Pharmacy Technician – Diploma
Pharmacy Technicians, sometimes called Pharmacy Assistants, are a vital support for those who are ill, in pain, chronically injured, or have other health issues such as allergies and infections.
Pioneer Pacific College’s Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program prepares graduates for employment in pharmacies assisting licensed pharmacists by providing medication and other pharmacy products to patients. Duties include directly assisting in the preparation of medication. Pharmacy Technician graduates are also trained in providing support to pharmacy aides, who handle routine yet vital pharmacy tasks, including general pharmacy and medical office administration.
Successful pharmacy technicians are detail-oriented, have strong communication skills, are team-oriented and gain satisfaction from helping people in a professional setting.
Pioneer Pacific College offers practical training in our simulated pharmacy labs, each equipped with a horizontal hood, mock medication vials, compounding equipment and reconstitution materials. The purpose of this lab is to simulate, as realistically as possible, the typical facilities and equipment found in a real pharmacy.
Successful graduates of this program enter the professional setting with confidence after guided instruction and practical experience in a variety of important areas including:
- Basic Chemistry & Math
- Health & Sanitation Standards
- Quality Assurance Techniques
- IV Mixtures
- Dosage Calculations
- Medical Records
- Community & Inpatient Pharmacy Practice
- Interpret Prescriptions
- Label & Store Pharmaceutical Supplies
- PDX Software
Students in this program will gain a good understanding of law and ethics, pharmaceutical terminology, dosage calculations, IV and chemotherapy admixtures, extemporaneous compounding, unit dose and retail dispensing, pharmacy record keeping and inventory control. Pharmacy students will also receive training in medication trade and generic names in addition to drug classification.
Graduates are prepared for and eligible to take the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) exam given through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
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Discover if Pharmacy Technician is the right career for you by calling one of our helpful Admissions Specialists at 1-866-772-4636, or fill out the simple Find Out More form on the right, and we’ll contact you to further discuss your interest in a Pharmacy Technician career.
Pharmacy Technician is offered at:
- 50 academic weeks
- Long-term Care Facilities
- Mail Order Pharmacies
How much will this program cost me?
- Tuition and fees: $19,250
- Books and supplies: $0
- On-campus room & board: not offered
The cost of certain required books, tools and supplies is included in the lab fee. Once issued, these items become the property of the student and the lab fee cannot be refunded. Other fees may apply. Some books become the property of the student and others are loaned for the term(s) for which they are needed. All loaned books must be returned in good condition at the end of each term. Students who graduate or withdraw must within one week return all books or the appropriate replacement charge will be made against the student’s account.
What are my financing options to pay for the program?
In addition to any grant and scholarship aid for which they are eligible, 92.42% of graduates used loans to finance their education. The median debt for program graduates:
- Federal loans: $14,183
- Private education loans: $0
- Institution cust-info plan: $0
How long will it take me to complete this program?
The program is designed to take 50 academic weeks to complete. 86.36% of graduates from this program finished in this time.
What are the chances of getting a job when I graduate?
The job placement rate for students who complete the program at the Health Career Institute, Wilsonville, is 48.57%. For Springfield students, the rate is 50.00%.
What type of jobs?
- Pharmacy Technician
Will I be able to pay back my student loans?
% (Not available) of students in this institution who took out federal student loans are successfully repaying them.