Pharmacy technicians are currently in very high demand and this demand is expected to continue through at least 2018. As pharmacies expand patient care services, the role of and need for pharmacy technicians will also expand. Pharmacy Technicians are highly skilled individuals who play a critical role in pharmacies. They assist Pharmacists with day-to-day operations so that Pharmacists can spend the time they need to provide quality counseling and care to their patients.
Pharmacy technicians who work in retail or mail-order pharmacies have varying responsibilities, depending on State rules and regulations. Technicians receive written prescriptions or requests for prescription refills from patients. They also may receive prescriptions sent electronically from the doctor’s office. To prepare the prescription, technicians must retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and sometimes mix the medication. Technicians may establish and maintain patient profiles, prepare insurance claim forms, and stock and take inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications.
In hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities, technicians have added responsibilities. They read patient charts and prepare and deliver the medicine to patients. The pharmacist must check the order before it is delivered to the patient. The technician then copies the information about the prescribed medication onto the patient’s profile.
With the appropriate amount of training and experience, pharmacy technicians may be promoted to supervisory roles, may seek specialization (e.g. oncology, nuclear pharmacy), or may pursue further education and training to become a pharmacist. Some technicians gain specialized skills in sterile products admixture, pharmacy automation, and health information systems.
The A.A.S. Pharmacy Technician Degree includes a total of 63 credit hours, of which 33 credit hours are Pharmacy Technician specific courses. Successful completion of the PHT program will include a clinical internship at an affiliated health-care and retail facility. Many states required licensure in order to perform pharmacy technician work. The West Virginia Board of Pharmacy currently requires licensure of all pharmacy technicians. Beginning July 1, 2015, newly hired technicians in West Virginia must be nationally certified. Upon completion of the PHT program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the national board examination. For more information about West Virginia requirements and the national certification exam please visit, www.wvbop.com and www.ptcb.org.
REQUIRED COURSES for the 2014-2015 Academic Year
|AH 151||Medical Terminology1||3|
|BIOL 257||Intro Anatomy & Physiology||3|
|ENL 111||written Communication1||3|
|IT 101||Fundamentals of Computers (EDGE)||3|
|Approved MAT course2||3|
|Approved COM course3||3|
|AH 205||Principles of Disease4||3|
|AH 207||Infection Control Health Prof5||3|
|PHT 201||Intro to Pharmacy Technician||3|
|PSYC 215||Lifespan Psychology1||3|
|AH 204||Legal & Ethical Iss Healthcare1||3|
Second Year Registration Requirements
|PHT 204||Pharmacy Practice I||3|
|PHT 206||Pharmacy Calculations||3|
|PHT 208||Sterile Products||2|
|PHT 216||Pharmacology for PHT I||3|
|General Education Elective||3|
|PHT 226||Pharmacology for PHT II||2|
|PHT 250||Pharmacy Practice II||3|
|PHT 260||Practice Management||3|
|PHT 270||Point of Care||2|
|PHT 290||Technician Experiential Training||6|
1 AH 151, AH 204, and ENL 111 has a prerequisite of REA 098, or placement in 100-level reading.
2 Choose from the following approved MAT courses: MAT 145 or MAT 133. MAT 145 has a prerequisite of MAT 096, MAT 097, or placement in 100-level mathematics. COM 125 has a prerequisite of REA 098, or placement in 100-level reading.
3 Choose from the following approved COM courses: COM 112 or COM 125.
4 AH 205 has a prerequisite of BIOL 257 or BIOL 258 or BIOL 260.
5 AH 207 has a prerequisite of AH 151.
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