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FAQs - Pharmacy Technician

What exactly is a Pharmacy Technician?
Pharmacy technicians are health science professionals that assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing and dispensing medications and other health care product to patients within health care settings. Under the direction of a pharmacist, the pharmacy technician performs pharmacy-related functions, in compliance with specific policies and procedures that provide optimal pharmaceutical care.
What does the current job market look like?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics confirms good news for future graduates of BC's Pharmacy Technician Assistant 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 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. 
What salary can I expect after I graduate?
The beginning salary range is $29,320 annually or $14.10 per hour. 

 

When and where are classes in this program offered?
All classes in the Pharmacy Technician program are offered online.  This means that you will not be coming onto any specific campus to sit in a classroom.  Clinical rotations will be offered at off-campus locations.
Is the program accredited?
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.
When do classes begin?

Classes begin each August, Term I. 

What type of degree do I receive?
This program will award a vocational certificate at the end of the one year course of study.
How many credits are in the Program?

There are no College credits in this program - it is 1050 clock hours in length.

What courses must I complete prior to applying?
There are no courses to complete prior to applying although it is recommended that you complete the Health Care Core Curriculum prior to the start of the program.
What is the length of the Program?
The program is two semesters in length - one academic year of study is required to complete the program.
Are there any other requirements that must be completed before I can start the program?
​Yes, once you have been accepted into the program, you will be required to complete a Background Check and Drug Screening.  Also, you will need to submit a completed Medical History and Physical Exam form.
Will I be attending clinical rotations in local hospitals or other health care agencies as part of my course requirements?
Yes, the program requires that you complete two separate clinical rotations in the second semester of the program at local pharmaceutical facilities.
Will I need to purchase uniforms for the Program?
Yes, all students will be expected to wear a designated uniform when attending the clinical rotations at local off-campus sites.  The uniform requirements will be presented during the orientation to the program within the first course.
What are the Florida resident requirements, as it relates to tuition?
You can find the information about Florida residency here. Generally, you must have established and maintained legal residency in Florida for a minimum of twelve months prior to the first day of the term that you enter the College.
Is a licensing examination required upon graduation?
Graduates are eligible to apply to the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) for permission to participate in the examination process upon completion of the Pharmacy Technician program. It is required to complete the credentialing process associated with this profession to work as a pharmacy technician. For further information, contact:
 
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
2215 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037-2985
1-800-363-8012
www.ptcb.org
 
What is the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam?
The Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam is a nationally accredited certification exam for pharmacy technicians offered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Individuals who pass the exam are given the designation CPhT (certified pharmacy technician). A certificate and a wallet card are sent to newly certified pharmacy technicians approximately six to eight weeks after taking the exam. Once you are certified, your certification is valid for two years.
In order to take the exam, candidates must meet certain eligibility requirements specified by the PTCB. These requirements are:
·         •Candidates must have a high school diploma or its equivalent (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)
·         •No felony conviction
·         •No drug or pharmacy related convictions, including misdemeanors. These violations must be disclosed to PTCB
·         •No denial, suspension, revocation, or restriction of registration or licensure, consent order or other restriction by any State Board of Pharmacy. No admission of misconduct or violation of regulations of any State Board of Pharmacy
 
Please note that effective January 1, 2011, any person who wishes to work as a pharmacy technician in the State of Florida must register with the Board of Pharmacy. To register with the Board of Pharmacy, an applicant must submit the following items:
 
1.     Pharmacy Technician Registration Application
2.     Non-refundable application fee, registration fee, and unlicensed application fee
3.     Proof of completion of a board-approved pharmacy technician-training program (submit official transcripts).
 
For more information, please visit http://www.floridaspharmacy.gov/licensing/registered-pharmacy-technician/
Should I submit my application by a certain date?
For exact time frames for the application period, check on the Health Sciences Admissions page. Notification of a student’s acceptance into the program is confirmed after the deadline for applications and review of the applicant pool is completed. Students must monitor their BC student email account for communication from the admission department.
How do you determine who is accepted into the Program?
Specifics regarding applying to the program are available on the Health Sciences Admissions page.
What is the program's role in the Admissions process?

The program, its administration, and faculty have no role in the actual application and acceptance process.

How do I know if my application is complete and if I have been accepted into the program?
Once accepted to Broward College, students will receive a letter with their Student ID number. Students should utilize this Student ID number to log into their Broward Student Account at www.broward.edu to monitor transcript evaluations and their Limited Access Program Application. Students must also monitor their Broward Student Email account as that is where the admissions department will communicate with students regarding application status and program acceptance. The admissions and selection process is managed by the Health Sciences Admissions Department.
What is the cost of the program?

​Pharmacy Technician Program


Estimated cost


Vocational Certificate Programs (PSAV) per credit hour.

Florida Residents:​
Tuition Fee     ​ $69.90​
Capital Improvement Fee ​ ​$5.45
Student Financial Aid Fee ​ $3.45
Technology Fee ​ ​$3.45
Total  ​$82.25
Total Credits    35 X $82.25
​Total tuition cost   $2,878.75*
                      
*Books and supplies additional

 


Vocational Certificate Programs (PSAV) per credit hour.

Non-Residents​
Tuition Fee  ​ $69.90​
Out of State Fee ​ $209.75
Capital Improvement Fee ​ ​​$17.95
Student Financial Aid Fee  ​ $13.95
Technology Fee ​ $13.95
​Total  $325.50
Total Credits ​35 X $325.50
Total tuition cost                                  $11,392.50*
 
*Books and supplies additional
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