Pharmacy Technician Program

What makes Sullivan’s Pharmacy Technician program unique?

Our Pharmacy Technician program is operated as part of the College of Pharmacy within the Sullivan University System and is accredited through the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). The Pharmacy Technician program boasts several advantages including pharmacists on faculty, an in-house compounding laboratory, community and institutional mock pharmacies, and a Drug Information Center. These allow students to spend less time in lecture and more time practicing and working in the pharmacies.

Pharm Tech Programs

Program Overview

Highlights
  • Hands-on learning defines Sullivan’s Pharmacy Technician Program. You’ll spend less time in lecture and more time learning how to fill prescriptions, compound medications and research drug information in our on-site training facilities. You’ll learn to master these skills in our fully equipped community and institutional simulation pharmacies and our compounding laboratory. Take a tour of our facilities
  • You’ll complete two 100-hour externships. One of your externship site experiences will be at a community pharmacy and the other will be at a local hospital or long-term care facility. We have contracts with a large variety of community and institutional pharmacies so we can find the right fit for you while you are learning in the field.
  • Our program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and is the only pharmacy technician program in the state associated with a College of Pharmacy.
  • You can earn a pharmacy technician diploma in twelve months to move from classroom to career as efficiently as possible, or you can choose a pharmacy technician associate of science degree that can be completed in eighteen months if you aspire to advance further as a pharmacy technician in the pharmacy field.
Duties

What do Pharmacy Technicians do?

A pharmacy technician works under the direct supervision of pharmacists and assists in a variety of responsibilities necessary for the dispensing of drugs and drug information.

Typical Duties

  • Work with healthcare providers to help answer patients’ questions and requests.
  • Manage inventory supplies for the pharmacy by anticipating needed medications and supplies.
  • Follow all policies and procedures as well as state and federal regulations to maintain a safe and clean pharmacy.
  • Interpret, fill and dispense medication orders and prescriptions.
  • Calculate accurate and safe quantities of medication to be dispensed to patients.
  • Prepare sterile and non-sterile medications to be dispensed to patients.
  • Work as a team to provide the best care possible to patients in their times of need.
What We Look For
What We Teach

What specific skills and knowledge are taught in the Pharmacy Technician program?

Skills

  • You will learn to adapt to changes in the pharmacy and still maintain complete accuracy in all items that you produce.
  • You will collaborate with other students to achieve goals in the pharmacy.
  • You will master interpreting, filling and dispensing prescriptions.
  • You will provide excellent customer service to patients and other healthcare providers.
  • You will learn to excel at both time and stress management.
  • You will demonstrate skills in monitoring selected procedures such as blood glucose testing, blood pressure monitoring and immunizations.

Knowledge

  • Information about all the types of pharmacy settings.
  • Pharmacy calculations.
  • How drugs work in the body.
  • Federal, state and other organizations’ laws and regulations.
  • Community pharmacy operations and process for filling prescriptions.
  • Institutional pharmacy operations and process for filling medication orders.
  • Sterile and non-sterile compounding.
  • Medication safety.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What types of activities will I complete in my lab courses?

Our labs include two simulation pharmacies and a compounding lab, so there is a great deal of hands-on training throughout the program. We work with some real and some mock medications but you will make things like chapstick, suppositories, IV’s, lozenges, creams, capsules, plus many more items you will find in pharmacies.

When in my program will I received real-world experience?

The externship is the last thing you will complete as part of your education. It allows students to receive real-world training and feedback from experienced pharmacists and certified pharmacy technicians. Students are required to complete two rotations (one at a community setting and one in an institutional setting) that are each 100 hours long.

Do I get to pick my externship locations?

Students work with the Clinical Site Coordinate to find the best sites for the students. It is ultimately up to the Director of the Pharmacy Technician Program to approve all rotation sites.

What is the classroom environment like?

Most of our classes are smaller in size which allows for more interaction and help from instructors. Our classes are also designed for more hands-on training than lecturing.

What qualities should a Pharmacy Technician Student possess?

Need to have a strong desire to help others, work well with others, strong communicator, reliable and strong ethically. You also have to be able to stand for long periods of time and lift heavier items.

What are potential jobs or employment settings for graduates?

Our Career Services works closely with our graduates to find them positions in the area of their choice. The largest sector of jobs is in community pharmacies (retail chains). Graduates also can work in hospitals, home healthcare, military, insurance companies, compounding pharmacies, etc. This is just a short list of all the possibilities.

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