Department Chair: Lynne L. Steele, 847-635-1889 or email@example.com
The Pharmacy Technician program is designed to teach fundamentals of being a pharmacy technician for those interested in becoming pharmacy technicians, pre-pharmacy students, or those interested in completing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Examination. Classes are taught by a Registered Pharmacist or Doctor of Pharmacy. The course covers various pharmacy practice settings, drug classes, basic physiology, drug interactions, pharmacy calculations, and daily pharmacy operations. Employment opportunities are available in career settings including retail/independent community, hospital, mail order, managed care, pharmaceutical industry, long term/home health care and nuclear pharmacy.
All Oakton Community College Health Career students in nursing, physical therapist assistant, medical laboratory technology, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy, health information technology, and medical assistant programs must have “clear” criminal background checks and drug screens in order to participate in any and all clinical components of any health career program courses.
To comply with state statutes and clinical affiliation agreements, and to provide a safe environment for students, employees, and patients cared for by students, those accepted into Oakton’s health career programs will be required to complete a criminal background check and drug screening through a company contracted by the College. Health Career students will be charged a fee for this service.
Timelines for completing criminal background checks and drug screens may vary among the various programs. Deadline dates for each program will be provided by the individual department chairs at the time of a student’s acceptance into a health career program.
Students without a clear criminal background check and/or clear drug screen will not be allowed to enroll in clinical practicum courses or attend clinical programs. This would further necessitate that the student withdraw from the health career program at that time.
Students who refuse a criminal background check and/or drug screen will not be considered “clear” and will not be authorized to participate in the clinical component of the health career program, necessitating withdrawal from the program at that time.
Individual results of student background checks and drug screens are considered confidential.
Determination of whether or not a student can participate in the clinical component of a particular health career program will be communicated to the respective department chairs by the Background Check/Drug Screen vendor. Students may view their personal results on the vendor’s website.
Pharmacy Technician Certificate
7 Semester Credit Hours; Curriculum: 0282
This certificate can be completed in one semester.
|Courses for a Certificate|
|MLT 125||Pharmacy Technician||7|
|MLT 251||Pharmacy Technician Internship (optional)||0-2|
Pharmacy Technician Courses
Course provides knowledge and skills needed to become a pharmacy technician. Content includes introduction to various pharmacy practice settings; focus is on drug classes, basic physiology, drug interactions, pharmacy calculations, and daily pharmacy operation. Course is geared towards range of students, from those having no prior pharmacy experience to healthcare professionals interested in strengthening current skills.
Course consists of 280 contact hours (8 weeks of 35 hours/week) of supervised practice at an assigned internship site. Internship provides opportunity to observe and gain proficiency in pharmacy technician duties at a retail site.