What to Pharmacy Technicians do?
Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of a pharmacist, taking in prescriptions and filling them. Pharmacy technicians may work in hospitals or retail pharmacies. This is a rapidly expanding career field, with a recognized national certification exam.
To learn more about the national outlook for Pharmacy Technicians, please see the Bureau of Labor and Statistics http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm
How does Normandale's Pharmacy Technician program work?
The State of Minnesota changed the regulations for pharmacy technicians in January, 2014. New pharmacy technicians must complete a training program, which includes both a knowledge and skills portion. Our program teaches the knowledge portion online in about 285 hours of study, and then includes a ~180 hour externship with either CVS Pharmacy or Walgreens. For students outside of Minnesota, the externship is optional. For people wishing to work in Minnesota, the externship is required.
For the online study, you work at your own pace, but that does not mean there is not support available. You'll have access to three support teams- technical issues, student support, and graduate support. You can email your instructor questions linked to any page you are reading. Instructors also have office hours, times when you know you will be able to reach them by phone and email. There is an active student forum. If you have a question, chances are good that someone has already asked it on the forum and received an answer from other students and teachers. Students also use the forum to ask for emotional support, and to celebrate their accomplishments.
A neat tool in the program lets you estimate your completion date based on the amount of time you spend, and help you keep on track with weekly goals.
Normandale offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this program. We use the nursing continuing education convention of 1.2 CEU for every 1 hour of study, which is why the hours of the program can look different in our catalog.
To register for this program, please see Normandale.edu/ce/classes, or call 952-358-8343.