As a pharmacy technician, you are a vital link between medical professionals, pharmacists, and patients. Your primary tasks include receiving and verifying prescriptions and preparing patients' medications. This 8-week program, HS 101, will prepare you for an entry-level position in a hospital, retail setting, or clinic. After completion of this class, you will be ready to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 7% from 2016-2026, faster than the average for all occupations. By the year 2024, projected regional jobs are to be approximately 1,654.
*Projected jobs are for regions roughly equating to HCC district 540.
There are no formal prerequisites for this course; however, completion of placement tests or equivalent is required.
This comprehensive course, HS 101, will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's (PTCB) exam. Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies, and other health care settings - working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. This course will introduce students to the role of the pharmacy technician, including standards of practice, retail practices and customer service, ethical considerations, and regulatory issues and compliance. Students will gain technical knowledge in names, classifications, and dosage forms of common and required medications, as well as core practices in quality control and ensuring patient safety. This will include instruction in calculating dosages and dispensing medication. Foundational concepts in inventory management and pharmacy administration are covered to better inform students in their roles as pharmacy technicians in the pharmacy setting.
Career and Technical Course: This course is a specific requirement for an Associate of Applied Science or certificate program and may not transfer. Please consult with your advisor about transferability.
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We strongly recommend you attend one of these informational sessions. All information meetings are held at the main campus in Normal, IL, unless otherwise noted.
Day Time Room
Beginning May 1, 2020, and until further notice, informational meetings will be held virtually utilizing ZOOM. Please continue to check this site for dates and additional information.
Monday, Apr. 12, 2021
Work Ready Programs
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Work Ready meeting.
Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2021
Physical Therapist Assistant Program
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Physical Therapist Assistant meeting.
Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Nursing meeting.
Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Radiography meeting.
Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021
Medical Assistant Program
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Medical Assistant meeting.
To Be Determined
Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this EMT/Paramedic meeting.
Please contact the following program coordinator and request the ZOOM link for the meeting that you would like to attend:
EMT/Paramedic - Please contact Travis Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Assistant - Please contact Martha Stearns at email@example.com
Physical Therapist Assistant - Please contact Daryl Menke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Radiography - Please contact Jo Gramley at email@example.com
Work Ready Programs* - Please contact Kelly Pyle at firstname.lastname@example.org
* Work Ready Programs currently consist of Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, Phlebotomy, Veterinary Assistant, and Recovery Support Specialist.
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