Pharmacy Technician

Program Overview

The Pharmacy Technician Program provides both academic and clinical education in pharmacy practices. The objective of the program is to provide the healthcare community with quality technicians. Pharmacy Technicians work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists.

The Pharmacy Technician Program has two levels: Entry-Level (C.T.C.) and Advanced-Level (C.T.S).

Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician: Certificate of Technical Competency (C.T.C.)

The Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for practice as Entry-level pharmacy technicians in a variety of contemporary settings (e.g., community, hospital, home care, long-term care) and has students acquire knowledge, skills, behaviors, and abilities needed for such practice.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of a C.T.C. Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician Program, students will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking skills related to math, pharmacology, and pharmacy operations needed for an entry-level pharmacy technician.
  • Apply the communication and customer service skills needed for interactions with patients and other healthcare professionals.
  • Accurately perform pharmaceutical calculations applicable to an entry-level pharmacy technician position in community and institutional pharmacy settings.
  • Apply the laws governing the practice of pharmacy at the state and federal levels.
  • Transcribe, fill, and distribute prescriptions for medications in both the community and institutional pharmacy settings under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

At the completion of the Entry-Level Program students will be prepared to take a national certification examination provided as required by the Louisiana State Board of Pharmacy.

Advanced-Level Pharmacy Technician Program: Certificate of Technical Studies (C.T.S.)

The Advanced-Level Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for practice as Advanced-level pharmacy technicians, in a broad range of advanced roles in a variety of contemporary settings (e.g., community, hospital, home care, long-term care) and has students acquire additional knowledge, skills, behaviors, and abilities beyond those of the Entry-level pharmacy technician, needed for such advanced practice.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of a C.T.S. Advanced-Level Pharmacy Technician Program, students will be able to:

  • Accurately perform advanced pharmaceutical calculations required of an Advanced-Level pharmacy technician.
  • Prepare compounded medications, including sterile preparations and moderate and high level non-sterile compounding per applicable, current USP Chapters and while applying best practice.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in matters of conflict resolution, teamwork, customer service, and supervision of other pharmacy technician personnel.
  • Collaborate with the pharmacy team, under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist, in the administration of the patient care process, including medication therapy management, handling of investigational drugs, and inventory control.

Official Program Description in the College Catalog

Estimated Costs of the Program

Pharmacy Technician students pay the same tuition and fees each term as other credit students enrolled in the college. For more information, visit the Financial Information page in the college catalog.

In addition to tuition and fees, there are additional expenses to complete the program. For a detailed explanation of these costs, download the list of expenses.

Accreditation

ASHP logoDelgado’s Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited by ASHP/ACPE (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education), 4500 East-West Highway, Suite 900, Bethesda, MD  20814; 1-866-279-0681.

Jobs Outlook

Job Environment

Pharmacy technicians work primarily in pharmacies, including those found in grocery and drug stores. Some technicians work in hospitals or other healthcare facilities. Pharmacy technicians spend most of the workday on their feet.

Work Schedules

Most pharmacy technicians work full time. Pharmacies may be open at all hours. Therefore, pharmacy technicians may have to work nights or weekends.

Estimated Earnings (2014 Data)

 Location  Pay Period  Low  Median High
United States    Hourly  $10.58  $15.26 $22.58
 Yearly  $22,000  $31,750 $46,980
 Louisiana  Hourly  $10.40  $14.35 $19.58
Yearly $21,620 $29,860 $40,730
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA Hourly $10.15 $13.87 $19.20
Yearly $21,120 $28,850 $39,940

Pioneer Rx Pharmacy Software

The Delgado Pharmacy Technician Program partners with PioneerRx Pharmacy Software. PioneerRx enhances our curriculum with a hands-on approach to learning that simulates the functions and workflow of in a pharmacy. For more information about the software, visit PioneerRX.com.

Students will simulate prescription processing, which includes (but is not limited to):

  • Entering new prescriptions
  • Verifying patient information; including mediation history, allergies, disease states, and drug interactions
  • Entering new patients and providers to a database
  • Entering insurance information
  • Create labels for filling
  • Simulation of adjudication of insurance