Pharmacy Technician Program Curriculum
The Pharmacy Technician program was developed by professionals to make sure you learn practical skills for a real-world career. Our focus is to prepare you to graduate ready to enter a growing field.
A career in this field may require you to meet certain licensing, training, and other requirements that can vary by vocation and state. You should check with your state, local government and/or licensing board to find out which requirements may be applicable in your state. Click here for contact information on state licensing/regulatory boards and certain professional licensing information.
Students learn the fundamentals of pharmaceutical dispensing and are prepared to take the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) certification exam delivered by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA), and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Program topics include dosage forms, routes of administration, measurements and calculations, infection control, medication safety, prescription reading, and pharmacology. Students will complete a 160 hour externship in a retail pharmacy setting. A student of the Pharmacy Technician program must attain the age of 18 years prior to enrollment and have a High School diploma or its equivalent prior to graduation.
The Pharmacy Technician training and education program at Ashworth College has an ASHP/ACPE candidate status. Candidate status is neither a status of accreditation nor a guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
Program ObjectivesAfter completing the Pharmacy Technician program, students will be able to:
- Outline the typical responsibilities of a pharmacy technician and describe the personal and professional ethics required for success in this profession
- Describe the roles and responsibilities of the pharmacy technician and the pharmacist, explain the differences between these two roles, and outline the regulations imposed on both by state and federal law
- Demonstrate the standard techniques and procedures required of pharmacy technicians for pharmacy operations, including aseptic operations, medication transcriptions, metric/apothecary conversions, drug dispensation, record keeping, and patient profiling
- List and explain all major classifications of drugs and understand their indications, therapeutic effects, side effects, dosing recommendations, routes of administration, and mechanisms of action
- Interact with pharmacists, customers, and business associates, displaying professional skills, appearance, and ethics in a work-experience setting
Our Pharmacy Technician program provides training to help you achieve your goals. Call 1-800-957-5412 or enroll online today.
*Certification Exam Requirements: Certification exam prerequisites vary. Please check with NHA and PTCB for their requirements.