Pharmacy Technology-Program Detail

Program Mission/Overview

The mission of the Pharmacy Technology Program is to prepare graduates to competently function as Pharmacy Technicians in various pharmacy settings.

This program offers a variety of educational experiences in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. The coursework will train students in the application of assisting the pharmacist in dispensing prescription medications.  The Pharmacy Technology Program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Graduates may be eligible to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam given by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Program Goals

Students will promote empathy, high ethical standards of health care practice, and demonstrate professionalism.

Students will be able to function as an active and contributing member of the health care team in the community.

Students will demonstrate a high level of learning through developing and refining critical thinking skills and problem solving skills.

Students will demonstrate proper communication skills in the clinical environment.

Students will be clinically competent in treatment and simulation procedures in order to function as an entry level radiation therapist upon completion of the program.

Student Outcomes

Graduates will demonstrate clinical competencies as Pharmacy Technicians in various pharmacy settings.

Graduates will apply critical thinking to patient care decisions made in the pharmacy workplace.

Graduates will be able to identify and troubleshoot dosage calculations in the pharmacy workplace.

Graduates will communicate effectively with other health-care professionals.

Program Performance and Statistics

  • The pass rate for the national certification exam on the first attempt within six months of graduation is 100% for the 2010-2013 graduating classes. (15 out of15 passed the exam).
  • Job placement for 2010- 2013 graduating classes averaged *93% within six months of graduation. (14 of 15 were employed)*

Statistics

  • Currently15 new students are accepted in the summer semester class.
  • Deadline for summer entry is March 27, 2015.
  • The program has a well-equipped lab with a Laminar Air Flow Hood, Biological Safety Cabinet, and Smartboard technology to provide students with various learning experiences.
  • The pharmacy technology clasroom is equipped with laptop computers, internet access and digital projection system.

Job Placement

The pharmacy technology program is currently filling a job shortage in the certified pharmacy technician area of acute care facilities, community pharmacy facilities and specialty pharmacies in the state of North Carolina. With the shift in responsibilities to the pharmacy technicians, it has been critical that pharmacy technicians obtain education from an accredited program per the guidelines of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the national certification board (PTCB).

For national job outlook information pharmacy technology review the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Handbook at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm.

For additional information and career videos visit the American Society of Health-System Pharmacist at www.ashp.org.

Facilities

The program currently utilizes the following clinical sites: Forsyth Medical Center, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Cone Health, and specialty pharmacies in the Winston-Salem area.

Criminal Background Checks/ Drug Screening

Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/ or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/ or state registry and/ or licensure boards may prohibit eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on www.forsythtech.edu.

Staff Directory

  • Jean Middleswarth
    Director of Health Services
  • Karen Clement
    Health Services Secretary
  • Ms. Sarah Clement, EdS. CPhT
    Program Coordinator
  • Mrs. Mary Chamberlain, AS, CPhT
    Clinical Education Coordinator

Program Costs

Program costs are estimated for the program and prospective students should keep in mind that these costs may vary and some represent “typical averages.” The average is also based on full-time enrollment. Many costs are subject to change without notice.

Two Year Program

Summer semester= 13 credit hours $897.00
Fall semester= 12 credit hours $828.00
Spring semester= 16 credit hours $1104.00
Fall semester= 12 credit hours $828.00
Summer semester= 9 credit hours $621.00
Fall semester=10 credit hours $690.00
Spring semester= 11 credit hours $759.00
Total $5727.00
Books $1200.00
Uniforms $100.00
Malpractice Insurance $56.00
Criminal background check/ Drug screening $100.00
This is an estimate. The cost will vary according to the number of name changes or the number of states/ countries of residence.
Total $1456.00
Grand Total $7183.00