Pharmacy Technician

Information Sessions

Information sessions are held on campus in Glen Ellyn in the Student Resource Center (SRC):

    • Dec. 13, 2014, 10 to 11 a.m.
    • Dec. 10, 2014, 6 to 7 p.m.

 

Prepare for an exciting career in the fast-growing pharmacy field with the Professional Pharmacy Technician program at College of DuPage. This is a 105-hour program, which includes 75 hours of instruction in retail and institutional pharmacy practices, pharmacokinetics (how drugs work), drug class differentiation, basic physiology, drug interactions, pharmacy law and ethics. This enhanced course also includes 30 hours of dedicated instruction in pharmacy calculations, including math concepts, dosage calculations and measurement conversions.

The program meets all requirements and prepares students for national certification exams. These are the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (EXCPT).

An add-on module of a 60-hour hands-on externship in a pharmacy is available. You must successfully complete the Pharmacy Technician Program and be licensed and certified. The externship is not mandatory, but is highly recommended. In addition to academic requirements, immunizations, background checks and drug testing will be required.

College of DuPage has partnered with MK Education to offer health care programs for more than 10 years.

Careers

Jobs for pharmacy technicians are expected to increase by as much as 32 percent through the year 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This is driven by the drug industry's continued creation and production of specialized pharmaceuticals to treat, cure and alleviate symptoms of illness and disease, and the increased number of middle-aged and elderly individuals. Salaries vary based on many factors, but can range from $19,840 to $40,710.

The Professional Pharmacy Technician program is an excellent option for students interested in starting a new career, as well as for current health care professionals who want to expand their knowledge of pharmacology. 

Courses

 

Professional Pharmacy Technician Program

This comprehensive 105-hour program includes 75 hours of instruction in retail and institutional pharmacy practices, pharmacokinetics (how drugs work), drug class differentiation, basic physiology, drug interactions, and pharmacy law and ethics. This enhanced course includes 30 hours of dedicated instruction in pharmacy calculations, including math concepts, dosage calculations and measurement conversions. Meets all requirements and prepares students for ExCPT and PTCB national certification exams. Certificate of completion issued by MRxI Corporation.

For information on taking the Pharmacy Technician course for credit, call (630) 942-2120.

Monday and Wednesday, Jan. 12 to April 27, 2015, 6 to 9:45 p.m.
Non-Credit: HLTHS-0060-001, $1,499
Credit: HLTHS-1115-001, $1,499 (5 credits)
(Fee includes textbook and lab materials for both credit and non-credit)
On campus in Glen Ellyn, Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1127 (both courses meet together) 

Saturday, Jan. 17 to April 25, 2015, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Non-Credit: HLTHS-0060-002, $1,499
Credit: HLTHS-1115-002, $1,499
(Fee includes textbook and lab materials for both credit and non-credit)
On campus in Glen Ellyn, Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1127 (both courses meet together) 

Pharmacy Tech Externship-Elective
Students who have previously completed the COD Pharmacy Technician program successfully with a 75 percent grade or higher are eligible to enroll in an externship that will provide them with on-the-job training. Opportunities will be available to work 60 hours in hospitals and retail pharmacies. Assignments, dates and time will be given upon acceptance to the program and with preference to your choice of work environment. In addition to academic requirements, immunizations, background checks and drug testing will be required. Call (630) 942-2176 for more details. Cost: $650

Career Training Grant
College of DuPage Continuing Education is offering the WIA Rapid Response Grant, a new grant toward selected industry-recognized professional training for veterans and long-term unemployed individuals. Sign up for an info session today to learn more.

To determine your eligibility, contact Melissa Fanella, Rapid Response Grant coordinator, at (630) 942-2067 or fanellam@cod.edu.

This grant is funded through the Workforce Investment Act Rapid Response Program—Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

 
 

 

Register today!

To register, call Continuing Education at (630) 942-2208, email CE@cod.edu or register online. For detailed program information, call Program Coordinator Katie Marie Leonardo, (630) 942-2176 or email leonardok@cod.edu or healthcare@cod.edu.

 

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Continuing Education
Student Resource Center (SRC), Room 1110, (630) 942-2208
Fax: (630) 942-3785

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