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Pharmacy Technician

 

Pharmacy technicians often work in retail, institutional, and mail-order pharmacies and have various responsibilities, depending on State rules and regulations. Technicians receive written prescription requests from patients. They verify that the information on the prescription is complete and accurate. To prepare the prescription, technicians retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and sometimes mix the medication. Then they prepare the prescription labels, select the type of container, and affix the prescription and auxiliary labels to the container. Once the prescription is filled, technicians price and file the prescription, which must be checked by a pharmacist before it is given to the patient. Technicians may establish and maintain patient profiles, as well as prepare insurance claim forms. Technicians always refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist.
 
Technicians and aides often have varying schedules that include nights, weekends, and holidays. In facilities that are open 24 hours a day, such as hospital pharmacies, technicians may be required to work nights. 

​Pharmacy Technician Information Session

Monday 02/20/2017 4.00pm to 5.00 pm Building 41/164
Monday 03/30/2017 4.00pm to 5.00 pm Building 41/164
Monday 04/24/2017 4.00pm to 5.00 pm Building 41/164

Classroom Experience
Our innovative one year program is offered as an online program with off-campus clinical rotations in its second semester.  It will offer you a highly stimulating learning environment from which to launch a successful career in the field of pharmacy. As a student, you will learn to carry out the primary responsibilities of an entry-level Pharmacy Technician which will include:
  • Screening prescription orders for accuracy and completeness;
  • Preparing prescriptions--retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and sometimes mix the medication;Performing drug calculationsPreparing medicines used to treat cancer;
  • Assisting in the management of investigational drug studies and;
  • Using technology to help maintain accurate patient records, prepare and package medications, and place orders.
Classes focus on helping you cultivate competency in the concept of the profession as well as developing technical skills with a combination of online lectures and off-site clinical study. All courses are taught online with clinical affiliation sites located within the tri-county area.
Only 24 seats are available in the program which begins each August.
Career Path
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms good news for future graduates of BC's Pharmacy Technician Program since this field is one of the country's fastest growing healthcare occupations. Here in Florida, home of one of the country's largest elderly populations, the long-term outlook is favorable for an accelerating demand for pharmacy technicians. Employment is expected to grow faster than average with a 20% increase in job opportunities for graduates of a Pharmacy Technician Program.  The beginning salary range is $29,320 annually or $14.10 per hour. 
 
Pharmacy technicians are currently in very high demand and this demand is expected to continue through at least 2018.  As pharmacies expand patient care services, the role of and need for pharmacy technicians will also expand.
 
With the appropriate amount of training and experience, pharmacy technicians may be promoted to supervisory roles, may seek specialization (e.g. oncology, nuclear pharmacy), or may pursue further education and training to become a pharmacist.  Some technicians gain specialized skills in sterile products admixture, pharmacy automation, and health information systems
Is this Program Right for Me?

If you’re interested in the field of pharmacy technician, you should:  

  • Be comfortable with a job that requires physical activity and long periods of standing
  • Have a background in the sciences (biology, anatomy, etc.)
  • Possess a desire to work in an active, progressive occupation
  • Be able to interact well with a variety of people and different cultures
  • Have a general interest in the prevention of disease and the maintenance and restoration of the quality of life
Accreditation
Broward College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). The College is applying to become a Board of Pharmacy approved Registered Pharmacy Technician Training program in the State of Florida.
Courses
The Pharmacy Technician Program is a two-semester, one year program that consists of 1050 hours of classroom and clinical time.  Lectures are delivered to students via online learning technology.  Clinical rotations begin in the second semester of the first year of the program.
 
In order to progress through the Pharmacy Technician Program, you must successfully achieve all affective, cognitive, and psychomotor objectives, achieve a grade of “C” or above in all program courses, a grade of “S” in all clinical rotations and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 or higher. 
 
A state and national licensing examination is required upon completion of the program.
Mission Statement
The mission of Broward College is to achieve student success by developing informed and creative students capable of contributing to a knowledge- and service-based global society. As a public community college accredited to offer associate degrees, selected baccalaureate degrees, and certificate programs, the institution and its District Board of Trustees are committed to fostering a learning-centered community that celebrates diversity and inclusion by empowering and engaging students, faculty and staff.
 
The mission of the Pharmacy Technician Program is to prepare competent, ethical and culturally sensitive entry-level Pharmacy Technicians who are capable of functioning in an ever-changing health care delivery system secondary to being dedicated to lifelong learning. Student success is achieved by developing informed and creative students capable of contributing to a knowledge- and service-based global society. The program provides learner-centered technical education to all segments of the community and is committed to celebrating diversity and inclusion by empowering and engaging students, faculty and staff. 
 
The program is committed to accomplishing its mission through the use of effective and diverse instructional methods that encompass both traditional as well as technology-based strategies (e-learning including online courses, etc.).
Program Outcomes

After successfully completing this program the student will be able to perform the following:

01.0       Demonstrate knowledge of the healthcare delivery system and health occupations.
02.0       Demonstrate the ability to communicate and use interpersonal skills effectively.
03.0       Demonstrate legal and ethical responsibilities.
04.0       Demonstrate an understanding of and apply wellness and disease concepts.
05.0       Recognize and practice safety and security procedures.
06.0       Recognize and respond to emergency situations.
07.0       Recognize and practice infection control procedures.
08.0       Demonstrate an understanding of information technology applications in healthcare.
09.0       Demonstrate employability skills.
10.0       Demonstrate knowledge of blood borne diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
11.0       Apply basic math and science skills.
12.0       Practice human relations.
13.0       Identify medical and legal considerations.
14.0       Identify pharmaceutical abbreviations and terminology as related to Community Pharmacy Practice.
15.0       Perform clerical duties as related to Pharmacy Practice.
16.0       Demonstrate knowledge of basic pharmaceutical chemistry and drug classification as it relates to the human physiology.
17.0       Demonstrate knowledge of inventory control.
18.0       Initiate measurement and calculating techniques as it relates to Community Practice.
19.0       Demonstrate a basic knowledge of pharmaceutical chemistry as it relates to the human physiology.
20.0       Prepare and deliver medications.
21.0       Prepackage unit dose medications.
22.0       Prepare intravenous admixtures.
Helpful Links
Get to know the industry and market for pharmacy technicians both locally and nationally. Browse the info on the following sites for a closer look at this profession.
Job Demands - Technical Performance Standards

Job Demands

Pharmacy technicians work in hospitals, drug and grocery stores, long-term and managed care facilities, and in mail order pharmacies. Pharmacy technicians also serve in the armed forces and as part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A technician’s work schedule may include evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays.  There are many opportunities for full and part-time work in both retail and hospital pharmacy settings.
 
Technical Performance Standards
Certain abilities are considered essential for student success relative to achieving the level of competency required for graduation. Potential students should carefully review the standards as detailed and are urged to inquire if clarification is needed on any of the standards.
 
1.     Ability to read and understand printed materials used in the classroom and health care settings such as textbooks, signs, medical supply packages, drug labels, syringe demarcations, policy and procedure manuals and patient records.
2.     Read and understand columns of numbers and measurement marks, count rates, tell time, use measuring tools, write numbers in records, and calculate (add, subtract, multiply, divide) mathematical information such as fluid volumes, doses, weights and measurements and prices.
3.     Ability to acquire and apply information from classroom instruction, skills laboratory experiences, independent learning and group projects. Demonstrate skills for memorization, integration of concepts, abstract reasoning, multifactorial problem solving and interpreting.
4.     Ability to communicate effectively in English in oral and written form with peers and instructors to complete assignments and tests, give directions, explain procedures, give oral reports, speak on the telephone and interact with others and document care. Ability to comprehend, interpret, and follow oral and written instructions. Communicate in a clear and concise manner with patients of all ages, including obtaining health history and other pertinent information.
5.     Establish rapport with peers, patients/ clients, and instructors, respect individual differences and negotiate interpersonal conflicts.
6.     Focus attention on task, monitor own emotions, perform multiple responsibilities concurrently, deal with the unexpected, handle strong emotions (i.e. grief, revulsion), and function as part of a team (ask advice, seek information, and share). Provide emotional support to patients as necessary.
7.     Manual dexterity necessary to manipulate syringes of various sizes and insert needles into IV bag ports, vials stoppers, open ampules, pick up objects with hands, grasp small objects, write with pen or pencil and squeeze fingers.
8.     Stand and maintain balance during classroom. Lab or clinical activities.
9.     Bend, lift, turn, grasp and squat with a full range of motion. Tolerate working in a closed sterile environment fully covered in sterile gowns, gloves, booties, hoods and respiratory mask for minimum of 2 hours at a time.
10.  Walk, reach arms above head and below waist, stoop/twist body, kneel, squat, move quickly (respond to emergency).
11.  Move objects independently weighing up to 25 pounds, move heavy objects (up to 50 lbs.), squeeze with hands, use upper body strength (manipulating large syringes, opening packages, drug bottles). Transport, move, lift or transfer cases/totes of IV fluids or other medications. Manipulate a variety of pharmacy equipment to prepare/ compound medications according to established procedures.
12.  Ability to read fine print on measuring devices and computer screens, see objects more than 20 feet away, recognize depths and use peripheral vision.
13.  Hear auditory alarms and normal speaking level sounds.
14.  Detect odors from client, smoke, gasses or noxious smells.
15.  Detect temperature (skin, solutions) andenvironmental temperature (drafts, cold and hot).
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