PHARMACY TECHNOLOGY

  • Class Time: Evenings
  • Semester: Fall or Spring Semester
  • Campus: Eden Prairie
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OVERVIEW

The ASHP accredited pharmacy technology program prepares graduates for entry level careers working under the direction of registered pharmacists in retail, clinic, and hospital settings. Pharmacy technicians play an integral role in assisting pharmacists with prescription processing. The pharmacy technician complies with standard written procedures and guidelines under the direct supervision of a registered pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians assist the pharmacist with medication preparation and
administrative duties and provide front-line customer service in the pharmacy setting. Graduates are prepared for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam, which is necessary for certification.


Labs and Classrooms

Classrooms and labs are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to support hands-on learning.

Work Environment

Pharmacies and drug stores
Hospital pharmacies
Grocery store pharmacies
Mail-order pharmacies
Insurance companies

Job Outlook

Pharmacy technicians are employed in a variety of health care settings. The employment projections indicate an increase in job openings of 28% from 2009 to 2016. The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people will spur demand for pharmacy technicians. In addition, as scientific advances lead to new drugs and as more people obtain prescription drug coverage, pharmacy technicians will be needed in growing numbers. Average job popularity is higher than the U.S. average in Minnesota cities such as Rochester, Duluth, and St. Cloud.

 

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT

Salary

$31,330 Annual Average (Minneapolis Area)

Potential Job Titles

Pharmacy Technician

Accreditation/Affiliations

Accreditation through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)


American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
7272 Wisconsin Ave
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Faculty

    Stephen Hazelton, Program Director, is a Registered Pharmacist with over 30 years of experience in pharmacy practice.

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