Pharmacy Technician Certificate
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
- Wednesday, February 28 at 9:00 am Room: Union Hall 143
- Monday, March 19 at 12:00pm Room: Union Hall 336
- Tuesday, April 3 at 12:00pm Room: Union Hall 239
- Wednesday, April 25 at 2:00pm Room: Union Hall 341
- Wednesday, May 2 at 9:00am Room: Union Hall 143
To register for an information session, please contact Vincent Cocozza at (614) 287-2521
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to attend a live information session, you can still register for courses by completing the following:
- Read through the Pharmacy Technician Information Session PowerPoint.
- Take a short quiz based on the presentation using the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfwV1B0tBnFVGR6533pIj2SEJuGB_qjOa-111Qn9tyLP-oTsA/viewform?c=0&w=1
You will receive a confirmation receipt via email once you have completed the quiz.
- Send an email to Sacha Tadros, email@example.com or Tywan Banks, firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Full Name
- CSCC email address
- Cougar ID
- Quiz confirmation receipt
4. Receive instructions on how to register
Background Check Information
Students who register for MULT 1500 must take a background check and drug screening.
The cost of this is $110. Please use the attached form to create your account and
pay for the service. For the Summer Semester, students will have until May 15th to
complete this process.
Background Check Information
Upon Certificate Completion
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
Programs and Certificates
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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:
- The ExCPT exam: provided by the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians
This test is $105 and is offered at the Community & Professional Testing 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) 287-5750.
- 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 (800) 363-8012. For additional information regarding this exam please contact us at 614) 287-5750.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Click here for more information regarding the career field.