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Pharmacy Technician

George Mason University-Arlington

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Career Training Program
Program Code: GES117
Hours: 330
Fees: $2095.00 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I find my state's requirements for certification?

The Internet is a great resource. All states have a Web site with Board of Pharmacy information. You can access this information directly from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Web site at www.ptcb.org. Click on their "Who we serve" link, then the "states" link for information. Or you can call the state board and ask for the current technician regulations.

Or you can call the state board and ask for the current technician regulations.

2. What if my state requires more than what's offered in this program?

Most states still offer employment prior to certification. This often comes with the stipulation that certification is acquired within a period of time (usually a year). During this period, you'll work as an unlicensed personnel member, clerk, or aide.

On-the-job training or externships are a great way to obtain the increasing number of hours required (many states require a minimum number of hours worked before you can be registered or certified with the board). If your goal is to work in a hospital pharmacy, finding that job while you’re still a student will help you reach your employment requirements, along with the educational clinical requirements.

3. How will the Clinical Rotations or Externship be established?

ed2go has established a national contract with Walgreens for Pharmacy Technician externships. Walgreens externships are based on availability. ed2go will work with you to set up Walgreens externships for 100 hours. If you don't participate in the Walgreens externship, you'll want to initiate clinical rotations. You know best what facilities are in your area. Once you've located a hospital or retail store and made contact, you'll notify the instructor. Once the instructor has the name, contact, and phone number of the facility, he or she can ensure you'll get the necessary training to complete your program. We can't guarantee the timeframe in which your clinical rotations will be established. If you’re currently working in a pharmacy setting, that will qualify. With the increase in confidentiality and privacy regulations and liability issues in relation to health information, clinical rotations could become difficult to accomplish. In the event that you can't arrange a rotation, you can complete a research project for each area instead.  Please note students may be required to provide proof of professional liability insurance for externship program. 

4.  Can I enroll in this program if I have a criminal record?

No.  To participate in the Walgreens externships, students must not have a criminal record.  Background checks will be conducted prior to the student's admittance into the externship program.

5. Can I register for programs if I am an international student?

Yes, because ed2go programs are online you never have to actually travel to the school. Most schools offer telephone or online registration.

6. How long does it take to complete a program?

All of our programs are self-paced and open-enrollment. You can start and finish the program at your own pace. When you register for a program, you're given an initial six months to complete the program. Should you need more time beyond the six months, an extension of six months is available at no additional cost.

7. Do I have to buy additional materials?

All required materials are included. The cost of materials will be covered by your tuition. ed2go will ship all materials (when applicable) via UPS ground service upon registration.

8. Can I get financial assistance?

ed2go programs are non-credit programs, so they don't qualify for federal aid. In some states, vocational rehabilitation or workforce development boards will pay for qualified students to take our programs.

9. What happens when I complete the program?

Upon successfully finishing the program, you'll be awarded a certificate of completion.

10. Am I guaranteed a job?

ed2go programs will provide you with the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. We do not provide direct job placement services, but our instructors will help you build your resume and are available to give advice on finding your first job. Instructors will also be available to use as a professional reference upon completion of the program. Potential students should always do research on the job market in their area before registering.

11. Who will be my facilitator?

Each student is paired up with a facilitator for one-on-one interaction. The facilitator will be available to answer any questions you may have and to provide feedback on your performance.

12. Can I use a Mac?

Yes, you can use a Mac for this program.

13. How can I get more information on the program?

If you have questions that are not answered on our website, please feel free to contact us via LIVE chat (click the button toward the top of the page). If you are visiting us during non-business hours, please feel free to send us a question using the "Contact Us" form to the right. You may also call us at 1-877-221-5151. We will answer your questions promptly.

14. When can I start the program?

Our programs are all open-enrollment, which means you can register and start the program as soon as you're ready.

Please note: Once the program curriculum is accessed online or through submission of a material shipment confirmation, refunds cannot be issued.

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