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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 9% from 2014-2024, 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

 


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.

Medical Office / Facility Basics

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

This course focuses on the basic concepts in the professional practice of medicine including the roles and functions of the medical assistant, pharmacy technician, medical biller and coder. 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. Lastly, the students are introduced to math for health care professionals including adult and child dosage calculations.

Community Pharmacy Technician

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the elements of the retail pharmacy arena including the relationship between the pharmacist and the pharmacy technician. Also, the student will be researching the federal and state mandates for retail pharmaceutical organizations and ethical standards. In addition, the student will be exposed to the values of written/computerized, verbal and interpreted communications with the customers and other medical entities. Also, the students will develop a basic understanding of insurance billing purposes using the Pharmacy Management Program Software. During the mechanical structure of pharmacology, the student will be exposed to and demonstrate understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. This will include the Integumentary, Musculoskeletal, Digestive and Nervous Systems. In correlation with the mechanical anatomy and physiology, medical terminology including abbreviations, the student will learn pharmacology classification, drug actions, interactions, indication, contra-indications, side effects and methods of administering therapeutic agents. Dosage calculation is mandatory in order to keep the students current with Adult and Child levels of medication preparation, dispensing and compounding for patients that buy products at the Community Pharmacies.

Institutional Pharmacy Technician

12 Weeks / 15.5 Quarter Credit Hours

This course is designed to introduce students to the elements of the hospital, Home Health, Hospice and Long-Term Care pharmacy systems including the relationship between the pharmacist(s) and the pharmacy technician. The student will be researching the federal and state mandates for institutional pharmaceutical organizations and ethical standards. Also, the student will be exposed to the values of written/computerized, verbal and interpreted communications with the medical institutional entities. During the visceral structure of pharmacology, the student will be exposed and demonstrate understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body regarding the cells, tissues, fluid and electrolytes balance including the organ systems such as Endocrine, Lymphatic, Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Urinary. In correlation with the visceral anatomy and medical terminology, the student will learn pharmacology classification, drug actions, interactions, indication, contra-indications, side effects and methods of administering therapeutic agents. Dosage calculation is mandatory in order to keep the students current with Adult and Child levels of medication preparation, dispensing, compounding and intravenous fluids including additive for patients in an institutional setting.

Career Prep / Externship

12 Weeks / 13 Quarter Credit Hours

During weeks one through five, the student will be in a classroom setting focusing on three areas: Career Prep, Pharmacy Technician Review Exam and Skills Review. Career Prep Week will include résumé preparation, job hunting techniques, interview preparation and employment expectations. Pharmacy Technician Review Exam Week prepares the students for The PTCB Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination. Skills review provides the students with continued instructional support, which the student will gain experience prior to entering the externship facility. Externship will consist of weeks six through twelve; 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 80 hours in the community sector and 100 hours in the institutional sector prior to graduating from WTI.


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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