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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

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.

 

*Based on successful, full-time enrollment

Course # Course Title Credits
PHT100 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice 9
PHT101 Pharmacy Calculations * 9
PHT102 Pharmacy Billing & Inventory Management * 7
PHT103 Pharmacy Simulation: Dispensing Pharmacy * 6
PHT104 Pharmacy Compliance & Medication Safety * 9
PHT105 Pharmacy Simulation: Sterile Compounding & Long-Term Care * 6
PHT200 Pharmacy Review & Experience: Dispensing Pharmacy * 7
PHT201 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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