Pharmacy Technician Program Background & Significance

The pharmacy technician training program at JCCC was developed to meet the growing clinical demands for well-trained pharmacy technicians in both retail and hospital pharmacies.

As the role of the pharmacist expands, so shall the role of the pharmacy technician. Along with advancement of technology the pharmacy technician will assume the primary role of compounding medications and those of I.V. admixture for antibiotics and chemotherapy. These roles require a very competent and well-trained staff to assure patient safety and healing.

With this growing opportunity and increased level of professional responsibility comes increased accountability. In 1995, the first national pharmacy technician certification examination became available as an option for those seeking more advanced practice. To that end, the JCCC pharmacy technician program was designed. JCCC’s program is modeled after the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacy (ASHP) Model Curriculum for Pharmacy Technician Training. This model was developed under the guidance from the American Pharmacist Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Pharmacy Technicians Educators Council, and the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians.

JCCC’s Pharmacy Technician Program is one of three programs in Kansas accredited by ASHP and received a full six-year accreditation upon first application, an almost unheard of accomplishment. For a third of the cost of any other program in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, this program will develop you into a first rate Pharmacy Technician ready to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam, recognized in all 50 states.