Pharmacy Technician Diploma

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The pharmaceutical industry is an exciting career field with promising opportunities. When you earn a diploma from our pharmacy technician program, you can acquire the knowledge, skills, and work habits you need to pursue a career as a pharmacy technician—a career field that the U.S. Department of Labor predicts to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2022.*  

At Kaplan College, we want to help you obtain a fulfilling pharmaceutical career with a bright future. As a pharmacy technician graduate, you could have the ability to make a difference in people’s lives where it matters most–their health. By working with your patients and giving them proper medication, you can help them take better care of themselves.

Pharmacy Technician Career Responsibilities

 Pharmacy technicians work directly under the supervision of a registered pharmacist, preparing prescription medications for distribution to patients. You may be responsible for obtaining refill authorizations, transcribing doctors' orders, and processing insurance claims. Other daily activities may include assisting with quality management; security measures; and monitoring, ordering, and stocking inventory. You may be required to perform the following duties:  

  • Establish and maintain patient profiles and enter patient information into a computerized database
  • File insurance claim forms and deal with insurance companies
  • Maintain inventory of prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Prepare prescription labels, select the type of prescription container, and affix labels to the container
  • Verify that prescription information is complete and accurate  

Our Pharmacy Technician Diploma program is taught by qualified faculty members whose goal is to help you stand out to local employers. Our innovative curriculum is designed to teach you the interpersonal and communication skills sought by today’s pharmacists. At Kaplan College, you could graduate with the specific skills needed to become successful in the pharmaceutical field.  

A Career-Focused Curriculum

Your courses will include classroom teaching and lab training in a variety of topics relevant to careers in the pharmaceutical industry, including the following:  

  • Sterile product preparations
  • Prescription order processing
  • Computer applications and career development
  • Pharmacology and the apocrine systems
  • Pharmacology and the nervous system
  • Pharmacy law, regulations, and business applications

Courses may also emphasize storage of drugs, maintaining inventory control, stocking procedures, and handling outdated items. You will also have the opportunity to learn trade and generic names of medications, how drugs affect the various systems of the body, first aid, CPR, and computer software applications.  

As a graduate of Kaplan College' s pharmacy technician program, you may apply for an entry-level position at pharmacies in retail, hospital, and mail order settings. You may also find positions available in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Real-World Externship Experience

Kaplan College emphasizes hands-on training and experiences that help prepare you for employment as soon as you graduate. Prior to graduation, you will complete an externship at an approved retail, hospital, or residential pharmacy or other pharmaceutical facility where you can apply the knowledge, skills, and work habits you learn in school in a real-world career setting. The externship program allows you to interact with medical professionals and gain the experience employers demand.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014–2015 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Pharmacy-technicians.htm (accessed January 2014). Expected national growth rate through the year 2022. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Campus Locations

The pharmacy technician program is available at the following Kaplan College locations:

California

Nevada

Ohio

Texas

Certifications

Certification or licensure can provide an additional credential for obtaining employment in the field; in some instances, certification or licensure may be required for employment in certain locations. Successful completion of this program may enable graduates to take a certification or licensure examination, such as the following:

  • The Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) sponsored by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)†

Certification or licensure examinations vary by location. Please see the campus course catalog or click on the campus name above to determine which certification or licensure exam(s) may be available to graduates from that location.

Campus Catalogs

Please review the Academic Programs section of the course catalog for your campus to find details about specific program outcomes and offerings. 

Tuition and Fees

You can find current tuition information in the course catalog for your campus under Financial Information > Tuition and Fees.

† The School cannot guarantee a student's eligibility either to take any exam or become certified, registered, or licensed. A student's eligibility may depend on his or her work experience, completion of high school (or its equivalent), not having a criminal record, meeting other licensure or certification requirements, or the program or School itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure. Externship sites may themselves require a criminal background check or medical examination.