Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Pharmacy Technology Program:

  • Possess the knowledge and skills to perform pharmacy-related functions (including pharmacy management functions) and provide pharmaceutical care services under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, including:
  • Gain clinical experience in a variety of pharmacy and health care settings, including hospital, community, and specialty pharmacies.
  • Become Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhT) by successfully completing the national Pharmacy Technician Certification examination, administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
  • Meet the legal requirements of having an AAS degree in Pharmacy Technology and being a Certified Pharmacy Technician in order to work in hospitals as Validating Technicians who supervise and check the work of other technicians. 

With the successful completion of the Pharmacy Technology program, graduates should have the knowledge and skills to perform pharmacy-related functions and to provide pharmacy services under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, including:

  • Receive and screen prescription medication orders for completeness and accuracy
  • Receive prescriptions sent electronically from doctor's office
  • Review and interpret medication orders
  • Process and transcribe medication orders written by prescribers
  • Calculate dose and quantity to dispense
  • Prepare medication labels, select appropriate prescription container, and affix prescription and auxiliary labels
  • Measure, label and package prescriptions
  • Utilize equipment such as electronic tablet counters, computerized label printers, compounding equipment and robotic equipment
  • Use computers to perform pharmacy functions
  • Use pharmaceutical and medical terminology, abbreviations and symbols appropriately
  • Compound oral, topical, and parenteral prescriptions
  • Establish and maintain patient pharmacy and medical profiles
  • Replenish medications for hospital nursing units, emergency kits, and cardiac arrest carts
  • Prepare intravenous mixtures for antibiotic therapy, chemotherapy, and total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
  • Use aseptic technique in laminar and vertical flow hoods to compound sterile products, including cytotoxic chemotherapy
  • Assure pharmacist checks prescription before medication is delivered
  • Use drug distribution systems
  • Deliver medications to patient care areas
  • Filling patient cassettes and automated dispensing equipment
  • Complete required documentation and file prescriptions
  • Generate appropriate records related to dispensing and distribution
  • Prepare insurance claims and reconcile insurance billings
  • Purchase, receive, and store pharmaceuticals, devices, and supplies
  • Prepare invoices and maintain drug information files
  • Monitor expiration dates and control medication, equipment, and device inventory
  • Maintain pharmacy equipment used in preparation, storage, and distribution of drug products
  • Assist pharmacist in monitoring compliance with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and professional standards
  • Assist pharmacist in preparing, storing, and distributing investigational drug products and radiopharmaceuticals
  • Assist pharmacist in monitoring drug therapy
  • Assist pharmacist in identifying patients who desire counseling on use of medications, equipment, and devices
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient information
  • Understand use and side effects of prescription and nonprescription drugs used to treat common disease states
  • Package drugs for automated dispensing per dose, per patient, and per administration period
  • Utilize automation and robots to process prescriptions in hospitals for point of care dispensing, centralized dispensing, and controlled substance dispensing and tracking, and in retail pharmacies