Pharmacy Technician Common Questions
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Question 1: What are the duties of a Pharmacy Technician?
Pharmacy Technicians work under the direction of a licensed pharmacist in community, hospital, and long-term care facilities, drug manufacturer plants, Chemo-compounding facilities, mail order pharmacies, and health maintenance organizations.
Question 2: Is there selective admission to the Pharmacy Technician Program
Question 3: What are the criteria for admission to the program?
In order to be accepted into the program, students must have a High School diploma or GED, with a GPA of at least 2.5, and must be 18 years of age by the first semester.
Question 4: What is the application deadline and start date for this program?
NOTE: The application deadline for Fall Term 2017 start has been extended to July 31, 2017. The Pharmacy Technician ATD application deadline is normally June 1st each year for a program start in the Fall term (August).
Question 5: What general education courses are required for this program?
There are four general education courses which students are required to take in order to graduate from the Pharmacy Technician program. These courses are:
- ENC 1101 Communications I
- HSC 1531 Medical Terminology
- CGS 2100 Microcomputer Applications
- BSCC 1084 Survey of Human Anatomy and Physiology
They may be taken before entering the program or can be taken in conjunction with the core Pharmacy Technician courses.
Question 6: What certificate(s) will I get when I graduate?
Upon completion of all Pharmacy Technician and all general education courses, students
will graduate with a Pharmacy Technician Applied Technology Diploma. A certificate
of completion for IV compounding, non-sterile compounding and Chemotherapy compounding
will be issued as well.
Graduates will be registered with the Board of Pharmacy, which is required for work in the State of Florida.
Question 7: Will EFSC place me in a job as a Pharmacy Technician when I graduate from the program?
In order to work as Pharmacy Technicians, graduates must be registered with the Board of Pharmacy, which can be obtained upon completion of the program. EFSC does not guarantee job placement.
Question 8: What is the cost of the Pharmacy Technician Program?
Tuition is charged per credit hour. There are 40 credit hours of core courses and 12 credit hours of general education is required for completion of the program. Refer to the current fee schedule for cost information. Additional lab fees ($30 - $50), malpractice insurance ($16 per year), and accident insurance ($11 per year) are required. Board of Pharmacy Registration Fee is $105. Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (optional but highly recommended $129). More information can be found on the Pharmacy Technician Estimated Expenses page.
Question 9: Do I wear a uniform all the time?
A scrub uniform and lab jacket are worn during clinical and laboratory sessions. Specific instructions concerning this uniform are given upon acceptance to the program at the orientation.
Question 10: Is the program accredited?
The program is designed to fulfill the requirements of the accrediting body. Accreditation is anticipated within 12 months.