THE PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PROGRAM IS NOT ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2016-2017 ACADEMIC YEAR. PLEASE CONTACT A HEALTH PROGRAMS ADVISOR FOR MORE INFORMATION.
About Pharmacy Technicians
This program provides education and training to prepare students to work in various pharmaceutical settings. Courses are offered over two semesters via online instruction, classroom instruction, and directed work experience in pharmacies to develop your skills in the technical, procedural, and clerical tasks required in a pharmacy setting.
Where Do I Start?
What to Expect
Students will complete coursework via online, classroom, and laboratory instruction, Students will also complete 320 hours of clinical internship experience in a pharmacy. Students must complete a mastery examination prior to being assigned to the internship.
Nature of Work
The Pharmacy Technician is a health team member. Working under the supervision of the pharmacist, the technician performs those tasks associated with the preparation and distribution of medication such as the following:
- Prepare intravenous additive solutions for injections.
- Fill patient medication drawers and deliver prepackaged doses to nursing stations.
- Assist in the inventory and distribution of controlled drugs
- Transcribe medication orders and/or prescriptions.
- Assist the pharmacist in preparing ointments, lotions, and other medications.
- Maintain records of patients' medication dosage.
- Type medication labels.
- Calculate medication charges.
- Answer phone inquiries.
- Fill prescription orders.
The one-year program in Pharmacy Technology is offered on the Charleston Campus of the College of Southern Nevada and leads to a Certificate of Achievement. It prepares students for employment in the fields of:
- Hospital Pharmacy
- Retail Pharmacy
- Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Industry
- Mail Service
- Home IV Therapy
Once accepted into the program, the program course work is completed in two semesters. Students receive both classroom instruction and directed work experience in pharmacies to develop skills in the technical, procedural, and clerical tasks required in a pharmacy. Experienced, practicing pharmacists provide both classroom instruction and supervision of the work experience.
Pharmacy Technician Program at CSN
NOTE: Qualified applicants are expected to meet all admission criteria and matriculating students are expected to meet all progression criteria, as well as these Essential Functions of Pharmacy Technician Students. Students with documented need for accommodation are to meet with the Disability Resources Center.
This is a Limited Entry Program. Therefore, an application for admission into the program must be submitted and all prerequisite requirements must be completed by the completion deadline in order to be eligible for consideration. Students must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the practicum during the second semester of in-program course work.
The Nevada State Board of Pharmacy issues a Technician Registration upon satisfactory completion of the program. Students with felony convictions are ineligible for certification as a Pharmacy Technician. Those with misdemeanor convictions must contact the Board for clarification of certification eligibility prior to beginning the program.
Student's First Checklist
New students planning to register for courses at CSN must follow the steps outlined on the Student's First Checklist. This checklist provides information on the registration process for new students seeking a Limited-Entry Health Science Degree or Certificate.
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