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This program prepares students to work in retail, closed-door, compounding, and institutional pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist. Students are trained to provide counter assistance, to keep patient and related health record information, and to bill insurance companies. Students learn how to fill prescriptions which includes creating the label for the bottle, filling the prescription, making capsules using non-sterile compounding procedures, and making IV’s using aseptic techniques. Students also learn how to perform a wide range of other practice-related duties. At the conclusion of the course, students are qualified to take the national pharmacy technician exam through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) or National Healthcareer Association (ExCPT). Students can also become licensed through the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (must be 18 years of age).
Students must have good social skills, attendance, and citizenship. Excellent reading and memorization skills are required to be successful because students must learn the names and functions of drugs, dosages, abbreviations, etc. Students will be required to secure their externship site and to provide their own transportation to the pharmacy. Six hundred total hours of health-related education are required (80 lab, 340 didactic and 180 externship hours). All students will be required to pass a random drug test in order to remain in the program. A background check may be required by the students externship site.
In the simulation lab, students will use PioneerRx software to experience pharmacy management scenarios encountered in the day-to-day operation of a pharmacy. To learn more about PioneerRx, visit their website at https://www.pioneerrx.com.