Pharmacy Technician

Certificate/Diploma

The pharmaceutical industry is an exciting career field with promising opportunities. When you earn a diploma from our pharmacy technician program, you can acquire the knowledge, skills, and work habits you need to pursue a career as a pharmacy technician—a career field that the U.S. Department of Labor predicts to grow faster than the average for all occupations.*  

At Brightwood College, we want to help you obtain a fulfilling pharmaceutical career with a bright future. As a graduate of our Pharmacy Technician Diploma program, you could have the ability to make a difference in people’s lives where it matters most–their health. By working with your patients and giving them proper medication, you can help them take better care of themselves.

Pharmacy Technician Career Responsibilities

Pharmacy technicians work directly under the supervision of a registered pharmacist, preparing prescription medications for distribution to patients. You may be responsible for obtaining refill authorizations, transcribing doctors' orders, and processing insurance claims. Other daily activities may include assisting with quality management; security measures; and monitoring, ordering, and stocking inventory. You may be required to perform the following duties:  

  • Establish and maintain patient profiles and enter patient information into a computerized database
  • File insurance claim forms and deal with insurance companies
  • Maintain inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Prepare prescription labels, select the type of prescription container, and affix labels to the container
  • Verify that prescription information is complete and accurate  

Our Pharmacy Technician Diploma program is taught by qualified faculty members whose goal is to help you stand out to local employers. Our innovative curriculum is designed to teach you the interpersonal and communication skills sought by today’s pharmacists. At Brightwood College, you could graduate with the specific skills needed to become successful in the pharmaceutical field. 

A Career-Focused Curriculum

Your courses will include classroom teaching and lab training in a variety of topics relevant to careers in the pharmaceutical industry, such as the following:  

  • Sterile product preparations
  • Prescription order processing and filing procedures
  • Computer applications and career development
  • Pharmacology as it relates to the role as a pharmacy technician
  • Pharmacy compounding for medical customization
  • Inventory control and storage requirements
  • Pharmacy law, regulations, and business applications
  • Communication skills relevant to the role as a pharmacy technician

Courses may also emphasize stocking procedures and handling outdated items. You will also have the opportunity to learn trade and generic names of medications, how drugs affect the various systems of the body, first aid, CPR, and computer software applications.  

Real-World Externship Experience

Brightwood College emphasizes hands-on training and experiences that help prepare you for employment as soon as you graduate. Prior to graduation, you will complete an externship at an approved retail, hospital, or residential pharmacy or other pharmaceutical facility where you can apply the knowledge, skills, and work habits you learn in school in a real-world career setting. The externship program allows you to interact with medical professionals and gain the experience employers demand.

Certification and Program Outcomes

Certification or licensure can provide an additional credential for obtaining employment in the field; in some instances, certification or licensure may be required for employment in certain locations. This program can help you prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) sponsored by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

As a graduate of Brightwood College' s pharmacy technician program, you may apply for an entry-level position at pharmacies in retail, hospital, and mail order settings. You may also find positions available in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Ohio students: Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, and job outlook and salary information may be found by visiting the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy at https://pharmacy.ohio.gov, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) at http://www.ptcb.org, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/.

The College makes no representation, promise or guarantee that completion of this program either assures passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Prospective and current students, as well as graduates, are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed or employed. Brightwood College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

Additional information regarding employment regulations, certification, and job outlook and salary information may be found at the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), https://www.ptcb.org; Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), http://www.bls.gov/ooh/; and your state pharmacy board.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–2017 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (accessed March 2016). Expected national growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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