Pharmacy Technology

A higher level of education and completing an accredited pharmacy technician training program at OFTC can help you become a more attractive job candidate, advance quicker, and boost your pharmacy technician salary.

Overview

Students train on state-of-the-art equipment in OFTC’s simulated retail and institutional pharmacy labs, learn how to complete simulated prescription filling processes, compound sterile and non-sterile products, package long term care unit dose cards, train in automation, and gain vital customer care skills. Having a higher level of education and completing an accredited pharmacy technician training program like this can help you become a more attractive job candidate, advance quicker, and boost your pharmacy technician salary. At the conclusion of the program, students are prepared to start their careers and equipped to take and pass the Certified Pharmacy Technician national certification exam.   

The average population is getting older, leading to an increased demand for prescriptions, and pharmacists are getting more patient care requirements, like administering the flu shot. What does this mean for you? There is an increased need for pharmacy technicians as many are required to perform tasks traditionally performed by pharmacists.  

The Pharmacy Technology degree program offered by Oconee Fall Line Technical College is accredited by ASHP (American Society for Health System Pharmacists) and ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) upon recommendation of the ASHP and ACPE Boards of Directors. More information on this accrediting body can be found at www.ashp.org. 

Programs in the Pharmacy department can be completed between 4 – 5 semesters. 

Features

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Job Stability & Security

A pharmacy technician career is a stable one with ample employment opportunities and increasing demand. Demand for pharmacy services is expected to increase because of the large number of older people, who typically use more prescription medicines than younger people. Higher rates of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, among all age groups also will lead to increased demand for prescription medications. In addition, pharmacy technicians will be needed to take on a greater role in pharmacy operations because pharmacists are increasingly performing more patient care activities. 

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Little or No Cost to You

With the Pell Grant, Georgia’s HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship, and HOPE Career Grant (for students/programs who qualify) and other scholarship opportunities, many students graduate OFTC with little to no debt.  

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Tuition & Fees

With tuition at $100 per credit hour, total costs for Pharmacy Technology department programs range from: 

  • Tuition & Fees*: $8,155.00
  • Books & Supplies*: $2,000.00
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Advancement Opportunities

Many well-paid pharmacy technicians work their way to advanced positions or use their career as a steppingstone to different healthcare careers. Technicians have the option to advance in a variety of specializations, including managerial or instructional roles, compounding, sterile products admixture, oncology, IV meds, and nuclear pharmacy. 

 

Locations

Campuses

Oconee Fall Line Technical College has campuses throughout its 11-county service area. We look forward to your visit.

Dublin Campus (South)
560 Pinehill Road
Dublin, GA 31021
Phone: (478) 275-6589

Admissions

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application. 

Admissions Process

Your admissions application can be submitted online with your $25.00 non-refundable application fee and takes just a few minutes to complete.   

  1. Submit a completed application and application fee. 
  2. Submit official high school transcript, GED transcript, or official college transcripts, if applicable. 
  3. Submit official entrance score on a validated assessment instrument, if applicable. Visit www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and its required minimum scores. 
  4. Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at https://studentaid.gov/ and HOPE Application at www.GAfutures.org using OFTC School Code: 031555. 

NOTE: The College may accept transfer credit for other courses according to the College’s transfer policy. 

General Requirements

  1. Be at least 16 years of age.

Additional admissions requirements unique to each program are listed on each individual program page at www.OFTC.edu/programs/ 

Need More Info?

  • For more information about any of these programs, contact a program advisor:  
    • 478-274-7900 (Dublin) 
  • For additional information on admission to OFTC, 
contact the Office of Admissions: 
    • 478-553-2064 (Sandersville)
    • 478-275-6589 (Dublin) 
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Learning Format

Students are accepted into the pharmacy programs each fall semester. 

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: on campus, blended, online asynchronous, and synchronous technology.

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On Campus

These are courses that are taught primarily in the classroom or lab with less than 50% of instruction online. On campus courses may include lecture, labs, internships, clinicals, and other in-person instructional modalities.

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Blended

Blended courses are distance learning courses with the majority of the course content, activities, and interactions occurring online but may require students to come to campus for specific assignments, activities, or events.

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Online Asynchronous

These are courses that are taught fully online asynchronously with course content, activities, and interactions occurring entirely online. This delivery method does not require students to be online at a specific date or time, and students may participate in class activities and complete course assignments asynchronously. Online asynchronous courses require proctored events.

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Synchronous Technology

OFTC also utilizes synchronous technology to offer courses via distance education means. The course is taught on one campus and then broadcast simultaneously to a classroom on a different campus that is monitored by a class proctor.

Flexible Schedule

We want you to get the most out of college and understand how much pressure it can add to your life. At OFTC you can achieve your career-training goals by fitting college into your lifestyle and schedule. We offer small class sizes and flexible scheduling.

Courses for our programs are offered during the morning, afternoon, and evenings – plus many are online where you can do your work any time of day. With this flexibility, you can strike a balance with your lifestyle and school.

And the personalized hands-on attention you receive in a small classroom setting allows you to get individualized support, focus and feedback from your instructors. Your instructors will get to know you and help you build the foundation and confidence needed for success in your field.

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Paying for College

At OFTC, we realize that many students require financial assistance to achieve their academic goals. We’ll work with you to help you obtain financial aid to assist you in funding your education. We’re committed to helping you find ways to help you pay for this life-changing investment.  

With the Pell Grant, Georgia’s HOPE Grant, HOPE Scholarship, and HOPE Career Grant (for students/programs who qualify) and other scholarship opportunities, many students graduate OFTC with little to no debt. 

Financial Aid

OFTC offers several financial aid opportunities that can help you pay for college. Most students apply for federal and state aid, including the Pell Grant, HOPE Scholarship & Grant, and HOPE Career Grant.   

OFTC students can also apply for scholarships through the OFTC Foundation and various businesses and civic-sponsored organizations. 

Contact the Office of Financial Aid or visit OFTC’s Financial Aid web page to learn more about grants, scholarships and Federal Work Study to help fund your education.  

  • 478-553-2131 (Sandersville) 
  • 478-274-7833 or 478-274-7940 (Dublin)
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OFTC students can also apply for scholarships through the OFTC Foundation and various businesses and civic-sponsored organizations. Contact the Office of Financial Aid or visit OFTC’s Financial Aid web page to learn more about grants, scholarships and Federal Work Study to help fund your education.

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Tuition & Fees

With tuition at $100 per credit hour, total costs for Pharmacy Technology department programs range from: 

  • Tuition & Fees*: $8,155.00
  • Books & Supplies*: $2,000.00

*Visit www.OFTC.edu/programs/ to view each individual program and its full breakdown of tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Costs are estimated and are subject to change. 

NET PRICE CALCULATOR

You can also use the Net Price Calculator to get estimated net price information based on what similar students paid in a previous year. 

Career Outlook

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Pharmacy Technology degree program are prepared for responsible employment positions in hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and retail pharmacies. 

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Pharmacy Technicians 

  • 2021 Median Annual Pay: $36,740 
  • Job Outlook: 5% through 2030 

What does this mean to you? There is an increased need for pharmacy technicians as many are required to perform tasks traditionally performed by pharmacists. Having a higher level of education and completing an accredited pharmacy technician training program like this can help you become a more attractive job candidate, advance quicker, and boost your pharmacy technician salary. 

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Program Benefits

 Job Titles

  • Pharmacy technician

Diverse Settings

  • Pharmacies and drug stores 
  • Hospitals 
  • Long term care facilities 

Skills Learned

  • Collect information needed to fill a prescription from customers or health professionals 
  • Measure amounts of medication for prescriptions 
  • Package and label prescriptions 
  • Organize inventory and alert pharmacists to any shortages of medications or supplies 
  • Accept payment for prescriptions and process insurance claims 
  • Enter customer or patient information, including any prescriptions taken, into a computer system 
  • Answer phone calls from customers 
  • Arrange for customers to speak with pharmacists if customers have questions about medications or health matters 

Graduate Testimonial

“OFTC was the stepping stone on the path to my career as an Advanced Certified Pharmacy Technician/Compounding Sterile Preparation Technician. (CPhT-Adv, CSPT) . The knowledge of my instructor and the hands on training that I received while attending OFTC Pharmacy Technology Program, prepared me for being successful in the pharmacy field.”

Tabatha Oliver, CPhT-Adv, CSPT
Carl Vinson VA Medical Center