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During the Ross Pharmacy Technician training program, our school's students will be instructed on how to function as an assistant to a licensed pharmacist including the standards of pharmacy ethics and law, microbiology, pharmaceutical and medical terminology, dosages, and both trade and generic names of drugs.
Experienced training school instructors will also direct students in performing essential functions related to drug procurement and inventory control, manufacturing and packaging operations, compounding procedures, and much more. Upon successful completion of the training program, students should be prepared to work in entry-level positions in a community, retail, and/or hospital/health system's pharmacy.
Pharmacy technicians act in a key role in a pharmacy setting. They work under the supervision of a pharmacist and assist them by helping to prepare and distribute prescription medications to patients. They may do a mix of clinical tasks like counting pills, mixing medications, measuring medications, and labeling prescriptions and administrative tasks like taking payments and recording prescriptions over the phone.
At the conclusion of the classroom portion of the Pharmacy Technician school program comes the extremely vital externship experience. The externship gives local employers the opportunity to meet, assess, and help hone the skills of the newest healthcare professionals entering the field before making hiring decisions.
However, it also allows Ross students to put their skills and knowledge to work in a real-world pharmacy setting. Unlike programs at other schools, Ross takes care of externship placement for you.
Certification is important to potential employers as they seek to hire the best and most qualified candidates. Becoming certified gives evidence that you have the necessary skills and knowledge as well as high commitment to your field. It shows that you are dedicated to providing excellent patient care and desire to continue growing in your profession.
Ross Medical Education Center and Ross College in Sylvania understand the importance of certification and are confident in the preparation they provide to graduates. Due to this, Ross offers a voucher to graduates that take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.
Our pharmacy program partners with PioneerRx. PioneerRx enhances our curriculum with a hands-on approach to learning that simulates the functions and workflow of todayâ€™s most innovative pharmacies.
Instructor has me more interested in this class than any previous instructor in any college I've attended.Kai Knudsen Graduate Veterinary Assistant student at New Baltimore, MI campus Graduation: June 12, 2019
I came to Ross to further my education for a reliable career, and I've gained much more than that. My instructors have helped me become much more than I thought was possible.Haley Miller Graduate Medical Assistant student at Kentwood, MI campus Graduation: May 22, 2019
Ross has given me the opportunity to finish what I started years ago. As a mother of three, they gave me options that fit my schedule. Their accelerated Medical Assistant program was just the right fit. Now I have the skills and education I need to jump-start my career.Brittany Graduate Medical Assistant student at Granger, IN campus Graduation: March 12, 2019
I'm thankful for Ross for giving me this great opportunity to learn and become a great medical assistant. The teachers and staff are very friendly and want you to succeed.Kayla Wimberly Graduate Medical Assistant student at Ann Arbor, MI campus Graduation: April 5, 2019
My experience at Ross has been one of the most liberating experiences in my life. I came to Ross because I needed a change in my life. Nothing else was working and I felt as if I was stuck in a rut, so I had to make a choice. I was scrolling through Facebook one day and the ad popped up… Hmmm six-to-nine month courses? I figured I could do that, considering my excuse had been that school takes too long and I do not have time to balance that and being a single mom. I did my research and realized every job I had applied for fit right into the MIBOA program. I was intrigued so I decided to check them out. When I came in, everyone was nice and very helpful. They gave me an in-depth view on the program and what to expect. They assured me they were a nationally accredited school and their graduation rates were great. I was won over by them showing me the rising stats related to the field and that alone gave me the push I needed to go ahead and apply. I am very glad I did. I had one of the best instructors, aside from everyone helping me and keeping me motivated. The class size was small so I had a lot of one on one, any questions I had I could literally ask anyone and if they did not know they could get me to someone that did. At times it was overwhelming, I do admit, but I made it - and not alone - that is the best part. Soon I was in my last mod and on my way to externship as a proud student of Ross Education Center and now I feel like I am ready for anything. Thank you, Ross. My new life started here.Jessica Henderson Graduate Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration student at Fort Wayne, IN campus Graduation: February 26, 2019
Classes in the Pharmacy Technician program at Ross all fit into six modules. Every module, students will receive both information pertinent to working in a pharmacy as well as hands-on, practical skills training necessary for a Pharmacy Technician career.
Students will be instructed on the history of medicine and the introduction of pharmacy practice. The course will familiarize students with pharmacy dynamics.
Throughout this course, students will develop effective communication skills necessary for pharmacy technicians. Students are introduced to the operations of a pharmacy, like data entry and billing and collection practices.
This course will provide students with a foundation of the mathematics required for pharmacy practice. Skills taught include metric conversions and equivalents.
Students will learn the skills necessary for dosage calculations.
Students will receive an introduction to body structures and functions in relation to treatment. The course will teach terms and abbreviations used in pharmacy.
Students will learn about the legal, ethical, privacy, security, and confidentiality practices in pharmacy. Students will be informed of OSHA and HIPAA guidelines for patient confidentiality.
This course will familiarize students with the basic concepts of pharmacology and dispensing medication. Students will learn drug classifications and effects on the human body.
This course will instruct students on the actions and effects on the human body and in the management of disease as pharmacology relates to specific body systems and processes/disorders.
This course explains and defines the community pharmacy, focusing on the necessary skills needed to interpret, prepare, label and maintain prescription records in this pharmacy setting. Students train in supply, inventory, and data entry. Students will also gain an understanding of financial literacy.
This course provides familiarization with basic pharmaceutical compounding techniques and laboratory procedures. Students practice proper hand-washing techniques, pharmaceutical calculations related to non-sterile compounding and medical and workplace safety techniques.
This course is an exploration into career opportunities for pharmacy technicians in a hospital or health system. Students will be given information on hospital pharmacy organization, workplace and medication safety, data entry, quality assurance, and more.
Students will learn the proper techniques for compounding sterile products, entering the clean room, and working in a laminar flow hood.