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Spring 2016 courses are underway. Fall 2016 dates will be posted in August.
Pharmacy Technicians work in pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist. Their main responsibility is filling prescriptions according to doctors' orders.
Pharmacy Technicians prepare medications for dispensing to patients. This generally includes retrieving drugs in the correct dosage form and strength, measuring the appropriate amount of drug and producing a prescription label. Pharmacy Technicians work with drugs to be administered orally, topically, for the eye, nose, etc. Depending upon the practice setting, a Pharmacy Technician is also involved in the admixture of drugs for intravenous use. Other duties include:
Pharmacy Technicians may work in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, pharmacy benefit managers and large industrial complexes. The demand for Pharmacy Technicians continues to grow with demand expected to increase substantially through 2008. This high demand is the result of the constant availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of certified pharmacy technicians and the aging population.
Students should have taken math and science in high school. A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the PTCB exam.
This comprehensive 50 hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board's PTCB exam.
Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings - working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program includes a graded final exam to help prepare students for the PTCB exam.
Before completing any paperwork for the healthcare programs, please read the following.
Healthcare Programs Frequently Asked Questions
1. Do I need to fill out a FAFSA?
No. Federal Student Aid does not cover these
2. Can I get a Pell Grant?
No. Federal Pell Grants do not cover these programs.
3. What financial assistance is available? Who can I talk to about financial aid?
The UT Martin Office of Financial Aid does not provide assistance for these programs.
Financial Assistance may be available through the Local Workforce Development:
4. When can I submit my application for the program?
We cannot accept your application for the program until you have payment or verification of payment. Completed applications are submitted to the UT Martin Office of Extended Campus and Online Studies (ECOS) at: 110 Gooch Hall, UT Martin, Martin, TN 38238.
5. If I pass the class am I certified?
No. You will receive a Certificate of Completion for successfully completing the program.
Pharmacy Tech National Certification – is not given during the class. For additional information on the exam: Pharmacy Technician Certification Board at: www.ptcb.org.
6. Will I get a job?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: “For workers who have an interest in science and in helping people, healthcare occupations are expected to provide some of the most plentiful and highest paying career opportunities. Overall, healthcare occupations are projected to provide nearly 3 million job openings between 2002 and 2012 for workers who don’t have a bachelor’s degree.” Check with local clinics, pharmacies, and hospitals to see if they have job openings.
7. How much will I make?
Salary varies by location and occupation. Check with your local clinics, hospitals and pharmacies to see what they are paying.
8. When do I get my books?
Books are distributed at the first class meeting.
9. What do I need to bring to class?
Items for taking notes (paper, pencils, pen)
10. Is there a payment plan?
No, full payment is due prior to the first class meeting.
11. Do I need a uniform?
If after reading the above information you have questions, please call us at 731-881-7082.
Payment must accompany registration. Once you submit the registration form, please call our office at 731-881-7104 to make payment. We accept Visa, MC and Discover. If you are applying for funding through WIA (see #3 under FAQ), please let us know which WIA Center is assisting you. It is recommended you register at least two weeks prior to the start date. Register Now!
Registration fee: includes all books and supplies