In this course, students will develop the skills needed to perform the tasks of a pharmacy technician while developing communication skills in the mock pharmacy department. They will study medical and pharmaceutical terminology, learn pharmacy record keeping and pharmaceutical techniques, explore pharmacy law and ethics, learn pharmaceutical calculations through hands-on compounding of various medication forms such as capsules, lip balms, lollipops and others. Students will also gain practical experience by working in actual pharmacies.Young Pharmacy Techs Will Learn How to:
• prepare prescribe medication for patients
• count tablets and measure liquids
• label bottles• verify the accuracy of prescription information• price and file prescriptions• establish and maintain patient profiles• prepare insurance forms• track the inventory ofmedications• compound prescriptions• weigh and measure prescription ingredients
Due to the increased medical needs of a larger and aging population, employment is expected to grow faster than average for all pharmaceutical occupations.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians and aides is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Cost-conscious insurers and healthcare systems will continue to emphasize the role of the technician.
Pharmacy technicians may work in a variety of settings, including retail pharmacies, hospitals, chain drugstores, nursing homes, mail order facilities and nuclear medicine.
Upon completion of the required training and exams, students will have the opportunity to be certified in CPR, Heart Saver/First Aid through the American Heart Association.Note: In New York State, special training and licensure are not necessary to work in a pharmacy. However, in some states, pharmacy techs are required to pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification exam.Upon completion of this course, students may receive college credits subject to the entrance requirements of each institution and any additional criteria necessary. Current college agreements include:
• Monroe College
Work Experience OpportunitiesStudents have the opportunity to reinforce what they are taught in the classroom by participating in a work-based learning or clinical experience at a healthcare facility or pharmacy such as:• Nassau University Medical Center
• Walgreens Co.
• various independent pharmacies
such as Parkside Pharmacy,
Shipmans Pharmacy and Kings
Course available: Grades 11 or 12
Course length: 1 or 2 years
Credits: Up to 4 CTE credits a year
Admissions criteria: Strong basic math background
Earning high school credits: Students completing this 2-year course may receive up to 8 CTE credits OR distributed credits* using either or both of the following:
1.0 credit Career and Financial Management
0.5 credit Health
* Students completing 1 year of this 2-year course may receive up to 4 CTE credits OR distributed credits.
Note: This course requires students to wear uniforms.