Pharmacy Technician Diploma
The diploma is ideal for students desiring to work in an institutional or hospital setting and adds the coursework to support that, such as institutional pharmacy operations and sterile compounding. Our sterile compounding course is recognized by PTCB as qualifying students to sit for the Compounded Sterile Products Technician exam after one year of sterile compounding work experience.
Why Sullivan Pharmacy Technician Program
- The Community Pharmacy certificate can be completed in as little as nine months.
- Our faculty is made of Pharmacists and Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT). Pharmacists and Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT) comprise our faculty. They also have experience in a vast majority of pharmacy settings, including institutional and community.
- Students have the opportunity to practice hands-on skills in both community and institutional simulation pharmacies.
- Students that utilize our on-line training will be given simulation materials, enabling tangible training that can be done remotely.
- Externships provide students real-life experience working in the pharmacy field. Students will complete a minimum of 200 hours of experience during their externship.
- Students have the opportunity to complete these externships in their community through our vast network of pharmacy affiliations that are coordinated through the Office of Experiential Education.
National Certification Exam
- Students take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) at the end of their externship.
- Students participate in extensive review sessions—including multiple practice exams—before taking the PTCE to ensure they are fully prepared.
- Hands-on learning defines Sullivan's Pharmacy Technician Program. You'll spend less time in lecture and more time learning how to fill prescriptions, compound medications and research drug information in our on-site training facilities. You'll learn to master these skills in our fully equipped community and institutional simulation pharmacies and our compounding laboratory.
- Part of your training is completion of an externship, where you work to gain pharmacy experience alongside of pharmacists and technicians. We have contracts with a large variety of community and institutional pharmacies so we can find the right fit for you while you are learning in the field.
- Our program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and is regionally approved through multiple state boards of pharmacy including Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.
What qualities should a pharmacy technician have?
You should be motivated, have strong communication skills, be able to work in a fast-paced environment, possess strong ethics, have the desire to help others and be able to comply with the professional standards of the pharmacy profession.
What specific skills and knowledge are taught in the Pharmacy Technician Program?
- You will learn to adapt to changes in the pharmacy and still maintain complete accuracy in all items that you produce.
- You will collaborate with other students to achieve goals in the pharmacy.
- You will master interpreting, filling and dispensing prescriptions.
- You will provide excellent customer service to patients and other healthcare providers.
- You will learn to excel at both time and stress management.
- You will demonstrate skills in monitoring selected procedures such as blood glucose testing, blood pressure monitoring and immunizations.
- Information about all types of pharmacy settings.
- Pharmacy calculations.
- How drugs work in the body.
- Federal, state and other organizations' laws and regulations.
- Community pharmacy operations and process for filling prescriptions
- Institutional pharmacy operations and process for filling medication orders.
- Sterile and non-sterile compounding.
- Medication safety.
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