Get personalized info on pharmacy career training at a campus near you.
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 today’s most innovative pharmacies.
Throughout my time during the program, I learned so much that will influence my future. Ross does a great job setting up your externship and career services will work with you to help you find a job. You get out what you put in! Ross has changed my life and I am so happy that I made the decision to go there. They were very caring of me and my fellow classmates, making sure we were succeeding at everything we did.Tori Bluhm Graduate Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration student at Roosevelt Park, MI campus Graduation: July 13, 2018
My experience at Ross has been nothing but positive. From the day that I first expressed interest, all the way through to the externship experience, Ross has provided me with an outstanding training of my chosen field. The small class size and differentiated instruction has allowed me to feel more than prepared to enter in to the medical coding and billing field.Monica Hubbard Graduate Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration student at Ontario, OH campus Graduation: April 2, 2019
Ross is a school of excellence. With Ross, the opportunities are endless. Being enrolled here among staff and classmates is truly an honor.Yasmean Nasser Graduate Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration student at Taylor, MI campus Graduation: January 14, 1999
I chose Pharmacy Technician because I love to help others, and there is great job security in my field. I love Ross College because it feels like family!Brandi Burrell Graduate Pharmacy Technician student at Sylvania, OH campus Graduation: May 8, 2019
I chose Ross Medical Education Center to better my life for myself and my children. They have several courses to choose from. From the moment I walked through the doors, I could tell they had a very professional, encouraging, and caring staff to help me succeed. Since day one they've been understanding and kind in all the situations life has dealt me through this exciting journey. Ross has changed my life by allowing me to find the part of myself that has been locked away. Strength. Because of their support, I have pushed myself to be better not only in school but in life. It has given me confidence and courage I didn't know I had. I feel secure in life knowing they have my back and I now have the ability to have my own career and never have to depend on anyone. By making the decision to come to Ross, I've changed my tomorrow today.Jessica Walker Graduate Medical Assistant student at Owensboro, KY campus Graduation: April 24, 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.