Polk Education Pathways

Pharmacy Technician

This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the health care industry; planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues, and health, safety, and environmental issues.

The content includes but is not limited to the metric system, medical terminology, medicinal drugs, pharmaceutical compounding, USP 795 standards, sterile techniques, USP 797 and USP 800 standards, maintenance of inventory, IV preparation, receiving and handling of hazardous materials, preparing purchase orders, receiving and checking supplies purchased, printing labels, typing prescription labels, delivering medications, pricing prescription drug orders and supplies, prepackaging unit dose packages, patient record systems, control records, data processing automation in pharmacy, computer application, employability skills, leadership, and human relations skills, health and safety, including CPR.

This occupation has an average wage of $13.81 an hour, based on the Florida Occupational Employment and Wages for Polk County.

Pharmacy Technician:

Course # OCP Course Title Hours
HSC0003 A Basic Healthcare Worker 90
PTN0084 B Pharmacy Technician 1 360
PTN0085 Pharmacy Technician 2 300
PTN0086 Pharmacy Technician 3 300
Ridge Technical College
7700 State Road 544
Class Times

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

5:00 PM - 8:30 PM