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Pharmacy Technician

Next Start Date:
December 2, 2019

Diploma
8-month program

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Certification Prep Included

We’ll help you prepare to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam (PTCB) as well as the Exam for Certification Pharmacy Technician (ExCPT).

2018 annual national salary for jobs in this occupation*

$32,700

Median Salary

Lowest 10%: $22,740 or less

2018-28 projected growth*

31,500

New Jobs

+7%

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (visited 9/10/2019).

Program Highlights

As a pharmacy technician, you could play an essential role in improving the quality of people's lives. Partner with pharmacists to process and fill prescriptions, manage pharmaceutical inventory accurately, and process insurance claims.

This program is built to the guidelines of the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). It’s designed to prepare you to play a major role in pharmacy operations. You’ll gain knowledge in pharmacy calculations, drug distribution systems, and preparation of sterile dosage forms.

You’ll receive preparation to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Click here to see specific PTCB Guidelines

For additional, state-specific information, please see the “Important Consumer and Disclosures” section at the bottom of this page.

  • 8-month diploma program
  • 3 times/per week on campus + online coursework
  • 48 credits
  • 280 classroom hours + 280 lab hours
  • 200 externship hours

You’ll get the feel of what it’s like to work in a pharmacy as you practice hands-on training for a career as a pharmacy technician. Train with modern tools and technology that mimics working in hospital and retail pharmacies.

Lab equipment includes professional tools such as:

  • Incubation and sterilization equipment
  • Medication compounding instruments
  • Retail pharmacy counter and equipment
  • PioneerRX pharmacy computer software
  • Professional ventilation systems

The thought of paying for school can feel overwhelming. Institutional grants and scholarships can be a great way to reduce your student loan debt and relieve some of the financial burden. You can see if you qualify through financial aid counseling at no additional cost including:

  • Answers to your federal student loan questions
  • Information on your loan servicer
  • Clear explanations of all your federal student loan repayment options
  • Information on how to reduce or postpone your monthly payment
  • Information on scholarships and grants

The Zenith Student Grant is a multimillion-dollar institutional grant program awarded to students of Altierus schools — owned by Zenith Education Group — who demonstrate financial need.

This and other financial aid is available for those who qualify. Give us a call to see what your financial aid options are and we can help you get started (888) 223-8556.

Get a 360-Degree Look

Step into our ‘classroom’ and have a look around. This 360-degree video allows you to see what it’s like to train in a modern lab set up like working retail and hospital pharmacies. Use the arrows inside the video to explore the room while you watch.

Flexible Blended Learning to Help Balance Life and School

This program features a blend of online and on-campus learning. This is to help make going to school work with your busy schedule. Typically, you will spend 3 days on campus, where you can practice hands-on skills and ask your instructor questions. Complete the rest of your coursework online at home, at your own pace, and on your own time.

All-Inclusive Tuition for Pharmacy Technician Students

As a pharmacy technician student, you’ll receive an iPad to help you with your online coursework, which is yours to keep after graduating. All-inclusive tuition also covers your books, Altierus branded backpack, coursework and school scrubs, as well as test preparation and fees for your Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam (PTCB) as well as the Exam for Certification Pharmacy Technician (ExCPT).

What You'll Learn

  • Analyze, process and prepare prescriptions
  • Manage pharmaceutical inventory accurately
  • Apply problem-solving techniques and critical thinking skills
  • Employ effective communication skills to provide patient care
  • Understand professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues related to pharmacy

Sample Courses

  • History and Ethics of Pharmacy
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy Law and Administration for Pharmacy Technicians
  • Pharmacy Operations in the Retail and Hospital Settings
  • Medical Calculations and Non-Sterile Compounding
  • Medical Calculations and Sterile Compounding

Included in this module is an overview and historical development of pharmacy. Subjects covered include a history and changing roles of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

This module is designed to provide you with an overall understanding of anatomy and physiology as it relates to disease medication and treatment for common diseases.

This module is designed to educate you on medication safety, billing of medications, national organizations, and pharmacy laws, regulations, and standards.

This module is designed to provide you with an overall understanding of the administrative aspects and hands-on applications involved in working in a pharmacy.

This module is designed to provide you with an overall understanding of medical calculations and non-sterile compounding.

This module is designed to provide you with an overall understanding of medical calculations and sterile compounding.

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Important Consumer Information and Disclosures


FL - Tampa

For information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete this program and more, please view the Tampa Program Disclosures.

GA - Norcross

For information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete this program and more, please view the Norcross Program Disclosures.

TX - Houston Bissonnet

For information on graduation rates, the median debt of students who complete this program and more, please view the Houston Bissonnet Program Disclosures.

Click here for information on the Texas State Board of Pharmacy guidelines

The national passing rate for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) is 58%. The exam has been administered to 12 graduates with a 25% passing rate as of June 2019