This program prepares students to work in retail, closed-door, vet, and institutional pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist. Students are trained to provide counter assistance, to keep patient and related health record information, and to bill insurance companies. Students learn how to fill prescriptions. This includes creating the label for the bottle, filling the prescription, making capsules using nonsterile compounding procedures, and making IV’s using aseptic techniques. Students also learn how to perform a wide range of other practice-related duties. At the conclusion of the course, students are qualified to take the national pharmacy technician exam through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Students can also become licensed through the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (must be 18 years of age).
Students must have good social skills, attendance, and citizenship. Excellent reading and memorization skills are required to be successful because students must learn the names and functions of drugs, dosages, abbreviations, etc. Students will be required to secure their externship site and to provide their own transportation to the pharmacy. Six hundred total hours of health-related education are required (80 lab, 160 didactic and 360 externship hours). All students will be required to pass a random drug test and background check in order to remain in the program. Students must provide own transportation to externship site.