Program of Study

Pharmacy technicians play an integral role in supporting pharmacists and patients. They provide safe and effective care in the community, hospitals, military settings, veterinary offices, online and other practice settings.

Course work includes effective communication and critical thinking skills necessary for safe preparation and distribution of medications.

Through classroom instruction, hands-on training, and clinical rotations, students will gain technical knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Entering prescription orders
  • Packaging and labeling prescriptions
  • Operating automated dispensing systems
  • Maintaining inventories
  • Reviewing medication histories
  • Compounding sterile and non-sterile preparations
  • Managing medication therapy (MTM)
  • Assisting with immunizations

Studying Pharmacy Technology offers a competitive salary to begin, along with many opportunities to learn more, earn additional certifications and advance your career.


Additional Information

Technical Standards

Careers Available

Graduates should qualify for employment opportunities in hospitals, nursing homes, research laboratories, wholesale drug companies, private and chain drug stores, and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. Graduates may be eligible to take the National Certification Exam developed by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

The jobs that are available to Pharmacy Technicians offer a lot of variety and are projected to continue to grow. The Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) anticipates employment growth for pharmacy technicians to grow more than 8% between 2018 and 2028.

Positions include:

  • Retail/Hospital Pharmacy
  • Specialty Pharmacy Patient Advocate
  • Automation and Informatics Specialist
  • Medication History Technician
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • Pharmacy Technician Coordinator
  • Inventory Management/Buyer
  • Controlled Substance and Diversion Specialist
  • Auditing and Compliance Technician
  • Investigational Research
  • Oncology
  • Specialty Compounding

Recommended Courses and Skills

Courses will include content in normal human anatomy and physiology, mathematics, ethical/legal issues, business practices, and psychology. A strong science aptitude is recommended.

Helpful Personal Attributes

Manual dexterity, critical thinking and problem solving skills, attention to detail, strong communication and interpersonal skills, sense of responsibility and initiative, and ability to work with diverse groups and individuals.

Accreditation

Forsyth Tech Pharmacy Technology Program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP), 7272 Wisconsin Avenue Bethesda MD 20814 or www.ashp.org.

Program Offerings

Program Credential Level Offered Code
Pharmacy Technology Associate in Applied Science Evening A45580
Pharmacy Technology Associate in Applied Science Evening Part-time A45580
Pharmacy Technology Diploma Evening D45580
Pharmacy Technology Diploma Evening Part-time D45580

Program Contact

If you would like additional information about the Pharmacy Technology program, contact Mary Chamberlain, Program Coordinator, at 336.757.3350 mchamberlain@forsythtech.edu, or Rachel Hawkins, Clinical Coordinator, at 336.757.3356 rhawkins@forsythtech.edu.