Pharmacy Technician www.clcillinois.edu/programs/pharmtech.asp www.clcillinois.edu/health Typical Job Program Overview (Non-Credit) Biological & Health Sciences Division Room C140, (847) 543-2042 Program Entrance Requirements PHARMACY TECHNICIAN (Certificate) The Professional Pharmacy Technician non-credit Program, offered in connection with MRxI, is a 75hour course designed to teach students how to be pharmacy technicians. The program is geared toward a variety of students including: • Those interested in becoming certified pharmacy technicians • Pre-pharmacy students • Students with healthcare backgrounds looking to strengthen their current skills The content of the program covers • Various pharmacy practice settings • Drug classes and interactions • Basic physiology • Requirements and blue-print topics for technician certification exams • Daily pharmacy operations This program trains individuals to effectively assist in pharmaceutical preparations and complete daily required tasks in any pharmacy environment, although on-the-job training is still a part of pharmacy technician training. Because of inherent requirements of the profession, the following minimum abilities, i.e. essential functions, are expected of the student: • Psychomotor skills (eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity) sufficient for safe and successful practice of pharmacy duties. • Visual acuity (normal or corrected vision) sufficient for safe and successful practice of pharmacy duties. • Adequate English verbal and written communication skills to safely and successfully interact with peers, supervisors and other members of the health care team. • It is highly recommended that students have pre-algebra level math skills prior to enrolling in the program. • Be aware that drug testing and a criminal background check may be required for licensure or employment. Pharmacy Technician Level 1 Pharmacy Technician level 2 Pharmacy Associate Pharmacy Technician Manager Salary Range * $18,900 - $35,900 Job Outlook * National Certification Exams How to Register The Professional Pharmacy Technician Program prepares students to take a national certification exam. In the state of Illinois the 2008 pharmacy practice act requires the successful completion of a nationally accredited pharmacy technician certification exam. The exams include the ExCPT exam at www.nationaltechexam.org offered by the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians and PTCB exam at www.ptcb.org offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. The Professional Pharmacy Technician Training Program includes an online practice exam in the tuition, as well as books. Job opportunities are expected to be excellent because the number of job openings is expected to continue to exceed the number of job seekers. The aging population and demand for medications continues to increase the need for trained and certified pharmacy technicians. Employers • • • • • • • • Visit www.clcillinois.edu/credit/register/ for steps on how to register. Cost for Spring 2009: $1,075 (Includes books) Retail pharmacies Community pharmacies Specialty pharmacies Mail-order pharmacies Insurance companies Hospitals Infusion centers Pharmaceutical companies • Legal firms • State board inspectors Attend an Info Session Want to learn more? Visit www.mrxicorp.com or attend an information session. Dates, times and locations are listed at www.clcillinois.edu/info/health. * Career information is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the Chicagoland area. Pharmacy Technician About Pharmacy Technicians www.clcillinois.edu/health Contact Info 19351 W. Washington Street Grayslake, IL 60030 Speech Skills Math Skills Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in various practice settings by entering patient information and data, dispensing commercially available medications or compounding specialty orders, preparing intravenous medications and creating a safe and professional environment for patients. An ability to speak and read English fluently is vital for success in any pharmacy environment. Pharmacy technicians are required to dispense and compound medications in addition to translating and inputting prescriptions. Math competency in fractions, decimals, percentages, conversions and arithmetic is essential in avoiding life-threatening errors in the pharmacy. An online pharmacy calculations course is available for an additional fee should students require assistance. Division Office Phone: (847) 543-2042 Student Experience Students of the Professional Pharmacy Technician Program at MRxI have said: Program Goals and Objectives Provide the community with well-trained and certified pharmacy technicians by: • Maintaining a curriculum that meets or exceeds the state, federal and national certification requirements for pharmacy technicians. • Providing a well-rounded curriculum by continually recognizing the current needs of the community employers in the design of the curriculum. • Offering educational activities by using all possible educational resources and expertise. • Keeping instruction up-to-date in pharmacy by utilizing the expertise of MRxI Corporation, an education consulting firm that specializes in pharmacy technician education. Critical Thinking and Psychomotor Skills Pharmacy technicians need to perform dispensing techniques and procedures such as compounding, calculating, counting and transporting medications efficiently and accurately with minimal supervision. “I felt what I learned here will actually benefit me in life.” “Very comprehensive. It covered all aspects of the books and manuals.” “Small size, informal atmosphere, and well-organized lecture material.” “Dynamic and diligent professors.” “Very informative and detailed.” “Excellent class to find out if pharmacy is the thing for you.” “Loved and enjoyed the whole course. Thank you.” “Worth the time, effort and tuition!” Knowledge of Basic Pharmacology and Disease States Students will learn the basic pharmacology of how drugs work in the human body. In addition students will appreciate the clinical effectiveness of medication on various disease states such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Developing Skills Successful completion of the program requires developing the following competencies: Awareness of Potential Hazards and Safety Concerns Communication Skills Pharmacy technicians must interact independently with peers, instructors, supervisors, patients, other members of the health care system and the community. Pharmacy technicians must maintain a clean, safe and organized work area, and adhere to all safety guidelines in the dispensing, calculating, preparing and disposal of medications including chemotherapy and biohazard materials. Professional Attitude and Demeanor Pharmacy technicians should develop confidence in the ability to perform the duties of a pharmacy technician while maintaining patient confidentiality and professional demeanor with patients. For information about other health careers, please visit www.clcillinois.edu/health May 2009
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