Pharmacy Technician Certificate

Sinclair is moving from quarters to semesters effective Fall 2012.

Due to the Fall 2012 Semester Transition, it is VERY important for you to speak with an ACADEMIC ADVISOR, (937) 512-3700, room 11-346, to make sure you are scheduling the correct classes for your program of choice.


What is a Pharmacy Technician?
The Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for entry level employment working directly with pharmacists in many different environments. The program is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of medical language, legal aspects of drug dispensing, specific role of the pharmacy technicians, handling of sterile products, inventory control, repackaging, beginning pharmacology, pharmaceutical calculations, sterile compounding and non-sterile compounding.  Upon completion of the curriculum students receive a short-term certificate from Sinclair Community College.
What do Pharmacy Technicians do?
Pharmacy technicians have developed advanced responsibilities in the professional work force. As the “right to know” has become more prevalent, pharmacists have taken over the role of patient educators, which has resulted in the increased responsibilities of pharmacy technicians.  Pharmacy technicians must now take on the role of dispensing and management that requires advanced education.  Pharmacy technicians are responsible for performing a wide range of functions, including the maintenance of patient records, drug product preparation and distribution and recordkeeping.
Are Classes Available Online?
The Pharmacy Technician Certificate curriculum courses are available in the traditional in-class format as well as totally online, with the exception of ALH 124 which is the clinical experience course performed on-site at a pharmacy facility.
When does the Program Begin?
Students can begin this certificate any quarter, fall, winter, spring or summer.  However, the Pharmacy Technician I, II and III courses must be taken in sequential order and normally begin in the fall and spring quarters.
What are the Employment Opportunities?
Employment prospects are excellent in the Miami Valley and throughout the nation.  Job opportunities are available in the following areas:  retail, hospital, mail order, nursing home supplier and home health care settings.  Estimated earning potential for retail positions range from $8-$10/hour, hospital positions range from $10-$15/hour and mail order positions range from $12-$16/hour.
Is Certification Required?
Yes. With the completion of Sinclair’s Pharmacy Technician Certificate program, students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the college. Certification is required for employment in Ohio; a new law in Ohio for 2009 requires all qualified Pharmacy Technicians to pass an approved exam. 
Certification is available through approved employer exams as well as through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), (reference: Sinclair’s program prepares students to pass this examination and provides the skills necessary to perform the responsibilities of a qualified Pharmacy Technician.
What are the advantages of taking the Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program at Sinclair?
Sinclair’s Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program is one of the largest and most respected programs in the region. Students are prepared for a career with a combination of a comprehensive curriculum and Sinclair’s low tuition rates. 
For more information about how to begin, please click on the Student Information Packet on the left.
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