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Busy pharmacists count on pharmacy technicians to keep their departments running. At hospitals, retail pharmacies and care facilities, pharmacy technicians track prescriptions, manage inventory, and help fill orders. They are communicators, working together with clinical teams, or directly with retail customers, ensuring the safe delivery of medications. With growth in the healthcare industry, it’s an in-demand role. If you would like to be a pharmacy technician, now is the time to train.

At Vista College, we provide all the tools to get you Day 1 Ready for these jobs in under a year*. We’ve designed our accredited Pharmacy Technician training program based on the specialized skills employers demand. Instructors with years of experience teach hands-on courses covering pharmacology, procurement, billing, patient assistance and more. You’ll graduate prepared for your certification exams: the State Board of Pharmacy Licensure as a Pharmacy Technician and the National Pharmacy Technical Board Examination as a Certified Pharmacy Technician. With a pharmacy technician license, you can pursue jobs in a variety of settings, including:

  • Retail Pharmacies
  • Hospitals
  • Care Facilities
  • Mail-Order Pharmacies
  • Infusion care and compounding pharmacies

*Based on successful, full-time enrollment

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Course Length: 1 Year *
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Course is offered in new Blended learning format, which combines flexible online classes with hands-on lab work learning format.

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* Based on successful, full time enrollment

Vista College’s Pharmacy Technician (Hybrid) program uses a blended learning model that combines the best of both worlds: the convenience of online courses with all the advantages of hands-on, on-campus labs to provide a unique educational experience. Blended learning — sometimes also referred to as hybrid learning — builds on the strengths of multiple education models with the aim of providing an optimal combination of both traditional and digital, in a format that allows you both flexibility and independence.
Blended Learning Model
Our blended learning model utilizes a combination of faculty-led online classes, at-home learning activities, and in-person lab training overseen by experienced instructors. Each course in the program is 90 hours and taught over a 5-week period. We cap off our Pharmacy Technician program with an externship that gives you practical experience in a real work setting. To learn more about how Vista College’s blended learning model works, read the Frequently Asked Questions.

Ground Campus Learning Models

Traditional Blended
(On-Campus and Online)
Online Plus
Location/ Content Delivery Method Traditional face-to-face on-campus theory and lab instruction. Combination of on-campus and online. Online courses that may be accessed from anywhere.
Meeting Times Classes take place on scheduled days and times. Portions of the course are live real-time virtual instruction with other students at specific days/times. Other portions are independent activities that may be completed at any time each week. Most laboratory portions of the course must be completed at the campus. Portions of the course are live real-time remote instruction with other students at specific days/times. Other portions are independent activities that may be completed at any time each week. Most laboratory segments are completed online.
Labs On-campus labs allow for hands-on learning with experienced instructors and your peers. On-campus labs allow for hands-on learning with experienced instructors and your peers. Most practice labs are completed online, enabling real-world experience.
Externship
(Healthcare programs only)
Students are required to complete an externship in an applicable healthcare workplace environment.
Canvas Learning Management System The Canvas LMS provides students 24/7 access to all course materials and information. Students will access assignments as well as submit work through Canvas. Students will also be able to view course schedules, access grades, and have student-to-student or student-to-teacher conversations.

Blended Learning FAQs

What kind of program structure can I expect from a blended learning model?
All of our blended learning courses are 90 hours, taught over five weeks. Each one consists of
What is the online course structure?
Vista uses the online learning management system Canvas, which is where you’ll access all your blended learning course content and links to any other information or software you need. You’ll utilize McGraw Hill’s Connect software to complete activities and assignments. For online, real-time lectures, we utilize Zoom, which allows you to see your instructors, view any shared visuals and classroom materials, and break into small groups to interact with others for group projects and discussions.
Will I need to attend at specific times in a blended learning program?
Yes, some components of both our online and on-campus hybrid courses have some set times you’ll need to attend. These include:
Components Distance Education – Blended Schedule
Theory 4 hours per week - 2 hours twice weekly Synchronous/Scheduled in Zoom
Lab 9 hours per week - 4.5 hours twice weekly Synchronous/Scheduled
Independent Student Learning Activities 5 hours per week - Work time determined by the student outside of class time, Monday – Friday at 4:00 p.m. (CT) Asynchronous/Unscheduled
Total Weekly Attendance 18 hours
Attendance is expected and recorded for each hour.
How will I interact with my instructors
The great thing about Zoom is it implements a lot of the features of a classroom. Multiple users are able to interact at the same time, you’ll be able to ask questions and participate in discussions, and there’s also a chat feature where you can interact with your blended learning course instructors and classmates. Your instructor may even use a feature that allows for small breakout groups of students.
What kind of equipment will I need for the blended learning program?
Mostly, you’ll need Internet access in order to connect to the online components of your hybrid courses. We provide new students with a Chromebook so you’ll be assured of having a working laptop with a microphone and a webcam. This will allow you to access the Canvas Learning Management System, Zoom, and any other course materials. We make it a priority to provide you with all software and ebooks required for the program.
Will I be able to get tutoring if I need it?
Absolutely. Vista’s blended learning model still gives you access to our valuable support services. You’ll be able to connect with your instructors for online tutoring, either as an individual or in small groups, through Zoom or telephone.

Our career training program goes beyond basic instruction

The externship program gives you valuable work experience in a pharmacy technician job setting. Vista College personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep. We even help you prepare for your pharmacy technician certification exam.

If you are ready for the challenge, contact us today for career readiness training that very few programs can match.

Course Title Credits
Introduction to Pharmacy Practice 9
Pharmacy Calculations * 9
Pharmacy Billing & Inventory Management * 7
Pharmacy Simulation: Dispensing Pharmacy * 6
Pharmacy Compliance & Medication Safety * 9
Pharmacy Simulation: Sterile Compounding & Long-Term Care * 6
Pharmacy Review & Experience: Dispensing Pharmacy * 7
Pharmacy Review & Experience: Sterile Compounding & Long-term Care * 7

Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

PHT100

This course is an introduction to the role of a pharmacy technician. Students will receive foundational training in all aspects of pharmacy services on how to assist the pharmacist in contemporary pharmacy settings. Topics include: the pharmacy profession, pharmacy laws & ethics, pharmacy information & data management, medical terminology, pharmacy calculations, the prescription order, routes & formulations, sterile and non-sterile compounding, aseptic techniques, biopharmaceutics, drug activity, inventory management, pharmacy settings, and pharmacology.

9 credits
90 theory hours

Pharmacy Calculations

PHT101

This course prepares students to interpret prescription orders and to perform mathematical calculations essential to the duties of a pharmacy technician in a variety of contemporary pharmacy settings. Topics include: basic arithmetic, ratios and percentages, pharmacy dosage conversions, institutional pharmacy practice calculations, and community pharmacy practice calculations.

9 credits
90 theory hours

Pharmacy Billing & Inventory Management

PHT102

This course instructs students on the methods and language of pharmacy reimbursement and inventory management. Students will explore procurement of pharmaceuticals, devices & supplies; accepted procedures in inventory control; accepted procedures in pharmacy billing; private and government payers and plans; and reimbursement procedures for covering pharmacy services. Students will experience a didactic and virtual approach to understanding inventory management, and will learn how accepted procedures of inventory management affect pharmacy profitability.

7 credits
60 theory hours
30 lab hours

Pharmacy Simulation: Dispensing Pharmacy

PHT103

Students will be instructed in dispensing pharmacy services, commonly known as, retail and hospital pharmacy operations. Students will receive a simulated approach to assisting the pharmacist to process and handle non-sterile medication orders. This simulation will provide students with the skills to utilize up-to-date technology to review completeness and accuracy of non-sterile medication orders, prepare non-patient and patient-specific medication orders, manage infection control procedures, utilize emerging therapies, monitor preventative care & medication therapy management, and perform proper documentation, use, storage, and safety of medications and supplies. Students will be eligible to sit for State Board of Pharmacy Licensure & Basic Life Support (BLS) certification.

6 credits
30 theory hours
60 lab hours

Pharmacy Compliance & Medication Safety

PHT104

This course instructs students on pharmacy compliance and medication safety and its role in contemporary pharmacy practice settings. Students will explore how to apply patient and medication safety best practices, and will understand the role of the pharmacist and the pharmacy technician in regulatory compliance, quality assurance, communication channels and patient confidentiality.

9 credits
90 theory hours

Pharmacy Simulation: Sterile Compounding & Long-Term Care

PHT105

Students will be instructed in Sterile Compounding & Long Term Care pharmacy operations. Students will receive a simulated approach to assisting the pharmacist to process and handle sterile compounds and long-term care medication orders. This simulation will provide students with the skills to utilize up-to-date technology to review completeness and accuracy of sterile compound and long-term care medication orders, prepare non-patient and patient-specific sterile compound orders, manage infection control procedures, utilize emerging therapies & preventative care, and perform proper documentation, use, storage, and safety of sterile products, compound products, and chemotherapy/hazardous products and supplies.

6 credits
30 theory hours
60 lab hours

Pharmacy Review & Experience: Dispensing Pharmacy

PHT200

Students learn hands-on experience in dispensing pharmacy duties. Students are required to complete 160 hours of supervised training in (1) dispensing pharmacy setting. This course gives students the opportunity to obtain unpaid work experience and become familiar with the aspects and duties of a dispensing pharmacy technician. Students will also review programmatic content in preparation for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), and will receive the opportunity to certify with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) by completion of the program.

7 credits
20 theory hours
160 externship hours

Pharmacy Review & Experience: Sterile Compounding & Long-term Care

PHT201

Students learn hands-on experience in sterile compounding & long-term care pharmacy duties. Students are required to complete 160 hours of supervised training in (1) sterile compounding or long-term care pharmacy setting. This course gives students the opportunity to obtain unpaid work experience and become familiar with the aspects and duties of a sterile compounding and long-term care pharmacy technician. Students will also review programmatic content in preparation for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), and will receive the opportunity to certify with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) by completion of the program.

7 credits
20 theory hours
160 externship hours

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