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Experience hands-on Pharmacy Technician training at one of 19 Ross school locations.

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.

Pharmacy Technician training school students

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.

What is a Pharmacy Technician?

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.

Pharmacy Technician Externships

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 for Pharmacy Technician Graduates

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.

PioneerRX

Our pharmacy program partners with PioneerRx. PioneerRx enhances our curriculum with a hands-on approach to learning that simulates the functions and workflow of today’s most innovative pharmacies.

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Alycia Murdie

I'm a single mother of 3 and work full time. I came to the point of my life where I was ready to change my profession and do something that will better our lives. So I was looking around at different schools, calling around seeing what they offer. Then my mom told me about Ross. I was nervous of course, but I called and the gentleman I talked to was so upbeat and supportive. Made me feel like they were really willing to help me out. I set up an interview with the school and I met with Brandi. Brandi is amazing!! She was so friendly and listened to all of my needs and wants. I started school in May 2018, of course I was nervous, but everyone helped me out with all of my questions. Every time I walk in for class, they are always so friendly and knew my name from day one. I was in the evening MA program. My teacher was very helpful and if I needed help they would sit down with me and work one-on-one. I'm now on my externship with the school. I'm at an ENT and I love it! I'm so glad I took the step and called Ross because now I see everything I learned in school coming out everyday and realize every day that my life will be for the better with this career.

Alycia Murdie Graduate Medical Assistant student at Knoxville, TN campus Graduation: January 23, 2019
Kayla Wimberly

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
Jaclyn Derhammer

Coming to Ross has made a big change in my life! I've been able to restart my life and give my daughter the childhood that she deserves. Without Ross, I would not have found my best friend. Dreams really do come true if you work hard enough for it.

Jaclyn Derhammer Graduate Medical Assistant student at Lafayette, IN campus Graduation: January 18, 2019
Tamika Newsome

I'm a single mother of four children and my four children inspire me every day. My children are my greatest inspiration and I want to show them that they can do whatever they set their minds to. I want to show them that even though there may be bumps in the road, they should never give up on their dreams. Their dreams are worth fighting for. I'm glad to be attending Ross Medical Center because the staff is always there to lend a helping hand to their students, regardless if it has to do with their education or personal lives. Ross staff is another addition to my family because they make me feel like I'm a part of something that's bigger than I am.

Tamika Newsome Graduate Medical Assistant student at Flint, MI campus Graduation: April 20, 2020
Taylor Powell

Ross is a great school filled with awesome instructors! I've learned so much from my instructor, Miss. Michelle. I've never had a teacher so educated, involved, or dedicated to their students. There is no program I'd rather be in than dental and I cannot wait to start my lifelong career in this field. There's never a boring day in dental and there is no school I'd rather be enrolled in than Ross.

Taylor Powell Graduate Dental Assistant student at Niles, OH campus Graduation: April 27, 2020

Pharmacy Technician Classes

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.

Introduction to Pharmacy

Students will be instructed on the history of medicine and the introduction of pharmacy practice. The course will familiarize students with pharmacy dynamics.

Pharmacy Operations

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.

Basic Principles and Concepts of Mathematics

This course will provide students with a foundation of the mathematics required for pharmacy practice. Skills taught include metric conversions and equivalents.

Measurement Systems and Dosage Calculations

Students will learn the skills necessary for dosage calculations.

Medical Terminology for the Pharmacy Technician

Students will receive an introduction to body structures and functions in relation to treatment. The course will teach terms and abbreviations used in pharmacy.

Pharmacy Law and Ethics

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.

General Pharmacy

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.

Pharmaceutical Agents for Human Physiological Systems

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.

Community/Retail Pharmacies

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.

Non-Sterile Compounding

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.

Hospital and Health Systems

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.

Sterile Compounding

Students will learn the proper techniques for compounding sterile products, entering the clean room, and working in a laminar flow hood.

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