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- How do I apply? You can apply online by clicking HERE. After you apply you will need to attend a new student orientation. To see when these are offered click HERE.
- What is required of me to apply to the Pharmacy Technology Program at A-B Tech? After you attend the new student orientation, you will need to go to the Bailey Building on the A-B Tech Asheville campus and see an advisor. Here you will specify that you want to apply to the Pharmacy Technology program and take your placement tests. If you are transferring from another school, and have your general English and Math requirements completed, please mention this to your advisor. If you are already a student at A-B Tech and are enrolled in a different program, but want to enroll into Pharmacy Technology, simply see an advisor in the Bailey Building and indicate this to them.
- The Pharmacy Technology program at A-B Tech is a competitive program-What does that mean? This means that the Pharmacy Technology program is looking for students that demonstrate a solid understanding of Math, Science, and comprehension skills. These skills will be assessed by you taking what is called the TEAS test-The Test of Essential Academic Skills, (TEAS® V). Composite scores are computed in each of the four weighted areas; 13 sub-scores assess specific content comprehension. Time Limit is 209 minutes. Four-option multiple-choice with 170 total questions. Calculators may NOT be used for the test. Test results available 48 hours after completion of the test. There are multiple sources for TEAS test preparation via online or books. The top scores from the TEAS results will be chosen for acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology program. ** IMPORTANT NOTE** the TEAS test is only offered during the application process period for Pharmacy Technology. To find out when the application process period is call A-B Tech Student Services at 828-398-7520 or email email@example.com
- How much is tuition, books, supplies etc. for the Pharmacy Technology program? The Pharmacy Technology program generally does not cost any more than any other program at A-B Tech. The tuition and fees you can expect to pay can be found HERE.
- What is the difference between the diploma and the A.A.S. degree? The diploma requires 43 credit hours and those classes required can be seen HERE. The A.A.S. degree requires 71 credit hours and those classes required can be seen HERE.
- Why would you choose one over the other? Upon completion of the diploma a student will be able to take and achieve success on the PTCB certification exam. This student will then be considered a certified pharmacy technician (CPhT). Upon completion of the A.A.S. degree a student will not only take and achieve success on the PTCB certification exam, but will continue on to gain more knowledge and experience within the field of pharmacy technology. The student upon graduation will be considered an Advanced Pharmacy Technician by the NCBOP. The graduate will be prepared to assume more responsibility within the pharmacy such as the Tech check Tech program, not to mention more career opportunities.
- What types of classes will I be taking in the Pharmacy Technician program? During the program you will experience classes that feature lectures, face to face instruction, and firsthand experience via laboratory exercises and clinicals. Clinicals are experienced later in the program and place the student within an actual pharmacy setting under supervision of the clinical instructor and preceptors at the clinical site.
- Are there night classes for pharmacy technology? Currently night classes are not being offered for pharmacy technology. We are currently gauging the interest in night classes and will add them if appropriate. Some general education classes required for the Pharmacy Technology Program are offered at night and online. **If you would prefer night to day classes please tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Are there online classes for pharmacy technology? Currently online classes are not being offered for pharmacy technology due to the high content of laboratory and clinical experiences associated with our lectures classes. We are assessing the needs for online classes pertaining to the pharmacy technology program. Some general education classes required for the Pharmacy Technology Program are offered online however.
- What if I have already completed my general education classes at A-B Tech or another college? Great! That means you will have a lighter semester work load and the opportunity to pursue other electives if you so choose. If you are a returning student, you may want to check the completion date on your last computer class. A-B Tech only accepts computer classes that were taken within the last 5 years.
- If I am already a Certified Pharmacy Technician, am I exempt from any classes? Unfortunately no, you are required to complete each class. It would be suggested that you pursue the A.A.S degree if you are currently a Certified Pharmacy Technician however.
- If I am currently working as a pharmacy technician, am I exempt from clinicals? Unfortunately no, you are required to complete each clinical requirement. The clinical settings will cover a variety of settings and will provide firsthand experience in settings that may be different than that of your current workplace. This can be frustrating but will provide the means in order to create the most well rounded pharmacy technician that will be competent in most pharmacy settings.
- Can I be a part time student and still be in the Pharmacy Technology program? You cannot be a part time student and still be enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program.
- If I am an uncertified pharmacy technician, why do I have to go to school in order to get certified? I thought I could just take the test and receive certification?The current legislation is changing to where all pharmacy technicians must be certified in order to hold a pharmacy technician position. This legislation is coming in 2015 will also mandate that in order to become certified, you simply cannot walk in and take the PTCB exam, you must graduate from an accredited Pharmacy Technology program in order to take the exam.
- If I am a Certified Pharmacy Technician, why would I pursue a degree? By law you do not have to, but why not place yourself ahead of the curve? As an Advanced Pharmacy technician you can help bridge the gap between certified technicians and Pharmacists. If Pharmacy Technology is your chosen profession, then become a professional and achieve the highest degree you can within the field of pharmacy technology. You’ll also be better prepared, more marketable as an employee and leader, and of course make more money. Pharmacy Technology has been projected to grow 42% in the next 5 years so why wouldn’t you want to be at the top of the list?