This program teaches students the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the ever-changing pharmacy industry. Pharmacy tech students learn about compounding, computer processing, dispensing, mathematics, drug/body interactions, and drug delivery systems among other subjects. Additionally, students practice their customer service skills and learn about different pharmaceutical environments such as retail, hospital, and small business. Students will also develop real-world workplace skills like communication and customer service, which they will put to use in their mandatory practicum placements in workplaces in community pharmacies.
Pharmacy Technician - Retail
CDI College's Pharmacy Technician - Retail diploma program is a customer-centered program that gives graduates the practical knowledge and skills needed to excel in a retail pharmacy environment. Graduates of this program will be prepared for pharmacy tech jobs in community pharmacies.
Students gain a broad knowledge of anatomy, microbiology, physiology, and pharmacology, as well as computer skills. Communications and customer service skills for the retail work environment are also a focus of the program.
All students participate in a practicum placement at a community pharmacy in order to refine their pharmaceutical skills and gain hands-on work experience.
Pharmacy Assistants work under the supervision of a pharmacist and may be responsible for the overall operation of a pharmacy, including: safe study, drug receipt accountability, preparation, packaging, storage and return or disposition of all unused products. Some of a pharmacy assistant's responsibilities include filling orders under a pharmacist's supervision, entering client information, identifying the correct mixture of breakdowns for prescriptions, and preparation and processing of paperwork for orders. The Pharmacy Assistant diploma program covers a broad range of subjects. Students in this 45-week program learn about Pharmacy Assistant practices, basic pharmacology and drug and medical terminology. They also explore pharmacy computer systems, hospital and community pharmacy practices and procedures, drug dosage calculations, and compounding labs. Ethics, legislation, personal conduct and workplace safety are also covered.
The Pharmacy Assistant diploma program includes a field placement in a community pharmacy that students can choose to complete full-time at the end of the program or part-time during their studies.