Pharmacy Technician Program

Approved by GNPEC

Course Overview

The objective of the course is to prepare the student for a career as a Certified Pharmacy Technician in various settings such as retail or hospital pharmacy. The course is a 5-week program consisting of 55 hours of classroom and 80 hours of externship rotation.

While registration with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy is not required for certification, it is required by many employers and so, we encourage students to get registered. Click HERE, to visit the Georgia Board of Pharmacy website and to complete your registration.

As a Certified Pharmacy Technician, you may perform some or all of the following tasks:
Receive written prescription request from patients, and prescriptions sent electronically from doctors’ offices.
In some states, you may process physicians’ orders by phone.
Read the prescriptions, retrieve, count, pour, weigh, measure, and may mix or compound medications.
Establish and maintain patient profiles.
Prepare insurance claim forms and manage inventory.

Admissions Requirements

1. Complete, submit and agree to terms in the “Application for Enrollment” and this Program Bulletin.
2. Negative PPD/TST Skin or Negative Chest x-ray within 1 year is required before clinical rotation.
3. Consent to submit to criminal background check and drug screen. A felony may constitute disqualification.
4. Registration and minimum deposit is required for each program (see fee schedule for details).
5. High School Diploma/ GED
6. Current Immunization Records

Tuition, Fees and Certification

Course Tuition $1200.00
Application Fee $50.00
Lab Supplies $225.00
CPR/AED & First Aid AHA training and certification $50.00
Certification Exam (This fee is paid after student has completed all course work) $139.00
Student Insurance $25.00
Job Development Training $240.00
Uniform $50.00
Total Program Cost $1790– (This fee does not include exam,t extbook, or application fee)

Payment Plans and Sponsorship Programs

Application processing fee: Fifty Dollars ($50.00) non-refundable
Certified Medical Assistant Course Training Fees: $1790.00 (see table below for fee breakdown)

Two Payment Plans I & II:

Plan I: Two Thousand Two Hundred Ninety Dollars ($1790.00) paid in full before class begins;

Plan II: * Three Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($350.00) down payment before class begins and One Hundred Sixty One Dollars and Sixty- Six Cents ($288.00) per week due on each Thursday for twelve (5) payments total.

($35.00 return check fee applies. All future payments will be required to be paid in cash, money order or credit card.)

For students who choose payment plan II, all payments must be made in full on the due date (Thursday) prior to the first day of clinical rotation. Checks will not be accepted as final payment. Certificate of completion will not be given and the student will not be scheduled for the certification exam until all payments are made in full. Certification exam will be scheduled within 10 days of program completion and on receipt of certification of completion from Heritage Health Career Center, Inc. Re-testing fees and test rescheduling are the student’s responsibility.

Tuition is due prior to clinical rotation. However, students may obtain sponsorship through a Nursing Home, Vocational Rehab before beginning class and the tuition and other fees will be waivered.

Student’s utilizing the sponsorship programs must have a “letter of intent” signed by the facility administrator by the second session of class.

Required Text(s)

Mosby's Pharmacy Technician, 4th Edition: Principles and Practices

Program Acceptance Standards

To be accepted into Heritage Health Career Center's (HHCC) program, each applicant must understand and meet the following program acceptance standards and verify such by signing this ENROLLMENT APPLICATION. Failure to meet and accept these standards will result in an admission denial:

Applicant must be physically able to bend, kneel and lift.
Applicant must be able to communicate clearly using the English language due to its exclusive use by the instructors and its predominant use by medical terms and medical facilities. This includes the ability to understand written and spoken English plus the ability to speak clearly, to be clearly understood, to read written English and to write clearly using the English language. All aspects of the HHCC use ONLY the English language for all communications, including the textbooks.
Applicant must be able to work and interact competently with other people.
Applicant must be legally eligible to work or train in the United States and must possess a valid social security number.
Applicant must not test positive for tuberculosis or Hepatitis B.
Applicant must have NO felony or misdemeanor in ANY state involving ANY sex related crimes or ANY crimes related to: murder, attempted murder, assault, battery, kidnapping, abduction of a minor, aggravated menacing, aggravated robbery, grand theft, patient abuse ,patient neglect, Medicaid fraud, insurance fraud or ANY convictions involving the abuse, neglect, or harassment of a minor or an elderly person. ANY convictions involving methamphetamine will also result in an admission denial.
There will be no night clinical rotations.

Goals of the Program

Prepare the student to work as a Phlebotomy Technician in a variety of health care settings such as the hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, mobile services, etc.
Acquire a basic working knowledge of medical terminology.
Become familiar and learn the basic structure, functions and interaction of each body system .
Discuss the pathway from patient contact through the diagnosis, treatment, follow-up and financial aspects of medical care.
Demonstrate the strict safety standards needed to protect self, patients, employees and employers.
Explain the legal, cultural and ethical issues and regulations within healthcare.
Perform all clinical duties expected of clinical medical assistant.

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