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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 today’s most innovative pharmacies.
I loved going to Ross. They are very interested in your career and always willing to help. I gained knowledge, hands-on experience, and lasting friendships. I tell everyone to join Ross!Kayline Pace Graduate Medical Assistant student at Lansing, MI campus Graduation: January 18, 2019
My name is Kimberly. I'm going to tell you how Ross has changed my life. I was working 40-60 hours a week at a factory, 7 days a week. I made the decision to try Ross and see where this life adventure takes me. I am now an RMA and work at Speciality Clinic. I worked very hard on working full time and going to school full time. Ross was a very important decision that I made for my life and a very special place for me. I would recommend that anyone try Ross. It will change your life forever, it did mine. Thank you - KimberlyKimberly Mangold Graduate Medical Assistant student at Portage, MI campus Graduation: June 4, 2018
I'm having a blast so far! I love the accelerated program and I'm learning so much. The staff is great and focused on each student's success. I can't wait to see what else I learn and see how going to Ross is going to impact my future.Leslee Lloyd Graduate Medical Assistant student at Davison, MI campus Graduation: April 24, 2019
The reason I chose Ross is because I liked how it is a "hands-on" program. The instructors were fantastic - they worked with me one-on-one and helped me if I didn't understand something. They were there for me if I had a question outside of class. I felt confident in what they were teaching me for my career path. Everyone is super friendly and supportive. I am very grateful that I am a part of such a great school/program, so I can succeed!Kristen Burley Graduate Medical Insurance Billing and Office Administration student at Brighton, MI campus Graduation: December 4, 2019
I love the hands-on learning, certificates, and volunteer opportunities. Everyone is very friendly and makes the campus feel like a family.Allie Hutson Graduate Dental Assistant student at Kokomo, IN campus Graduation: March 23, 2020
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.