The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program is designed to prepare students interested in starting a career as a licensed pharmacy technician in a variety of pharmacy practice settings. Classroom education is combined with direct application of principles in a simulation pharmacy lab. Through simulated case studies, pharmacy technician students will learn how to assess prescription orders as well as how to process and prepare these orders using order entry systems and medication preparation techniques. Students will learn, first hand, pharmacy information management systems and how these systems provide efficiency in the preparation and billing of pharmaceutical products and services. The program will culminate into a two-semester long practical experience that will provide additional hands-on training in at least two pharmacy practice settings.
A pharmacy technician works alongside pharmacists in many professional practice settings, including institutional (hospitals, long-term care, compounding, and specialty), community (drug store, grocery store, department store), and other medical settings to help prepare and distribute medications to patients and other health care professionals. In some pharmacy practice settings, technicians screen prescription orders for accuracy and completeness, and/or check the work of other technicians before a final check by a pharmacist. To accurately prepare prescriptions, pharmacy technicians may perform calculations to ensure the correct dose, and then process the prescription using a medication management and patient record system. In other practice settings, pharmacy technicians may prepare intravenous medications in a sterile work environment, ensuring medication sterility for direct injection into a patient.
With advanced training or education, a pharmacy technician may be promoted to supervisory roles and oversee or train other pharmacy technicians. Other pharmacy technicians may specialize in a specific area of pharmacy including oncology, nuclear pharmacy, or compounding pharmacy. The skills needed to effectively operate in many of these practice settings are included as part of the curriculum for this certificate program.
Students who satisfactorily complete the program requirements qualify for a certificate of program completion.
Courses must be taken in sequence and a minimum grade of 2.5 is required for progression to the next course. Students are admitted once a year, at the beginning of the fall semester.
This program requires a special admissions process. Contact the Admissions and Welcome Center at 734-462-4426 or firstname.lastname@example.org to complete an application.
Schoolcraft program code # 1YC.00234
First Year - Fall Semester
Total Credits: 13
First Year - Winter Semester
Total Credits: 13
First Year - Spring Session
Total Credits: 5
Program Total: 31 Credits
Not all courses are offered each semester. Students should work with an academic advisor or counselor to develop a schedule that will work for them. Students planning to transfer should check the transfer institution’s requirements/guides or discuss their options with an academic advisor or counselor. Number of credits may vary depending on the course selection.