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Overview – Pharmacy Technician Certificate

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The Pharmacy Technician program is a two semester program that prepares the graduate to function as a health professional under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist in a retail setting. Pharmacy Technicians require a broad knowledge of the practice of pharmacy and knowledge of techniques required to measure, mix, count, label and record amounts and dosages of medications. In addition, Pharmacy Technicians verify prescriptions from physicians and help maintain patient records and insurance information.

Entrance Requirements

    1. A high school diploma or its equivalent, or permission of the Division Chair.
    2. A high school GPA of 2.00 or higher.
    3. A score of 52 or higher on the Algebra component of the COMPASS test or ACT Math score of 21 or higher. If unable to achieve this score, MAT-063, Elementary Algebra, will be required simultaneously with PHR-105, Introduction to Pharmacy Technician, and PHR-941, Pharmacy Technician Practicum I. MAT-063, Elementary Algebra, may also be taken prior to entering the program.
    4. Computer literacy as documented by high school or college coursework.
    5. Must be a minimum of 18 years of age at the time of program completion.

Upon admission to the program, criminal background checks will be required. Drug checks may also be required by certain agencies prior to the practicum experience. Criminal background checks and drug checks are at student expense. NIACC name tags will also be required and can be purchased from the NIACC bookstore.

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