-level positions in retail pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings, working collaboratively with pharmacists to provide essential pharmaceutical services.