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.
In May of 2017, I decided to start my journey, and though many obstacles popped up trying to prevent me from starting, I was able to begin school in June of 2017. When I started school, I was working a part time job and juggling being a full time mom of six beautiful children. It wasn't easy; it took hard work and dedication. I kept two planners: one for work and appointments, the other for school assignments and tests. In January of of 2018, I finished my externship and received my certificate. I even accepted a position when I finished my externship; my hard work had paid off. I absolutely love my job! My team members and patients are great. Best of all, they make work fun. I have truly found my calling.Erica Shelly Graduate Medical Assistant student at Kokomo, IN campus Graduation: January 3, 2018
I am very happy that I took the leap of faith in enrolling into the VA program. I have learned so much and my instructor is amazing. I could not have done it without my team of classmates and teacher.Courtney Griffin Graduate Veterinary Assistant student at Canton, MI campus Graduation: May 8, 2019
Ross helped me reach and achieve my goals. They helped me stay on track. Even if it was rough, they pushed me to finish.Zaina Carr Graduate Medical Assistant student at Ann Arbor, MI campus Graduation: March 8, 2019
My name is Jason Barton and I graduated from Ross in 2012. I have been privileged since then to be able to help Ross with guest speaking engagements, mock interviews, delivering speeches at the graduation ceremonies, and being an advisory board member. For the last two and a half years, I have been even more privileged to be an instructor here at Ross. I am so thankful to be able to give back to Ross, which has given me so much.Jason Barton Graduate Medical Assistant student at Kalamazoo, Mi campus Graduation: December 6, 2012
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
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.