Pharmacy technicians directly affect a patient’s health in both community and hospital pharmacy practice, since it is their job to safely and effectively prepare medications for dispensing by the pharmacist. They gain great satisfaction in helping the patient through the prescription process and customer service. Pharmacy technicians need to have an eye for detail, good interpersonal and communication skills and a professional attitude. Some of the technical skills required are proficiency in dosage calculations, pharmacy law, pharmacology, medical insurance plans, computer skills and knowledge of Board of Pharmacy practice regulations.
The mission of the Pharmacy Technology Program at West Georgia Technical College is to provide education opportunities to individuals that will enable them to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a variety of settings such as retail, hospital, and long term care. Students will receive didactic instruction and laboratory training in pharmacology, pharmaceutical calculations, ethics and laws and other fundamental concepts. Students who complete the pharmacy technology program are prepared for employment as entry-level pharmacy technicians.
Items to Consider
The following items are not required until 30 days before PHAR 1055, the last class of the certificate program, however they should be considered in your decision to enroll.
These requirements listed below are additional costs of the Pharmacy Technology Program. It is the students’ responsibility to pay any charges associated with the requirements below.
Criminal Background Checks and Drug Screens
If you have a criminal record, particularly one that involves a drug conviction, you may not be able to participate in clinical rotations in some pharmacies. If you have a criminal record that involves a drug conviction, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) may not allow you to take the PTC Exam (see ptcb.org) Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).
You must submit to a criminal background check and drug screen through Advantage Students. There is a cost of $78.50. A NEGATIVE criminal background check and urine drug screening may only be processed only through Advantage Students. This background check is mandatory for this class and must be completed through Advantage Students.
You are also subject to a fingerprint background check by the Georgia Board of Pharmacy
You must have and show proof that you are up-to-date on your immunizations. The practitioner doing the exam must complete and provide necessary proof of completion and you must submit these to the Program Chair.
- Up-to-date on ALL ‘regular’ immunizations
- Hepatitis B (series of 3 injects)
- Tuberculosis Skin Test (no sooner than 45 days before clinical )
Registration with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy
The student will be required to become registered with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy. Instructions and cost can be found at gbp.georgia.gov .
Required document deadlines for PHAR1055- Pharmacy Assistant Practicum
Spring Practicum: November 1st
Summer Practicum: April 1st
Fall Practicum: June 1st