Pharmacy Technician

 

The Pharmacy Technician program provides education and training in the major disciplines of pharmacy operations to include: administration and supply, outpatient pharmacy operations, inpatient pharmacy operations, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutics, basic pharmaceutical calculations, and advanced pharmacy practice. This training program includes a Phase 1 resident portion at METC and a Phase 2 clinical portion conducted at military and civilian medical treatment facilities. Quality assurance and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program. Lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, and laboratory practice are utilized throughout the program. This program provides graduates with technical skills and knowledge required to achieve pharmacy technician entry-level competencies, and meets basic requirements set forth by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists. Additionally, this course helps the student prepare for the pharmacy technician national certification examination. The program prepares the student to perform both inpatient and outpatient pharmacy operations in both traditional and non-traditional pharmacy practice settings. The program culminates in college credits that apply toward an associates degree.

   US Air Force
AFSC: Pharmacy Technician
Program Length: 890 hours
Iterations per year: 5
 
   US Army
MOS: Pharmacy Specialist
Program Length: 890 hours
Iterations per year: 5
 
   US Navy
NEC: Pharmacy Technician
Program Length: 908 hours
Iterations per year: 5

 

School Code 083


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The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students to perform both inpatient and outpatient pharmacy operations in both traditional and non-traditional pharmacy practice settings.

The instructional design of this program’s courses is group-lock step. The Pharmacy Technician program is a consolidated program with three military services that has a two phase, field of study schedule. Resident training is first conducted at the METC and then the student transitions to clinical training that is conducted at military and/or civilian medical treatment facilities (MTF).

Upon initial entry to METC, students are provided formal education and training that develops them into entry-level Pharmacy Technicians/Specialists within fixed and deployable medical facilities.

Students will learn the major disciplines of pharmacy operations to include: administration and supply, outpatient pharmacy operations, inpatient pharmacy operations, human anatomy and physiology, therapeutics, basic pharmaceutical calculations, advanced pharmacy practice.

This program provides graduates with technical skills and knowledge required to achieve pharmacy technician entry-level competencies, and meets basic requirements set forth by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists.


Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. Quality control and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program.

Clinical training provides students with clinical knowledge and hands-on experiential training which consists of clinical practicum in a MTF or civilian institution. The program prepares the student to exercise judgment and accept responsibility in performing pharmacy procedures.

Students will train in the areas of: inpatient procedures (IV preparation, maintaining medical carts, emergency crash carts, and ward stock), outpatient procedures (patient check-in, order entry, and disbursing process), and receipt of stock from vendors. Proficiency advancement in clinical applications is determined by the program director and clinical advisor/coordinator on a case-by-case basis.

Accreditation Information:
The pharmacy technician program conducted by the Medical Education and Training Campus, JBSA Fort Sam Houston, Texas is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. (www.ashp.org)

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
4500 East-West Highway, Suite 900
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
1-866-279-0681
 

Credentialing Information:

Graduates of this program are eligible to take either the Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT) or the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), and qualify for the designation, Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT).

 

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(210) 808-6382
E-mail:dha.jbsa.j7.mbx.operations-south@mail.mil