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Pharmacy Technician

Technical Diploma
School of Health Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 31-536-1

 

For Information:
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC
Classes will be taught at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus Health Education Center (HEC), 1311 North Sixth Street (Sixth Street and McKinley Avenue) beginning in fall 2014.

Overview — This two-semester program provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to obtain employment as a pharmacy technician in a variety of practice settings. Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a pharmacist in delivery of pharmaceutical care. Attributes that will contribute to your success as a pharmacy technician include a neat and well-groomed appearance, conscientious work habits as related to punctuality and attendance, and good interpersonal skills.

During the clinical courses, students acquire experience in both community and institutional pharmacies. This program may be taken on a part-time basis. All graduates must be 18 years of age or older. 


This program is accredited by the American Society of Health-system Pharmacists (ASHP).

 

Career Outlook — Due to a shortage of registered pharmacists, changes related to the medication delivery system and the aging population, there is a need for trained pharmacy technicians.


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect program graduates to:

  • Select/prepare/package medications under the supervision of a registered pharmacist
  • Label drugs, chemicals and other pharmaceutical preparations as directed
  • Deliver medication orders accurately
  • Prepare inventory and receive and place supplies in stock
  • Compound pharmaceuticals pursuant to written protocol
  • Understand and utilize the principles of aseptic technique for the preparation of sterile products
  • Clean and sterilize equipment and work areas as directed
  • Compute charges and perform basic record-keeping
  • Demonstrate computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets and internet)
  • Follow detailed procedures with accuracy
  • Apply mathematical concepts to dosage calculations
  • Communicate effectively with customers and members of the healthcare team
  • Adhere to state and federal regulations governing the practice of pharmacy
  • Abstract relevant information from references and medication labels
  • Comprehend principles of basic pharmacology
  • Exhibit a high standard of personal discipline

 

Preparation for Admission — This program admits students through a petition selection process. 
Learn more about the petition process

A working knowledge of mathematics, including elementary algebra, is strongly recommended. 


Possible Careers:
Certified Pharmacy Technician
Pharmacy Technician

Related Programs:
Health Unit Coordinator
Phlebotomy


Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2014-15.

SIXTEEN-WEEK TERMS

Credits

 

ENG-151

Communication Skills 1 ‡

3

 

(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡

 

 

 

HEALTH-101

Medical Terminology

3

 

HEALTH-107

Introduction to Computing for Healthcare

2

 

OFTECH-103

Keyboard and Keypad *

1

 

PHARMT-300

Orientation to Pharmacy Operations (8 weeks)

1

 

PHARMT-302

Pharmaceutical Calculations ‡

2

 

PHARMT-303

Introduction to Drug Classification ‡

2

 

PHARMT-306 Pharmacy Clinical Experience 1 (8 weeks)

 1

   

PHARMT-395

Federal Laws, Ethics and Customer
Service ‡

 1

 

PHARMT-310

Institutional Pharmacy Practice ‡

2

 

PHARMT-311

Orientation to Sterile Solutions ‡

2

 

PHARMT-312

Pharmacy Operations Laboratory ‡

3

 

PHARMT-314

Pharmacy Clinical Experience 2 ‡

2

 

PHARMT-316

Applied Pharmaceutical Calculations ‡

1

 

PSYCH-199

Psychology of Human Relations

3

 

 

(or) PSYCH-231 Introductory Psychology

 

 

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 29

 

 

‡ Prerequisite required.

* This requirement may be satisfied with an acceptable score on the Challenge Exam through the School of Business.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

 

Page updated April 2014.