Ivy Tech to offer course for Pharmacy Technician Certification

50-hour course prepares students for certification exam

KOKOMO, Ind. – Ivy Tech Corporate College is offering a comprehensive 50-hour course that will prepare students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s certification exam and enter the ever-growing pharmacy field. Classes will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 16 through Nov. 4.

Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions, and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, intravenous flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement. The Pharmacy Technician Certification Program includes a graded final test to help prepare students for the actual certification exam.

The course will meet at The Excel Center, 101 W. Superior St. in Kokomo from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays Sept. 16 through Nov. 4. The cost of the course is $1,119 per participant, which includes the cost of taking the PTCB. The cost of required clinicals with a local pharmacy is not included in the price. For more information or to register, contact Brent Marley, Ivy Tech Corporate College, at 800-459-0561, ext. 281, or bmarley6@ivytech.edu.

Pharmacy technicians work in pharmacies under the direction of a pharmacist filling prescriptions according to doctors’ orders. Pharmacy technicians prepare medications for dispensing to patients, including retrieving drugs in the correct dosage form and strength, measuring the appropriate amount of drug and producing a prescription label. Depending upon the practice setting, a pharmacy technician may also be involved in the admixture of drugs for intravenous use. Other duties include checking inventories and ordering supplies, receiving and checking in supplies, assisting customers, keeping pharmacy work areas clean, and completing insurance forms.

Pharmacy technicians may work in retail pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, long-term care facilities, hospitals, clinics, and large industrial complexes. The demand for pharmacy technicians continues to grow, the result of the availability of new drugs, the national shortage of registered pharmacists, the establishment of the position of certified pharmacy technician and the aging population.

Students should have taken math and science in high school. A high school diploma or GED is required to sit for the PTCB exam.

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About Ivy Tech Kokomo Region

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region serves Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, and Tipton counties and includes campuses or instructional sites in the communities of Kokomo, Logansport, Peru, and Rochester. Ivy Tech serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. For more information, visit www.ivytech.edu.
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