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Pharmacy Technician Training Program

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Collaboration. Customer Service. Communication.

Pharmacy technicians thrive on the front lines of health care every day. Their special skills help people in their time of need, and their dedication supports pharmacists as they educate patients and create a warm, healing, supportive environment.

The rapid growth of the health care industry – especially here in Southwest Florida – keeps pharmacy technicians in high demand. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates a 20 percent growth in the need for pharmacy technicians from 2012 to 2022.

We want you to be a part of this exciting, life-changing career! Lee Health’s Pharmacy Technician Training Program has been specially designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to become a skilled, valued expert in this field.

Learn more about Lee Health's Pharmacy Technician Training Program

Who we are and what we do

Our training program takes a natural, logical approach to teaching:

  • Students will learn in a classroom environment
  • Students will practice through simulated labs
  • Students will work in actual patient-centered pharmacies to improve practical skills

Program participants will be surrounded by experts who believe in Lee Health’s mission of community health care as well as like-minded individuals who support one another.

As a pharmacy technician, the sky’s the limit! We will teach you what you need to know to work directly with the public in a stand-alone pharmacy, a retail store, a bustling hospital, and more. You will learn to be that key person who works side by side with a pharmacist and also communicates to the public to help put their minds at ease.

Looking for career advancement? Our program prepares you for the future of health care. As the role of pharmacists continues to evolve – along with technology and new ways to deliver care – pharmacy technicians will have a host of exciting opportunities and rewarding career paths. It all starts right here with us!

What applicants need to know

  • The training program, located in our pharmacy-specific training center, is a 16-week program, including virtual learning platform, hands-on practice through simulated lab and experiential training.
  • Applicants must be 17 years of age or older, and possess a high school diploma or equivalency certificate by completion of didactic/lab portion of the program.
  • Applicants must have English language proficiency (including reading, writing and speaking)
  • Applicants must have math proficiency to fulfill requirements of pharmacy technician job responsibilities. Please be prepared to pass a pre-screening math proficiency test before acceptance into the interview phase.
  • Applicants must pass a criminal background check and drug screening

ASHP accreditation

To certify pharmacy technician training and to ensure complete competency in pharmaceutical practice, ASHP sets standards for our pharmacy technician training program. We are the only program serving Southwest Florida that has accreditation from ASHP/ACPE and is recognized by Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

  • 400 hours didactic and simulation
  • 200 hours experiential training
  • 600 hours total

Program details

  • The entire program must be completed in a period of less than 6 months.
  • Combined didactic and simulation training take place over a 16-week period = 400 hours.
    • Majority of the classwork is online which allows student flexible time during the week to complete online course content.
    • Group Competencies: will be completed week 1-5 in person; Tuesdays and Thursdays approximately from 1-4pm.
    • Simulation labs/Class content review: completed week 1-16 in person; Tuesdays and Thursdays approximately from 4-9pm.
    • In person competencies and simulation lab Location: HealthPark Medical Center or designated facility.
  • Experiential: 200 hours (100 hours inpatient setting + 100 hours in an ambulatory setting)

Program dismissal policies

In reference to policy PH09 02 002 (link opens document in a new window), probationary/ dismissal from the program may occur for the following:

Unprofessional behavior that includes but not limited to insubordination, use of alcohol, HIPAA violations, unlawful use of drugs or controlled substances, theft, damage to property, failure to adhere to safe practices, frequent absences, unprofessional evaluations, dishonesty, sleeping on rotation, and breaking rules and regulations.

Unsafe Health Practices: Includes but not limited to such things as failure to report all health disorders in writing, failure to seek and maintain proper care for disorders, failure to protect self, peers, staff and patients from health hazards, and use of control substances prior or during rotations that would impair judgment.

Failure to pass examination/coursework: And/or successful completion of experiential hours.

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Pharmacy Program Director

Yanela Lozano, Pharm.D, DPLA, MBA

PTTP@leehealth.org (link opens in a new window)
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