Why Choose the Pharmacy Technician Program at PPCC?

Working in a pharmacy is for those who wish to be dedicated, competent and caring professionals. Both the certificate and associate degree in the pharmacy technician program at PPCC are designed to prepare graduates to take the PTCB exam. PPCC students will benefit from excellent clinical facilities and staff, state of the art labs, and experienced and accessible faculty.

What will I study?

The pharmacy technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The program provides students broad knowledge and training in pharmacy, preparing students to assist licensed pharmacists, allowing the pharmacist to focus on patient education, pharmaceutical care and medication management.

As a student in the pharmacy technician program at PPCC, students will:

  • Develop an understanding of clinical laboratory equipment to develop hands-on pharmacy technician skills.
  • Gain valuable on-the-job traning during your externship.
  • Train to work as a member of a pharmacy team in both institutional and community setttings.
  • Get personalized, hands-on instruction from an experienced and caring staff.

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Example Classes I Might Take

Orients students to the work of pharmacy technicians and the context in which a technician`s work is performed. Students learn the concept of pharmaceutical care and the technician`s general role in its delivery. The development of new drug products is discussed as well as a variety of issues that touch on attitudes, value and beliefs of success for pharmacy technicians. Students gain an appreciation for the value of obtaining technician certification, and the benefits of technicians` active involvement in local, state, and national pharmacy organizations.
Provides the basic concepts of normal body function as well as the diseases which impact the various body systems and the drugs used to treat such diseases. Emphasizes disease state management and drug therapy.
Develops the skills necessary for performing calculations in pharmacy practice and the compounding of sterile and non-sterile products. Includes a review of basic mathematical skills.. Enables the student to solve problems involving calculations pertinent to the preparations of pharmaceuticals. These skills are put to practical use in the compounding portion of this course. Preparation of sterile products, parenteral admixtures, TPN solutions and chemotherapeutics, using proper aseptic techniques are taught. The safe handling of antineoplastics and other hazardous drug products, as well as special drug storage requirements is learned. Emphasizes the importance of accuracy, quality and infection control. Use and maintenance of equipment such as Laminar Flow Hoods, auto-injectors, and pumps is discussed.
Provides a basic understanding of general and specific tasks as well as the responsibilities involved in the practice of pharmacy in an institutional pharmacy setting. Emphasizes in-patient hospital pharmacy practice and other related practice settings (such as Homecare and Nursing Home or Long-Term Care). A laboratory experiential component provides a hands-on experience in the preparation of intravenous admixtures, aseptic technique, unit-dose distribution, dispensing for greater than 24 hours.


Career Options

Relevant healthcare training can help you attain your career goals, giving you the opportunity to acquire the technical knowledge and skills you’ll need to transition into or advance in the healthcare field.

The pharmacy technician is a crucial link in the health care system. Qualified pharmacy technicians are in high demand, due to the increase in pharmacists’ workloads, the increasing demand of an aging population on the health care system, and the shortage of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.

Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. The pharmacy technician has broad knowledge and training in pharmacy, however does not require the advanced college education required of a licensed pharmacist. They specialize in the practical duties, allowing the pharmacist to focus on the judgemental tasks involved in patient education, pharmaceutical care and medication management.

Whether you choose the AAS degree program or certificate program, all courses are led by instructors with experience in the healthcare field. You’ll receive a quality education and personalized attention from faculty and staff who are dedicated to supporting your potential and preparing you for career opportunities as a professional pharmacy technician.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the Pharmacy Technician Program, students should be able to:

  • Interpret, fill, and distribute prescriptions for medications in both the community and institutional pharmacy settings under supervision of a pharmacist.
  • Demonstrate proper aseptic technique in the preparation of sterile medication products.
  • Accurately perform pharmaceutical calculations applicable to job responsibilities in both community and institutional pharmacy settings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the use and side effects of prescription and nonprescription drugs used to treat common disease states.       
  • Apply the laws governing the practice of pharmacy at the state and federal levels.


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