A pharmacy technician’s role has expanded in recent times in response to pharmacists’ need to conduct more clinical services in the pharmacy. Since there is no clear definition of what a pharmacy technician’s role entails, the duties and responsibilities vary by setting, experience, and training. Pharmacy technician training is both knowledge-based and competence-based and is available in high schools, vocational schools, and community colleges. The curriculum will cover pharmacy operations, medications and their effects, pharmacy law and ethics, human anatomy and physiology, and disease management. Graduates who elect to sit a national exam to become Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT) have the best opportunities in the workforce. Although certification is becoming more and more critical to longevity in the profession, pharmacy technicians must also stay up-to-date with changes in the industry. Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, community pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, nuclear pharmacies, government agencies, pharmaceutical companies, and other health care settings. Common duties include dispensing medications and other health care products, pharmacy administration, billing and reimbursement, reconciliation, procuring stock, accepting payments, and customer care.
The pharmacy technician program at Tulsa Tech is open to high school students only. They learn how to maintain an inventory of medications and verify insurance coverage. Students also acquire the skills to function as a pharmacist’s primary support by mastering pharmaceutical compounding and learning how to fill retail prescriptions and prepare intravenous medications. Graduates are prepared for success on the national certification exam and have the competencies to assume a pharmacy technician role in retail, clinical, hospital, apothecary, and nuclear pharmacy settings. The curriculum offers a total of 600 hours, including 300 theory hours, 140 lab hours, and 160 clinical hours. The program may be completed in one year. Courses covered include pharmaceutical compounding, pharmacology, anatomy, pharmaceutical terminology, core medical terminology, pharmacy law and ethics, retail pharmacy operations, pharmacological calculations, and pharmacy professionalism. Students must undergo a criminal background check including a sex offender registration, provide verification of immunizations, complete a drug screen, and have current AHA CPR for Heatlhcare Providers. The training is free for high school students who are living the Tulsa Tech school district. However, students must cover the $129 exam fee for the certification exam.
- Website: http://tulsatech.edu/classes/fulltime/pharmacy-technician/
- Address: 3350 S Memorial Dr, Tulsa, OK 74145-1322
- Phone: 918-828-1200
- Fax: 918-828-1209