Pharmacy technician programs include the essential preparation for a rewarding career in one of the fastest growing fields in health care. Pharmacy technicians prepare and dispense medications to patients under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. They work in hospitals, community pharmacies, retail chains, and other health care settings to ensure that patients get the medications and health care products they need.
A technician’s role depends on the type of pharmacy, the staff, and state and employer guidelines. Key duties might include receiving and screening orders for accuracy and completeness, retrieving, counting, weighing, measuring, pouring, and mixing medications to fill the prescription, restocking medications before the supply is depleted, preparing claims to submit to insurance companies, using pharmacy software to update patient records, packaging and labeling medications, referring customers to the pharmacist, and managing the day to day administrative duties in the pharmacy.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, an additional 47,600 pharmacy technicians will be required to meet demands in the next decade.
Umanah Healthcare Institute – Gastonia Campus
Umanah Healthcare Institute’s Pharmacy Technician Program supports the development of skills in the area of counting pills, preparing and dispensing medication, processing pharmacy orders, and the packaging of medications. The curriculum covers a total of 150 contact hours in the classroom and laboratory. Upon completion of the theoretical requirements, students will participate in an externship comprising of 120 hours in a real-world pharmacy. Graduates will be prepared to sit for the National Pharmacy Technician Certifying Board Examination. Successful candidates will be listed on the Pharmacy Certification Technician Board in North Carolina. The duration of the program is 10 weeks. Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Enrollment must be completed at least two days prior to the start of class.
- High school diploma or GED
- Proof of immunizations
- Results of a TB skin test
- An acceptable background check
- Valid driver’s license or state ID and social security number
- Complete a drug screen
Tuition for the program costs $1,750. It includes the textbook, exam prep book, class materials, and students’ insurance. Students must cover the additional costs for drug tests, TB skin test, background check, uniform, and lab supply fee.
- Website: http://www.umanahinstitute.com/education-pharmacy-technician-course
- Address: 645 Cox Road, Suite A, Gastonia, NC 28054
- Phone: 704-215-6674
- Fax: 704-865-4440
- Email: [email protected]
Chosen Health Care Institute, INC
The Pharmacy Technician course at Chosen Health Care Institute provides students with knowledge and skills to assist pharmacists with the preparation and dispensing of medication. Students will learn how to process medication orders, compound and package medications, manage inventories, and use a prescription balance. Graduates will be eligible to take the NHA exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician. The duration of the program is 10 weeks. The curriculum covers 240 contact hours – 100 hours in the classroom and 140 hours in the skills lab. Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.
- Be 18 years or older at the time of enrollment
- High school transcript or GED transcript
- Driver’s license or government issued ID and social security card
- Submit a completed application
- Pay the registration fee or full tuition payment
- Complete a criminal background check at Chosen Health Care Institute (it costs $20) or at Mecklenburg County Court House ($25) within one calendar year
- TB skin test – costs $20 at Chosen Health Care Institute
- Drug test record – completed within one year
Tuition for the program costs $1,450 and includes the non-refundable registration fee. Students must purchase the course textbook.
- Website: http://www.chosenhealthcareinstitute.com/healthcare-training-pharmacy-technician
- Address: 8401 University Executive Park Dr., Charlotte, NC 28262
- Phone: 704-547-1988
- Fax: 704-547-5077
- Email: [email protected]
Divine Health Academy
Divine’s Pharmacy Technology program is designed to prepare students for success on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Examination. The curriculum was developed by a practicing pharmacist and includes a total of 150 hours of theory – 90 hours in the classroom and 60 hours for homework. In addition to the classroom requirements, students must complete 240 hours in an approved pharmacy for applying the theoretical principles and gain practical experiences. Students must obtain a minimum grade C in all courses to graduate from the program. The program is accredited by the American Council of Pharmaceutical Education.
- A high school diploma or GED
- Submit a completed application
- Complete the Criminal Conviction form
- Consent to drug/alcohol testing – administered at any time during the program
- Sign the Confidentiality Agreement
- Complete the Work History, Personal Reference, and Release form
- Complete a physical examination
- Provide proof of immunization
- Provide documentation of liability insurance
- Submit to laboratory tests
- Complete a background check – at the facility’s request
The program tuition of $1,485 does not include the textbook and the PTCB exam. It will cover liability insurance fees, computer support, handouts, and study materials.
- Website: http://www.divinehealthacademy.com/programs
- Address: 5633 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212
- Phone: 704-566-2955
- Fax: 704-566-2957
- Alt: 704-566-2956
- Email: [email protected]
Students enrolled in the pharmacy technician program at Brightwood College gain the skills to become a pharmacy technician in just 36 weeks. Students learn how to transcribe physician’s orders and hospital charts, prepare medications for dispensing, label prescription bottles, authorize refills, input data to maintain patient profiles, prepare unit dose medications, sterile irrigations, and IV admixtures. The curriculum will cover 760 contact hours include 550 hours on campus and 210 hours of digital instruction. In addition to the theory hours, students must participate in 200 contact hours of practical experiences in a community pharmacy to graduate from the program. Graduates will receive a Pharmacy Technician Diploma and will be eligible to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Course topics include Introduction to Allied Health Careers, Academic Strategies, Academic Skills, Nervous and Sensory Systems, Motor Systems, Hospital, and Retail Pharmacy, Absorption Systems, Circulatory and Immune Systems, Pharmacy Technician Externship I and II, and Endocrine and Reproductive Systems and Sterile Products. First-time students will be enrolled on a provisional basis for the first 21 days.
- Have a high school diploma, GED, or Certificate of High School Equivalency
- Sign an attestation at enrollment
- Submit the required admission documents and the Enrollment Agreement
- Meet with an Admissions Representative for an informational interview
- Take and pass the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) with a minimum score
- Provide documentation of health examinations, pathology tests, and immunization
- Complete a national criminal background check
- Pass a chemical/drug substance test
Tuition costs $16,750.
- Website: https://www.brightwood.edu/diplomas-certificates/pharmacy-technician/
- Address: 6070 East Independence Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28212
- Phone: (704) 567-3700
Southeastern Institute, Charlotte, NC – Main Campus
The Pharmacy Technician Program at Southeastern Institute equips students with the skills to assist pharmacists with the packaging and distribution of medications. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the PTCB exam and work in hospitals, drug stores, drug manufacturers, nursing care facilities, whole drug companies, and long-term care facilities. They will receive a Certificate of Completion and may continue their pharmacy education or enroll in another health-related program. The program requires on campus and outside work. The curriculum covers 1224 clock hours or 39.0 credit hours. Full-time students will complete the requirements in 10 months. Part-time students can complete the program in 18 months. All externship hours must be completed during the day. Course topics include Introduction to Pharmacy Technology, Pharmaceutical Calculations, Body Systems and Drug Therapy, Pharmacy Operations, Sterile Products, Body Systems and Drug Therapy II, III, and IV, and Pharmacy Technician Externship II and II. Students who meet all the educational requirements and institutional obligations will have their names submitted to the NC Board of Pharmacy for registration as a Pharmacy Technician.
- A high school diploma or GED
- Be at least 18 years old
- Pass an entrance exam
- Complete a background check and drug screen
Tuition costs $21,980. Books and supplies cost an additional $1,350.
- Website: http://www.southeasterninstitute.edu/programs/pharmacy-technology/
- Address: 5250 Seventy-Seven Center Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217
- Phone: (704) 527-4979
- Fax: (704) 527-3104
Central Piedmont Community College
Central Piedmont Community College provides pharmacy technology training that leads to a Pharmacy Technician Diploma or a Pharmacy Technology AAS degree. Students will learn how to assist a registered pharmacist with those duties that a technician can legally perform. The course content builds on the domains of health care and pharmaceutical principles and emphasizes the provision of safe and individualized care. Students learn how to prepare prescription medications, mix IV solutions and other specialized medications, maintain inventories, update patient profiles, monitor drug therapy and package medications. Major requirements include Introduction to Pharmacy, Pharmacy Practice I, Pharmacy Calculations, Pharmacology I, Trends in Pharmacy, Sterile Products, Pharmacology II, Pharmacy Prof Practice, and Pharmacy Clinical. Additional requirements for the ASS include Medical Terminology, Pharmacy Dosage Forms, Hospital Pharmacy, Trends in Pharmacy, Professional Issues, and Community Pharmacy. Graduates will be eligible to take the PTCB exam. Admission open in the Fall semester. AAS students will complete the requirements in 5 semesters. Diploma students will complete the requirements in 3 semesters. Candidates for the AAS program are selected on a best-prepared basis using a point system.
- Submit a completed application to CPCC
- Request high school transcripts and any college transcripts to be sent to the Admissions, Records, and Registrations department
- Take and pass placement tests
- Meet with a counselor to review placement test scores and courses for registration
- Take and pass the TEAS exam – for admission to the AAS program
- Submit an application for the Pharmacy Technology AAS Degree
- Complete any prerequisite courses
- Provide proof of health and accident insurance
- Complete a criminal background check, physical exam, and required vaccinations
- Submit to a 13-panel drug screen
The cost of the program without General Education courses is $7,118 including books, uniform, lab fees, and general fees.
- Website: http://www.cpcc.edu/medicalcareers/pharmacy-technology
- Address: 2800 Campus Ridge Rd, Matthews, NC 28105
- Phone: 704-330-6432
South Piedmont Community College
The pharmacy technician program at South Piedmont Community College prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam. The program delivers 600 contact hours of classroom lectures and clinical externship. The 2-part program requires students to complete the theory in 4 months and the clinical externship in 4 months. The pharmacy externship will be delivered at a local Walgreens or CVS pharmacy. Course topics include program orientation, working at a pharmacy, preparing for the workforce, computer fundamentals, keyboard kinetics, medical word building, basic anatomy, mastering medical language, pharmacology, pharmacy law, regulations, and standards, the business of pharmacy, simulation preparation, pharmaceutical calculations, prescriptions, and nonsterile compounding. Other topics include community pharmacy practice, institutional pharmacy practice, externship preparation, virtual inventory management for technicians, virtual medication safety for technicians, virtual pharmacy externship for technician, externship, and final exam preparation. A new class begins on the 20th of each month – there is no new admission in December.
- Provide proof of North Carolina residency
- Submit a copy of high school diploma or GED or unofficial college transcripts
- Complete a criminal background check or drug screen through Career Step
Tuition for each part of the program costs $180 and includes the required books.
- Website: https://spcc.edu/programs-and-courses/continuing-education-classes/career-development/medical-professions/pharmacy-technician/
- Address: 680 US 74, Polkton, NC 28135
- Phone: 704-272-5300