The practice of pharmacy has evolved in recent times. Gone are the days when a pharmacist’s role revolved around the distribution and compounding of drugs and contact with patients was kept to a minimum. In the modern pharmacy, pharmacists leave the preparation of prescriptions to pharmacy technicians so that they could communicate with patients and other providers. This focus on patient-centered care will not only improve outcomes but also reduce medication errors. It also paves the way for the provision of new services, such as immunization clinics, medication therapy management, and emergency contraceptives. To provide this level of care, pharmacists need competently trained and certified technicians who can receive and manage the dispensing of prescriptions and daily administrations.
The need for pharmacy technicians is expected to increase substantially in the next decade in response to public expectations from pharmacists and demand for medications. Working under the direct supervision of the pharmacist, technicians can receive and prepare prescriptions for dispensing, mix, count, measure, and pour medications, manage and update inventory, update profiles and follow-up with patients, and prepare claims for submission to insurance companies. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 402,500 technicians employed in 2016 to meet the nation’s growing healthcare demands
The pharmacy technician program at Mississippi College is offered in collaboration with Condensed Curriculum International. The program covers 50 contact hours and prepares students for success on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. The curriculum covers topics, such as reading and interpreting prescriptions, IV flow rates, defining drugs by generic and brand names, medical terminology, dosage calculations, inventory control, drug compounding, dose conversions, billing and reimbursement. The course includes both lecture and hands-on labs that simulate a real-world pharmacy. Classes meet Monday and Wednesday from 5:45 pm to 8:45 pm for two months.
- A high school diploma or GED – required to sit the exam
- A completed registration form submitted before the deadline
- Complete tuition
Tuition for the program is $1199.
- Website: https://www.mc.edu/offices/ce/index.php/medical-training-programs
- Address: 200 S. Capitol Street, Clinton, MS 39056
- Phone: 601-925-3000
Virginia College prepares pharmacy technician students for a career in the world of healthcare. Students learn how to sterilize equipment, manage inventory, read and interpret prescriptions, create labels, and dispense prescriptions under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. The program is designed to be completed in 9 months and includes lectures, hands-on experience in a simulated lab, and real-world experience during a pharmacy externship. During the 11-week externship, students will develop on-the-job experience under the experience of a licensed pharmacist. Course topics include Fundamentals of Allied Health, Allied Careers, Body Systems, Hospital and Retail Pharmacy, Academic Skills, Pharmacy Technician Seminar, Absorption Systems. A total of 59 credits are required to complete the course. Graduates will be prepared for the PTCB exam to become Certified Pharmacy Technicians.
- Obtain criminal background clearance
- Pass a drug/chemical substance test
- Provide proof of immunization
- Take and pass the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) with the minimum required score
- Sign the enrollment agreement
- Meet with an Admissions Representative for an informational interview
- Be able to speak, read, and write English fluently
Tuition for the program is $14,528.
- Website: https://www.vc.edu/diplomas-certificates/pharmacy-technician/
- Address: 5841 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson, MS 39211
- Phone: (601) 977-0960
Meridian Community College
Adults interested in attending the pharmacy technician program at Meridian Community College must attend a mandatory orientation. The program is designed to prepare adults to assist a licensed pharmacist in a retail or community pharmacy. Students learn how to fill prescription orders for unit doses. They also learn how to dispense prescriptions, package medications, update patient profiles, enter data into a computer, and receive and store supplies. Students will be prepared to take the PTCB exam. Classes meet Mondays from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm for 4 months.
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Provide a copy of driver’s license
- Obtain a minimum of a Silver CRC score
Tuition costs $275.
- Website: https://www.meridiancc.edu/Assets/1pdfs/community-and-business-development/workforce-development/flyers/pharmacy-technician.pdf
- Address: 910 Hwy 19 N, Meridian, MS 39307
- Phone: 601-483-8241
East Central Community College
The pharmacy technician program at East Central Community College is offered at the Integrated Technologies Training Center. The program covers the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in a retail or community pharmacy. Students will learn medical terminology, reading and interpreting prescriptions, inventory control, pharmacy operations, dosage calculations, laws and ethics, customer service, pharmacology, and billing and insurance. Classes meet Thursday nights from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm for 14 consecutive weeks.
- Pass a WorkKeys test and score a Silver level
- Attend a mandatory orientation session
Tuition for the program is $275 and includes the course textbook.
- Website: https://www.eccc.edu/sites/default/files/2_1_18_pharmacy_tech_ittc.pdf
- Address: 275 W Broad St, Decatur, MS 39327
- Phone: 601-635-2111