Program Overview

Course content includes: Pharmacy medical terminology, the history of pharmacy, pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Review dosage calculations, drug classifications, the "top 200 drugs," I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding dose conversions, aseptic techniques, and the handling of sterile products.

Role in the Pharmacy

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications, provide customer service, and perform administrative duties within a variety of practice settings, including community, health-system, and federal pharmacy. They are generally responsible for receiving prescription requests, counting tablets, labeling bottles, maintaining patient profiles, preparing insurance claim forms, and performing administrative functions such as answering phones, stocking shelves, and operating cash registers.

Career Outlook

You’ll also enjoy 12 percent job growth through 2026, which is faster than average for all occupations says the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most pharmacy technicians work full time, according to BLS.