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Pharmacy technology school

Pharmacy Technician

  • Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists prepare medications and other health care products. Technicians perform routine tasks to assist the supervising pharmacist in the preparation of prescribed medications.
  • 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.
  • Technicians may also receive prescriptions sent electronically from the doctor's office and must verify that the information on the prescription is complete and accurate.
  • To prepare the prescription, technicians must retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and sometimes mix the medication. Then, they prepare the prescription labels, select the type of prescription container, and affix the prescription and auxiliary labels to the container. A pharmacist must review each prescription for accuracy before it is received by the patient.
  • Technicians may also 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, including preparing intravenous medications and delivering medicine to nursing units. Still, the pharmacist must check the order before it is delivered to the patient.
Courses in the Pharmacy Technology program are available online. The only coursework not available online is (a) the lab component of PHM 210, which requires four visits to campus during the semester, and (b) the clinical internship courses.

Required clinical rotations

  • Clinical rotations courses require students to complete internships in both retail and institutional pharmacies. Clinical rotations are a vital component of the program curriculum, enabling students to take the knowledge and skills they have obtained and apply them in a working pharmacy environment. Clinical rotation sites are available at several facilities throughout north/central Alabama.
  • Generally speaking, every effort is made to ensure that students are placed at clinical facilities that are within a reasonable driving distance from their homes.

General Info

  • Wallace State Community College is a community college located in Hanceville, Alabama.
  • mission:
    Wallace State Community College, a degree granting public community college, is committed to enabling meaningful learning that transforms lives and communities.

The Program

  • The Pharmacy Technology program at Wallace State provides general education courses, lab and theory courses as well as supervised clinical practice to develop the skills required in pharmacy technician practice. Good job opportunities are expected for full-time and part-time work, especially for technicians with formal training or previous experience.

Admission Requirements

Applicants Must:
  1. Meet all the general admission requirements of Wallace State Community College.
  2. Possess a GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Submit a WSCC application to the Admissions Office, declaring Pharmacy Technology as major by June 15. Applications received after June 15 will be considered on a space available basis.
  4. Submit official transcripts from all schools previously attended to the Director of Admissions.
  5. Submit a program application to the Pharmacy Technology program director.
  6. All information must be included for the packet to be complete. Any missing information will result in the applicant not being considered for admission.
  7. Upon acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology program, the student must submit:
    • A completed physical form certifying that the student is in good health and is able to meet clinical requirements.
    • Evidence of Hepatitis B immunization.
    • Proof of health insurance.
    • A signed consent to drug testing and background check.

Accreditation

Wallace State Community College Pharmacy Technology Program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

Academic Degree

  • Pharmacy Technology Certificate
  • Pharmacy Technology Associate in Applied Science Degree

Address

Wallace State Community College
801 Main Street NW
Hanceville, AL 35077

Voice +1.866.350.9722
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Added: Thu Aug 06 2009
Last Modified: Sat Feb 01 2014