If you have a knack for helping others, good customer service skills, and would love to work in health care, then working as a pharmacy technician may be a career for you. Pharmacy technicians work under the direction of pharmacists to dispense medications to patients in a community or hospital pharmacy. Pharmacy technician programs in Florida prepare students for this rewarding career in 11 to 18 months. Program graduates can take the National Pharmacy Technician certification exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board for national certification (CPhT), which is recognized by employers in most states. According to the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for pharmacy technicians is expected to rise by 9% by 2024, so it’s an exciting time to join the industry. Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, grocery stores, retail pharmacies, and any other location where a licensed pharmacist dispenses medicines. Their duties include taking and recording patient information, record keeping, managing inventory, packaging and labeling medicines, operating the cash register, and calculating medications before filling dispensing containers
The 15-month pharmacy technician program at Virginia College lays the preparatory work for graduates to work with the latest pharmacy technology and informatics. Expert instructors cover sterile technique and infection control procedures, and teach students how to make IV solutions, perform sterile compounding and drug dispensing, mix creams, emulsions and pastes, calculate dosages, and prepare medication for dispensing. Simulated lab experiences provide lots of hands-on opportunities for practice before participation in the 11-week externship. National internship partners include Target, CVS, Kmart, Cardinal Health, Walgreens, Winn Dixie, and Omnicare. A certification review course, included in the program, prepares students for success on the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (CPhT) – a valuable asset when applying for jobs. Tuition for the program costs $24,070 and includes a one-time testing fee for the CPhT exam, immunizations, books, and the state board licensing fee.
- Website: https://www.vc.edu/diplomas-certificates/pharmacy-technician/
- Address: 5940 Beach Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32207
- Phone: (904) 520-7400
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Florida State College at Jacksonville hosts a limited access Pharmacy Technician Workforce Certificate program that prepares students for an in-demand career in the health-care industry. The 1,050-hour curriculum covers finance, management, planning, underlying principles of technology, community issues, labor issues, and health, safety, and environment issues in addition to the health care topics. Core topics include medical terminology, IV preparation, delivering medications, printing labels, pricing prescription drugs, metric system, receiving and handling of hazardous drugs, preparing purchase orders, patient record systems, computer applications, and employability skills. Admission to the program requires applicants, 17 years and older, to have a high school diploma or equivalent and submit a Vocational Application on file. All prospective students must take the TABE and attain the minimum scores – Reading (10.0), Math (11.0), and Language (10.0) – to be eligible for graduation from the pharmacy tech program. Before completing the program, students must take the PTCB’s National Pharmacy Technician certification exam. Graduates can then apply to the Florida State Board of Pharmacy for registration as a Registered Pharmacy Technician (RPhT) in Florida. In-state tuition costs $3,100 plus $900 for expenses.
- Website: http://www.fscj.edu/academics/areas-of-study/health-human-services/pharmacy-technician-wc
- Address: 101 W State St, Jacksonville, FL 32202
- Phone: (904) 766-6585
- Email: [email protected]
Heritage College seeks to prepare pharmacy tech students to work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist while preparing and dispensing medications, maintaining patient records, mixing drugs and parenteral fluids, and setting up, packaging and labeling routine orders. The curriculum includes a lecture component in the classroom, hands-on experiences in a simulated lab, and an externship comprising of supervised training in a clinical environment. Students learn how to maintain patient records, count medications, create prescription labels, work with prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, prepare and verify prescription information and dosage compound medication, read patients medical charts, store medicine safely, and assemble a 24-hour supply of patient medication. Graduates can take the national certification exam and apply for registration with the Florida Board of Pharmacy. Tuition for the 34-week program is $13,082 plus $913 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.heritagecollege.edu/program/pharmacy-technician/
- Address: 4130 Salisbury Rd #1100, Jacksonville, FL 32216
- Phone: 904-332-0910