KCC offering Pharmacy Technician training with clinical externship

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Kellogg Community College’s Lifelong Learning Department is offering a comprehensive 50-hour training program beginning next month to prepare students for certification to work as pharmacy technicians.

The Lifelong Learning Department’s Pharmacy Technician Program with Clinical Externship course will run from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 18 through Aug. 8 on campus at 450 North Ave. in Battle Creek. The full cost of the program is $1,399, which includes all required textbooks and materials.

This course will prepare students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, certifying successful students to work as a pharmacy technician in a retail or other pharmacy setting. Course content will cover:

  • Pharmacy medical terminology
  • The history of pharmacy
  • The pharmacy practice in multiple environments
  • Pharmacy calculations and measurements
  • Reading and interpreting prescriptions
  • Defining drugs by generic and brand names

Through classroom lecture and hands-on labs, students will specifically review:

  • Dosage calculations
  • Drug classifications
  • The “top 200” drugs
  • IV flow rates
  • Sterile compounding
  • Dose conversions
  • Aseptic technique
  • The handling of sterile products
  • Total parenteral nutrition (TPN)
  • Dispensing of prescriptions
  • Inventory control
  • Billing and reimbursement

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to participate in an 80-hour clinical externship to gain real-world experience. (Information about the externship process will be provided by the course instructor.)

Individuals interested in signing up for the course can click here to register online or contact KCC’s Lifelong Learning Department at 269-965-4134 or ll-info@kellogg.edu for more information.

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