The Georgia Labor Market Explorer predicts a 36 percent increase in demand for Pharmacy Technicians during the years 2006 through 2016. While Pharmacy Technicians don’t need licensing or special certifications to work in the field, the Georgia Board of Pharmacy recognizes certification administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) through a nationally certified pharmacy technician program. There are more than 50 schools across Georgia offering pharmacy technician education programs. Two-year community colleges account for 21 percent of the programs and private, vocational colleges, and medical training schools make up the rest. Some Georgia Pharmacy Technicians opt for voluntary certification to increase their earnings and job opportunities. In order to obtain certification from the PTCB, students must pass a computer-based examination administered by Pearson Vue.
Palmetto School of Career Development’s 12-week Pharmacy Technician training provides students with 36 contact hours of classroom instruction. The course prepares students to enter the job market after gaining knowledge and skills in the areas of processing and recognizing drug orders, controlling pharmacy inventory, pharmacy calculations, pharmacology, the NDA process, sterile product compounding, pharmacokinetics, and laws that affect pharmacy. Tuition is $1,275 inclusive of registration. A flexible payment plan is available for all students.
- Website: https://palmettoschool.com/
- Address: 4425 South Cobb Dr., Ste. D, Smyrna, GA 30080
- Phone: (678) 905-7654
At Fortis, Pharmacy Tech students learn how to read, fill and distribute prescription drugs. They also learn how to calculate pharmaceuticals and about common drug interactions and their side effects. Graduates understand the legal responsibilities of record maintenance and handling different categories of drugs. Tuition is approximately $14,576 plus $1,436 for books and supplies.
- Website: https://www.fortis.edu/
- Address: 2108 Cobb Parkway, Smyrna, GA 30080
- Phone: (855) 436-7847
Medical Career Specialists
The accelerated Pharmacy Tech course at Medical Career Specialists may be completed in 5 days but also includes 3 weeks of access to online materials for advanced self-study. The course curriculum prepares students to dispense prescription drugs, use medical devices, and disburse information on the proper usage of certain drugs. Students also learn the basics of administrative duties, such as reviewing prescriptions requests and following up with payments from insurance companies. At the end of the training and online self-student, students can take the PTCE and apply for an entry-level position at a hospital or community pharmacy. Tuition is $2,399 inclusive of lab fee, materials and textbooks.
- Website: https://medicalcareerspecialists.com/
- Address: 400 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1500, Atlanta, GA 30339
- Phone: (800) 595-6276