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PHARMACY TECHNICIAN

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

The Pharmacy Technician program is a 160 hour program. Both daytime and evening programs are available. The program combines classroom lecture with practical hands-on medical laboratory and real-world externship experience gathered in a pharmacy.

WHAT DOES A PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DO?

A Pharmacy Technicians primary job is to receive and fill prescription requests for patients.

The preparation of a prescription requires several tasks. The tasks carried out by pharmacy technicians include: retrieving prescription orders, counting, pouring, measuring and weighting tablets and medications, mixing medication/compounding, preparing insurance claim forms, and clinical duties. After the prescription is filled, a licensed pharmacist (RPH) checks the completed prescription prior to dispensing the medication to the patient.

Classroom instruction: 120 hours
Clinical instruction: 40 hours

WHERE DO PHARMACY TECHNICIANS WORK?

Pharmacy Technicians work in clean, organized environments in such locations as hospitals, medical stores, retail or mail-order pharmacies, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Age 18 (by completion of training) or older
  • Admission/Application Fee $2500 (Minimum down payment is $1500)
  • Authorized to work in the U.S. (Alien ID-If applicable)
  • Valid Identification (passport, driver’s license or state/federal issued ID)
  • Social Security Card
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Ability to pass criminal background check (provided by school) Students should have no felony convictions of any kind and must not have any drug-related or Pharmacy related convictions, including misdemeanors
  • Valid CPR (school provides service for an additional fee)
  • Drug Test 

 

 

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

  • Immunization Record
  • TB Test, School will administer the skin test for a fee. (PPD skin test or a negative chest X-ray no older than a year is required)
  • Hepatitis B immunization (if declined, it must be waived in writing, form is available in our school administration office) 


Pharmacy Technician Day Program - Class Schedule

Class: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday for 5 weeks
Clinical: TBA (8 hours/day Monday - Friday for 1 week)

                   Roanoke and Charlottesville

Start Date

End Date

November 26, 2018

January 4, 2019

January 7, 2019

February 14, 2019

February 11, 2019

March 21, 2019

February 18, 2019

April 25, 2019

April 22, 2019

May 29, 2019

May 27, 2019

June 4, 2019

July 1, 2019

August 8, 2019

August 5, 2019

September 12, 2019

September 9, 2019

October 17, 2019

October 14, 2019

November 21, 2019

November 18, 2019

December 26, 2019

   December 23, 2019    January 31, 2020
  January 27, 2020    March 5, 2020

Pharmacy Technician Evening Program - Class Schedule

Class: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday for 6 weeks
Clinical: Must be available 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 8:30a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

*Special holiday schedule, please contact the school for more information*

Start Date

End Date

January 21, 2019

  February 28, 2019

February 25, 2019

March 28, 2019

March 25, 2019

May 2, 2019

April 29, 2019

June 6, 2019

June 3, 2019

July 11, 2019

July 8, 2019

August 15, 2019

August 12, 2019

September 19, 2019

September 16, 2019 

October 24, 2019

October 21, 2019

November 28, 2019

  November 18, 2019   December 26, 2019
  December 16, 2019   January 30, 2020
  January 20, 2020   February 27, 2020

 

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

People who are interested in becoming a Pharmacy Technician are required to take CPR for Medical Professionals and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training prior to starting their clinical rotation. CPR/AED Training is offered by Fast Track for an additional fee. This fee is not included in tuition.

 

JOB OUTLOOK

Employment is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations.

 

NATIONAL CERTIFICATION

A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) exam