Program Overview: The Pharmacy Technician Vocational Program is designed to provide comprehensive training and education for individuals seeking a career in the pharmaceutical field. This program combines classroom instruction with practical hands-on experience to equip students with the knowledge and skills to assist pharmacists in various healthcare settings.

Curriculum Highlights:

  1. Pharmacy Basics:
    • Introduction to the pharmaceutical industry, terminology, and the role of pharmacy technicians in healthcare.
  2. Pharmacology:
    • Overview of drug classifications, common medications, and their effects on the human body.
  3. Medical Terminology:
    • Development of proficiency in medical vocabulary relevant to pharmacy practice.
  4. Pharmacy Law and Ethics:
    • Understanding of legal and ethical considerations in pharmacy practice, including regulations and confidentiality.
  5. Pharmacy Calculations:
    • Mastery of dosage calculations, compounding, and other mathematical skills crucial for accurate medication dispensing.
  6. Prescription Processing:
    • Practical training in receiving and interpreting prescriptions, including understanding abbreviations and dosage forms.
  7. Drug Compounding:
    • Hands-on experience in compounding medications, including sterile and non-sterile compounding techniques.
  8. Medication Dispensing:
    • Training in accurately measuring, packaging, and labeling medications for distribution.
  9. Inventory Management:
    • Understanding the principles of pharmacy inventory control, including ordering, stocking, and managing expiration dates.
  10. Customer Service Skills:
    • Developing effective communication and interpersonal skills for interacting with patients and healthcare professionals.
  11. Pharmacy Software and Technology:
    • Familiarization with pharmacy management software and other technology used in daily pharmacy operations.
  12. Clinical Rotations/Externship:
    • Practical, hands-on experience in real-world pharmacy settings, working under the supervision of licensed pharmacists.

Certification Preparation: The program prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) or other relevant certification exams required for state licensure.

Career Development: Guidance on job search strategies, resume building, and interview preparation to assist students in securing entry-level positions as pharmacy technicians.

Prerequisites: High school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Accreditation: Ensure the program is accredited by the appropriate accrediting bodies or regulatory agencies.

Upon successful completion of the Pharmacy Technician Vocational Program, graduates are prepared to pursue entry-level positions in retail pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare settings, where they will work collaboratively with pharmacists to provide essential pharmaceutical services.

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