As a student in the Pharmacy Technology program at Piedmont Technical College, you’ll learn about medications, their effects on the body, pharmacy chemistry, packaging and labeling. You’ll spend time in the program’s dedicated pharmacy lab before working rotations at actual pharmacies, in both hospital and drug store settings.
- Salary average: $30,920 per year
- 86% placement rate 2014 - 2016 PTC graduates
- Perform technical tasks under direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist
- Replenish and organize stock
- Prepare batches of liquids and repackage bulk supplies
- Restock nurses' stations
- Fill hospital chart orders
- Fill prescriptions
Through hands-on learning and real-world experience, you’ll learn exactly what healthcare institutions are looking for in this rapidly growing field, and you’ll graduate fully prepared for a career as a pharmacy technician.
In order to become a state certified pharmacy technician, the student must earn the Pharmacy Technician diploma, work 1,000 hours as a registered pharmacy technician, and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists.
About the Field
Pharmacy Technicians assist licensed pharmacists by providing patients with medication and healthcare products. They have strong customer services skills and are able to multi-task in a fast-paced and demanding environment. They work in retail pharmacies and hospitals.
Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review all prescriptions before they are given to patient. If a customer's question is about the medication or health matters, the pharmacy technician arranges for the customer to speak with the pharmacist.