As a certified pharmacy technician, you are the liaison between medical professionals, doctors, pharmacists, insurance companies and patients. In this program, you will learn basic pharmacy principles and fundamentals to prepare you for entry-level positions in community and institutional pharmacy settings. Technicians assist in daily pharmacy operations, under supervision of pharmacist. Accountability to the pharmacist for accuracy and quality of their performance is key.
You will receive training in medical terminology; pharmacology; preparing medications, using sterile and nonsterile techniques to count, measure, and compound drugs; receiving and verifying written prescriptions; taking prescription refill requests; preparing IV medications; operating computer and automation systems; applying prescription and auxiliary labels to medication bottles; control and price inventorying; ordering supplies; restocking shelves; preparing insurance claim forms; and operating cash registers.
Successful completion of your hours makes you eligible to apply for graduation to receive your certificate of competency, as well as to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE). You will need to have your Pharmacy Technician Trainee License before being able to do clinicals.
For information about the license, visit the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy website.
This is a cohort program that will require students to move at a similar pace throughout the length of the program with specified start and end dates.
Must be 18 years of age, have high school diploma or GED, current AZ Level I fingerprint clearance card,meet Health & Safety requirements (immunizations & medical release), and background check. Drug screening required. Level I fingerprint clearance card, health and safety documentation (immunizations, urine drug screen), uniforms and personal equipment are paid for by the student. Costs will vary.
Information Session Attendance
If you are interested in a Healthcare program offered at the Central City Campus, you will be required to attend an Information/Advising Session that will provide in-depth information and enrollment guidance. The sessions are held every Tuesday, from 1 to 2 p.m., in the Healthcare Department (Building A, Entry #4, Room A232).
You may find employment as an Accredited Pharmacy Technician; Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT); Compounding Technician; Lead Pharmacy Tech, Certified Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech, CPhT); Lead Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech); Pharmacy Technician (Pharmacy Tech); Senior Pharmacy Technician; Technician or an Inventory Specialist.
You also may take advantage of career services to gain skills in interviewing, resume writing, looking for a job and other career guidance. Through these services you will be better prepared to complete successful interviews and attain employment.
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Certificate of Competency - Pharmacy Technician: $3,660*
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