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Pharmacy Technician Diploma or Associate of Applied Science Program

Memphis, TN

Prepare for a new career sooner than you think

Medication can change lives. By training for a career as a pharmacy technician, you can learn to help people gain access to the treatment prescribed that they need to feel better. Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists with the day-to-day work flow of the pharmacy in order to help customers feel better.


Concorde Career College Memphis campus offers a seven-month diploma and an eighteen-month associate of applied science degree pharmacy technician program options that can help prepare you for retail or institutional pharmacy tech careers.*

Career Overview

Pharmacy technicians assist a pharmacist in their duties, including: handling customer transactions and compound medications under the direction of a pharmacist. They also handle insurance claim processing, inventory and more.

The primary duties of a pharmacy technician include:

  • Collecting customer information to fulfill prescriptions
  • Contacting physicians to request a pharmacy refill
  • Measuring, packaging & labeling prescriptions
  • Tracking pharmacy inventory & re-ordering supplies
  • Answering customer phone calls
  • Arranging customer consultations with the pharmacist
  • Scheduling vaccination appointments

Program Overview

The Pharmacy Technician programs with the Memphis campus combine online coursework with in-person labs and a hands-on externship.ᶛ The curriculum is designed to teach students the fundamentals of supporting pharmacists, compounding medications, filling prescriptions, and helping patients.

As part of the programs students learn pharmaceutical calculations for different patient populations, such as pediatric patients, cancer patients, and patients requiring medications for their daily well-being.

The associate of science degree program includes general education coursework in addition to the core pharmacy technician curriculum. 


Now Enrolling

Concorde's Memphis campus is seeking dedicated students who want to:

  • Learn to help pharmacists fill prescriptions by compounding pills, ointments, IV solutions and more.
  • Prepare for career opportunities in retail, mail-order, hospital and long-term care settings, pharmacy benefits management and more
  • Complete the diploma in as few as 7-months of study or the associate of science degree in as few as 18-months*

Get started by scheduling an in-person or virtual Career Planning Session with Concorde Memphis today to find out if the pharmacy technician diploma program is right for you!

 
*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.
**Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for medical assistants 2020-2030 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.
Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment.
ᶛ Externships are a non-paid in-person learning experience, who's length and location may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee externship placement, graduation, post-externship employment or salary outcomes. 
Credit hours are defined by graduation requirements and differ between the diploma and associate of science degree programs. Credit hours may be subject to change, please refer to current course catalog for more information.

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Program Length

4%**

National Employment Demand (2021-2031)

27 / 60ᵊ

Credit Hours

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Have an Associate Degree in Healthcare?
Currently Licensed Dental Hygienist?
Currently a Licensed Surgical Technologist?
Currently a Registered Nurse (RN)?
Currently a LDA or RDA?

Curriculum

Pharmacy Technician Diploma in as few as 7-months!*

This pharmacy technician diploma program through the Memphis campus, combines foundational knowledge of medical terminology, pharmacology, pharmacy law, pharmaceutical calculations, administration procedures, and more. It includes hands-on training in sterile and non-sterile compounding in our labs, plus an externship to help you gain real-world experience.

Coursework

  • Medication preparation, distribution & storage
  • Understanding prescription & medication orders
  • Drug-use review & pharmacy management
  • Pharmacy equipment & facilities maintenance
  • Collecting patient information

In order to graduate from the Pharmacy Technician (Diploma) program, students must successfully complete the following curriculum: Memphis Pharmacy Tech Diploma Program Curriculum


Pharmacy Technician Associate of Science Degree in as few as 18-months.*

This associate of science (AAS) program combines foundational college-level general knowledge with pharmacology concepts and office administration procedures. It also includes hands-on training in compounding, plus an externship to help you understand how the concepts you learn in the classroom apply in the real world.

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Pharmacology I and II with Lab
  • Introduction to Pharmacy Practice
  • Compounding and Aseptic Techniques
  • Microbiology
  • Externship

 Students seeking the Pharmacy Tech AAS program must successfully complete the following curriculum: Memphis Pharmacy Tech Associate of Applied Science Degree Curriculum


 ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • Approved Application
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Wonderlic / ORA  Assessment
  • Financial Aid Meeting & Personal Funding Plan
 
*Program length may be subject to change dependent on transfer credits and course load. Please refer to current course catalog for more information. Concorde does not guarantee admittance, graduation, subsequent employment or salary amount.
Professional certification is not a requirement for graduation, may not be a requirement for employment nor does it guarantee employment.
Externships are a non-paid in-person learning experience, who's length and location may be subject to change. Concorde does not guarantee externship placement, graduation, post-externship employment or salary outcomes. 
  Credit hours are defined by graduation requirements and differ between the diploma and associate of science degree programs. Credit hours may be subject to change, please refer to current course catalog for more information.

Career Outlook

Job growth for pharmacy technicians nationwide is expected to be about the same as the national average for all occupations. 

 
**Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projected national growth in job openings for medical assistants 2020-2030 https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm Projections are national. Local job market demand may vary.

 

Where do Pharmacy Technicians Work

Pharmacy technicians may find different career paths and employment opportunities in roles with:

  • Retail Pharmacies
  • Online Pharmacies & Prescription Fulfillment Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Inpatient & Outpatient Clinics
  • Pharmaceutical Research & Sales

Financial Aid

As part of our commitment to your success, Concorde ensures that you have access to comprehensive information and guidance in navigating the financial aid process. Concorde offers financial aid and scholarship programs to those who qualify.

Accreditation

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