Prepare yourself for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in healthcare.
Start a new career performing a variety of pharmacy-related functions under the supervision of a pharmacist. This 50-hour course includes classroom lectures and hands-on labs. You'll review dosage calculations and conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing. After successful completion of the classroom study, an optional 80-hour externship is available.
Employment & Education
Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy benefit managers and large industrial complexes. The occupational outlook handbook states that employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022.
Students should have taken math and science in high school. A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the PTCB exam.
Detailed Course Information
This comprehensive 50 hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program includes a graded final exam to help prepare students for the PTCB exam.
- Role of the pharmacy technician
- Pharmacy history, discussion of various practice settings, and the technician certification process
- Recruiting by pharmacy specialty
- “Evolution of Pharmacy”
- Review of hospital pharmacy setting, retail practice, regulatory agencies involved with a pharmacy practice, long term care practice setting, mail order pharmacy, and home care pharmacy practice
- Pharmacy measures, roman numerals, abbreviations
- Review of generic drugs, basic biopharmaceuticals, dosage forms, patient profiles
- Prescription label requirements, order transcription, ordering and inventory control, drug pricing, third party reimbursement
- Formularies, unit dose systems, emergency and crash carts, house supplies, automatic stop orders, calculating number of doses required
- All major classes of drugs including top brand names and generic drugs
- Aseptic technique, handling of sterile products including antineoplastic agent considerations
- Basics of IV solutions, calculating 24 hour supply of IV solutions, percentages and electrolytes preparations
- The metric system
- Apothecaries’ and avoirdupois systems of measurement
- Children’s doses
- Allegation method, math review
- Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), demonstration of TPN admixture, hands-on practice of IV admixture and parenteral medication preparation
Register for Pharmacy Technician
- Next start date is 3/20/2018 Register by 3/13
We offer an installment payment plan and student loans are available through SallieMae.
Call us at 309-268-8160 for more information.
Employment Statement for Job Training Programs
Heartland Community College does not guarantee employment upon completion of instructional programs. Students are responsible for researching relevant employment opportunities prior to registration. No refunds will be provided if a student fails to complete a course, does not pass a certification exam, or is unsuccessful at obtaining employment.