Pharmacy Technician Program

Ross Medical Education Center - Pharmacy Tech Program

Looking for Pharmacy Technician career training from an institutionally accredited school?

Ross has Pharmacy Technician Training Programs in Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia. Due to many changing factors in the medical climate, there will potentially be an increased demand for labor in locations that manage and distribute prescription medications. Employment for Pharmacy Technicians is projected to grow by 20% from 2012 to 2022.* Your investment in pharmacy technician training could help provide career opportunities today and in the future.

Pharmacy Technician Program Overview

The Pharmacy Technician program at Ross Medical Education Center can be completed in just 36 weeks. Students in this program will be instructed on how to function as an assistant to a licensed pharmacist including the standards of pharmacy ethics and law, microbiology, pharmaceutical and medical terminology, dosages, and both trade and generic names of drugs. Experienced instructors will also direct students in performing essential functions related to drug procurement and inventory control, manufacturing and packaging operations, compounding procedures, and much more. Upon successful completion of the program, students should be prepared to work in entry-level positions in community, retail, and/or hospital/health systems pharmacy.

Pharmacy Technician students are given practical hands-on instruction in areas such as:

  • Dosage calculations
  • Drug preparation
  • Drug packaging and labeling
  • Aseptic technique
  • Parenteral admixtures
  • Pharmacy software

In addition to the core Pharmacy Technician training, Ross Medical Education Center goes a step above and provides instruction in networking techniques, tools to write a professional resume, and interview strategies.

Pharmacy Technician Externships

Ross Medical Education Center requires students to complete a practical externship in order to graduate. The externship is crucial to the learning experience for every Ross student, giving them a chance to apply what they have been given instruction on in the classroom to a real world setting.

The externship also provides employers an opportunity to assess students’ skills prior to hiring entry-level allied health professionals.

In addition, unlike some other schools, Ross does not schedule or require any waiting period for externships as part of the curriculum! This is another example of our commitment to students’ success.

Certification for Pharmacy Technician Graduates

Certification is important to potential employers as they seek to hire the best and most qualified candidates. Securing a certification in your field can be an indicator of dedication to your field and high standards of patient care.

Ross Medical Education Center and Ross College in Sylvania understand the importance of certification and are confident in the preparation they provide to graduates. Due to this, Ross offers reimbursement to graduates that take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

Licensure & Accreditation

All Ross Medical Education Center campuses and Ross College in Sylvania, OH are
institutionally Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

Ross Campuses that offer the Pharmacy Technician Program

Career Opportunities for Pharmacy Technician

Becoming a Pharmacy Technician could be an excellent investment in your future. As the population ages, there may be a higher demand for prescription medications which will increase the need for pharmacy staff. This will require more Pharmacy Technicians who have been trained in both technical and administrative skills. Also, as Pharmacists are needed more for patient needs, a larger number of technicians would be needed to complete the various other pharmacy tasks. Depending on the size and location of the pharmacy, the roles of Pharmacy Technicians can vary from one workplace to another.

Pharmacy Technicians may find career opportunities in the following:

  • Community and retail pharmacies
  • Hospital pharmacies
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Compounding pharmacies
  • Home Health Care pharmacies
  • Nuclear pharmacies
  • Oncology units

Pharmacy Technician Job Responsibilities

Pharmacy Technicians are cross-trained to be able to perform both administrative and technical tasks in a variety of facilities. The specific tasks required can vary significantly from one facility to the next depending on the size, speciality, and location.

Administrative Tasks as a Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians’ administrative duties begin with tasks typical of any office and build on a pharmacology foundation to provide the edge in a competitive job market. These tasks may include billing and collections, data entry, inventory control and management, and general pharmacy operations.

Technical Tasks as a Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technicians’ technical duties may vary according to state law. These tasks may include practicing aseptic techniques, making measurement and dosage calculations, performing sterile/non-sterile compounding, and preparing medications.

Ross does not guarantee employment.

*Source as of 01/08/2014: US Dept. of Labor Statistic Occupational Outlook Handbook: Pharmacy Technician

Currently Ross Medical Education Center, Fort Wayne, IN campus is *ASHP application-submitted* status.