Expert training at ACC is your prescription for a healthy career
Modern prescription drugs allow people to enjoy lives that are increasingly free from disease and ailments, but as long as illness and injury exist, so will the demand for prescriptions and professional pharmacy technicians to fill them. With the primary role of preparing medications under the direction of a pharmacist, pharmacy technicians may also perform related clerical duties, working shifts throughout the day or night in a variety of settings. ACC offers a nationally accredited Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program as well as an AAS Degree. Students receive a healthy dose of practical experience in our state-of-the-art pharmacy lab along with expert classroom instruction and practicum externships in both retail and hospital pharmacy settings. Additionally, students can earn a variety of advanced specialty certificates in Sterile Compounding, Non-Sterile Compounding, Chemotherapy Compounding, Pediatric Preparations, and other areas of advanced pharmacy practice. Program graduates are eligible and well-prepared to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification exam.
This program has specific program requirements and prerequisite courses. Acceptance to ACC does not guarantee admission to this program. Applicants must undergo a criminal background check and receive required immunizations. Program applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis until filled. However, all applications must be received by July 1 for the fall semester or November 1 for the spring semester. Talk to an advisor before applying.
What skills can I gain?
Students receive expert classroom instruction and hands-on experience in the fundamentals of pharmacy practices. Topics include federal and state pharmacology law, medical terminology, and pharmacy math. Focused community and hospital pharmacy courses are also included.
How long will it take to get a degree or certificate?
Most full-time students complete this certificate program in two semesters of study.
Where can I work with this education?
Graduates typically work in pharmacies, grocery stores, various clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted-living facilities. Retail pharmacies include Walgreens, CVS, HEB, and Randall's. Local hospital pharmacy employers include the St. David's, Seton, and Scott and White family of hospitals. Additionally, students may find employment in home healthcare settings, compounding pharmacies, oncology pharmacies, veterinary clinics, and other specialty areas.
Accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (7272 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814, (301) 657-3000, www.ashp.org) and the Accreditation Council on Pharmacy Education (135 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 4100, Chicago, Illinois 60603-4810)