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The Pharmacy Technician curriculum at Metrowest Healthcare Academy will cover the History of Medicine and Pharmacy, Law and Ethics of pharmacy, Basic Anatomy and Physiology, classification of drugs/ pharmacology, basic sciences for pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, psychopharmacology and Complementary Alternative Medicine.
The Skills component will cover: Calculations for pharmacy technician, dosage forms/Route – Administration, Prescription processing, OTC Medications/Skin Care Products, repackaging and compounding, Aseptic technique, pharmacy stock/ billing/ computers.

EXTERNSHIP: 130 hours

Students will be required to complete at total of 130 internship hours at a pharmacy. Students will get experienced in drug distribution, compounding and prepackaging, billing cash register, dispensing refills, computer entry and attending phone calls. As a pharmacy technician you will assist the pharmacist with mixing and packaging prescriptions, maintain client records, and refers clients to the pharmacist. Students will get an overview of pharmacy law and ethics, medical and pharmaceutical terminology. Students will accomplish the techniques required to stock, package and prepare medications; and will understand the federal or state laws to govern a pharmacy.

PROGRAM OUTCOME:

The program will also provide necessary information required to pass the Pharmacy Technician Training Board (PTCB) Exam. Certification is a valuable component for the pharmacy technician’s career. Additionally, this course will prepare graduates for practice as entry-level Pharmacy Technicians in a variety of contemporary settings such as hospital, long-term care, home care and community. Upon completion of the program, students will be ready for the National Certification exam (ExCPT or PTCB) to become a Pharmacy Technician as well as obtain a license from the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy before working in a Pharmacy. Alternatively, a certificate of completion will be provided in case the graduate cannot pass a National Certification Exam. The applicant can use the certificate of completion to forgo the 500 hour training requirement to take a state exam. The applicant will NEED a pharmacy technician license prior to starting their externship.

Schedule (In-Person or Hybrid)

Class Schedules Day Afternoons Nights Weekends
Times 9:00am-2:00pm 1:00pm-6:00pm 6:00pm-10:00pm 9:00am-5:00pm
Days M-F M-F M-F Saturday & Sunday
Approximate Completion Time 5-8 Weeks 5-8 Weeks 6-8 Weeks 8-10 Weeks

Job Outlook:

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services.