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Community Pharmacy Technician

Program Requirements: 

Gateway Technical College’s Community Pharmacy Technician technical diploma will prepare you for a rewarding, demanding and ever-evolving career as a pharmacy technician. Community pharmacy technicians perform a variety of duties and responsibilities including preparation of prescriptions, record-keeping, inventory control, handling monetary transactions and filing third-party claims. Emphasis is placed on communication and customer relations in this health care occupation. Gateway’s program gives you the one-on-one attention you need, as class sizes are small; making it easy to get to know both instructors and classmates and to successfully complete the program. Students in the program have a wide variety of learning experiences including lectures, team projects, classroom discussions, videos, field trips and physical and virtual labs. Each course is designed with real-world projects and pharmacy application assignments to demonstrate the intrapersonal and technical skills needed to succeed as a health care professional.

Gainful Employment Information

What does a Community Pharmacy Technician do?

Those searching for pharmacy technician positions have a range of career opportunities. Community pharmacy technicians perform a variety of tasks including preparation of prescriptions, record-keeping, inventory control, handling monetary transactions and filing third-party claims. Pharmacy technicians can be found in a variety of workplaces including; hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, retail and mail-order companies.

Learning by doing

Gateway’s Community Pharmacy Technician program offers hands-on learning through different types of training labs:

  • Pharmacy lab – This lab features virtual simulations and a practice pharmacy where students take patient information, receive and fill prescriptions and make pharmacy calculations.
  • Chemistry lab – Students learn how to make aspirin.
  • Compounding lab – In this lab students learn about mixing solids, suspensions, emulsions, ointments and more.

All students are also required to develop a portfolio throughout their coursework. Each course is designed with real-world projects and pharmacy application assignments to demonstrate the soft and technical skills needed to succeed as a healthcare professional. These projects will help students to build their portfolio. Pharmacy technician students are able to utilize the skills they’ve learned in externships after successful completion of their first two semesters. Students usually complete their externship, or clinical work, at area pharmacies.

Job and salary outlook

The pharmacy technician field is one of the fastest growing occupations in the country. As the job of the pharmacist has become more complex the need for pharmacy technicians has increased. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to increase by 32 percent from 2010 to 2020. Median annual salary was $28,400 in 2010.

Certification and Licensing

After graduation, students are eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). This allows students to earn more responsibilities in the workplace. Most certified technicians go on to become managers, supervisors, or trainers of other pharmacy technicians.

Additional Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Advisors

Elkhorn
Amanda Hruzek
hruzeka@gtc.edu

Racine
Michelle Nevarez-Larkin
nevarezlarkinm@gtc.edu

Faculty

Elkhorn
Tamia Wiley
wileyt@gtc.edu

Program Administration

Mike O'Donnell, Dean
odonnellm@gtc.edu

Ja'Tawn Pinson,  Associate Dean
pinsonj@gtc.edu

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