Pharmacy Technology

Are you looking for a school that offers pharmacy technician training courses? If you'd like to work alongside pharmacists in a variety of health care settings, consider Daymar College. Our diploma or associate degree program is designed to build your skills in the field of pharmacy technology.

What Is Pharmacy Technology?

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When you go to drop off or pick up a prescription, you’ll likely interact with a pharmacy technician, who generally assists and supports licensed pharmacists in a wide variety of activities involved in running a pharmacy. While the pharmacist is heads up and oversees things like reviewing prescriptions, answering specific questions about dosage and side effects, giving immunizations, and reviewing and approving medication orders, the pharmacy technicians are key in interacting customers, managing and filling new prescription requests, and any other tasks assigned to them by the pharmacist in charge.

What Do Pharmacy Technicians Do?

There are a lot of tasks involved with the proper functioning of a pharmacy, both in retail and hospitals. They include things like collecting information from customers and health professionals, measuring amounts of medication for prescriptions, packaging and labeling prescriptions, organizing inventory and alerting pharmacists to any medication or supply shortages, accepting payments and processing insurance claims, entering customer and patient information into a computer system, answering phone calls, and arranging for customers to talk with pharmacists regarding any questions they have about things like side effects or medication interactions. Depending on the state where you work, many pharmacy technicians can compound — i.e., specially mix — medications and make phone calls to physicians to authorize refills. No matter where they work, technicians are supervised by pharmacists, including in hospitals, where they are sometimes authorized to make rounds and administer medications to patients.

Pharmacy Technology Certification and Education

Those who fit well into a pharmacy technician role are often skilled at math with an eye for organization and very good at interacting with and listening to people. Since most states regulate technicians, people who want to pursue pharmacy technology as a career path will benefit from a postse

condary education program, like the Daymar College Pharmacy Technology associate degree or diploma program, to help them meet the licensing and certification requirements they need. A quality career training program from an accredited institution like Daymar will include both classroom work and hands-on experience in a pharmacy lab so that you graduate with the skills you need to step into the workplace. Daymar utilizes instructors with actual experience in the profession in order to bring a new facet to our students’ learning.

Pharmacy Technology Jobs (Career Outlook)

As the population ages and the demand for more prescription medicines rapidly increases, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that demand for pharmacy technicians will continue to grow as well, about as fast as average for all occupations through 2029. Some other elements leading to an upward trend in the pharmacy technology field include higher rates of chronic diseases like diabetes, advances in pharmaceutical research that allow for newer and better prescription medicines, and a need for technicians to take on a bigger role in pharmacy tasks to free up the pharmacists for public health and patient care activities like flu shots and immunizations.

What Classes Are Required in a Pharmacy Technology Program?

Daymar College’s Pharmacy Technology diploma program is designed to prepare students to effectively perform tasks like ordering, stocking, and packaging prescription and over-the-counter medications; inventory control; and maintaining records and preparing insurance claims. It’s designed to be completed by a full-time student in just 12 months, and the credits are not designed for transfer into a baccalaureate degree.

  • Strategies for Success
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Medical Law & Ethics
  • Pathophysiology
  • Intro to Pharmacy Technician Practices/Ethics
  • Pharmacy Terminology & Calculations
  • Prescription & OTC Medications
  • Pharmacology I for Pharmacy Technicians
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacy Operations & Claims
  • Compounding Aseptic Technique & Non-Sterile Compounding 
  • Computer Applications*
  • Computer Applications II*
  • General English*
  • College Math*
  • Professional Seminar & Internship/Capstone

For our Pharmacy Technology Associate of Science degree program, graduates are provided the opportunity to learn pharmacy technician practices and ethics, pharmacy terminology and calculation, microbiology, and pharmacy operations and claims, as well as the general education credits necessary to advance in their professional and personal life. These classes are designed for full-time students to complete the program in 18 months, and all credits earned in this program are applicable to the Health Care Administration Bachelor of Science degree programs.

This program requires all the courses in the Pharmacy Technology diploma program, as well as the following:

  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Applications II
  • Public Speaking*
  • Critical Thinking*
  • General English*
  • Composition I*
  • Professional Seminar and Internship or Capstone Project
  • Medical Terminology
  • Anatomy & Physiology I
  • Anatomy & Physiology II
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Pathophysiology
  • College Math*
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Technician Practices/Ethics
  • Pharmacy Terminology and Calculations
  • Prescription and OTC Medications
  • Pharmacology I for Pharmacy Technicians
  • Microbiology
  • Pharmacy Operations and Claims
  • Compounding Aseptic Technique and Non-Sterile Compounding
  • Sterile Product Technology
  • Problem Solving
  • Psychology*
  • Strategies for Success

*This course fulfills a general education requirement.

How Much Do Pharmacy Technicians Make?

According to the BLS, the median annual wage for pharmacy technicians in May of 2019 was $33,950, with the highest 10 percent earning more than $49,130. Hospitals were noted as having the highest median wage, likely because of the additional duties hospital-based pharmacy techs are asked to perform. Over half of all pharmacy technicians in 2019, though, were employed by pharmacies and drug stores.

Where Can I Get Pharmacy Technology Training?

Daymar College offers our Pharmacy Technology programs at the following location(s):

If you're still searching for pharmacy technician training schools, make Daymar College your first choice. If you're ready to take the next step, fill out the form on this page. For more information or to inquire about receiving financial aid at Daymar College, contact us today.