The Pharmacy Technician Program Goals are based on the objectives found in the "ASHP Model Curriculum for Pharmacy Technician Training" published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and adopted (2014) by the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC). Upon completion of the program, graduates should be able to:
- Assist the pharmacist in collecting, organizing, and evaluating information for direct patient care, medication use review, and departmental management.
- Receive and screen prescription/medication orders for completeness and authenticity.
- Prepare medications for distribution.
- Verify the measurements, preparation, and/or packaging of medication produced by other technicians.
- Distribute medications.
- Assist the pharmacist in the administration of immunizations.
- Assist the pharmacist in the identification of patients who desire/require counseling to optimize the use of medications, equipment, and devices.
- Initiate, verify, assist in the adjudication of and collect payment and/or intiate billing for pharmacy services and goods.
- Purchase pharmaceuticals, devices, and supplies according to an established purchasing program.
- Control the inventory of medications, equipment, and devices according to an established plan.
- Assist the pharmacist in monitoring the practice site and/or service area for compliance with federal, state, and local laws; regulations; and professional standards.
- Maintain pharmacy equipment and facilities.
- Assist the pharmacist in preparing, storing, and distributing investigational medicaion products.
- Assist the pharmacist in the monitoring of medication therapy.
- Participate in the pharmacy department's process for preventing medication misadventures.
- Take personal responsiblity for assisting the pharmacist in improving direct patient care.
- Demonstrate ethical conduct in all job-related activities.
- Maintain an image appropraite for the profession of pharmacy.
- Resolve conflicts through negotiation.
- Understand the principles for managing change.
- Appreciate the need to adapt direct patient care to meet the needs of diversity.
- Appreciate the benefits of active involvement in local, state, and national technician and other pharmacy organizations.
- Appreciate the value of obtaining certification.
- Understand the importance of and resources for staying current with changes in pharmacy practice.
- Communicate clearly when speaking or writing.
- Maximize work efficiency through the use of technology.
- Efficiently solve problems commonly encountered in one's own work.
- Display a caring attitude toward patients in all aspects of job responsibilities.
- Maintain confidentiality of patient and proprietary business information.
- Understand direct patient care delivery systems in multiple practice settings.
- Efficiently manage one's work whether performed alone or part of a team.
- Function effectively as a member of the health care team.
- Balance obligations to one's self, relationships, and work in a way that minimizes stress.
- Understand the use and side effects of prescription and non-prescription medications used to treat common diseases.
- Assist the pharmacist in assuring the quality of all pharmaceutical services.