Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program

The principle goal of this Kansas City area program is to graduate competent, caring pharmacy technicians who display the necessary skills, attitudes and behaviors needed for entry-level positions within community or institutional pharmacies, as defined by community and national standards.


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Now admitting twice a year. Classes start in May and August.

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JCCC’s pharmacy tech program is accredited through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

JCCC’s pharmacy technician program is one of three programs in Kansas meeting the stringent standards of this national accreditation body. Meeting these standards assures you of the best quality of instructors and curriculum. For one-third the price of other programs the JCCC Pharmacy Technician Program will prepare you to work in the hospital, specialty or retail pharmacies as a highly trained and competent professional.

Why you should choose JCCC:

  • High employment rates
  • A third of the cost of other programs
  • High growth career
  • One of only three ASHP accredited programs in Kansas
  • Modeled after ASHP’s curriculum
  • Small class size
  • Externships that can lead to employment opportunities
  • The only non-profit school offering an ASHP accredited program in Kansas City Metro area
  • Trains for expanded roles and responsibilities in hospital and compounding pharmacies

Testimonials

"I am truly thankful and grateful for the Pharmacy Tech program at JCCC. I learned so much and the experience I gained from the program and also working in a hospital setting for over a year has motivated me to push myself further and further to better myself and my future. Without the JCCC Pharm Tech Program, I don’t know where I’d be. I would definitely recommend the program to anyone." — Alex Trager, CPhT, former student

"The pharmacy technician program at JCCC and its instructors helped me pass the certification test the first time and land an amazing job I love. So happy with my decision to go there!" — Erica Toburen, former student

"JCCC gave me the tools and the confidence to start a career in pharmacy. The internship gave me job placement. I am very grateful for the pharmacy tech program." — Meagan Bryan, former student

"Stark Edler Apothecary believes in advancing the profession of pharmacy by being a preceptor for students in the JCCC Pharmacy Technician Program. JCCC has presented our business with dedicated students who are eager to learn and committed to uphold our high level of ethical and professional standards. We have elected to hire two of our past students who still work for our pharmacy today. We look forward to continuing our relationship with JCCC to help meet the educational goals of these students." — Debra Edler, Stark Edler Apothecary, Pharmacist and Business Owner, Preceptor Site

"If you are needing to hire a technician, clinical rotations are a great way to evaluate a prospect. It's like a multi-week interview." — John Schafer, Stark Pharmacy


Course Requirements

  • Students must be 18 or older
  • High school diploma or GED
  • U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to apply
  • Enrollment into this course is by application and selective admission only, pending background check. Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted for an interview if you meet requirements for admission into the program.

Program Information

This Kansas City Metropolitan Area pharmacy technician program is a 32-week didactic training program over two semesters. The final semester consists of 300 hours of externship shared between an institutional and community pharmacy setting. Each didactic course is comprised of multiple live sessions, which include various activities, such as lesson objectives, lesson overview, reading assignments, lesson review questions, hands-on activities (such as case studies, labs, critical thinking exercises), a discussion forum assignment and a lesson exam.

Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing medication therapy to patients. The pharmacy technician program at JCCC trains students in all phases of the pharmacy field: over-the-counter and prescription medication processing and distribution, pharmaceutical calculations, compounding, vaccine preparation, sterile products preparation, IV preparation, interprofessional communication and problem solving skills, ethics, inventory management, quality and safety initiatives, and federal Kansas and Missouri state pharmacy laws. The JCCC program is a three-semester, concentrated program in Overland Park, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. It is competency-based, diverse and demanding.

Course Schedule

Academic Year

Course

Contact Hours

Semester 1

Anatomy & Physiology

45

Medical Terminology (Online)

24

Introduction to Pharmacy Technician Standards of Practice I

51

Semester 2

Pharmacy Calculations

48

Pharmacology

60

Standards of Practice II /Pharmacy Practice Lab

80

Semester 3

Externship Training in Community and Hospital Settings

300

 

Total Clock Hours

608

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