Pharmacy Technician Training Certificate

Pharmacy Technician Training Certificate

How to Become a Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians play important and respected roles in health care - learn how to become a pharmacy technician in Austin and Dallas with CHCP's new Pharmacy Technician Certificate program! In less than one year, you'll be prepared to pursue a rewarding career assisting a licensed pharmacist, one of the most trusted professions in America (source: Gallup Honesty/Ethics in Professions poll, 2015).

Pharmacy technicians perform a variety of tasks in support of the pharmacist. This may involve receiving prescription requests and entering them into a computer data system to be filled, measuring and labeling prescription medications for verification by the pharmacist, and processing payment and insurance claim information. Pharmacy technicians may also be expected to engage in administrative tasks such as inventory tracking and management, and to serve as a point of contact between the pharmacist, patients, and other health care professionals. 

The Pharmacy Technician Program is available at the following CHCP Campuses: 

Where do pharmacy technicians work?

Most pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015). Trained and registered pharmacy technicians have opportunities to work for a diverse range of health care providers, including retail pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics. Because pharmacies are often needed to dispense important medications regardless of hour or day, many pharmacies maintain late or even 24/7 hours, so there is a need for skilled pharmacy technicians at all hours of the day. Being a pharmacy technician can offer you flexibility in finding full-time employment opportunities even with a busy schedule.

Pharmacy technicians are employed under many different job titles. Here is a list of some (but not all) potential career paths for today's pharmacy tech in training:

Pharmacy Technician Career Paths

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Community Pharmacy Technician
  • Central Pharmacy Operations Technician
  • Compounding Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy Patient Care Advisor
  • Home Infusion Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy Picking Technician

Pharmacy Technician Requirements

CHCP's Pharmacy Technician program offers a full career-focused education in the skills you'll need for professional success. Our 9 month program covers pharmacy technician-specific training in the following areas:

  • Measure medications and ensure correct tablet count
  • Package and label presciption
  • Inventory management and tracking
  • And more!

All students in the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program are required to have successfully taken the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) prior to beginning the program. This means that while obtaining your pharmacy technician certification is essential, it is only the first step in becoming a fully trained and market-ready pharmacy technician. After completing the program, graduates will be positioned to join the health care workforce as entry-level techs.

Are there career opportunities as a Pharmacy Technician?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook projects Pharmacy Technician employment to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 201 ). 

Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program have access to CHCP's statewide job placement network, guided by more than 25 years of training and placing the health care professionals of tomorrow. We also help to prepare you for your career search with training in resume writing, interviewing, and more. Learn more about CHCP's career services here.

Financial Aid available for those who qualify. Fill out the Request Information form to the right, and get started today on making Pharmacy Technician the career of your life!

Job Outlook for Pharmacy Technician Careers

9% growth anticipated from 2014 to 2024

At CHCP, you will receive your pharmacy technician training in the form of lectures, labs and hands-on clinical work. Our pharmacy technician school prepares you for the challenging and rewarding career of a pharmacy technician. If you’re wondering how to become a pharmacy technician, look no further!

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PHARMACY TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATE COURSES

MODULE I   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
MSS 100 Master Student/Study Skills 8 0 0 8 0.5
HIP 130 HIPAA/OSHA/Infection COntrol 10 0 0 10 0.5
MED 130 Medical Terminology 24 0 0 24 1.5
APO 130 Overview of Anatomy & Physiology 24 0 0 24 1.5
MODULE II   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
PHM101 Intro to Pharmacy, Ethics & Patient Safety 88 8 0 96 6.0
MODULE III   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
PHM 102 Institutional Pharmacy 48 48 0 96 4.5
MODULE IV   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
PHM 103 Community Pharmacy 48 48 0 96 4.5
MODULE V   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
PHM 104 Pharmacy Calculations 64 32 0 96 5.0
MODULE VI   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
PHM 105 Pharmacy Techniques and Practice 72 24 0 96 5.5
MODULE VII   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
PHM 106 Sterile Compounds, Parenteral and IV Admixtures 72 24 0 96 5.5
MODULE VIII   Lecture
Hours
Lab
Hours
Extern
Hours
Total
Hours
Semester
Credits
CSP201 Customer Service/Professionalism and Career Preparation 30 18 0 48 2.5
CPT 313 Cert Prep for Pharmacy Technicians 15 15 0 30 1.5
PHX300 Pharmacy Technician Externship 0 0 180 180 4.0
  Total Hours/Credits 503 217 180 900 43.0
CHCP's Pharmacy Technician certificate program is available in the following locations:

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