Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program

Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program Application (PDF)

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

Program Goals

The principle goal of the 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. 

Course Requirements

Students must be 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED and be a 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.

Curriculum Structure

The 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, including 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.

Course Schedule

Academic Year

Course

Contact Hours

Semester 1

Anatomy & Physiology

45

Medical Terminology

18

Introduction to Pharmacy Technician Standards of Practice I

48

Semester 2

Pharmacy Calculations

48

Pharmacology

60

Standards of Practice II /Pharmacy Practice Lab

81

Semester 3

Externship Training in Community and Hospital Settings

300

 

Total Clock Hours

600

Total tuition cost averages $6,000.*

* Additional costs for texts, background check, student liability insurance, physical exam or National Certification Exam not included. 

Program Description

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 divided into a three semester, concentrated program that is competency-based, diverse, and demanding.

The first semester provides medical and pharmaceutical terminology, basic anatomy related to the pharmacology of medications, and an introduction to the standards of practice for pharmacy technicians. The curriculum also includes the ethics and laws of pharmacy practice and education about interprofessional communication, patient care and interaction and problem solving.

The second semester provides in depth look at pharmaceutical calculations and standards of practice. Pharmacology for pharmacy technicians focuses on the most widely prescribed medications including over the counter and herbal or complementary products. The Pharmacy Technician Program also will give you hands-on practice in retail and hospital pharmacy procedures through an intensive laboratory experiences module that explore the administrative and management duties within the pharmacy, medication and inventory control and quality assurance and safety. The lab module will include order entry, filling prescription orders, compounding sterile preparations, cart fill exchanges, inventory control, compounding of sterile products, operating automated technology, utilizing the computer system as well as fulfilling other patient specific duties. Students will be involved in active problem solving related to assisting the pharmacist in serving the patient.  The curriculum also includes the role play of actual patient care interaction. Customer service, retail management, inventory, insurance and third party billing and reimbursement will be covered including problem solving. 

The final semester involves the experiential rotation where students will work in community and hospital settings. Thus, graduates of the JCCC Pharmacy Technician Program will be prepared to work in entry-level positions in both community and hospital pharmacy settings.

Background and Significance

The Pharmacy Technician Training Program at JCCC was developed in response to a rising need for trained pharmacy technicians to work in hospital or retail pharmacies within the region. Well-trained pharmacy technicians in retail and institutional settings are a vital part of the healthcare team. Efforts to meet growing clinical and distributive demands without compromising the safe and effective delivery of medications within the United States have resulted in an increased role for the pharmacy technician. The role is expanding for pharmacy technicians who have expertise in the use of new automated dispensing and distribution technologies.  These technological advances will allow technicians to assume a primary role in skill that compounding and/or dispensing requires. A growing demand has emerged in the healthcare field for well-trained pharmacy technicians to assist the pharmacist in many practice settings by assuming greater product-focused and management responsibilities, thus freeing up the pharmacist to focus on clinical or consultative services with patients.

With this growing opportunity, however, has also come increased responsibility and accountability for medication safety. In 1995, the first national pharmacy technician certification examination became available as an option for those pharmacy technicians seeking more advanced practice responsibilities. To that end, the JCCC Pharmacy Technician Training Program will prepare students to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (CPhT), administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. 

The JCCC Pharmacy Technician Program is modeled after the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacy (ASHP) Model Curriculum for Pharmacy Technician Training. The ASHP Model Curriculum for Pharmacy Technician Training was developed under the guidance of a steering committee comprised of representatives from the American Pharmacists Association, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Pharmacy Technicians Educators Council, and the American Association of Pharmacy Technicians.

More states and employers are requiring certification as reliance on pharmacy technicians grows. Some states now require all individuals who work as pharmacy technicians to become nationally certified. Certification is the process by which a non-governmental association or agency grants recognition to an individual who has met predetermined qualifications specified by that association or agency. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam is recognized in all 50 states even though requirement to work as a pharmacy technician vary from state to state.

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