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Prepare for an exciting career in the fast-growing pharmacy field with the Professional Pharmacy Technician program at College of DuPage. This is a 105-hour program, which includes 75 hours of instruction in retail and institutional pharmacy practices, pharmacokinetics (how drugs work), drug class differentiation, basic physiology, drug interactions, pharmacy law and ethics. This enhanced course also includes 30 hours of dedicated instruction in pharmacy calculations, including math concepts, dosage calculations and measurement conversions.
The program meets all requirements and prepares students for national certification exams. These are the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (EXCPT).
College of DuPage is an approved EXCPT testing site.
An add-on module of a 60-hour hands-on externship in a pharmacy is available. You must successfully complete the Pharmacy Technician Program and be licensed and certified. The externship is not mandatory, but is highly recommended. In addition to academic requirements, immunizations, background checks and drug testing will be required.
Jobs for pharmacy technicians are expected to increase by as much as 32 percent through the year 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This is driven by the drug industry's continued creation and production of specialized pharmaceuticals to treat, cure and alleviate symptoms of illness and disease, and the increased number of middle-aged and elderly individuals. Salaries vary based on many factors, but can range from $19,840 to $40,710.
The Professional Pharmacy Technician program is an excellent option for students interested in starting a new career, as well as for current health care professionals who want to expand their knowledge of pharmacology.
Professional Pharmacy Technician Program
This comprehensive 105-hour program includes 75 hours of instruction in retail and institutional pharmacy practices, pharmacokinetics (how drugs work), drug class differentiation, basic physiology, drug interactions, and pharmacy law and ethics. This enhanced course includes 30 hours of dedicated instruction in pharmacy calculations, including math concepts, dosage calculations and measurement conversions. Meets all requirements and prepares students for ExCPT and PTCB national certification exams. Fall 2016
Pharmacy Tech Externship
Clinical training is an essential part of healthcare for any specialty, including pharmacy technicians. In this course you will have the opportunity to complete an externship, 200 hours of hands-on training a CVS location. Students will be required to complete a drug test and background check. Hours and schedule may vary depending on location. Students may enroll at anytime during the semester. Registration is open throughout the semester. Call (630) 942-2208 for more details. Fall 2016
For more detailed program information or to register, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208, or email CE@cod.edu.
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