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Applied Technology Diploma

Pharmacy Technician (B300)

Mission Statement
Creating competent, ethical, confident entry–level health care practitioners committed to professional development through life–long learning in a positive, non–discriminatory and supportive learning environment.

The Career
This is a career that depends on your dedication to accuracy, organization, and good communication skills. Pharmacy technicians are responsible for filling prescriptions, counting, pouring, weighing, measuring and sometimes mixing the medication, as well as labeling the bottles.

Part of your duties may also include maintaining patient profiles, preparing insurance claim forms and taking inventory of prescription- and over-the-counter medications. If you work in a hospitals, nursing homes, or assisted-living facilities you will read physician’s charts and prepare and deliver medicines to patients. They verify details with patients, pharmacists, physicians and nurses — because the details can be a matter of life and death.

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists to perform technical and clerical duties in the systematic operation of the pharmacy. They are prepared to work in retail and community pharmacies, hospital and health care affiliated pharmacies, or mail-order pharmacies. Pharmacy technicians practice under the legal umbrella of the pharmacist license; therefore, all technician activities are the responsibility of the pharmacist.

This program provides the theoretical, practical and clinical skills you need to qualify for this responsible position, including medical and pharmaceutical terminology, pharmaceutical calculations, names, actions, uses and doses of medications, pharmacy recordkeeping, pharmaceutical techniques and pharmacy law and ethics.

The technology and equipment in our classroom and labs are unmatched in Northeast Florida. Professional classes are taught by leading health professionals. Your Florida Community College diploma is respected and speaks to the quality of your training for this career.

This program is part of the Pharmacy Technician Applied Technology Diploma program and guarantees transfer of 23 credit hours toward the Pharmacy Technician program.

Hands-on experience is included in your program through internships with our medical partners: Baptist, Brooks Rehabilitation, Flagler, Memorial, St. Luke’s, St. Vincent’s, and the Naval Hospital, as well as Mayo Clinic and Orange Park Medical Center.

Career Opportunities, Rapid Placement
Full- and part-time opportunities are expected to increase dramatically. A growing and aging population will drive the need for pharmaceuticals and the expansion of retail pharmacies and the role of pharmacy technicians.

Annual Salaries
Average earnings for pharmacy technicians range from $10 to $14 per hour, to more than $17 per hour. Shifts and weekends rates are higher and certification also increases your income.

Certification and Articulation
Your diploma makes you eligible to take the national pharmacy technician certification exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

Estimated tuition is $2,656 (for Florida residents, as of 7/06). Contact program manager for additional costs (textbooks, materials, fees).

Application Procedure
To meet the minimum requirements for consideration for acceptance to the Pharmacy Technician program, students must:

  1. Complete a pharmacy technician application.
  2. Submit high school completion transcript or copy of GED® test scores.
  3. Have completed or be concurrently enrolled in HSC 1231 Medical Terminology.

Pharmacy Technician (B300)

Supporting Courses
CGS 1060 Introductory Computer Concepts 3
  or CGS 1570 Microcomputer Concepts  
*BSC 2020C Human Biology 4
ENC 1101 English Composition I 3
HSC 1531 Medical Terminology
(for Health Professions)
  Credit Hours 13

Required Professional Courses
PTN 1001 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
PTN 1131 Applied Pharmacy Practice 3
PTN 1131L Applied Pharmacy Practice Laboratory 3
PTN 1017 Pharmacy Technician Math 3
PTN 1121 Therapeutic Agents I 3
PTN 1122 Therapeutic Agents II 3
PTN 1930 Community Pharmacy Seminar 1
PTN 1940 Pharmacy Technician Practicum I 2
PTN 1941 Pharmacy Technician Practicum II 3
PTN 1942 Pharmacy Technician Practicum III 3
  Credit Hours 27

Total Credit Hours: 40

*The BSC 2010C prerequisite has been waived for students enrolled in the Funeral Services, Emergency Medical Services and Pharmacy Technician programs.

Record of Conviction of a Crime
Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screening and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences.

The cost of the background check and drug screen is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

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