Pharmacy Tech Classes Atlanta, GA

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.

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Fortis

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. The curriculum covers 780 clock hours or 46 quarter credits/ Students will need to allocate an addition 975 hours for homework. Course modules include drug classification systems, pharmacology for pharmacy technicians, fundamentals of pharmacy, medical terminology, introduction to health professions, mathematics for pharmacy technicians, pharmacy practice and principles, admixtures and aseptic compounding, certification and preparation, and career development externship. Graduates will receive a Pharmacy Technician Diploma and will understand the legal responsibilities of record maintenance and handling different categories of drugs.

Admission criteria:

  • Must be a high school graduate or have the recognized equivalent
  • Must be 17 years of age or older
  • Must complete an applicant information form
  • Must interview with an admission representative
  • Take and pass the Wonderlic SLE with score of 11 or above
  • Pay the enrollment fee and complete tuition payment requirements
  • Must agree to and sign the Fortis College Enrollment Agreement
  • Submit to and pass a criminal background check administered by the school

The program cost of $16,606 includes tuition, enrollment fee, uniforms, licensure exam, background check, drug screen, and textbooks.

Medical Career Specialists

The accelerated Pharmacy Tech course at Medical Career Specialists prepares students for national certification. The training includes a self-study option to complete the required coursework. 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. Areas of study include accepting payments, collecting information to fill prescriptions, answering phone calls from customers, sorting and organizing tablets, compounding and mix medications, and packaging and labeling medications. At the end of the training and online self-study, students can take the PTCE and apply for an entry-level position at a hospital or community pharmacy. The duration of the program is 5 days (for preparation for national certification) to 5 weeks (maximum timeframe to complete all coursework). Classes begin every Saturday at 10:00 am.

Admission criteria:

  • Complete the Student Enrollment Application
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Make arrangements for payment
  • Must have access to a computer and internet connection

Tuition is $2,399 inclusive of lab fee, materials and textbooks.

Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology 

The pharmacy technician program at Cambridge College of Healthcare & Technology includes classroom instruction and clinical rotations at various healthcare facilities. The curriculum is designed to provide each student with special insights to ensure their success in the field. Course topics include math fundamentals, pharmacology, duties of a pharmacy technician, inventory provisions, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, introduction to health fundamentals, duties of a pharmacy technician, pharmacy skills lab, customer service, and computer applications for the pharmacy technician. Hands-on training on campus cover the basics of pharmacy practice as well as the equipment that students will use on the job. The clinical externships provide student with real-world knowledge through their activities at local pharmacies and healthcare facilities. Exam preparation modules prepare students for success on the national exam. Graduates will be prepared to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (CPHT) administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Job placement assistance is available for all students. The duration of the program is 36 weeks.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application for admission
  • Attend an admission interview
  • Submit a personal statement
  • Complete the Admissions Acknowledgement Form
  • Provide proof of high school graduation
  • Pay the non-refundable application fee of $50
  • Complete a background check and drug screen

Tuition for the program is $14,000. The application fee is $50 and the graduation fee is $80.

The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education

The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education offers an online pharmacy technician program to prepare adults to function as skilled technicians in various pharmacy settings. The curriculum comprises of 400 hours of instruction in order and stock medications, answering patient queries, preparing medications for distribution, and much more. Areas of study include federal and state laws that govern pharmacy, definitions of medical and pharmaceutical terms, interpreting physician orders, performing pharmaceutical calculations, processing insurance billing and collecting payments, stock taking, preparing and distributing medications, HIPPA requirements and their application to pharmacy, and effective communication. The online features provide the convenience of flexible study and start dates.

Admission criteria:

  • Register for the program online
  • Pay the program fee
  • Must have a computer and internet access

The course fee is $2,495.

Atlanta Technical College

The Pharmacy Technology Diploma at Atlanta Technical College prepares students with knowledge, skills and attitudes for employment in a retail or hospital pharmacy. Students will learn how to perform technical duties related to the role of the pharmacy technician in the preparation and dispensing of drugs under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Students will learn in the classroom as well as clinical experiences designed to integrate theory and practice. Occupational courses include allied health sciences, anatomy and physiology, introduction to health care, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacy technology fundamentals, principles of sterile med prep, advanced pharmacy technician principles, advanced pharmacy technician practice, and pharmacy technology practicum. Students must complete a total of 65 credit hours to earn the Pharmacy Technology Diploma. Graduates of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists-accredited program will be prepared for national certification.

Admission criteria:

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  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Must have no felony convictions within the last 10 years or any conviction that was drug or pharmacy related
  • Provide official high school transcript or GED certificate
  • Submit transcripts of any post-secondary coursework for evaluation
  • Must have current CPR certification
  • Provide documentation of Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Complete required drug screening
  • Complete a criminal background check
  • Registered with the State of Georgia as a Pharmacy Technician
  • Complete a physical with lab work to include TB testing and immunization

The estimated program cost is $9,743. Additional costs not included are books and supplies, CPR card, liability insurance, uniform, certification exam, physical exam, drug test, criminal background check, pharmacy technician registration/fingerprinting, immunization records, and ACEMAPPL.

Gwinnett Technical College

The online pharmacy technician program offered by Gwinnett Technical College prepares students for national certification and practice as an entry-level pharmacy technician. The design of program facilitates year-round enrollment. Areas of study include pharmacy calculations, reading and interpreting prescriptions, identifying drugs by generic and brand name, review of the top 200 drugs, IV flow rates, drug compounding, dispensing of prescriptions, billing and reimbursement, and inventory control. Other topics include retail practice, hospital practice, routes and formulations, pharmacy measures and abbreviations, parenterals and compounding, parts of the prescription and labeling, and pharmaceutical terminology. Graduates will be prepared for success on the national PTCB exam. Students will have up to 6 months to complete the self-paced program.

Admission criteria:

  • Must have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED

The cost of the program is $1,299.

Kennesaw State University College of Graduate and Professional Education

The pharmacy technician program at Kennesaw State University prepares students with the skills to assist licensed pharmacists with the dispensing of medication and provision of medical devices or products. Students will learn how to attend to customer service issues, handle HIPAA security and privacy, prepare prescriptions for dispensing, and communicate with physicians’ offices and insurance companies. Hands on training include pharmacy laws and regulations, over-the-counter medicines, drug information references, prescription processing, and dosage forms and classifications. The program covers a total of 65 hours for the Pharmacy Technician Certificate. The class is offered in an online or hybrid format. Day and evening schedules are available. Evening classes meet two days a week from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Day classes meet three days a week from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Admission criteria:

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Must have a working knowledge of computers and access to a computer and the internet

The program cost is $1,799.

North Georgia Technical College

The pharmacy technology diploma at North Gate Technical College enables students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for entry-level employment as a pharmacy technician. Students will learn how to perform technical duties related to their role as a pharmacy technician. Faculty will emphasize specialized hands-on training in pharmacology, pharmaceutical calculations, sterile preparation, dispensing of medication and much more. The diploma requires completion of 56 credit hours including 12 credits of basic skills courses. Occupational courses include allied health sciences, anatomy and physiology, introduction to health care, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacy technology fundamentals, principles of sterile med prep, advanced pharmacy technician principles, advanced pharmacy technician practice, and pharmacy technology practicum. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national PTCB exam. The duration of the program is 4 terms.

Admission criteria:

  • Must be 16 years or older or a student with dual/joint enrollment in high school or GED
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Complete the application process including the placement test or submission of SAT or ACT scores
  • Complete a physical exam and provide immunization record prior to the clinical internship
  • Must have professional liability insurance
  • Must have current BLS certification
  • Complete an acceptable (negative) criminal background check and drug test
  • Must be registered with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy before the clinical rotation

Books and supplies for the program cost $1,500. Other costs include shoes, uniforms, ID badge, criminal background check, immunization, board registration, malpractice insurance, fingerprinting, and drug test.

  • Website: https://northgatech.edu/
  • Address: 1500 Hwy 197 N, Clarkesville, GA 30523
  • Phone: (706) 754-7700
  • Fax: (706) 754-7777

West Georgia Technical College

Students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technology diploma program at West Georgia Technical College will have the confidence to pass the national PTCB exam and the skills and attitudes to perform in the role and function of the pharmacy technician as outlined by the Georgia Board of Pharmacy. The school offers a certificate, diploma, and degree program option. The diploma requires completion of 44 occupational credits plus 12 basic skills credits for a total of 56 credit hours. Students will participate in clinical rotations at local pharmacies to integrate the theoretical principles covered in the classroom. Occupational courses include allied health sciences, anatomy and physiology, introduction to health care, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacy technology fundamentals, principles of sterile med prep, advanced pharmacy technician principles, advanced pharmacy technician practice, and pharmacy technology practicum. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the national PTCB exam.

Admission criteria:

  • Must be 16 years or older
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Submit an application for admission
  • Complete a physical exam and provide immunization record prior to the clinical internship
  • Must have professional liability insurance
  • Must have current BLS certification
  • Complete an acceptable (negative) criminal background check and drug test
  • Must be registered with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy before the clinical rotation

Tuition costs $100 per credit hour. Other costs include criminal background check, books, uniforms, liability insurance, board registration, CPR certification, immunization, and drug screen.

Altierus Career College

The pharmacy technician program at Altierus College provides technical and practical training that will enable graduates to function as entry-level pharmacy technicians to licensed pharmacists. Students will acquire basic knowledge and practice in pharmacy calculations, drug distribution systems, and preparation of sterile dosage forms. Course titles include introduction to the healthcare profession, history and ethics of pharmacy, pharmacology, pharmacy law and administration for pharmacy technicians, pharmacy operations in the retail and hospital setting, medical calculations and nonsterile compounding, medical calculations and sterile processing, and pharmacy technician externship. Students must complete 48 quarter credit hours to graduate from the program. Graduates will be eligible to take the national PTCB exam. The duration of the program is 8 months. It is offered in a blended format.

Admission criteria:

  • Submit a completed application and non-refundable fee of $100
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must complete a criminal history background check
  • Must complete a physical exam with immunization

The program cost of $14,850 includes tuition, textbooks, and supplies.

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