• Course Description

    Using the same advanced equipment as industry professionals, students test and research drug treatments and interactions. Students also learn the skills required for multiple careers in this pathway, including those needed in retail, hospital, and medical center pharmacies.

  • Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment

    Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English, 1 must be Science); on track to graduate.

  • Credits & Certifications Offered

     
    High School Credit
    • 3 CTE Year One
    • 2 CTE and 1 Science Year Two

    College Credit

    • Missouri Baptist University, Dual Credit - 4 to 8 credits

    Certifications

    • PassAssured
    • Missouri Pharmacy Technician License
    *College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
  • How Will My Time Be Spent? 

    Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time
    CTE Year One 76% or more 25% or less
    CTE Year Two 26%-50% 26%-50%
  • Tech is Real World Learning

    Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.

    Tools & Equipment

    • Personal protective equipment
    • Gloves
    • Counting trays
    • Microscopes
    • Syringes and needles
    • Mortar and pestle
    • Spatulas

    Academic Materials

    • The Pharmacy Technician
    • Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians

    Uniform Requirements

    • Burgundy scrubs
    • Class t-shirt for all field experiences
  • Essential Skills Needed for Success

    Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.

    Core Essential Skills

    • Understand and use basic math computations and algebra; including percentages, fractions, decimals, and standard units of measurement

    • Have a basic knowledge of biology; student will take Anatomy and Physiology with this program

    • Attention to detail and precision

    • Enjoy helping others; service oriented; desire to serve community

    • Understand and relay medical terminology; both verbally and in writing

    • Take the initiative; perform tasks without having to be told; complete tasks in a timely manner and in proper sequence

    • Use computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to process information

    • Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing; postsecondary text

    • Make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands

    • Ability to stand while working for long periods of time

  • Suzanne Kirby Suzanne Kirby
    Pharmacy Sciences
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    Ms. Suzanne Kirby started at South Tech in the fall of 2017. She has over 20 years of experience as a pharmacy technician, with most of those years spent in hospital and outpatient infusion pharmacies. She has her Bachelors of Science in Biology which she earned at Missouri State, and earned her national certification as a pharmacy technician in 2001. Prior to joining South Tech she made chemotherapy at Pratt Cancer Center on the Mercy campus.