Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

Certificate Description

The Pharmacy Technician Program prepares individuals to assist pharmacists in retail, hospital, compounding, and other pharmaceutical settings. Students will learn how to recognize the top 250 medications, calculate dosages, recognize dosage forms, type and fill prescriptions, bill third-party insurance, perform aseptic technique, and prepare IV medications.

The program requires the student to participate in a 180-hour clinical pharmacy externship at an approved pharmacy.

What do Pharmacy Technicians do?

Although requirements will change depending on the type of setting a pharmacy technician is working, many expectations are the same. On average, as a pharmacy technician, you will be required to:

  • Have the ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Actively look for ways to help people, and do so in a friendly manner.
  • Notice and understand customer’s reactions, and respond appropriately.
  • Use and understand verbal and written communications to interact with customers and colleagues.
  • Perform mathematical reasoning.
  • Adhere to all local, state and federal health and civil codes.
  • Ensure compliance with HIPAA privacy regulations.
  • Understand and perform cashier functions.
  • Perform computer entry of prescription information including but not limited to: patient search, prescriber search, drug selection, prescription interpretation & entry, insurance billing and basic problem resolution.
  • Remain upright on your feet for sustained periods of time (8-12 hours).
  • Move about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly to move from one work area to another.
  • Pick, pinch, type or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than whole hand or arm.
  • Lift up to 25 lbs. on a consistent basis.

 

This course prepares you for national certification and Utah State licensure.

To obtain a national certification, students must successfully pass a national exam, either the PTCE or the ExCPT.

Once certified, certificants must complete a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing education (CE) during each two (2) year recertification cycle. Any CE hours earned after January 1, 2015 must be in pharmacy technician-specific subject matter. For recertification candidates, one (1) hour of the twenty (20) hours must be in the subject of pharmacy law and one (1) hour must be in the subject of patient safety.

Students in 2018 had a 93% pass rate on the PTCE

To obtain Utah State Licensure students must:

  • Complete 2 finger-print cards
  • Complete an Affidavit of Education
  • Obtain a copy of current Certification of Pharmacy Technician (ExCPT) or National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCB)
  • Complete a pharmacy technician application and submit to the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL).

The Pharmacy Technician Program is currently under ASHP/ACPE Advanced-Level Candidate Status

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Additional Requirements

Career Ready Assessment: Reading (Level 5), Locating Information (Level 5) and Math (Level 5). Prospective students must successfully complete the basic academic assessment and provide a copy of the Assessment Center letter and score sheet with his/her completed application. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (435) 750-3188.

Students must be at least 18 years old.

Students must be current on all vaccinations. Immunization Requirements

Additional Costs

The following items are external costs incurred during the program and are subject to change without notice.

Students must successfully pass a national exam, either the PTCE ($129) or the ExCPT ($117) at the completion of the coursework.

Students must pass a random drug test ($42).

Students must obtain a background check ($15).

Students must obtain a Pharmacy Technician Training License through the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing ($50).

Illicit drug use, criminal background checks, and immunization status may prevent future employment as a pharmacy technician. Externship sites, employers, and the Utah State Board of Pharmacy have regulations about drug use, criminal backgrounds, and immunizations. Unable to comply with these regulations may prevent your completion of the Pharmacy Technician Program.

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Step 1 - Let's Get Started - Admissions

This starts once a year in September
Bridgerland Technical College is open year round. Most programs are open-entry, open-exit, which means you can start the program at the first of every month as long as there is space available. Please contact SSA's for questions about this program, or check start dates.

The first step is to fill out the application for Bridgerland Technical College

Logan Campus Application

Step 2 - Assessment

Pre - Enrollment: Career Ready Assessment: Reading (Level 5), Locating Information (Level 5) and Math (Level 5). Prospective students must successfully complete the basic academic assessment and provide a copy of the Assessment Center letter and score sheet with his/her completed application. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (435) 750-3188 or click the link below.

Schedule an Assessment

Step 3 - Enrollment and Registration

Once the Assessment has been approved, the next step is to meet with a Student Services Representative to complete your enrollment. You will declare your starting date, enrolled hours, and set up your payment schedule. No appointment is necessary. If you have any questions, Student Services can be reached at 435-753-6780 or studentservices@btech.edu.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

$1,644 not including external fees such as background check, training license, etc.
Course fees may vary.

Pell Eligible: Yes

Estimated Monthly Payment:

$164, which covers tuition and fees. Books and supplies are additional.

Campus Locations

Logan Campus - Main (Room 551A)

Quick Facts

Certificate Duration
630 Hours - 12 Months
Hours per Week
15
Certificate Availability
High School Students:
Not available

Adult Students:
Mon - Wed, 5-9 pm and Thurs, 3-6 pm or 6:30-9:30 pm
This starts once a year in September

Outcome Data

Reported Annually to the Accrediting Agency Council on Occupational Education


Completion: 63%
Job Placement: 100%
Licensure: 100%
Withdrawal: 38%

Outcome statistics are compiled annually based upon Training Outcome surveys conducted with students post-graduation. Data is gathered through coordination with the student, faculty, Student Services Office personnel, and licensing agencies.

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Hours of Operation

Logan Campus - Main

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

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Telephone: 435-734-0614

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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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1301 North 600 West
Logan, UT 84321

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