Pharmacy Technician Program

  • Irina Cline

    Literacy and Instructional Support Specialist - AECPO
    (708) 656-8000
    Ext: #2383
    Building C, Room 245

  • Become a Pharmacy Technician!

    Pharmacy technicians enjoy a rewarding career in the constantly growing and evolving field of health care and prescription medicine while maintaining a stable and straightforward work environment.

    To register, please contact Irina Cline by phone at (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2383 or e-mail.

    For more information, visit the Program website.

    This course is Workforce and Innovative Act approved. For more information, please contact Admission & Registration or visit the Workforce and Innovative Act page.

    Morton College offers a payment plan option for those who qualify. For more information, please contact Mireya Perez via phone at (708) 656-8000, Ext. 2289 or e-mail.

    Spring 2019 Course Dates

    March 26, 2018 - July 16, 2019
    Tuesday 6:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.

    Externship: July 17 - September 17, 2019

    Information Session

    Interested? Click the following ling to register and attend an information session on February 27, 2019, 6 - 7 PM at the Jedlicka Theater Building A.
    Pharmacy Technician registration information.

    What Training Does the Program Provide?

    As a certified pharmacy technician, you are the liaison between medical professionals, doctors, pharmacists, insurance companies and patients. You will receive and verify prescriptions and prepare patient medication.

    Blending medicine, math and chemistry, you will take classes that prepare you to: 

    • Provide medication and other health products to patients
    • Mix intravenous solutions
    • Count tablets and label bottles
    • Receive electronic prescriptions from medical offices
    • Handle computer order entry of prescriptions
    • Receive written prescriptions and requests for patient refills
    • Verify complete and accurate prescriptions
    • Stock and inventory prescription and over-the-counter medications

    In addition, you’ll gain experience with IV therapy as part of the non-credit courses you’ll take in the Program.

    Acquiring this skill set - which includes the skills most often used in hospitals - helps better prepare students for a variety of jobs in the field and offers graduates a competitive advantage.

    How Long Will the Program Take to Complete?

    The duration of the program is twenty-one (21) weeks and includes preparation for the certification examination administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

    In addition to 180 hours in the classroom, and homework study time, our students are eligible to complete a 120 clock-hour externship experience. The externship serves as working experience, as well as a reference for future employment.

    Upon completion of the program, you will be prepared for a rewarding career as a: 

    • Pharmacy technician
    • Pharmacy clerk
    • IV certified pharmacy technician

    What is the Job Market Outlook for Pharmacy Technicians?

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to grow 9 percent nationally, faster than the average for all occupations through the next 10 years.

    Employment opportunities for pharmacy technicians are expected to be excellent due to increased needs within the pharmaceutical industry, a larger and older population and a greater need for medication today.

    Program Changes for 2016

    Effective January 1, 2016, PTCB implemented a change in continuing education (CE) recertification requirements for Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) that reduces the allowable number of CE hours earned via college/university courses from 15 to 10.

    Beginning in 2016, a maximum of 10 of your 20 CE hours may be earned by completing a relevant college course with a grade of 'C' or better.

    PTCB is placing greater emphasis on attaining a diverse portfolio of technician-specific education in order to recertify.

    As the nation's healthcare system evolves, pharmacy technician roles are shifting and expanding to better support pharmacists and it is essential that CPhTs be educated on a variety of relevant topics.

    For more information please refer to the attached flyer.