The Pharmacy Technician Program’s mission is to educate students to fill an ever-increasing need for Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technicians. We strive to offer students, traditional and nontraditional, training in a timely manner (two semesters) that will enable the student to achieve the skills and certification necessary to be employed as a health care professional. Our goal is to prepare the students to pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination given by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, and gain employment in facilities such as retail and hospital pharmacies, mail-order pharmacies, home infusion businesses, and other related healthcare practices. In addition, our aim is to improve the overall quality of pharmaceutical care in the region.
A pharmacy technician assists a pharmacist in the preparation of prescription medications. Duties include entering patient and prescription data into the computer, choosing the correct drug from the shelf, counting tablets or capsules, or measuring and reconstituting liquid preparations, labeling, pricing, preparation of IV Admixtures, filling robotic prescription dispensers, etc. Communicating with other health professionals and patients is a key component of their work. Most pharmacy technicians work in community retail pharmacies, but the demand is growing in hospital pharmacies, home infusion businesses, mail order pharmacies, and nursing homes. A pharmacy technician performs all the duties of a pharmacist with the exception of counseling patients and taking prescriptions from physicians over the telephone. All work is done under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist, and all activities are checked by a registered pharmacist.
The successful student will be able to:
- apply mathematical skills necessary to the practice of a pharmacy technician.
- learn approximately 350 brand and generic drug names that are most frequently prescribed and important information about each of these drugs such as contraindications, drug interactions, warnings and precautions, side effects, etc.
- enter data pertaining to the patient’s prescriptions and medical history into the computer
- use the knowledge obtained in class to catch errors made by others in the clinical setting
- communicate with patients and other healthcare providers included in the patient’s care
- count and pour prescription medications and reconstitute appropriate prescription medications
- type the label and add the appropriate auxiliary labels to prescription medications.
- complete insurance claim forms and learn the skills needed to perform this duty with a computer
- prepare IV admixtures using appropriate aseptic technique when working in hospital pharmacies
- stock and take inventory
- operate robotic medication dispensing systems
- perform all the duties of a pharmacist except for taking oral prescriptions over the telephone and counseling patients in any manner regarding their medications, but every duty a pharmacy technician performs is absolutely done under the supervision of a Registered Pharmacist, and MUST BE CHECKED BY A REGISTERED PHARMACIST.
Admission Requirements and Procedures
Students must meet all University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College admission requirements and be officially admitted to URG. Any student who is accepted into the University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College may register for all Pharmacy Technician Program courses EXCEPT PHT 10104, PHT 10203, and PHT 14204. These courses are by PROFESSOR PERMISSION ONLY. Class size in these courses is limited due to the number of clinical sites in the area. Permission may be gained by completing the Pharmacy Technician Course Application showing proof of all program requirements (see Pharmacy Technician Program Requirements). Please send applications to Keith McKinniss, Pharmacy Technician Program Director, University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College, P.O. Box 500, Rio Grande, OH, 45674. Applications will be reviewed and selected by the Program Coordinator before registration ends. Applications will only be accepted after January 1 of each year, and will be accepted until August 1. If you are not accepted into the PHT program, you must reapply for the next year.
Pharmacy Technician Program Requirements
Students must meet all University of Rio Grande/Rio Grande Community College admission requirements and be officially admitted to URG.
- Recent graduates of high school (in last 5 years or less), are required to take the ACT test and pass with a composite score of 18 or higher. Results must be attached to application form.
- Students must have taken and received at least a “C” in an introductory algebra class in either high school or college, or test into Intermediate Algebra by taking the university’s placement test. Transcripts and/or university’s placement text results showing this, must be attached to application form.
- Must take the university’s placement test and test into MTH 11403 Intermediate Algebra or higher and ENG 11103 (TM) Composition I in order to take PHT classes.
- Any needed developmental courses in writing, reading, or math must be completed with at least a “C” before registering for PHT classes. (These courses are determined by the university’s placement test.)
- Must pass both State and Federal background checks, a physical examination and necessary inoculations, and urine drug screening in order to take PHT 10203 Pharmacy Technician II Clinical Payment for these tests will be the responsibility of the student at the time of testing (before second semester). Additionally, random drug screenings may be required the day the student is requested to take one. Any additional drug screenings required will also be the financial responsibility of the student.
- High school (for entering freshmen) or college transcripts must be attached to application form.
- Please note that the requirements listed in the Pharmacy Technician Program Requirements section apply to PHT 10104 Pharmacy Technician I, a course available to Pharmacy Technician students only. Applicants selected and approved by the program coordinator will be admitted into the PHT program.
Requirements for Certificate in Pharmacy Technology
- Must pass ALL required courses with a “C” or better.
- Must pass the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination given by the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board by August 1 of the summer following the spring semester. The charge for this examination will be the responsibility of the student. Student will not be awarded PHT certificate from Rio until this examination is passed.