Combining convenient online instruction, laboratory simulations, and supervised clinical practice, this certificate prepares students for a career as a pharmacy technician. Instruction includes core courses essential to health care professionals as well as specialty courses in pharmacy technology. A simulation of a pharmacy drug preparation area in the allied health laboratory allows for hands-on practice of essential psychomotor skills. Clinical practice in hospitals and retail pharmacies provide actual experiences to prepare students for entry-level positions in a variety of pharmacy settings.
This certificate is 64 credits in length. Students may complete the course of study in four quarters of full-time attendance. Limited part-time study is also available. A program application is required, with ten students accepted annually by use of a competitive point system. Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will receive a pharmacy technician certificate.