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Pharmacy Technician


Interested in finding a secure job in the rapidly growing healthcare industry? Consider a career as a Pharmacy Technician and enroll into our Wichita or Joplin pharmacy technician program today! The number of Pharmacy Technician jobs are projected to increase by 12% from 2016-2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

As Baby Boomers age, the demand for health services will only continue to grow, along with the need for dispensing of prescription medications to customers or health professionals. After completing your Pharmacy Technician program from WTI, you’ll be prepared for a career as a:

  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Compounding Specialist
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Program Objective

Courses available at Wichita and Joplin only.


Due to the increasing numbers of middle-aged and elderly people in the United States and abroad, Certified Pharmacy Technicians will be in demand.

This 12-month program is designed to prepare the graduate for an entry-level position in the field of Pharmacopeia assisting the Pharmacist. The students will develop skills with mixing and measuring medications, customer service, assist filling prescriptions for the customer, maintaining patient profiles within the electronic management system, handling insurance claims in regards to electronic transmission, receiving prescriptions physically or electronically and maintaining inventory. The student will also be trained in first aid and CPR for emergency situations. After the completion of the Pharmacy Technician Program at WTI, the student will be eligible to schedule and take the PTCB Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. Once the graduate passes the PTCB Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination, he/she will be eligible to register with the state of his/her choice and accept employment opportunities, which could encompass proprietary, hospital inpatient/outpatient and retail organizational pharmacies within the national base of the United States.

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Medical Office Basics4 Weeks5 QCH

This course focuses on the basic concepts in the professional practice of medicine and the role/function of the medical assistant. The students will be introduced to computer usage, keyboarding, basic word processing concepts, and formatting documents. Included is a comprehensive study of medical root words, combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes. This course addresses terminology used in various medical specialties, as well as common medical abbreviations and symbols. An introduction to anatomy and physiology through the study of cell and tissue structure and function is also included. Introduction to professionalism in the work place. Lastly, the students are introduced to math for health care professionals including adult and child dosage calculations.

Intermediate Medical Office Basics4 Weeks5 QCH

This course focuses on the basic concepts in the professional practice of medicine and the role/function of the medical assistant. The students will continue training on computer usage, keyboarding, basic word processing concepts, and formatting documents. Included is a comprehensive study of medical root words, combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes. This course addresses terminology used in various medical specialties, as well as common medical abbreviations and symbols. A continued review of systems relative to their anatomy and physiology. An introduction into basic pharmacology principles as well as adult and children’s medication dosing. Continued professionalism in the work place.

Advanced Medical Office Basics4 Weeks5.5 QCH

This course focuses on the basic concepts in the professional practice of medicine and the role/function of the medical assistant. The students will continue with computer usage, keyboarding, basic word processing concepts, and formatting documents. Included is a comprehensive study of medical root words, combining forms, suffixes, and prefixes. This course addresses terminology used in various medical specialties, as well as common medical abbreviations and symbols. A continued review of systems anatomy and physiology through. Pharmacological forms and medication administration. Adult and pediatric dosing. Applied research project.

Pharmacy History and References4 Weeks5 QCH

This course is designed to introduce students to the history of pharmacy and reference materials used by pharmacy professionals on a day to day basis. Also, the student will learn about differing dosage forms of medications, pharmacodynamics versus pharmacokinetics, and about absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of various medications. In addition, the student will learn about proper communication techniques to use with patients/customers and with the pharmacist as well. The student will also be exposed to related medical terminology, abbreviations, and frequently prescribed medications. Math calculations will also be introduced to go over basic math skills and introduce pharmacy specific math conversions.

Community Pharmacy and OTC Products4 Weeks5 QCH

This course is designed to introduce students to the elements of community pharmacy, including the entire process of filling a prescription from patient drop-off to pick up. The student will research applicable state laws and regulations that pertain to community pharmacy. The student will also learn about non-traditional pharmacy practice settings and specialty pharmacy jobs, including the pharmacy technician’s role in medical insurance. In addition, the student will learn about the use of Over-The-Counter (OTC) medications and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) used in addition to prescription medication to help treat patients. The student will also be exposed to related medical terminology, abbreviations, and frequently prescribed medications. Math calculations will go over calculating medications based on weight, calculating oral and liquid doses of medications.

Medication Safety and Inventory Management4 Weeks5.5 QCH

This course is designed to introduce students to medication safety and error prevention practices. In addition, the student will learn about inventory management and pharmacy billing practices, including billing insurance companies. The student will learn about pharmaceutical agents for the hematological and immune systems, including classifications, indications, contraindications, interactions, and side effects. The student will also be exposed to related medical terminology, abbreviations, and frequently prescribed medications. Math calculations will go over calculating new strengths of medications to be compounded, alligation method, and interpreting prescriber’s instructions.

Institutional Pharmacy and Aseptic Technique4 Weeks5 QCH

This course is designed to introduce students to institutional pharmacy (hospital, hospice, home health, and long-term care). Also, the student will learn about the various competencies and associations technicians can have or be a part of. The student will learn about all federal laws and agencies governing pharmacy including, HIPAA, ACA, FDA, and DEA. In addition, the student will learn how to properly use aseptic technique when reconstituting medications and compounding intravenous medications. The student will also be exposed to related medical terminology, abbreviations, and frequently prescribed medications. Math calculations will also be introduced to go over basic math skills and introduce pharmacy specific math conversions.

Bulk Repackaging and Pharmacology 1014 Weeks5 QCH

This course is designed to introduce students to the practice of bulk repackaging and non-sterile compounding. The student will learn about beyond-use-dating, accurate labeling, and compounding logs. In addition, the student will learn about pharmaceutical agents for the endocrine, nervous, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal systems including classifications, indications, contraindications, interactions, and side effects for each system. The student will also be exposed to related medical terminology, abbreviations, and frequently prescribed medications. Math calculations will go over calculating medications based on weight, calculating oral and liquid doses of medications.

Advanced Pharmacology4 Weeks5.5 QCH

This course is designed to introduce students to pharmaceutical agents for the renal, reproductive, and dermatological systems, including classifications, indications, contraindications, interactions, and side effects. In addition, the student will learn about pharmaceutical agents for the eyes, ears, nose, and throat, including classifications, indications, contraindications, interactions, and side effects. The student will also complete labs including compounding creams, ointments, and intravenous medications. The student will also be exposed to related medical terminology, abbreviations, and frequently prescribed medications. Math calculations will go over calculating new strengths of medications to be compounded, alligation method, and interpreting prescriber’s instructions.

Externship12 Weeks13 QCH

During the first week of externship, the student will be in a classroom setting focused on two areas: Skills Review and Career Prep. Career Prep includes resume preparation, job hunting techniques, interview preparation, and employment expectations. Skills Review provides the student with continued instructional support and practicing their practical skills prior to entering the externship facility. Externship consists of weeks two through eight; while the student is at his/her externship site, he or she will experience real-life practice in the actual pharmacy environment. Each student will complete 180 hours for their externship prior to graduation from W.T.I. The student will return to the classroom for week nine through twelve for Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Review with the instructor. Weeks nine through eleven will be focused on reviewing for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and testing will be scheduled for week twelve.

Total48 Weeks59.5 QCH

Do you have what it takes to be a Pharmacy Technician?

If you would like to get more training, we’d love to hear from you. For more information about the Pharmacy Technician program at WTI, please contact us or call (888) 885-6661.

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