As the senior population increases in the United States, it will contribute to a rise in health care jobs, including the demand for skilled pharmacy technicians. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists in retail and hospital pharmacies. Their expanding scope of practice requires continuous training. For this reason, anyone who undertakes the initial pharmacy technician training should make a commitment to lifelong learning. Apart from preparing prescriptions for dispensing, pharmacy technicians must maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claims, receive and interpret prescriptions, and take inventory. The additional administrative responsibilities require adept computer skills and an understanding of healthcare information systems. Since a pharmacy technician’s most important duty is to promote patient confidence and safety, good communication, customer service, and organizational skills are also essential. The profession is expected to have a bright outlook. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 9 percent from 2014 through 2024 – an outlook that is much faster than the national average for all occupations.
Genesis Career College (Nashville Campus)
Genesis Career College opens its pharmacy technician program to new students every month. The school of pharmacy offers expert instruction in anatomy, pouring, measuring and mixing medications, medical law, medical and pharmacological terminology, and career development. Graduates become eligible to take the State of Tennessee licensing exam for state registration. The program also lays the foundation for graduates who plan to continue study in the areas of health and medicine. Persons interested in enrolling must be at least 17 years of age, provide evidence of completing high school or equivalent, be legally entitled to live and work in the United States, and provide government issued picture identification. A personal interview will be included as part of the admission process. Tuition for the 36-week program is $13,995 plus $750 for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.genesiscareer.edu/program/pharmacy-technician/
- Address: 30 Rachel Drive, Nashville, TN 37214
- Phone: (615) 242-6811
- Fax: (615) 242- 6288
Fortis Pharmacy Technician graduates understand the basics of pharmacy practice well enough to fill an entry-level position in a retail, hospital, or online pharmacy and other pharmaceutical settings. Students learn how to read, fill, and dispense prescriptions, as well as the legal responsibilities of record maintenance and the handling of various drug categories. Other topics of study include pharmacy calculations, medications, common drug interactions and their side effects, pharmaceutical agents, and much more. Applicants must submit to and pass a criminal background check, present documentation of Hepatitis B injections 1 and 2 and a TB test, and pass a drug test before commencing the externship. The program features 780 clock hours covered in 36 instruction weeks. Full attendance is required for the 48 quarter credit class. Tuition for the program is $14,178 plus fees, background and drug screening, immunization, instructional materials, uniform, books, and testing and certification.
- Website: https://www.fortis.edu/campuses/tennessee/nashville/3354-perimeter-hill-dr-nashville-tn/pharmacy-technician.aspx
- Address: 3354 Perimeter Hill Dr. Suite 105, Nashville, TN 37211
- Phone: (615) 320-5917
Daymar College’s pharmacy technician program prepares students to become pharmacy technicians. The diploma program covers general education courses and computer skills in addition to the pharmacy technology courses. With the completion of 16 credits per quarter, an enrolled student will complete the program in 15 months and earn the 72 quarter credits required for graduation. Course topics include strategies for success, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, medical law and ethics, pathophysiology, introduction to pharmacy technician practices, microbiology, prescription and OTC medications, pharmacy operations and claims, and compounding aseptic technique and non-sterile compounding. General education requirements include general English and college math. The school’s Health and Immunization Policy requires students to maintain all required immunization and CPR and pass drug screenings throughout the program. All applicants must submit a high school transcript or GED scores and take the school’s prescribed academic skills assessment, the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test. Tuition for the diploma program is $27,000 plus expenses for books and supplies.
- Website: http://www.daymarcollege.edu/programs/pharmacy-technology
- Address: 560 Royal Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37214
- Phone: 1.877.258.7796
National College’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program helps students develop the knowledge, skills, and field experience to qualify for entry-level employment as a pharmacy technician. Graduates are prepared for success on the PTCB exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). Throughout the program, students will develop a basic understanding of drugs and their applications and learn how to properly assist pharmacists in the preparation and administration of prescriptions, maintain patient records, prepare insurance claims, label pharmaceutical products, recognize trade and generic drug names, and manage inventory. Course modules include anatomy and physiology, pharmacy systems of operations, health care law and ethics, pharmacy practice, terminology of body support, dosage and calculations of medications, introduction to pharmacology, pharmacy technician exam success, and pharmacy technician externship. National College offers convenient and flexible schedules, small class size, peer tutoring, training in modern labs, expert instructors, and career services. The cost of completing the 10-month diploma program is $15,770 for tuition plus $2,700 for books and supplies.
- Website: https://www.an.edu/locations/nashville-tn/
- Address: 1638 Bell Road, Nashville, TN 37211
- Phone: 615-333-3344
Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Murfreesboro Campus
The1296-hour pharmacy technician program at the Tennessee College of Applied Science includes classroom lectures, skills lab, and pharmacy technician externship in an established pharmacy. Students receive the technical instruction and skills development to secure gainful employment in the field of pharmacy. The program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP). In the classroom, students learn pharmacy calculations, sterile and non-sterile compounding, pharmacy law and ethics, pharmacology, trade and generic names for common drugs, pharmacy practice, dispensing prescriptions, and computerized systems. The program culminates with a pharmacy technician externship at a retail or hospital pharmacy. Graduates will receive a diploma which will grant them eligibility to take the PTCB’s exam for CPhT certification. Applicants must meet all the enrollment requirements, including the age requirement of 18 years or older, a completed TCAT application, a high school diploma or GED transcript, proof of immunization, and a passing score on the entrance exam. All students are subject to a criminal background check and drug screen prior to the clinical experience. Tuition for the 12-month full-time program is $3,858. There will be an additional cost of $445 for textbooks and supplies.
- Website: https://tcatmurfreesboro.edu/programs/pharmacy-technician
- Address: 1303 Old Fort Parkway, Murfreesboro, TN 37129
- Phone: 615-898-8010