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Pharmacy Technology

“Being a Pharmacy Technician has been a lifechanging experience for me for I get to go to work and do what I love…helping patients with their health. Thank you CCC!”


Pharmacy Technology As a Pharmacy Technician, you will help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other healthcare products to patients in hospitals and in the community. Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication for patients, such as counting or measuring medications, labeling containers, maintaining patient records, and preparing insurance claim forms. It is expected that demand for trained technicians will increase due to the aging population and the increased use of medications. You may enter the workforce directly after completing this program or elect to apply credit earned toward your degree.

Job Outlook

Certification

Good job opportunities are expected for full-time and part-time work, especially for technicians with formal training or previous experience. Job openings for Pharmacy Technicians will result from the expansion of retail pharmacies and other employment settings, and from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force.

Graduates are eligible for the Oklahoma State Board of Pharmacy Technician Permit and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board administers the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination, Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

Employment of Pharmacy Technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2016 due to the increased pharmaceutical needs of a larger and older population, and to the greater use of medication. The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people—who, on average, use more prescription drugs than do younger people—will spur demand for technicians in all practice settings. With advances in science, more medications are becoming available to treat more conditions. Cost-conscious insurers, pharmacies, and health systems will continue to emphasize the role of technicians. As a result, Pharmacy Technicians will assume responsibility for more routine tasks previously performed by pharmacists. Pharmacy Technicians also will need to learn and master new pharmacy technology as it surfaces.

On-Ground Program Diploma • 8 month program and classes begin every Monday • Monday through Thursday 8:00am–1:00pm or 5:30pm10:30pm Degree • 18 month program and classes begin every Monday • Monday through Thursday 8:00am–1:00pm or 5:30pm10:30pm • Associates Courses Online or On Campus Monday through Thursday 9:00am-11:50am

Online Program

Diploma • 12 Month program and classes begin every Monday Degree • 22 month program and classes begin every Monday • Associates Courses Online

Financial Assistance • Pell Grant and Federal Student Loans are available to those who qualify • Private Lenders • Voc-Rehab, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Workforce Oklahoma and Veteran’s Education

Entrance Requirements • High School Diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) • Admittance Essay

Degree Program Students who wish to further their education beyond the diploma program have the option of attending CCC’s Associates of Occupational Science Degree Program. The degree program is designed to provide a foundation that will enable degree holders to seek and apply for management roles in their specialties.

Application Process Interested candidates should apply early. Applications can be made in person at 4242 South Sheridan or by contacting an Admissions team member at 918.610.0027 or via email at admissions@communitycarecollege.edu. Log on to www.communitycarecollege.edu for an online application.

Working Conditions Pharmacy Technicians work in clean, organized, well-lit, and well-ventilated areas. Most of their workday is spent on their feet. They may be required to lift heavy boxes or to use stepladders to retrieve supplies from high shelves. Technicians work the same hours that pharmacists work. These may include evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays. Because some hospital and retail pharmacies are open 24 hours a day, technicians may work varying shifts. As their seniority increases, technicians often have increased control over the hours they work. There are many opportunities for part-time work in both retail and hospital settings.

Physical Requirements Physical requirements can very from sedentary to heavy activity depending upon whether Pharmacy Technicians are performing administrative, laboratory or stocking procedures. Hearing Must demonstrate ability to functionally perceive the nature of sounds and the spoken word and may use adaptive techniques or devices. Speech Must demonstrate ability to functionally express self orally and/ or in writing. Vision Must possess normal vision or correctable to within normal ranges.

Mental & Emotional Requirements Because Pharmacy Technicians deal with the public, they must be neat and well-groomed, and have a courteous, pleasant manner. Pharmacy Technicians must be able to put customers at ease and explain physicians’ instructions. They must respect the confidential nature of medical information.

Community Care College is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and is Licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools and is recognized by the United States Department of Education and authorized by Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to offer Associate Degrees. Disclosures regarding the College’s programs related to consumer information/gainful employment are provided for each eligible program at http://www.collegesooner.com/consumer-information/ Community Care College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital or veteran status, or qualified disability.

Pharmacy Technology  

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