Community college certification
Method of Delivery
Hybrid or blended
Daytime Hours, Evening Hours, Weekends
Instructional Program (CIP)
Pharmacy technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing medication therapy to patients.
The Pharmacy Technician Program at JCCC trains students in all phases of the pharmacy field: over-the-counter and prescription medication processing and distribution, pharmaceutical calculations, compounding, vaccine preparation, sterile products preparation, IV preparation, interprofessional communication and problem solving skills, ethics, inventory management, quality and safety initiatives, and federal, Kansas and Missouri state pharmacy laws.
The JCCC program is a concentrated program that is competency-based, diverse, and demanding.
The first semester provides medical and pharmaceutical terminology, basic anatomy related to the pharmacology of medications, and an introduction to the standards of practice for pharmacy technicians. The curriculum also includes the ethics and laws of pharmacy practice and education about interprofessional communication, patient care and interaction and problem solving.
The second semester provides in depth look at pharmaceutical calculations and standards of practice.
Pharmacology for pharmacy technicians focuses on the most widely prescribed medications including over the counter and herbal or complementary products.
The Pharmacy Technician Program also will give you hands-on practice in retail and hospital pharmacy procedures through an intensive laboratory experiences module that explore the administrative and management duties within the pharmacy, medication and inventory control and quality assurance and safety. The lab module will include order entry, filling prescription orders, compounding sterile preparations, cart fill exchanges, inventory control, compounding of sterile products, operating automated technology, utilizing the computer system as well as fulfilling other patient specific duties.
Students will be involved in active problem solving related to assisting the pharmacist in serving the patient.
The curriculum also includes the role play of actual patient care interaction.
Customer service, retail management, inventory, insurance and third party billing and reimbursement will be covered including problem solving.
The final semester involves the experiential rotation where students will work in community and hospital settings.
Thus, graduates of the JCCC Pharmacy Technician Program will be prepared to work in entry-level positions in both community and hospital pharmacy settings
Background and Significance
The Pharmacy Technician Training Program at JCCC was developed in response to a rising need for trained pharmacy technicians to work in hospital or retail pharmacies within the region.
Well-trained pharmacy technicians in retail and institutional settings are a vital part of the healthcare team. Efforts to meet growing clinical and distributive demands without compromising the safe and effective delivery of medications within the United States have resulted in an increased role for the pharmacy technician. The role is expanding for pharmacy technicians who have expertise in the use of new automated dispensing and distribution technologies.
These technological advances will allow technicians to assume a primary role in skill that compounding and/or dispensing requires.
A growing demand has emerged in the healthcare field for well-trained pharmacy technicians to assist the pharmacist in many practice settings by assuming greater product-focused and management responsibilities, thus freeing up the pharmacist to focus on clinical or consultative services with patients.
With this growing opportunity, however, has also come increased responsibility and accountability for medication safety.
Program Length (Weeks)
WIOA Approved Program
JCCC and area retail and hospital pharmacies
3 - Workforce Investment Area III
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Type of financial aid offered or have access to
Is the proposed curriculum currently certified by an accrediting agency or similar national standardization program?
Yes - Kansas Board of Regents
Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for women?
Is this proposed curriculum considered a nontraditional program of training services for men?
Supplies/Materials/Hand Tools (not included in tuition)
Total In-State Program Cost
Total Out-of-State Program Cost