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Catalog 2020-21


Catalog 2020-21


Pharmacy

Career Outlook for a Pharmacy Technician

As pharmacies expand patient care services, the role of—and need for— pharmacy technicians will grow. Job prospects are projected to increase 12% faster than the national average through 2026.

What is the Difference Between a Pharmacist and a Pharmacy Technician?

A Pharmacist is one who is licensed to prepare and dispense medications, counsel patients, and monitor outcomes of a prescription from a licensed health professional; students wishing to become a pharmacist would enroll in Schoolcraft’s Associate Degree Program in Pre-Pharmacy.

A Pharmacy Technician is an individual working in a pharmacy who, assists in activities not requiring the professional judgment of a pharmacist; also called the pharmacy tech or tech; students wishing to become a pharmacy technician would enroll in the Pharmacy Technician program.

A pharmacy technician is different from a pharmacist and assists the pharmacist in many ways:

In a drug store setting, technicians:

  • prepare and dispense prescription medications

  • help patients maneuver through insurance issues for payment

In a hospital setting, technicians:

  • also make intravenous (I.V.) drugs for patients that are in the hospital

  • fill drug dispensing machines or medication carts.   

All of these activities require a knowledge of drugs and how they work.


How much does it cost?

Two students do work in a labFollowing are the estimated program costs for a single semester skills certificate:

  Resident Non-Resident
Total $2,441 $3,257

*Estimate of Tuition and Fees is based on 16 credit hours and does not include textbooks, exam or license fees. The above figures are based on 2018-19 rates and are subject to change.

Note: Students may take the pharmacy technician certification exam after one semester and 
are trained to work in one practice setting (i.e. a drug store or a hospital).

Following are the estimated program costs for a two-semester full certificate:

Resident Non-Resident
Total $4,414 $5,936

*Estimate of Tuition and Fees is based on 29 credit hours and does not include textbooks. The above figures are based on 2017-18 rates and are subject to change.

Note: Students who earn the full certificate are trained to work in any practice setting (i.e. a drug store, hospital or other settings).


How long does it take?

Two female students look at prescription bottles on a shelfAs little as one, 15-week semester! All courses are offered for the Pharmacy Technician Certificate program are offered in both the Fall and Winter semester of each year.

  • The program takes three semesters to complete: Fall, Winter, and Spring semesters

  • Classes meet Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings allowing you to work afternoons and evenings

  • The Certification Exam can be taken right at the Schoolcraft Testing Center

  • Structured program and licensed pharmacist instructors guide you through all coursework

  • Certified pharmacy technicians assist in learning actual skills


Contact Information

Joe Ringer
Phone: 313-815-3029
jringer@schoolcraft.edu

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Student Handbook

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