Pharmacy technicians provide valuable support to licensed pharmacists in the distribution of medications, pharmacy administration, and customer care. Their duties may include but are not limited to receiving prescription requests from patients or those sent electronically from physicians’ offices, establishing and maintaining patient profiles, preparing insurance claim forms and billing customers, and retrieving, counting, measuring, weighing, mixing, and compounding medications, and inventory management.
Pharmacy technician training programs prepare adults to meet the continuous demand for skilled technicians in community, hospital and home infusion pharmacies. The employment rate is expected to increase 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations. The aging senior population who are using more prescription medications to manage chronic diseases, addition of new drugs to the market, and greater access to health care coverage are just some factors that add to the demand for pharmacy technicians. The Georgia Board of Pharmacy does not require national certification. However, pharmacy technician graduates are encouraged to get certified through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board as it is required by many employers.
Albany Technical College – Dougherty County Campus
The Pharmacy Technology degree at Albany Technical College supports the development of entry-level skills needed to practice in a community or hospital-based pharmacy. Through theory, hands-on lab, and externship learning opportunities, students will learn how to dispense medications and other health care products under the direction of a pharmacist. Students will learn how to perform various technical duties related to the safe dispensing of drugs in accordance with state laws. A degree and diploma option is available. The degree requires completion of 63 credit hours and the diploma requires completion of 54 credit hours. Core courses include Composition and Rhetoric, Public Speaking, General Psychology, College Algebra, Introduction to Humanities, Anatomy and Physiology I, Anatomy and Physiology I Lab, Anatomy and Physiology II, and Anatomy and Physiology II Lab. Occupational courses include Introduction to Health Care, Allied Health Sciences, Introduction to Computers, Pharmaceutical Calculations, Pharmacy Technology Fundamentals, Pharmacology, Principles of Dispensing Medications, Principles of Sterile Medication Preparations, Pharmacy Technology Practicum, Advanced Pharmacy Principles, and Advanced Pharmacy Practicum. Graduates of the ASHP-accredited program will be eligible to sit for the PTCB exam to obtain the Certified Pharmacy Technician credential.
- Have a high school diploma or GED equivalency
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check
- Provide up-to-date immunization record
- Obtain a clear drug screen
- Be at least 18 years old upon graduation
- Demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and math. Minimum Compass scores – Writing 32, Reading 79, Pre-Algebra 50
Tuition for the diploma is $7,969. The cost of the pharmacy technician degree is $8,742.
Address: 1704 S. Slappey Blvd., Albany, GA. 31701
Fax: 229-430-6180 main fax
Heritage Health Career Center
The pharmacy technician program at the Heritage Health Career Center prepares students to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician. The curriculum includes 135 hours of instruction – 55 hours in the classroom and 80 hours for a pharmacy externship. Students will gain an understanding of the practice of pharmacy, the regulatory agencies and laws that affect pharmacy practice, processing drugs in retail and institutional pharmacies, the process for naming drug products and brining new drugs to the market, and the knowledge and skills needed to pass the PTCB exam. The duration of the program is 5 weeks.
- Read and sign the Enrollment Agreement
- Submit a completed Application for Enrollment and non-refundable application fee of $50
- Submit acceptable results of a PPD skin test or chest x-ray taken no more than 1 year from the clinical rotation
- Submit to a criminal background check and drug screen. Candidates with a felony may be disqualified from admission
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Pay the registration fee and minimum deposit
- Submit current immunization records
- Must not test positive for Hepatitis B
- Have a valid state ID and social security card
The total program cost of $1,790 includes tuition, application fee, lab supplies, CPR and First Aid, certification exam, student insurance, uniform, and job development training. A flexible payment plan is available. Students must purchase the course textbook and materials.
Address: 900 S. Westover Blvd, Suite A., Albany, GA. 31721
Phone: (229) 496-1046
Alt: (229) 496-1047
Fax: (229) 496-1048