Pharmacy Technician Training Program
Collaboration. Customer service. Communication.
Pharmacy technicians thrive on the front lines of health care every day. Their special skills help people in their time of need, and their dedication supports pharmacists as they educate patients and create a warm, healing, supportive environment.
The rapid growth of the health care industry – especially here in Southwest Florida – keeps pharmacy technicians in high demand. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 20 percent growth in the need for pharmacy technicians from 2012 to 2022.
We want you to be a part of this exciting, life-changing career! Lee Health’s Pharmacy Technician Training Program has been specially designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to become a skilled, valued expert in this field.
Who We Are and What We Do
Our training program takes a natural, logical approach to teaching:
- Students will learn in a classroom environment
- Students will practice through simulated labs
- Students will work in actual patient-centered pharmacies to improve skills
Program participants will be surrounded by experts who believe in Lee Health’s mission of community health care as well as like-minded individuals who support one another.
As a pharmacy technician, the sky’s the limit! We will teach you what you need to know to work directly with the public in a stand-alone pharmacy, a retail store, a bustling hospital, and more. You will learn to be that key person who works side by side with a pharmacist and also communicates to the public to help put their minds at ease.
Looking for career advancement? Our program prepares you for the future of health care. As the role of pharmacists continues to evolve – along with technology and new ways to deliver care – pharmacy technicians will have a host of exciting opportunities and rewarding career paths. It all starts right here with us!
What Applicants Need to Know
- The training program, located in our pharmacy-specific training center, is a 21-week program, including didactic/classroom time, lab time and experiential training.
- Applicants must be 17 years of age or older, and possess a high school diploma or equivalency certificate by completion of didactic/lab portion of the program.
- Applicants must have English language proficiency (including reading, writing and speaking)
- Applicants must have math proficiency to fulfill requirements of pharmacy technician job responsibilities. Please be prepared to pass a pre-screening math proficiency test before acceptance into the interview phase.
- Applicants must pass a criminal background check and drug screening
To certify pharmacy technician training and to ensure complete competency in pharmaceutical practice, ASHP sets standards for our pharmacy technician training program. We are the only program serving Southwest Florida that has accreditation from ASHP/ACPE and is recognized by Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.
Minimum ASHP requirements:
- 160 hours didactic
- 80 hours simulation
- 160 hours experiential
- 600 hours total
- The entire program must be completed in a period of less than 6 months
- Combined didactic and simulation training for 21 weeks: 400 hours
- Proposed 20 hours per week
- Hours: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Location: HealthPark Medical Center
- Experiential: 200 hours (100 hours input + 100 hours in an ambulatory setting)
Program Dismissal Policies:
In reference to policy D730 09 02 002, probationary/dismissal from the program may occur for the following:
Unprofessional behavior that includes but not limited to insubordination, use of alcohol, HIPAA violations, unlawful use of drugs or controlled substances, theft, damage to property, failure to adhere to safe practices, frequent absences, unprofessional evaluations, dishonesty, sleeping on rotation, and breaking rules and regulations.
Unsafe Health Practices: Includes but not limited to such things as failure to report all health disorders in writing, failure to seek and maintain proper care for disorders, failure to protect self, peers, staff and patients from health hazards, and use of control substances prior or during rotations that would impair judgment.
Failure to pass examination/coursework: And/or successful completion of experiential hours.
Pharmacy Technician Coordinator: Amanda Teckenbrock, CPhT, RPhT