KCC offering 50-hour Pharmacy Technician training program beginning in March

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Kellogg Community College’s Lifelong Learning Department is offering a comprehensive 50-hour training program 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 March 24 through May 19 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 register online at www.kellogg.edu/professional-development-careers or contact KCC’s Lifelong Learning Department at 269-965-4134 or ll-info@kellogg.edu for more information.

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