Skip to main content
Register for Spring Semester

Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program

Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program

Get Job-Ready In One Semester

If you are interested in the field of healthcare, becoming a pharmacy technician is a great place to start.  The Pharmacy Technician Program at Columbus State gets you job-ready with just 4 classes (10 credit hours – usually one semester!).

Plus, it prepares you to take one of the Pharmacy Technician Board Exam for professional certification, potentially raising your earning power.

INFORMATION SESSION SCHEDULE

  • September 30th, 2014 at 6:00pm, Union Hall Room 331
  • October 23rd, 2014 at 12:00pm, Room: Union Hall Room 341
  • November 3rd, 2014 at 2:00pm, Room: Union Hall Room 178
  • November 19th, 2014 at 3:00pm, Room: Union Hall Room 145
  • December 2nd, 2014 at 3:00pm, Room: Union Hall Room 145

RSVP to attend the session of your choice by emailing vcocozza@cscc.edu.

Upon completion of the pharmacy certificate the student will be able to:

  • Prepare medications for dispensing to patients according to physician order.
  • Screen medication orders for completion and accuracy.
  • Maintain and stock inventory.
  • Purchase pharmaceuticals and supplies.
  • Perform dosage calculations as required.
  • Adhere to all federal and state regulations including all OSHA standards, standard precautions, aseptic techniques, as well as HIPAA regulations.
  • Provide excellent customer service by understanding customer attitudes and behaviors.
  • Sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam.

Plan of Study

Printable Plan of Study

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
MULT 1500 Concepts for the Pharmacy Technician 4
BMGT 1008 21st Century Workplace Skill 2
MATH 1000 Mathematics Skills for Health Professionals 1
MKTG 1230 Customer Service & Sales 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 10

Please contact Vincent Cocozza at 614-287-2521 or vcocozza@cscc.edu to register for BMGT 1008.


Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Will I be a Certified Pharmacy Technician?

Certification is a process by which a non-governmental organization grants recognition to an individual who has met predetermined qualifications specified by that organization. In order to become a certified pharmacy technician, you must take an exam to prove competency in the field. This class will prepare you for the examination. There are currently two approved examinations:

1. The ExCPT exam: provided by the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ICPT): www.nationaltechexam.org.

This test is $105 and is offered at the Testing and Talent Assessment Center at the Center for Workforce Development. Candidates must pre-register with NHA (National Health Career Association) at www.nhanow.com or call 800-499-9092. For additional information regarding this exam please contact us at 614-287-5858.

2. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE) provided by the pharmacy technician certification board (PTCB): www.ptcb.org

This test is $129 and is offered at Pearson Professional Centers. Candidates must pre-register with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) at www.pctb.org or call 1-800-363-8012. For additional information regarding this exam please contact us at 614-287-5858.

2. Where can I find a job?

Pharmacy Technicians are in demand by several types of health care facilities including hospitals, home health care organizations, retail pharmacies, mail order drug companies, call centers and are moving to more specialized pharmacy areas.

3. What job qualifications will I have after completing this course?

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in preparing and filling prescriptions, keeping records or drugs used, working with the public, taking inventory, ordering supplies, and completing other tasks as needed based upon your skills.

4. Are there any prerequisites for this certificate?

You will be required to be cleared through a background check/fingerprinting and drug screen process to complete the certificate program.  You must register for the screening process within one week of enrollment in MULT 1500.

5. How much money can I make as a Pharmacy Technician?

As with any job, it depends on where you work. The beginning pay may range from $8.00 to $14.00 per hour in the Central Ohio area. Higher pay rates may be given due to shift differentials (i.e. working evenings or weekends) or for becoming a Certified Technician.

6. Does taking this course guarantee employment?

Columbus State Community College does not guarantee job placement. To help facilitate job placement, we invite several organizations to the class to discuss their application processes. These organizations range from traditional pharmacies, hospitals, and call centers, to other non-traditional pharmacy related organizations. Here is a link to information regarding the career field: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm