Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Certificate Description

Learn about this fast-paced, interesting, career with excellent income potential!

Pharmacy Technicians work directly under licensed pharmacists and perform various pharmacy-related functions.

    What do Pharmacy Technicians do?

  • Assist pharmacists in the preparation and dispensing of medications
  • With pharmacist approval, consult with customers regarding over-the-counter medications and natural products
  • Maintain patient health record information
  • Perform a wide range of practice-related duties

 

    Topics covered in the course:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Pharmacy law and ethics
  • Drug dosages and calculations
  • Specific diseases and the medications used to treat them
  • Drug distribution systems
  • Packaging, inventory, drug delivery, bulk compounding
  • Aseptic techniques

This course prepares you for both state and national certification.

This specialization is delivered face-to-face and may contain online components.

Downloads: Pharmacy Technician Brochure

Pharmacy Technician Class Schedule

Certificate Courses

Certificate Requirements

A national certification exam and state licensure is required for employment post certificate completion.

Students must be at least 18 years old. Students must have good math and high school-level science skills.

Assessment: Basic reading, basic math (fractions, percents, ratios, and proportions), keyboarding (25 nwpm), spelling, and language mechanics/language expression. Call (435) 750-3188 to schedule an appointment. Need a review? Get a sneak peek at the Assessment Center or enroll directly into the Academic Learning Center by calling (435) 753-6780.

All individuals working in a pharmacy as part of their pharmacy technician training must have a pharmacy technician trainee license. Training license application includes a background check and a $50.00 non-refundable fee made payable to the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL).

Students must be current on all vaccinations and pass a random drug test prior to externship.

Employment Outlook

Pharmacy Technicians typically work in retail, hospital, clinic, and specialty pharmacies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 20 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors will lead to increased demand for prescription medications.

The population is aging, and older people typically use more prescription medicines than younger people. Higher rates of chronic diseases such as diabetes among all age groups also will lead to increased demand for prescription medications. Advances in pharmaceutical research will allow for more prescription medications to be used to fight diseases.

The number of individuals who have health insurance will increase due to federal health insurance reform legislation. As more people have access to insurance coverage, more pharmacy technicians will be needed to handle their prescriptions.

In addition, pharmacy technicians may be needed to take on a greater role in pharmacy operations because pharmacists are increasingly performing more patient care activities such as giving flu shots. Technicians will need to perform tasks such as collecting patient information, preparing more types of medications, and verifying the work of other technicians, tasks formerly done by pharmacists will lead to increased demand for prescription medications.

When Can I Start?

This certificate starts once a year in August.

Is There Financial Aid?

Yes, financial aid is available. Bridgerland Technical College participates in a variety of assistance programs that aid students in covering the costs associated with enrollment in full-time certificate programs. The Financial Aid Office provides information for grants, scholarships, and VA education benefits. Bridgerland Technical College does not participate in or endorse any loan program. The Financial Aid Office is located at the Main Campus, 1301 North 600 West. Stop by anytime or call (435) 750-3279, (435) 750-3114, or (435) 750-3204 for more information.

How much does it cost? Can I make payments? Are all tuition and fees due up front?

Most certificates take about one year to complete. Each individual certificate page has tuition and fee amounts listed. Students can be setup on a payment plan and make payments each month (due on the 1st).

Estimated Tuition & Fees

$1,662 not including external fees such as background check, training license, etc. Course fees may vary.

Pell Eligible: Yes

Estimated Monthly Payment:

$161, which covers tuition and fees only

Campus Locations

Logan Campus - Main

Quick Facts

Certificate Duration
11 months (including externship)
Hours per Week
15
Certificate Availability
High School Students: Not available Adult Students: Mon, Tues, Wed: 5-9, Lab: Thurs - 3-6 or 6:30-9:30 pm.

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Hours of Operation

Logan Campus 

Student Services
Monday: 8 am - 4:30 pm (We will be open at 7:30 am on the first day of registration)

Tuesday: 8 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 8 am - 6 pm
Thursday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Friday: 8 am - 4 pm
Sat/Sun: Closed

Brigham Campus 

In-Person Hours Brigham City Campus
Monday: 7:30 am - 4 pm
Tuesday: 7:30 am - 4 pm
Wednesday: 7:30 am - 4 pm
Thursday: 7:30 am - 4 pm
Friday: 7:30 am - 3 pm
Sat/Sun: Closed

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Main Office
1301 North 600 West
Logan, UT 84321

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