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 140-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.