Pharmacy Technician Technical Diploma

Program Code: 315361

If you're ill or injured, you have access to an enormous variety of therapeutic medications, and you trust your pharmacy to correctly interpret and fill your prescriptions. Pharmacy technicians contribute to our safety by assisting pharmacists in a variety of technical tasks. If you're attentive to detail, organized, a good communicator, and like math, science, and working with people, a career as a pharmacy technician may be your prescription for success.


Employment Potential

Home IV Specialist

Pharmacy Technician employed at:

• Community Pharmacies

• Hospital Pharmacies

• Nursing Home Pharmacies


Requirements for Program Entry

• Submit application and $30 fee.
• Complete an assessment for placement (Accuplacer or ACT).
• Submit official transcripts (high school and other colleges).
• Complete health requirements.
• Complete background check and $16 processing fee.
• Complete Pharmacy Technician Program Handbook form.
• Complete Functional Abilities Statement of Understanding form.
• Meet with program advisor/counselor to discuss program details.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
The Pharmacy Technician Technical Diploma is a two semester collaborative program between Lakeshore Technical College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Students attend ITV classes sent from LTC to NWTC.
10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ...focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology.
10-501-102 HEALTH INSURANCE AND REIMBURSEMENT ...introduces the learner to federal, state, and private health insurance plans and managed care systems; and surveys the coding, submission and processing cycle of claims, as well as reimbursement methods used by payers. It provides application of information to ambulatory settings, pharmacies, hospitals, and long term care.
10-536-110 PHARMACEUTICAL CALCULATIONS ...prepares the learner to enlarge and reduce formulas and solve proportions, dilutions, allegations, and other calculations pertinent to the preparation of pharmaceuticals using metric, apothecary, avoirdupois, and household measuring systems. (Condition: 315361 Pharmacy Technician Admission Requirements Met)
10-536-113 PHARMACY BUSINESS APPLICATIONS ...prepares the learner to utilize pharmaceutical business terminology, procedures, customer service, record keeping, purchasing procedures, inventory control systems, pricing, merchandising, reference materials, ethics, roles, responsibilities, and relationships with patients and coworkers. (Condition: 315361 Pharmacy Technician program requirements met)
10-536-115 PHARMACY LAW ...introduces the learner to federal and state regulations that apply to pharmacy practice. (Condition: 315361Pharmacy Technician Admissions Requirements Met)
10-536-120 FUNDAMENTALS OF READING PRESCRIPTIONS ...prepares the learner to work in a community or hospital pharmacy by exploring the role of a pharmacy technician within the healthcare team; examining each step in the prescription filling process; and identifying the top 200 drugs by brand and generic name and therapeutic class. (Condition: 315361Pharmacy Technician Admissions Requirements Met)
10-536-122 PHARMACOLOGY ...enhances the learner's ability to act and react appropriately in the pharmacy by learning how drugs work through examination of the anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and drug therapy for each of the major systems. (Condition: 315361 Pharmacy Technician or 105361 Pharmacy Services Management or 195361 Employed Pharmacy Technician admissions requirements met)
10-536-125 PHARMACY DRUG DISTRIBUTION SYSTEMS an introductory study of the basic drug distribution systems used in community and institutional pharmacy, including automation technology, pharmacist and pharmacy technician roles, and dispensing considerations. (Condition: 315361 Pharmacy Technician Admissions Requirements Met)
10-536-126 PHARMACY PARENTERAL ADMIXTURES ...provides the learner with the skills to utilize aseptic technique in vertical and horizontal laminar flow hoods for preparation of solutions and medications to be administered intravenously, intramuscularly, subcutaneously, and intradermally to patients. (Prerequisite: 10-536-110, Pharmacy Calculations or 10-536-183, Calculations for Working Pharmacy Technicians and Condition: 315361 Pharmacy Technician Admissions Requirements Met)
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 1400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-536-138 PHARMACY COMMUNITY CLINICAL ...provides hands-on experience in a community pharmacy for 108 hours during quarter two. Areas of instruction include interpretation of prescriptions, entering prescriptions on computer, patient profiles, correctly filling and labeling prescriptions, billing patient and third parties, customer service, over-the-counter medications, purchasing, checking in deliveries, and inventory control, compounding and patient confidentiality. (Corequisites: 10-536-120, Fund of Reading Prescriptions; 10-536-112, Pharmacy Business Applications; 10-536-110, Pharmaceutical Calculations or 10-536-193, Calculations for Working PT and 10-501-102, Health Insurance & Reimbursement and Condition: 315361, Pharmacy Technician)
10-536-141 PHARMACY COMPUTER LAB...expands the learner's ability to enter prescription orders and familiarizes learner with a variety of pharmacy software features, including updating pharmacy data bases, running reports, and billing. This course is offered in a self-paced format. (Prerequisite: 10-536-120, Fundamentals of Reading Prescriptions; Condition: 315361 Pharmacy Technician Admissions Requirements Met)
10-536-142 PHARMACY COMMUNITY CLINICAL-ADVANCED services in areas of diabetes services, immunization programs, durable medical equipment, automated dispensing systems, patient education, and over-the-counter products, in addition to traditional community services. This course involves a hands-on component in a community pharmacy and a research component.
Curriculum Note
Program start dates vary; check with your counselor for details.
Curriculum and program acceptance requirements are subject to change.

Program Outcomes

• Package and label drugs for prescription dispensing.
• Prepare and deliver unit dose to the nursing services of hospitals or nursing homes.
• Prepare parenteral admixtures under aseptic and sterile conditions.
• Receive and inventory drug shipments.
• Maintain records, including drug shipments.
• Facilitate communications for third-party reimbursement.
• Compound solutions, ointments, lotions, suppositories, and other medications.
• Comprehend and utilize medical and drug terminology common to the pharmaceutical environment.
• Practice ethical standards and recognize legal implications of your actions as they relate to yourself, the pharmacist, and the pharmacy.



Placement Scores
• Compass/ACT scores will be used to develop your educational plan. Please contact your program counselor/advisor for details.