Prepare for a variety of career opportunities.

Be part of a team that helps people get well.

Pharmacy technicians are detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills. Working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, they measure, label, and record prescription amounts and dosages. Some are specially trained to prepare intravenous medications or to mix medications from basic chemical ingredients. They also greet customers, answer phone calls, maintain inventory, and process insurance claims.

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  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Pharmacy Technician program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Pharmacy Technician program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 31% finished in 15 months.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Pharmacy Technician program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    Federal loans: $5,721
    Private education loans: $0
    Institutional financing plan: $0

    The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 75% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

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A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

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Pharmacy Technician Certificate from Baker College

Pharmacy TechnicianCertificate

Prepare for a variety of career opportunities.

Be part of a team that helps people get well.

Pharmacy technicians are detail-oriented, with strong organizational skills. Working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, they measure, label, and record prescription amounts and dosages. Some are specially trained to prepare intravenous medications or to mix medications from basic chemical ingredients. They also greet customers, answer phone calls, maintain inventory, and process insurance claims.

Discover Your Future Pharmacy Technician Career

Career Facts

$29,320

Median salary for Pharmacy Technicians

20%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$116,670

Median salary for Pharmacists

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Overview

Baker’s Pharmacy Technician certificate program prepares you to assist a licensed pharmacist in dispensing medications to patients. Your curriculum, taught by industry professionals, combines classroom work with labs and clinical training.

You learn the fundamentals of pharmacy technology, and how to correctly interpret, prepare, label, and record patient prescriptions.

When you graduate, you will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination given by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, and be fully prepared for an entry-level position in a wide variety of pharmacies.

Course Information
Requirements53 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
INF 114A
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces beginning database terminology, concepts, and applications using a file management software program. Students will demonstrate an understanding of data hierarchy; the ability to design simple files, edit file content, print file content, and simple reports; and the ability to search and sort files and use pre-existing formulas.

Introduction to Database Applications2
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MED 103
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the fundamentals of word analysis by body system and emphasizes the spelling, pronunciation, and definitions of medical terms.

Medical Terminology4
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
PHT 101B
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to the pharmacy profession. This course will focus on the role of pharmacy technicians in various work settings, medical and pharmaceutical terminology, prefixes, suffixes, symbols, abbreviations used to interpret prescription orders, and the legal and ethical issues specific to pharmacy. Procedures for national certification are introduced.

Introduction to Pharmacy Technology4
PHT 111A
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4 Quarter Hours

Applies basic pharmacy principles and procedures to the hospital environment. Focuses on aseptic technique and sterile product preparation. Proper procedures for IV admixtures and parenteral administrations are discussed and practiced. Topics include: reinforcement of pharmacy calculations involving parenteral dosages, dosages measured in units, IV flow rates, automated dispensing systems, among others tasks. Laboratory experience is incorporated. A 'C' or better is required.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in SCI 100F, C or better in PHT 101.
Pharmacy Technology I4
PHT 112A
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores drugs and diseases associated with various body systems. This course is a continuation of PHT111A.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PHT 111A.
Pharmacy Technology II4
PHT 121
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students the skills needed to correctly fill medication orders. Students will learn to interpret medication orders, understand manufacturers' labels, calculate drug dosages, and translate prescriptions.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MED 103, C or better in PHT 101, C or better in MTH 108 or C or better in .
Interpretation of Medication Orders4
PHT 211B
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4 Quarter Hours

Applies basic pharmacy principles and procedures to the hospital environment. Focuses on aseptic technique and sterile product preparation. Proper procedures for IV admixtures and parenteral administrations are discussed and practiced. Introduces students to pharmacy calculations involving parenteral dosages, dosages measured in units, and IV flow rates. 40 hours of lecture with laboratory demonstrations.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PHT 121, C or better in PHT 111A.
Hospital Pharmacy4
PHT 212B
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4 Quarter Hours

Applies basic pharmaceutical principles and procedures to the community setting. Identifies the various ambulatory pharmacy settings. Focuses on proper preparation of a prescription with regards to product selection, label construction, measuring, mixing, and compounding. Students will be introduced to the use of computers in preparing a prescription. Basic components of third party insurance companies will be discussed. Inventory, marketing, monetary policies, and customer relations will be addressed. Commercial calculations involving selling price, cost, and mark-up are also introduced. 40 hours of lecture with laboratory demonstrations.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in PHT 121, C or better in PHT 111A.
Community Pharmacy4
SCI 100F
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the structural organization of body systems. This course is designed for students with limited background in chemistry and biology. This course is intended for allied health students who need an overview of body systems. Students should check specific program requirements for anatomy and physiology before enrolling.

Structure and Function of the Human Body4
WRK 252
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4 Quarter Hours

Requires a minimum of 120 hours of paid/unpaid, supervised work experience in a community or hospital setting designed to provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills acquired in the pharmacy technician program. Students will gain insight from day-to-day pharmacy operations and interaction with patients and practitioners. Students must complete all PHT and MED courses, HSC104 and SCI100F with a C or better prior to completing externship.

Prerequisite(s):
minimum GPA 2.50, Program Director/Dean approval, Student background check.
Pharmacy Clinical4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 53

Program Description

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists provide medication and other health care products to patients. Technicians usually perform routine tasks to help prepare prescribed medication, such as counting tablets and labeling bottles. They also perform administrative duties involving medical insurance and assist with ordering and maintaining inventory. Technicians refer any questions regarding prescriptions, drug information, or health matters to a pharmacist. Graduates of this program will be prepared for entry-level employment in a wide variety of pharmacies, including retail, hospital, mail0order, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities. Current information on opportunities for pharmacy technicians can be found at the Bureau of Labor and Statistics Web site (www.bls.gov/oco). In addition to employment, courses in the program have been developed to prepare individuals to successfully complete the national certification exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

Program Status: Open Enrollment

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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FAQ's

  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Pharmacy Technician program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Pharmacy Technician program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, 31% finished in 15 months.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Pharmacy Technician program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    Federal loans: $5,721
    Private education loans: $0
    Institutional financing plan: $0

    The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 75% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

Kelly Martin Baker College Graduate
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I knew this was where I wanted to go to school.

Kelly Martin