Pharm Tech Apprenticeship Program2018-11-20T15:50:33+00:00

Pharmacy Technician
Apprenticeship Program
Information Session

Monday, January 7, 2019

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Auditorium E

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Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship Program Overview:

CW Pill PourAre you a detailed person who likes to work in a fast paced environment? Do you enjoy helping people, learning, and working with a team? Are you interested in having the opportunity to earn while you learn? Dartmouth-Hitchcock Workforce Readiness Institute is looking for motivated individuals for the Certified Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship Training Program.

Up to 16 individuals will be selected and hired by Dartmouth-Hitchcock to become Certified Pharmacy Technicians in our Outpatient (retail) or Inpatient (hospital) Pharmacies. During the 9 week training period students earn college credits and an hourly training wage. At the end of the 9 week training students will sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam.

This full time hands-on training program includes both classroom and pharmacy training. Courses offered include Healthcare Professional Communication, Processing and Handling of Medications and Medication Orders, Procurement, Billing, Reimbursement, and Patient & Medication Safety.

Interested individuals are welcome to join us for an information session on Monday January 7th at DHMC from 6:00-7:30pm.

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This opportunity could be a great fit if you are:

An Investigator: you are interested in solving a problem, in figuring out how to save a patient money, in learning how equipment works, in understanding a process and how to improve it.

Excited about Technology: would enjoy working with the advanced robotics and informatics that are involved in dosing and dispensing drugs and medicine.

Motivated by Helping People: you gain satisfaction in your work from helping people – whether they are your patients, patient families, pharmacy and clinical colleagues.

A Patient Advocate and Clinical Partner: able to empathize with the stressful life situations that your customers are experiencing and able to put their needs first through empathy, patience and personal resilience.

Honorable: you have a high moral ethic, recognize the significance and importance of your work, and take pride in safeguarding patient prescriptions and doing the right thing.

Attributes of a Successful
Pharmacy Technician:

  • Enjoys a fast paced environment
  • Effective communicator
  • Problem Solvers
  • Team Player
  • Proactive
  • Thoughtful
  • Detailed
  • Courteous & respectful
  • Comfortable with math

Program Timeline:

Program Info Session Monday, January 7th, 6-7:30p
Assessment Testing
*Each candidate will register for one session
Tuesday, January 8th, 9-11a
or 2:30-4:30p
Wednesday, January 9th, 2:30-4:30p
Thursday, January 10th, 9-11a
Program Interviews January 15th, 16th 17th
Candidate Notification Friday, January 18th
Program Enrollment Monday, January 21st
D-H General Orientation Monday, February 11th
Classroom/Skills Training Tuesday, February 12th –
Friday, April 12th
Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Friday, April 12th
Start of Apprenticeship Monday, April 15th
Download the F.A.Q.

Role of a Pharmacy Technician in the Outpatient Pharmacy:

Pharmacy Technicians (PTs) work collaboratively with Pharmacists, Nurses, Doctors, insurers and other members to support a positive patient experience. PTs work in different areas across Dartmouth-Hitchcock such as in Outpatient (retail), Inpatient (hospital) and Specialty pharmacies. Some of the job duties of a D-H Pharmacy Technician include:

Outpatient Retail Pharmacy:

  • Process prescription orders
  • Enter data into the computer system
  • Investigate and resolve insurance claims
  • Prepare prescription medication orders for pharmacist review
  • Assist patients at check out
  • Monitor prescription claims and payments
  • Obtain and document patient information
  • Monitor medication supplies
  • Provide exceptional patient experience
  • Work as part of the pharmacy team (ensuring patients have access to medication)

Inpatient Pharmacy:

  • Prepare and deliver medications used on inpatient nursing units
  • Compound sterile medications in the IV Room
  • Restock medication kits used during emergency situations
  • Manage medication inventory and ensure products are in date
  • Perform non-sterile compounding and medication packaging
  • Engage in continuous process improvement efforts through a variety of projects
  • In future will have opportunities for technicians to take ownership of practice areas by

    • Optimizing medication storage
    • Obtaining medication histories from patients

Spotlight on Current Apprentice:

Meet Chelsea:

Chelsea is a current Pharmacy Technician Apprentice working in the Outpatient Pharmacy at D-H.

“When I began the PT program in 2017 I was working full time as a baker. I had no medical background and while I loved baking I was looking for something more. I wanted a job that would require me to think and be challenged every day. I certainly have that in the outpatient pharmacy! This apprenticeship has helped me become more professional, changed the way I communicate and the way I present myself. It has changed my future in such a positive way.On the last day of the classroom training I was asked If I was nervous about starting work and I shared that I wasn’t nervous at all because all of the job shadowing we did gave me the confidence to start. The on the job training was incredibly beneficial and the shadowing made me feel like I was already part of the team.”
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Documents to bring to Program Information Session:

  • Current resume
  • Cover letter that outlines why you are interested in the Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship Program and how it aligns with your future career goals
  • Professional Reference Letter

We hope to see you at our Information Session!

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