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School of Pharmacy Technology

Welcome to the Cleveland Clinic’s School of Pharmacy Technology. We welcome your interest in becoming part of the world class care provided by the Cleveland Clinic.

The future of pharmacy practice is rapidly evolving.  Cleveland Clinic is a leader in the efforts to expand the role of pharmacy technicians.  As one of the only accredited hospital-based technician schools in the country, the School of Pharmacy Technology is paving the way for new technician leaders.  Cleveland Clinic's School of Pharmacy Technology has been designed to accomplish what no other pharmacy technician program has done before: Combining both didactic training with real, hands-on training – from day one.

Training today's pharmacy technicians, the Cleveland Clinic way.

Program Description

Cleveland Clinic is a multi-site, academic health-system with advanced clinical services and a world-wide presence. The Department of Pharmacy operates multi-site hospital, ambulatory, and specialty pharmacy services for the Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic’s School of Pharmacy Technology operates in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic Department of Pharmacy. Students at the School of Pharmacy Technology study in a state-of-the-art learning environment with instruction from some of the top industry professionals in the country.  Students obtain the skills necessary to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam and work in a pharmacy. Graduates of Cleveland Clinic’s School of Pharmacy Technology are well prepared to meet the needs of an expanding pharmacy practice.  Students graduating from the Cleveland Clinic School of Pharmacy Technology may be considered for employment within the Cleveland Clinic Health System.

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Program Details

Accreditation

Cleveland Clinic feels that an important part of expanding the pharmacy practice model is expanding the role pharmacy technicians serve. This is accomplished by training, educating, and providing experience to technician students at a consistently high standard. As such, the Cleveland Clinic's School of Pharmacy Technology maintains full accreditation through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The School of Pharmacy Technology's accreditation is valid through 2018, at which point a re-accreditation process will be completed.

Admission

Cleveland Clinic's School of Pharmacy Technology accepts two classes annually, in January and June. Interested candidates must submit applications at least 60 days prior to the scheduled program start date. All applicants will be notified of acceptance decisions by mail. Selected students must complete Cleveland Clinic on-boarding requirements, including health and background screenings.

Qualification to Enroll

The following criteria are used to determine eligibility into the program:

  1. Completion of program application 
  2. Copy of high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent 
  3. Students must be at least 18 years of age upon application 
  4. Completion of a phone and on-site interview 
  5. Passing scores in math and reading evaluations via TABE testing (or college transcripts showing a minimum 2.5 GPA in English and Math)
  6. Successful background and reference check 

Applicants to the program must meet at least one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Completion of at least two semesters of college-level coursework (transcripts required), OR
  • At least five years of professional work experience (resume and references required), OR
  • Completion of standardized ACT or SAT testing (scores must be submitted with application)

School of Pharmacy Technology Application

Curriculum

Cleveland Clinic's School of Pharmacy Technology consists of 15 weeks of didactic training followed by 10 weeks of rotating externship within Cleveland Clinic. Students study clinical and operational pharmacy practice under the instruction of Cleveland Clinic pharmacists.  Clinical laboratory experience and education are combined to provide students with hands-on training in various practice settings, beginning the very first week!

The first 15 weeks of classroom instruction and observation are scheduled Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Cleveland Clinic's main campus and selected internal sites. This part of the program focuses on introducing the students to pharmacy practice and the technician's role within the pharmacy setting. The last 10 weeks of externships are scheduled Monday- Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. within the Cleveland Clinic system. Externships allow students to apply and expand skills within multiple pharmacy settings. 

Faculty and Staff
Program Information

The School of Pharmacy Technology is located on the main campus in Building H.  Students will be given information upon admittance on where to park and classroom locations.

Tuition

The full program tuition is $3,800. Students who pay in full prior to the start of classes will receive a 10% discount. Students wishing to enter a payment arrangement will be required to place a $1500 down-payment at the start of the program. 

Pharmacy Technician

An integral part of patient care is carried out by pharmacy services.  A major player in our world class service is the pharmacy technician.  Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in preparing medications to dispense to patients.  Pharmacy Technicians utilize their knowledge of medications, insurance information, calculations, sterile technique and the particulars of data entry as well as many other skills as part of their job.

Pharmacy Technician Details

Employment and Salary Expectations

Cleveland Clinic, along with other pharmacies, has a growing demand for highly educated, prepared pharmacy technicians to serve in expanding pharmacy roles.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014), the job outlook for pharmacy technicians is bright. Job growth is expected to increase 20 percent faster than average.  Over 70,000 pharmacy technician jobs are expected to be added between 2012- 2022.

In 2012, the median national salary for pharmacy technicians was $29,320 a year with an average hourly rate of $14.10.  Pharmacy technicians earn on average $14.00 in the Cleveland, Ohio area.  

Ohio Localities Salary Information

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Requirements for Licensure

In order to be licensed as a pharmacy technician, the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) requires:

  • High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)
  • Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)
  • Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions
  • Compliance with all applicable PTCB certification policies
  • Beginning in 2020, all prospective pharmacy technicians will be required to attend an accredited certification program.

Ohio Revised Code 4729.42 requires that all pharmacy technician students must be at least 18 years old.  They must also have a high school diploma or equivalent in order to be certified and seek employment.  A background check is also required by the state. The background check must indicate that the person has not plead guilty to or been found guilty of a felony in Ohio, in any other state, or in the United States. 

Work Environment

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014), most (53%) pharmacy technicians worked in pharmacies and drug stores.

The industries that employed the most pharmacy technicians in 2012 were as follows:

Pharmacies and Drug Stores 53%
Hospitals: State, local, and Private  17%
General Merchandise Stores  12%
Grocery Stores  7%
Ambulatory Health Care Services  3%

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (visited May 20, 2015).

Pharmacy technicians at Cleveland Clinic are prepared to work in many pharmacy settings, including:

  • Inpatient Pharmacy
  • Ambulatory Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Automation
  • Pediatric Pharmacy
  • Intensive Care Pharmacy
  • Pharmacy Purchasing and Inventory
  • Controlled Drug Services
  • Pharmacy Billing 
  • Sterile and Non-Sterile Compounding 
  • Chemotherapy