Pharmacy Technician

Mission Statement

To prepare competent entry level Pharmacy Technicians to enter the pharmacy field and assist the pharmacist in meeting the ever changing needs of the pharmacy.

What You will Learn

As the role of the pharmacist changes to meet future needs, pharmacy technicians will be called upon to perform more and more duties. This program prepares graduates to assist pharmacists in IV admixture and prescription preparation and procedures. Upon completion, graduates will be eligible to take the National Certification Examination.

The goals of the pharmacy technician program are:

  • Student/graduate has skills adequate to function as an entry level pharmacy technician.
  • Student/graduate competently assists the pharmacist in all aspects of pharmacy.
  • Student/graduate displays good communication skills.
  • Student/graduate utilizes critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Student/graduate uses measures to improve and maintain safety in the pharmacy.
  • Graduate is prepared to sit for and pass the national exam.

  • The learning objectives for the pharmacy technician program are:

  • Gain career awareness and the opportunity to prove their abilities in their career choice.
  • Enhance their education experience by receiving laboratory and clinical experience related to their career interests prior to graduation.
  • Receive greater meaning and comprehension for formal course work by integrating classroom studies with laboratory exercises and formal clinical experiences.
  • Receive exposure to specialized facilities and equipment sometimes unavailable in the classroom setting.
  • Develop confidence, maturity, responsibility, and skills in human relations.
  • Increase employability potential after graduation.
  • Program Cost Breakdown

    ** Costs are subject to change
    Pre-Admission Fees  
    • Pre-Test
    • Registration Fee
    • Physical (includes drug screen)
    • Immunizations / Labs
    • Background Check
    • Tuition
      Includes (CPR class, Liability Insurance, Lab Fee)
    • Textbooks
    Uniforms and Supplies  
    • (1) CCC patch
    • (2) pr scrubs
    • (1) lab coat
    • (1) pr white shoes – leather
    • (1) watch w/ second hand
    • (1) pr khaki pants
    • (1) polo shirt
    • (1) Lab tote
    Cap & Gown  
    • Cap & Gown
    Certification Exam Fees  
    • Certification Exam Fees

    Application Requirements

    • Approximately 5-10 students will be accepted per program/per year. The program is a two (2) year program. The following admission procedure will be followed:

    • The Work Keys Exam is required for the program-see Work Keys link for more info. The only exception to the pre-entrance exam is an ACT score of 21 or above received within the past 3 years.

    Accepted test scores include:

  • 5 for Applied Math
  • 5 for Reading for Information
  • 4 for Locating for Information

    • If you are concerned about being able to make required scores and you would like to "brush up" on some of your skills prior to the pre-entrance exam, the Collins Career Technical Center's ABLE program is available for tutoring services Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-4:30pm. For more information, please contact the Adult Education office at 740-867-6641 Ext. 449.

    • Individuals with a passing score on all parts of the pre-entrance examination will be mailed an application packet for admission into the Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. The application must be completed (in full) before the admission date (the last Friday of May) of each calendar year. There is a $10.00 application fee to be paid when the application is returned to Collins Career Technical Center.

    Background Checks

    • An electronic FBI Criminal Record Check is required for all health students prior to the beginning of the program.
    • An OIG check is also required prior to the beginning of the program.

    Advanced Placement Guidelines

  • Students requesting admission to the school via transfer from another approved school of Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography shall meet the school's current admission requirements and curriculum requirements for currently enrolled students.

  • Students must submit an official transcript from an approved school listing completed courses.

  • Students must submit copies of course outlines for which they are requesting credit. Faculty will review transcripts and outlines to determine admission.

  • Challenge examinations and skills assessments will be required to determine applicants' competencies.

  • Tuition and fees will be determined on an individual basis.

  • An applicant may be considered for admission with advanced standing if:
    • The applicant withdrew at the end of the term in a previous class with a passing grade in all courses. (Must have been within the previous year. If over 1 year, the applicant must start at the beginning of the program.) OR The applicant is a direct transfer from another school.

    To apply for advanced standing, the applicant must:

  • Meet with faculty to determine admission.

  • Applicants shall be admitted with advanced standing only if there is an opening in the program and a plan can be worked out for assuring that all the program objectives can be met.

  • Students may request transfer of college credits for Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, Basic Physics, Biology, College Algebra, and Computer Literacy. In order to accept credit for these courses, the following guidelines must be met:

    1. The course must have been completed at an accredited college.
    2. The course must have been completed within the last 5 years. (If over 5 years ago, the student may be able to test our at the discretion of the instructor.)
    3. The course must have been completed with a grade of "C" or above.

    Health Standards

    • All students are required to complete an individual student health questionnaire. For the CDMS Program, students are required to secure a physical examination prior to program acceptance. Students should be in a sufficient state of health to successfully pursue the Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography program.

    Technical / Clinical Standards

    • Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonographers function in a broad spectrum of clinical situations. In order to ensure patient safety and provide accurate diagnostic information, sonographers must be able to adapt and perform in a variety of settings. Certain skills and abilities are needed to function as a professional sonographer. The following are non-academic criteria, which all students in the Cardiac Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program are expected to meet in order to participate in the clinical courses and professional practice.

    Physical Activity:

  • Long periods of standing and frequent walking.
  • Repetitive motion activities (scanning, entering computer date)
  • Grasping (positioning patients for exams)
  • Pulling and pushing on equipment and stretchers.
  • Lifting more than 50 pounds routinely.
  • Speaking in a clear comprehensible manner.
  • Performing fine gross motor skills with both hands.
  • Receive detailed information through oral communication and make fine discriminations in sound.
  • Work with printed and/or written documentation.
  • Assess patient conditions, i.e., color, respirations, motion, etc.
  • Visually discriminate shades of gray and various shades of color.
  • Visual assessment of images on computer terminals and video recordings.
  • Communication:

  • Communicate effectively with patients and others.
  • Assess non-verbal communications.
  • Effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty, and all members of the health care team while keeping within the guidelines of confidentiality.
  • Intellectual and Quantitative Abilities:

  • Measure, calculate, reason, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize.
  • Comprehend three dimensional relationships.
  • Completion Requirements

  • The student must achieve a 70%, C, or above in each didactic course comprising the curriculum of the program.
  • The student must achieve a 70%, C, or above in each clinical course comprising the curriculum of the program.
  • The student must achieve a 70%, C, or above on all clinical competency evaluations.
  • The student must complete an average of 600 contact hours.
  • The competencies required of each graduate of the Pharmacy Technician Program are designed to comply with the competency requirements set forth by the American Health System Pharmacists.
  • Description    
    • Applied Communications
    • General Anatomy
    • Applied Math
    • Pharmacy Practice
    • Pharmaceutical Calculations
    • Orientation to Health Care and Ethics
    • Pharmacology
    • Medical Terminology
    • Clinical Experience I, II

    Program Stats

    2014 Graduates
    ** This information is based on our Annual report which is submitted to our Accrediting body each year.
    Attrition Rate  
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    • Number of students graduating
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    • Number of graduates in 2014
    • Number of graduates employed
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    Credential Success Rate  
    • Number of students taking cardiac credential
    • Number earning cardiac credential from ARDMS
    • Cardiac Credential Success Rate
  • A general College guideline indicates that students taking 12 or more hours (full-time) may find it difficult to work while going to school. The curriculum of this program is considered a high degree of difficulty and it is suggested a student not be employed while taking this program. However, the student will have weekends free and it is not the practice of the school to deny a student seeking employment as long as the student is able to complete the course requirements successfully as stated in the Program Requirements for Graduation. During the final semester of the program , if a clinical site wishes to hire a student and the work schedule does not interfere with the student's ability to successfully complete their class work to obtain graduation, it will be permitted.
  • Students may not take either the responsibility or the place of qualified staff. It is not permissible for a student to work as entry-level sonographers without having received adequate training and met satisfactory competency.
  • The Pregnancy Policy states any restriction indicated by the student's physician must be provided in writing to the Program Director. After delivery, a release note must be provided from the physician, identifying any activity restriction or stating when the student is permitted to resume normal activity. The student must make up all clinical time missed, complete all course requirements and clinical competencies not completed as a consequence of the pregnancy to complete the requirements for the DMS course.
    The first semester consists of didactic and Laboratory courses. Second semester is clinical practice. Each semester will alternate didactic and clinical.
    Yes. Students need to refer to the re-entrance policy stated in the Allied Health Handbook
    The sonography program at CCC has 5-10 clinical sites to employ all aspects of the program. These departments are located in hospitals, medical imaging clinics, mobile ultrasound, as well as doctor's offices.
    No. Students will receive adequate training in echo and vascular clinical settings, changing every semester, taking into consideration the need of the student.
    Clinical rotations will be divided equally among all students based on the type of rotation needed, and the experience available in different departments. It is the responsibility of the the Program Director and/or the Clinical Coordinator to assign clinical rotations for all students. Students must expect to have a few rotations that require some distance to travel (approximately 3-4 hours one-way).
    No. Students must provide their own transportation.
    It takes approximately 2-3 years to complete CCC's sonography program, considering pre-requisites that are required prior to acceptance into the program. These courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Algebra, Physics, English, Sectional Anatomy, Introduction to Sonography, and English Once the pre-requisites are accomplished, the CDMS program takes two (2) years to complete.
    The medical sonography scan lab at CCC is state-of-the-art. Actual hands-on scanning begins the very first day of the sonography program. Under close supervision by faculty, students are instructed on how to begin the sonographic examination, proper imaging technique, and the ergonomics of scanning.
    No. Unfortunately, the program requires the combination of classroom instruction and clinical instruction in each of the sonography specialties to occur at the same time. You will likely be in class two days a week and in clinical the other two days of the week.
    Approximately 5. The number of students depends largely upon the number of clinical rotations available.
    The U.S. Bureau of Labor has stated that imaging professionals are in great demand and the need is increasing as medical imaging has seen a large increase of examination volume, due to an aging population and preventative care. Employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2018 as the population grows and ages, increasing the demand for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic technology. Collins Career Center's job placement program will assist the student in any way they can. The student will also receive assistance in writing a resume.
    Starting salaries usually range from $36,000-$55,000. Graduates find work with: colleges and universities, equipment manufacturers, hospitals, mobile companies, outpatient centers, physician offices, private imaging centers, and research centers.