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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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Alyson Harris

My name is Alyson Harris. I am currently enrolled in the Medical Assistant course at Ross Medical Education Center. I think Ross Medical Education Center is a wonderful place to learn, not only because of the job preparation and knowledge they give you, but also because of the care from the staff and the close friendships formed that becomes your support system all through your education. The dedication of the instructors to give you the best learning experience possible shows through all the extra work put in to help us succeed in all aspects of the course. Going back to school was a difficult decision for me but Ross has made it so much easier. That is why I would recommend attending any of their programs to anyone just beginning their college education or looking for a career change.

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I have loved my time here. I have gained so much knowledge in this field. It has made me prepared and excited to start my career in an office in Michigan!

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Toshiba Smith Graduate Medical Assistant student at Granger, IN campus Graduation: December 31, 2018
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Arieyanna Santiago Graduate Medical Assistant student at Ann Arbor, MI campus Graduation: April 5, 2019

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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