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In our program, students will gain a working knowledge of standards of practice, quality assurance, patient confidentiality and communication skills needed in a professional environment.
Pharmacy technicians are critical members of the health care team. They are essential to providing patients with safe and effective medication therapy. A pharmacy technician works closely with licensed pharmacists and other health care professionals in diverse settings such as hospitals, clinics and community pharmacies.
Pharmacy technicians help dispense prescription medicines, fill routine orders for non-prescription medicines, and help patients who drop off and pick up prescriptions, including resolving problems. Pharmacy technicians are vital in the insurance claims billing process, cash management, fiscal tracking of pharmacy operations, and overseeing inventory and data management activities.
Southwest offers a two-semester Pharmacy Technology Technical Certificate program that begins each Fall and Spring. The Pharmacy Technology program provides students with the tools and education needed to be successful and qualify to pursue the national certification examination issued by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to apply for registration with the State of Tennessee Board of Pharmacy and other requiring states. The Pharmacy Technology program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).
As a student in the program, you will rotate in assigned pharmacy settings. During this rotation, the program calendar may differ from the academic calendar.
To find out more about courses offered at Southwest, you can use our Interactive Course Schedule to see when and where a class is being offered.
- Allied Health Programs Admission and Retention Procedures
- Allied Health Application Deadlines and Admissions Dates
- Job Outlook
- Union Avenue Campus Allied Health [H] Building, Room 106
- Chandra Washington, CPhT, RPhT, Program Coordinator
- Phyllis Bruce, Secretary