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
Students enrolled in the pharmacy technician program at Platt College obtain the skills they need to start a rewarding career in the field of pharmacy. The curriculum includes a mix of classroom lectures, hands-on lab, and a pharmacy externship at a community pharmacy. Areas of study include pharmacology, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacy law and ethics, retail and institutional pharmacies, pharmacy terminology, customer care and communications, medical terminology, anatomy, generic and trade name drugs, billing and reimbursements, dispensing prescriptions, compounding, and inventory management. The pharmacy externship gives students an opportunity to apply the pharmacy principles learned in the classroom and lab in a real-world setting. Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, pass a background check, consent to a drug screen, and provide documentation of immunization. Graduates are eligible to take the PTCB exam for national certification as a pharmacy technician. Contact the college for class schedules and tuition.
- Website: http://plattcolleges.edu/programs/pharmacy-technician
- Address: 3801 S. Sheridan Road, Tulsa, OK 74145
- Phone: 877-392-6616
Tulsa Job Corps Center
Tulsa Job Corps offers hands-on career technical training including preparation to become a pharmacy technician. In addition to the training, students benefit from career planning workshops, health care, driver’s education, job placement, clothing allowance, a bi-weekly allowance for basic living, and transitional funds. The pharmacy technician program will include classroom instruction and an opportunity to work in a real world setting during the pharmacy externship. Areas of study include pharmacology, dosage calculations, pharmacy law and ethics, pharmacy operations, anatomy, drugs and their effects, pharmacy terminology, compounding, and much more. The program is self-paced. Tulsa Job Corps offers on-site living accommodations, giving students the opportunity to develop the social skills that are essential for success in the world of work. Upon graduation, candidates can sit the national certification exam to become CPhT. Tuition is free for all students.
- Website: http://tulsa.jobcorps.gov/vocations.aspx
- Address: 1133 N. Lewis Avenue, Tulsa, OK 74110
- Phone: (918) 585-9111
- Fax: (918) 592-2430