Prepare to work in a retail or other pharmacy setting by learning pharmacy medical terminology, history of pharmacy, pharmacy practice in multiple environments, pharmacy calculations and measurements, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Overview of dosage calculations, drug classifications, the "top 200 drugs", I.V. flow rates, sterile compounding, dose conversions, aseptic technique, the handling of sterile products, total parental nutrition (TPN), dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control, billing and reimbursement are covered as well.
Pharmacy Technician Program courses taken concurrently include:
- PHRA.1001 – Introduction to Pharmacy 52 contact hours
- PHRA.1005 – Drug Classifications 32 contact hours
- PHRA.1060 – Pharmacy Technician Clinical 80 contact hours
Applicants must complete Pharmacy Technician program application, upload supplemental items and meet all Health Professions Requirements BEFORE they can be admitted into the program and are eligible for registration.
HEALTHCARE PROGRAM IMMUNIZATIONS
- HEPATITIS B (3 shot series) or positive titer before clinicals/patient contact
- MEASLES, MUMPS RUBELLA (MMR) or separate positive titers
- TETANUS/DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS (TDAP) - One dose within the past 10 years
- TUBERCULIN SKIN TEST (TB) - Negative reading within 12 months of course completion date or chest x-ray
- VARICELLA (CHICKEN POX) or positive titer
ADDITIONAL HEALTHCARE REQUIREMENTS
- 18 YEARS OF AGE
- HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, HSE/GED OR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPT – Unofficial copy can be uploaded
- DRIVER'S LICENSE OR GOVERNMENT PHOTO ID - Must be valid
- SOCIAL SECURITY CARD – Must be signed
- SATISFACTORY CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK – Completed form to be processed by WC
- CPR - BASIC LIFE SUPPORT (BLS) CERTIFICATION MUST BE FROM AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION – Recommended, not required
NOTICE: Certain criminal history may prevent a student from being approved to register for a program or attending clinical/practicum/externship. In some areas it can prohibit student from employment and/or obtaining licensure through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board. Students should verify eligibility before applying.
Graduates will receive a Weatherford College certificate of completion and be eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s (PTCB) Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) exam. Students can choose to be a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT); Compounding Technician; Lead Pharmacy Tech, or Inventory Specialist. This program prepares you to work in a retail or other pharmacy settings, such as hospitals or compounding labs.
Certified Pharmacy Technicians wanting to further their career can enroll in a Pharmacist program.
Funding assistance through the Workforce Education Grant and Weatherford College Foundation Scholarship for Workforce Education may be available for eligible applicants, until funds are depleted. This program does not qualify for FAFSA.
Weatherford Campus: 817-598-8870
Wise County Campus: 940-626-3304
Number of Credits
- 16.4 CEUs (Continuing Education Units)