Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists in retail pharmacies, hospitals or other medical facilities. Your pharmacy tech training at STC will give you the tools to coordinate drug orders, fill IV bags with medication, fill unit dose packages, give information to patients and take prescription orders. As a pharmacy tech, you also will enjoy professional development opportunities and advancement potential.
Other key elements of this high-demand field are professionalism and communication skills. Are you a strong communicator? Do you want to help others? Pharmacy technicians need to be good listeners, ethical employees, and compassionate in their dealings with patients, families and other professionals.
Job Placement Rate
Southeast Tech's Pharmacy Technician program boasts a 100% job placement rate among its 2019 graduates.
Where Would You Work as a Pharmacy Technician?
- Hospitals: These pharmacy technicians prepare lab materials, work with IV medications, and clean and sterilize machines.
- Retail: Customer service is key to this pharmacy tech, as you provide medications and answer patient medication questions.
- Mail-order: Your work ranges from maintaining inventory and filling medicine vials to updating patient information in a database and prepping compounds.
Why Choose STC’s Pharmacy Technician Program?
This 1-year program lets you achieve your goal to work healthcare. STC’s pharmacy training program teaches:
- Operation of pharmacy equipment
- Recording techniques to get best outcomes
- Accurate written reports and documentation
- Understanding of anatomy and medical terminology
Know Your Tools
Southeast Tech’s faculty will instruct you on operating industry tools such as lab blenders and emulsifiers, sterile processing and filling machines, and auger dose machines.
The pharmacy tech program at STC is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).
Southeast Tech has partnered with PioneerRX to bring a more interactive experience to our program. Students experience a realistic setting that replicates the workflow in today’s pharmacies.
What Can You Do After STC?
Continued growth in prescription medications is expected to lead to more demand for pharmacy services in and around Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and other communities. Career opportunities for you include retail pharmacies, research centers, home infusion, insurance companies, mail-order pharmacies and radiation pharmacies. As a skilled pharmacy tech, you are in demand. A predicted 4% increase in pharmacy technician jobs through at least 2029 is faster than average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Southeast Tech’s program curriculum for a Pharmacy Technician diploma totals 30 credits in 1 year, including courses in Pharmacology, Pharmacy Principles and Practices, Hospital Pharmacy Clinical and Retail Pharmacy Clinical.
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