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PHARMACY TECHNICIAN

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

The Pharmacy Technician program is a 160 hour program. Both daytime and evening programs are available. The program combines classroom lecture with practical hands-on medical laboratory and real-world externship experience gathered in a pharmacy.

WHAT DOES A PHARMACY TECHNICIAN DO?

A Pharmacy Technicians primary job is to receive and fill prescription requests for patients.

The preparation of a prescription requires several tasks. The tasks carried out by pharmacy technicians include: retrieving prescription orders, counting, pouring, measuring and weighting tablets and medications, mixing medication/compounding, preparing insurance claim forms, and clinical duties. After the prescription is filled, a licensed pharmacist (RPH) checks the completed prescription prior to dispensing the medication to the patient.

Classroom instruction: 120 hours
Clinical instruction: 40 hours

WHERE DO PHARMACY TECHNICIANS WORK?

Pharmacy Technicians work in clean, organized environments in such locations as hospitals, medical stores, retail or mail-order pharmacies, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

 

  • Age 18 (by completion of training) or older
  • Admission/Application Fee $2500 (Minimum down payment is $1500)
  • Authorized to work in the U.S. (Alien ID-If applicable)
  • Valid Identification (passport, driver’s license or state/federal issued ID)
  • Social Security Card
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • Ability to pass criminal background check (provided by school) Students should have no felony convictions of any kind and must not have any drug-related or Pharmacy related convictions, including misdemeanors
  • Valid CPR (school provides service for an additional fee)
  • Drug Test 

 

 

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

  • Immunization Record
  • TB Test, School will administer the skin test for a fee. (PPD skin test or a negative chest X-ray no older than a year is required)
  • Hepatitis B immunization (if declined, it must be waived in writing, form is available in our school administration office) 


Pharmacy Technician Day Program - Class Schedule

Class: 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday for 5 weeks
Clinical: TBA (8 hours/day Monday - Friday for 1 week)

                   Roanoke and Charlottesville

Start Date

End Date

November 26, 2018

January 4, 2019

January 14, 2019

February 22, 2019

February 18, 2019

March 29, 2019

March 25, 2019

May 3, 2019

April 29, 2019

June 7, 2019

June 3, 2019

July 12, 2019

July 8, 2019

August 16, 2019

August 12, 2019

September 20, 2019

September 16, 2019

October 25, 2019

October 21, 2019

November 29, 2019

November 25, 2019

January 3, 2019

   December 30, 2019    February 7, 2020
  February 3, 2020    March 13, 2020

Pharmacy Technician Evening Program - Class Schedule

Class: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday for 6 weeks
Clinical: Must be available 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 8:30a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

*Special holiday schedule, please contact the school for more information*

Start Date

End Date

January 21, 2019

  March 8, 2019

February 25, 2019

April 12, 2019

March 4, 2019

April 18, 2019

April 1, 2019

May 18, 2019

April 29, 2019

June 14, 2019

May 27, 2019

July 13, 2019

June 24, 2019

August 10, 2019

July 22, 2019

September 6, 2019

August 19, 2019 

October 5, 2019

September 16, 2019

November 1, 2019

  October 14, 2019   November 29, 2019
  November 11, 2019   December 27, 2019
  December 9, 2019   January 23, 2020

 

EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

People who are interested in becoming a Pharmacy Technician are required to take CPR for Medical Professionals and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training prior to starting their clinical rotation. CPR/AED Training is offered by Fast Track for an additional fee. This fee is not included in tuition.

 

JOB OUTLOOK

Employment is expected to increase much faster than the average for all occupations.

 

NATIONAL CERTIFICATION

A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) exam