Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:
- Demand for Pharmacy Technicians is expected to grow about 13%* between 2015 and 2023
- Entry level wages for are about $12/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The FL Dept. of Economic Opportunity
Pharmacy Technician (ATD)
1050 hours/approx. 10 months – full time
M-F 7:05 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Pharmacy Technicians generally work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist and perform tasks related to receiving, dispensing, distribution, control, maintenance, compounding, manufacturing, packaging and labeling of pharmaceutical products. Currently, pharmacy technicians are responsible for routine tasks previously performed by pharmacists and for mastering new pharmacy technology as it becomes available. Opportunities for advancement may vary with the pharmacy technician’s employer. Upon successful completion of this program, students will earn an Applied Technology Diploma (ATD)
Additional Skills Covered:
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Clinical Pharmaceutical Procedures
- Communication & Interpersonal Skills
- Computer Literacy
- CPR, BLS Healthcare Provider
- Data Processing
- Employability Skills
- HIPPA, Legal & Ethical Responsibilities
- Infection Control Procedures
- Inventory Maintenance
- IV Preparation
- Math & Science Skills
- Medical & Pharmacy Terminology
- Medication Delivery
- Metric System
- Pharmaceutical Compounding
- Pharmacy Law
- Prescriptions -Pricing, Typing, & Printing Labels
- Purchase Orders
- Record Keeping Skills
- Safety and Security Procedures
IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING REGISTRATION:
- Registration processes for Health Science classes vary by program. For information specific to the Pharmacy Technician program, please e-mail the counselor at Doris.Gonzalez@BrowardSchools.com
- Students enrolling in any Health Science Education program must attend a Health Science program orientation on campus. At that time, information about the required Level II criminal background check and drug screening, per The Joint Commission, will be fully explained. Students who do not have a valid social security number may encounter difficulty with certain state licensing agencies and registries. Contact the program counselor for specific information.
Standard High School or State Awarded High School diploma is required.
Industry Certification & State Credential Exams:
Completing students will be eligible to register with the Florida Board of Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician. Students are eligible to take the National Certification exam given by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, and State of Florida Ready to Work.
College Credit Transfer Opportunity and/or Advanced Standing:
Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, including the attainment of an aligned industry credential, students may be awarded credits toward an AS/AAS Degree by the Florida College System. Additional college credit may be awarded with the attainment of additional industry credentials.
To get started in the Pharmacy Technician program, sign up today for a program orientation!
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Step 1⇒ Attend a Program Orientation
Step 2 ⇒ Take the Tests of Adult Basic Education or meet exemption criteria
- See your counselor/advisor for details on test exemption criteria.
- Accommodations for testing are available to qualified individuals.
- Visit the Office of Disability Services for details before testing.
Step 3 ⇒ Meet with your counselor/advisor
- Receive test results
- Discuss technical or academic program placement
- Special needs
- Financial aid
- Registration procedures
Step 4 ⇒ Registration and Enrollment