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Pharmacy Technician Certificate and Degree Program

Pharmacy Technician Career Training in as Little as 11 Months*

Looking for a rewarding career in the healthcare field? Asher College’s Pharmacy Technician program gets you trained and on your path to a rewarding career through hands-on training and support from dedicated instructors.

Our Pharmacy Technician program is tailored to those students who require a flexible schedule to meet their education goals. You’ll be able to take classes during the day, evening, and even on the weekends.

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Becoming a Pharmacy Technician 

As a Pharmacy Technician, you’ll be integral to the success of any pharmacy. You’ll be responsible for helping licensed pharmacists fill and dispense medications prescribed to patients by medical professionals.

You don’t need extensive previous technical experience to pursue a career as a Pharmacy Technician. Asher College teaches this program at all of their campuses. Training for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) is included in your program and we also help graduates apply for their state pharmacy technician licenses.

If you’re passionate and enjoy helping people in the medical field, training to become a pharmacy technician may be the right option for you.

Learn more about your future career in healthcare today and see just how far you can go with Asher College.

 

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Pharmacy Technician Program Details

The Pharmacy Technician Program prepares you with a comprehensive set of skills necessary to become employable as a Pharmacy Technician. Once you have the skills and your license, you may find work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Nursing Homes
  • Retail Pharmacies (Drugstore Chains, Grocery Stores)
  • Insurance Companies
  • Mail-Order and Web-Based Pharmacies
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Wholesalers
  • Government Agencies

Your job responsibilities will vary depending on the type of employment you secure. In most pharmacies, the Pharmacy Technician is the first point-of-contact for customers. You’ll establish and maintain patient record files, submit insurance claim forms, and manage prescription and over-the-counter medication inventories.

The Pharmacy Technician Program provides students with the career knowledge to:

  • Adhere to HIPAA, Federal and State regulations concerning confidentiality in the medical field
  • Fill prescriptions under the direct supervision of a pharmacist
  • Utilize software applications relevant to the pharmacy
  • Understand Brand and Generic Medications, as well as OTC-Over the Counter
  • Recognize the classifications of Drugs and scheduled drugs
  • Comprehend and perform Insurance procedures
  • Sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification exam (PTCE) proctored through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)

 

Certification & Associate Degree Options

This program has both certification and degree options. Students earning their associate degree will also take American Government, Business Communication, Business Math, Critical Thinking, Introduction to Business & Principles of Management. Asher accepts transfer credits. If you have taken any of these courses at another college, ask an Admissions Advisor to have your transcripts reviewed prior to enrollment. * Nevada Students are also required to take Nevada Constitution

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Career Opportunities

With your skillset from Asher College, you can pursue a variety of pharmaceutical careers, and may find yourself working as a/an:

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Pharmacy Clerk
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Medication Technician
  • Central Fill Technician
  • Insurance Representative

Partnerships

By partnering with PioneerRx Pharmacy Software, our program allows students to learn in a real-world environment using the most installed software for independent pharmacies. Students enhance their clinical and functional skills by training in a pharmacy system that is innovative, robust, and feature-rich.

The Pharmacy Technician program in Dallas, Las Vegas and Sacramento have been approved by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)/Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Here’s what you will learn in the Pharmacy Technician program:

MOE100 MS Essentials

Prerequisite(s): NA

Students will be able to perform essential functions in Word, Excel & Outlook. They will learn to navigate the software and create documents, workbooks, and emails while using Microsoft’s tools and short-cuts. Students identify features to open, navigate, edit and print documents in Word, format data in a spreadsheet and create formulas in Excel, and manage messages, tasks, and appointments in Outlook, resulting in the entry-level skills necessary to use these programs in the work environment.

TF100 Typing Fundamentals

Prerequisite(s): NA

Students will learn to type a minimum of 35 words per minute. They will learn keystroke fundamentals, keyboard by touch, and proper 10-key form.

HS202 Human Anatomy and Physiology

Prerequisite(s): HS201 Medical Terminology

Students will know the twelve main sections of the human anatomy including structure and function of cells, tissues, and organs. Students will understand physiological concepts and processes of the human body’s systems and the medical terminology necessary to perform proper diagnostic and procedure coding.

PHT100 Introduction to Pharmacy

Prerequisite(s): NA

Students will be able to create a foundation for pharmacy practice and an overview of the history of medicine and pharmacy, pharmacy technician duties, tasks and responsibilities, a discourse on effective communication, customer service, and patient care, a detailed explanation of legal requirements, pharmacy law and ethics matters, a review of medical terminology and abbreviations used in pharmacy practice, an overview of the various dosage formulations and routes of administration and a guide to referencing and drug information resources.

PHT111 Pharmacy Practice

Prerequisite(s): PHT100 Introduction to Pharmacy

Students will be able to understand contemporary pharmacy practice which includes community-based and health-system based pharmacy operations. It also explores the role of technology in the pharmacy and an overview of inventory management and insurance and third-party billing. It emphasizes a review of over-the-counter products and an introduction of non-sterile, or extemporaneous compounding, aseptic techniques and preparation of sterile products.

PHT202 Pharmacology

Prerequisite(s): PHT111 Pharmacy Practice

Students will be able to comprehend pharmacology, including anatomy and physiology. Content includes a review of anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology by body system, related to the skin, the eyes and ears, the gastrointestinal system, the musculoskeletal system, the respiratory system, the cardiovascular system, the immune system, the renal system, the endocrine system, the reproductive system, and the nervous system.

PHT211 Pharmacy Calculations

Prerequisite(s): PHT202 Pharmacology

Students will be able to properly perform pharmacy and dosage calculations. It includes a review of basic math skills necessary to perform advanced pharmacy calculations, an overview of the various systems of measurement applicable in pharmacy practice, dosage calculations, concentration and dilutions, alligations, parenteral preparations and introduction to business math.

PHT310 Pharmacy Laboratory Skills

Prerequisite(s): PHT211 Pharmacy Calculations

Students will be able to develop and practice pharmacy technician skills with hands-on opportunities in a simulated pharmacy environment. The course deals with the proper interpretation of the prescription and medication orders, pharmacy application software (Apothesoft-Rx Software), drug information, Rx and DEA schedule, storage requirements, drug alternatives, special patient information, compounding and proper dispensing of drugs and medicines, workplace safety and infection control, and strategies to prevent medication errors.

PHT311 Pharmacy Externship

Prerequisite(s): PHT310 Pharmacy Laboratory Skills

Students will be able to develop their pharmacy skills in a practical or working pharmacy field environment under professional supervision. It provides students with opportunities to apply professional skills learned in the classroom since they will directly interact with clients/patients and other health care professionals. A licensed or staff pharmacist or pharmacy manager evaluates the student’s performance at the site.

CS101 Career Success

Prerequisite(s): NA

Student will be able to maximize their potential by being mindful of how self-talk impacts their habits, attitude, beliefs and expectations. Students also learn strategies to eliminate procrastination and achieve goals. Each student will complete a DISC profile to better understand their preferred communication style, how it relates to their own personal and professional development and how their DiSC style relates to others.

CD201 Advanced Career Development

Prerequisite(s): Students must have completed 80% of their program.

Students will be able to search for a job within their field of study, conduct themselves professionally in a job interview and provide a resume tailored to each job position applied for. This course is designed for three particular points of views; those looking to change careers, those looking to advance their career and those who are entrepreneurs and want to start their own business. Career Services will put your career goals first, it is time you did as well.

Additional Courses Needed for Degree:

Critical Thinking or Introduction to Psychology
Business Communication
Business Math
Introduction to Business
Principles of Management or Leadership
American Government
Nevada Constitution (Nevada students only)

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9330 Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway
Dallas, TX 75243

Phone: (972) 600-2818

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Las Vegas

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6029 W. Charleston Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146

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Sacramento

Sacramento Campus
1215 Howe Ave Suite 101
Sacramento, CA 95825

Phone: (916) 900-2850

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Market-Driven Education

We have an advisory board that helps shape our curriculum. This allows us to alter the curriculum based on recommendations from employers who hire our graduates.

Classes Start Every 2-4 Weeks

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We’re a small college, which makes Asher feel like an extended family. Each instructor and faculty member will get to know you by name and help you along the way.

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Build Career Success Skills

Your time at Asher won’t just be devoted to learning the technical skills of your chosen profession — we also prepare you for the job search with interview tactics, communication skills, resume preparation, and cover letter writing.

An Asher College instructor will work with you one-on-one to develop these skills so that you’ll feel confident about pursuing your career once you graduate.

Financial Aid: Funding Your Career Training

We offer Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Veteran training benefits. Our Financial Aid administrators and School Certifying Officials will work with you to find the best financial solution to fit your needs. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. To learn more, visit our Financial Aid page.

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*Program length when completed in normal time.

Student who enroll in the Pharmacy Technician certification or degree program must be able pass both a background and drug test. Requirements vary by state and are discussed prior to enrollment. Please speak to an Admissions advisor if you have questions or concerns.