Pharmacy Technician

A Pharmacy Technician (PhT) career is perfect for those who enjoy working with people and want to play an important role in their healthcare.

Pharmacy Technicians help Pharmacists dispense prescription medication to customers or healthcare professionals. Working under the supervision of Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians collect patient information needed to fill prescriptions, maintain patient records, mix pharmaceutical preparations, package and label prescribed medications, and organize inventory. Pharmacy Technicians are also responsible for answering phones, assisting retail customers, accepting payments and processing insurance claims, and arranging for customers to speak directly with the Pharmacist. Pharmacy Technicians who work within a hospital setting may prepare and distribute IV medications, stock robotic dispensing machines, and work closely with other healthcare professionals providing care to patients.

Under federal law, Pharmacy Technicians are required to practice under the supervision of a Registered Pharmacist. In order to provide the most relevant hands-on training, PSI's Pharmacy Technician program is coordinated and instructed by a Registered Pharmacist.

Most Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies, drug stores, mail order pharmacies, hospitals, and pharmacies located within grocery stores.

Professional Skills Institute combines qualified instruction with the medical facilities, equipment and instruments you'd find on your first day of work. In addition, a 160-hour externship in an actual pharmacy will prepare you with the on-the-job skills you'll need to begin your career as a Pharmacy Technician.

Program Details

  • Program length: 48 weeks, (four 12 week quarters)
  • 81 Credit Hours: 1010 Clock Hours (850 hours lecture/lab and 160 hours of externship)
  • Graduates earn a Diploma

Certifications

Graduates of PSI's Pharmacy Technician program are qualified to take:

  • ExCPT - Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians through the National Health Career Association
  • PTCE - Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam through the National Pharmacy Technician Association

Accreditation

National Level
Professional Skills Institute is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

ABHES is recognized by the Secretary of Education as a national accrediting body determined to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered by the educational institutions and programs it accredits. It's approved and recognized scope includes degree and non-degree granting private, postsecondary institutions offering educational programs predominantly in allied health; and the programmatic accreditation of medical assistant, medical laboratory technician, and surgical technology programs. When you attend an ABHES-accredited institution, you are attending a school that has undergone a rigorous process that evaluates educational quality.

State Level
Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools
PSI has been granted state approval to confer the Associate of Applied Science Degrees and program Diplomas. http://scr.ohio.gov/

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Click here for Financial Aid information.

Curriculum Requirements

101-MMedical Law and Ethics
102-MMedical Terminology I
103-MKeyboarding
104-MOffice Communications
105-MMedical Office Procedures
108-MFundamentals of Psychology
116-MMedical Terminology II
152-MJob Readiness
154-MComputer Applications
156-MIntroduction of PhT
157-MPhT Clinical I
158-MPhT Clinical II
159-MPhT Externship
160-MPhT Pharmacology I
161-MPhT Pharmacology II
162-MPhT Pharmacology III

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Retention and Placement for Pharmacy Technician

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Student Resources

Academic Catalog
Student Handbook
Disability and Discrimination Grievance Procedure