Pharmacy technicians make a valuable contribution to the operation of retail and hospital pharmacies as they work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist to dispense medications and health care products. They may also practice in the military, home health care settings, mail service pharmacies, long-term care facilities, insurance companies, and managed health care organizations. Since 2011, the State of Florida passed a law requiring technicians to complete an approved training program in preparation for practice. Students learn how to receive information to fill a prescription, count tablets and measure medications, package and label prescriptions, update patient profiles, manage inventory, compound or mix medications, and payments and process insurance claims, and manage customer service. Certification is not mandatory in the state. However, due to the expanded responsibilities of technicians, more employers are requiring certification. According to the employment outlook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate for pharmacy technicians is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations.
Express Training Services
Express Training Services facilitates a state-approved pharmacy technician program. The curriculum is 300 clock hours including 120 externship hours at a community pharmacy. The class is offered on a part-time evening basis only. Courses covered include introduction to pharmacy, the role of the technician, pharmaceutical care, privacy in pharmacy, state law, calculations, preparing pharmaceuticals for dispensing, medication applications and terminology, final review, and clinical externship. Applicants must meet all the qualifications for enrollment, including a valid government-issued photo ID, be a high school graduate or have a GED equivalent, obtain TABE test scores of 11.0 or better on Math, Reading, Language, and be able to become certified as a pharmacy technician in Florida. For the pharmacy externship, students must provide proof of rubella immunity, a physical exam report, proof of negative TB, and proof of current BLS for Healthcare Providers Card. Students must have reliable transport to the externship site and a white lab coat. The school also requires completion of a Level 2 background check. The program is open for admission two times yearly. The class is contingent upon the enrollment of a minimum of 8 persons. Tuition for the 19-week program is $2,095.
- Website: http://www.expresstrainingservices.com/classes/pt
- Address: 3911 Newberry Road, Suite B, Gainesville, FL, 32607
- Phone: 352-338-1193
- Email: [email protected]
Florida Gateway College
Florida Gateway College prepares students for a fulfilling career in a growing field. The program is approved by the Florida Board of Pharmacy and awards a Certificate of Completion to all successful students. It prepares students for the PTCE or ExCPT exams for national certification. Certification is optional in Florida. The curriculum covers 6 modules covering a range of topics such as the history of pharmacy, pharmacy law, the profession of pharmacy, drug classifications, calculations, terminology and pharmacy abbreviations, routes of administration, institutional pharmacy, pharmacy technology, aseptic techniques, and body systems. The online format lets students start at any time and learn at their own pace. Students have up to 20 weeks to complete the curriculum. The standard completion time is 10 weeks. Students will be evaluated throughout the program to determine their understanding of the material. Tuition for the program is $2,795.
- Website: https://www.flhcareers.org/
- Address: 149 SE College Pl Lake City, FL 32025
- Phone: 1-888-415-5833
- Email: [email protected]
Lake Technical College– Eustis
Lake Technical College prepares pharmacy technician students to successfully enter the workplace as an entry-level assistant to a licensed pharmacist. Students receive the academic standards and technical capabilities to become nationally certified. The curriculum covers 1050 contact hours of instruction in 35 weeks. It includes instruction in professional ethics, legal responsibilities, the preparation and delivery of medications, pharmaceutical chemistry and drug classifications, blood borne diseases including AIDS and HIV, responding to emergencies, and pharmacy terminology. Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 8:15 am to 4:45 pm. Interested persons must submit an online application, request financial aid, meet with a counselor, purchase books and supplies, and complete the new student orientation. Tuition costs $3,024 plus books and fees.
- Website: http://www.laketech.org/programs/pharmacy-technician
- Address: 2001 Kurt Street, Eustis, Florida 32726
- Phone: 352-589-2250