$1,000 Scholarships for Certificates
Scholarships are available for students entering select certificate programs, including the Pharmacy Tech Certificate.
Scholarships are open to students who haven’t started coursework or paid fees yet.
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 in just two semesters!
The Pharmacy Technician Program provides training in the basic elements of the field of pharmacy such as medical abbreviations, prescription writing and interpretation, drug forms and routes of administration, non-sterile and sterile compounding, as well as developing relationships between the pharmacist and the pharmacy technician. The objective of this program is to prepare graduates for national certification to obtain entry-level positions in both outpatient and inpatient work locations including retail or mail-order pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities.
Program completion normally requires 26 to 32 weeks of instruction for full-time students, which are delivered over a 2-semester period. The program is divided into didactic, simulated, and experiential components, including a 130-hour externship period required for ASHP accreditation.
In order to be eligible for the externship period, students must successfully complete all courses in the academic period with a “C” or higher.
Students enrolling in the Pharmacy Technician Program will be subject to at least one background check and drug screening. All students in the Pharmacy Technician Program must register as pharmacy technician trainees with the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy, which includes submitting to a criminal background check, in order to participate in the clinical externship and complete the Pharmacy Technician Program. Additional information can be found on the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy website: www.pharmacy.ohio.gov.
Plan of Study Information
Beginning in Spring of 2019, the Pharmacy Technician Program plan of study changed to accommodate both state and federal requirements. Students that completed coursework prior to Spring 2019 can no longer complete coursework under the previous certificate.
Programs and Certificates