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PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PROGRAM 

  • 2019-2020
  • Updated November 7, 2019

General Overview

The Pharmacy Technician Program consists of an Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician Certificate and an Advanced-Level Diploma. They are designed to prepare the student for a career in community, hospital or other pharmacy environments, working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist (RPh). The courses will prepare the student to take the national Pharmacy Certification Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Further information about the exam may be found at www.ptcb.org. Once the exam is passed, the student will be allowed to use the designation CPhT (Certified Pharmacy Technician). The programs are offered at Jefferson Community and Technical College, Downtown Campus, Health Sciences Building, classroom 351A.

Contact Information:

Because faculty spend the majority of their time teaching, the preferred method of contact is via email. Part of the selective admissions process is for interested students to meet with Pharmacy Technician faculty, so it is STRONGLY urged you contact the Program Coordinator (Angie Riley) for your advising needs.

Pharmacy Technology Program/Allied Health Division
Jefferson Community and Technical College
109 E. Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202

Admission Policies and Procedures:

  1. College Admission
    • The student must first apply to the college. This can be done on-line or in-person on the first floor of the Jefferson Educational Center. Admission to the College does not imply admission to the Pharmacy Technology Program. An Admissions Application may be found on the college website.
  2. Program admission
    • All Jefferson Community and Technical College admission requirements must be met prior to enrolling in the pharmacy technician program. The following is a guide to general college placement scores. Students must specifically place in or above MAT 61 for the pharmacy technician program, or be approved by program coordinator.

You are highly encouraged to take any and all non-core classes that you will need to meet your certificate or diploma requirements prior to filling out a pharmacy technology program application. Students who have academic records that are more complete will be better prepared for the program and more likely to gain admittance.  Those courses include:

  • FYE 105 – First year Experience.  Some students may have GEN 101 or 102 or AHS 105.  Students with transferred credits will not have to complete.
  • Medical Terminology – AHS 115 OR CLA 131 OR OST 103
  • Introduction to Computing CIT 105 or equivalent
  • Communication – Prefer COM 252 (Interpersonal Communication), but COM 181 is also acceptable. 
  • Anatomy and Physiology- for diploma program. BIO 130 OR BIO 135, OR BIO 137 AND 139.

Technical Standards

The pharmacy technician performs technical functions under the direction of a Registered Pharmacist; including prescription preparation, inventory, repackaging, and compounding. Laboratory experience and an externship under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist are required components of the program. Therefore, in order to work successfully with clients, all students should possess: 

  1. Sufficient visual acuity, such as observation necessary for packaging and labeling drug products;
  2. Sufficient auditory perception to receive and interpret verbal communication from individuals and groups; 
  3. Sufficient fine and gross motor skills to provide timely and safe medication preparation over long periods of time; 
  4. Sufficient communication skills (speech, reading, writing) to interact effectively with individuals and groups; and 
  5. Sufficient intellectual and emotional functioning to interact effectively with individuals and groups.

Minimum requirements established by Senate Rules for Admission into the Applicant Pool:

Preference may be given to applicants who are veterans, active duty personnel, their spouses and also displaced workers who qualify under the Trade Adjustment Act.

Application process and deadlines:

Enrollment into the program itself is limited, with a maximum of 20 students being accepted. Currently, the program starts a new cohort in the fall only. 

  • Schedule a time to meet with Pharmacy Tech faculty.  Please email angela.riley-grimes@kctcs.edu.
  • For students who are interested in beginning in the fall, the meeting should be scheduled prior to April 15th.  Deadlines may be extended due to program interest.
  • Ensure you have applied for enrollment to the college in general and that your official transcripts have been received by the registrar’s office.  Also, provide the Pharmacy Tech department copies of any unofficial post-secondary transcripts you may have, as well as complete and submit a selective admissions/program interest form. 
  • Selected applicants will be notified at least 30 days prior to the start of class.  Time must be given for selective admissions committee to approve or deny the application.

Post Admission Requirements and Deadlines:

The prospective student should be prepared to submit to background check and drug screening within the first two weeks of class, and the cost (approximately $61.20) is deferred to the student.  The Kentucky Board of Pharmacy and the PTCB prohibits persons with a felony or drug related convictions to serve as pharmacy technicians:

315.135 Registration as pharmacy technician required to assist in the practice of pharmacy -- Exemptions.

(1) Effective April 1, 2009, a person shall not assist in the practice of pharmacy unless he or she is duly registered as a pharmacy technician under the provisions of this chapter or is exempt under subsection (2) of this section.

(2) A person may assist in the practice of pharmacy without obtaining the registration required by this section if the person:

(a) Has filed an application with the board in accordance with KRS 315.136 and no more than thirty (30) days has elapsed since the date the applicant was first employed by the pharmacy. The exemption shall not apply if:

1. The application has been denied;
2. The person is less than sixteen (16) years of age; or
3. The person has previously been denied a registration or has had a registration revoked or suspended in any jurisdiction and the registration has not yet been issued or reinstated;
(b) Is in the employ of a son, daughter, spouse, parent, or legal guardian; or
(c) Is participating in a work-study program through an accredited secondary or postsecondary educational institution.

Effective: July 15, 2008

History: Created 2008 Ky. Acts ch. 148, sec. 1, effective July 15, 2008.

Accreditation: Jefferson Community and Technical College is a public, postsecondary institution accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate degree. The Pharmacy Technology program is accredited by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists. 

Credentialing Exam(s)/Licensures:  Upon successful completion of this program the student is well prepared to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam.

Financial Information/Expenses:

In-State Students   $169/credit hour
Out-of-State Students: From Contiguous Counties*  $338/credit hour
Out-of-State Students: Other Out-of-State Students  $592/credit hour
Mandatory Fee** (all students):  $8/credit
  1. Student should only visit FA about FA questions.
  2. Questions about tuition costs should be directed to the records office. 
  3. Questions about payment issues directed to bursar’s office
  4. Questions about program specific expenses directed to the program.  502-213-4008
  5. Online Course Charge - $20.00 per credit hour (based on class instruction mode)
  6. Security Charge - $40 offsets the costs of security in all college facilities, including security personnel, equipment, and lighting.
  7. Late Payment Charge - $75 will be assessed to all accounts not paid by the published payment deadline.
  8. Reinstatement Charge - $75 will be assessed to any student who requests reenrollment if removed from classes due to non-payment.
  9. Facility Usage Charge - $25 assessed per course to students who enroll in a KHP course to help pay the cost of access to the YMCA or other facility.
  10. Parking Charge - $25 per term assessed to students who request a parking permit.
  11. ALL Fees/Charges are non–refundable
  12. Books: we encourage students to purchase books in any manner that saves costs. A letter will be sent to students who are accepted into the program, listing the books required.  Retail costs of books required for core courses are estimated at $600
  13. Uniforms: Uniforms are approximately $25 and up.
  14. Liability insurance: There is a $11 fee assessed when you sign up for your clinical class, PHA 250.
  15. Criminal Background Check and Drug Testing - $61.20. Typically, this is only required once during the program.
  16. Transportation to clinical sites: varies depend on whether student has personal transportation or public transportation.
  17. PTCB exam fee: $129 (www.PTCB.org).
  18. CPR certification: If you have a current CPR certification, you do not need to retake.  Just present your card to the program coordinator.  If you need to take CPR, it may be offered during the calendar on campus, in class, by a third party. 

Additional information 

Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician Certificate Credit Hours
FYE 105 or similar course 3
Medical Terminology - AHS 115  3
Intro to Computers
CIT 105 or equivalent
3
Communication
COM 252, COM 181 or COM 101
3
PHA 110 - Procedures and Skills 6
PHA 145 - Pharmacy Calculations 3
PHA 136 - Pharmacology 3
Total credit hours  24
Advanced Pharmacy Technician Diploma – includes all course required for the Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician Certificate  
PHA 150 – Pharmacy Experience I 3
Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 130 OR
BIO 135 OR
BIO 137 AND 139
3-8
PHA 200 & 205 – IV Preparation and Admixture Prep 3 & 1
PHA 236 - Pharmacology II 3
PHA 240 - Pharmacy Technician Career Planning 3
PHA 250 - Pharmacy Experience II 3
Total Credit  hours (from certificate) 24
Total additional credit hours from diploma courses 16-24
Total credit hours both credentials combined 43-48

Sample Curriculum and Course Sequence

Preadmission courses

Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician Certificate
Credit Hours
FYE 105 First-Year Experience 3
COM 252 - Interpersonal Communication
OR COM 181 - Basic Public Speaking
3
BIO 135 - Anatomy
OR BIO 137/139
3 - 8
CIT 105 - Introduction to Computers
3
AHS 115 - Medical Terminology  
First Semester Courses, Pharmacy Technician
 
PHA 110 - Pharmacy Procedures and Skills 6
PHA 145 - Pharmacy Calculations 3
PHA 136 - Pharmacology 3
Second Semester Courses, Pharmacy Technician  
PHA 150 - Pharmacy Experience I
 
PHA 200 - IV Preparations 3
PHA 200 - Admixture Preparations 1
PHA 236 - Pharmacology II 3
PHA 240 - Pharmacy Technician Career Planning 3
Third Semester Courses, Pharmacy Technician  
PHA 250 - Pharmacy Experience II 3

Preadmission conference Dates/Sites

Students MUST make an appointment to conference with program faculty one-on-one to discuss program requirements, etc. 

Curriculum guide addendum

What does a Pharmacy Technician do?

The purpose of the pharmacy technician program at JCTC is to prepare the student for entry-mid level position in a pharmacy setting by using didactic, hands-on and experiential instruction in the essential areas in which a technician must function. This education will also prepare the student to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam.  The following list of duties is excerpted from the National Pharmacy Technician Association and may be accessed at pharmacytechnician.org.

Basic Job Duties

Prepare medications under the direction of a licensed pharmacist. Measure, mix, count, label and record amounts of dosages of medications. Receive written prescriptions or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate. Maintain proper storage and security conditions for drugs. Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests when appropriate. Fill bottles with prescribed medications and type and affix labels. Assist customers by answering simple questions, locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medication information. Price and file prescriptions that have been filled. Clean and help maintain equipment and work areas. Establish and maintain patient profiles, including lists of medications taken by individual patients. Order, label and count stock of medication, chemicals and supplies. Enter and maintain inventory into the computer system. Sterile product preparation, including TPNs (total parenteral nutrition) and chemotherapy treatments. Prepare and process medical insurance claim forms and records. Mix pharmaceutical preparations according to written prescriptions (compounding). Operate cash registers to accept payment from customers. Compute charges for medication and equipment dispensed to health-system patients. Deliver medications and pharmaceutical supplies to patients, nursing stations or satellite locations. Price stock and mark items for sale. Maintain and merchandise over-the-counter medications, products and supplies.

Employment Outlook and Average Earnings

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2020-2028, faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for prescription medications will lead to more demand for pharmaceutical services. (www.bls.gov), and further information about the median wages, etc., can be find on that website.  It is important to note that this is a very fast growing and fast changing industry with different regulations in each state.  The one constant is that certified and formally trained pharmacy technicians tend to have higher pay and greater opportunity in more areas.  The JCTC pharmacy technician program’s purpose it to provide that foundation for success and prepare the student for the national certification exam, the PTCB. 

Further indication of the state of affairs with regard to pharmacy technicians can be found in the National Pharmacy Technician Association’s report “Learning About Earnings”.  NPTA CEO Mike Johnston’s inference: “The data collected indicates both progress and decline for the pharmacy technician career.  CPhTs are earning more, receiving greater benefits and remaining in the field longer compared to statistics from three years ago…This indicates progress; significant, tangible, quantitative progress.  Non-certified pharmacy technicians, on the other hand, are experiencing a career decline – earning less, receiving fewer benefits and having a shorter career span. The entire survey can be summarized in the following statement: The more technicians put into their career, the more they get out of it