Pharmacy Technician Schools in Lebanon, OH

Pharmacies, including those based in retail settings and in hospitals, long term care facilities and urgent care centers, have a larger role than ever before to play in the communities they operate in. With a large sector of the population - Baby Boomers - aging, and increasingly relying on medications to improve their lives, and increased access to healthcare coverage for everyone the products and services they offer are in high demand.

All these pharmacies need caring, capable staff to function, including certified pharmacy technicians. This is as true in Lebanon, Ohio and the surrounding areas as anywhere else.

Unlike many other states, Ohio does require that pharmacy technicians obtain formal certification to work. Candidates can choose to take the PTCE exam, administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board or the ExCPT, an offering administered by the National Health Career Association. But whichever they choose they will have to complete training at a pharmacy technician school in order to gain the skills and knowledge needed to pass either.

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Lebanon vs Ohio Pharmacy Technicians Employment

A historic city and the previous home of both Neil Armstrong and Woody Harrelson, Lebanon, OH is a fascinating place. And of the 16,470 people the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recorded as working as pharmacy technicians in Ohio in 2019 3,520 were listed in the Cincinnati Metro area of which Lebanon is a part.

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Pharmacy Techs employed in the Cincinnati metro area of which Lebanon is part of represents 21% of all PT's employed in the state of Ohio (2019, BLS) 

Total Pharmacy Technicians employed in the state of Ohio (2019, BLS)

Salary for Pharmacy Technicians in Lebanon

The mean average hourly wage for a pharmacy technician in 2019 was $14.67 or $30,510 a year And while salaries in the 10th percentile (usually starting salaries) hovered a little under ten dollars an hour at $9.84 that figure steadily increased to $19.36 in the 90th percentile.

Pharmacy Technician Annual Wages in the Lebanon metro area
(BLS Data May 2019)

10th Percentile

$20,670

25th Percentile

$23,260

50th Percentile

$29,470

75th Percentile

$36,430

90th Percentile

$42,040

Pharmacy Technician Schools in Lebanon, OH

There are four schools in the Lebanon, OH area that offer pharmacy technician certification programs that will help those who wish to enter the field pass their certification exam. Each of them has something slightly different to offer, so to help you make the choice that's right for you, here's a brief look at them all.

1. Ross Center [Cincinnati Campus 16.6mi] 

4490 Brandt Pike, Dayton, OH 45424 ? (937) 235-0510

Ross Education Centers are a nationwide network of vocational schools offering practical career education to students of all ages. The campus that best serves Lebanon, OH students is located in nearby Cincinnati.

Ross Center Pharmacy Technician Training Program

Admissions Requirements and Program Costs

The total cost of the program in 2019 was $14,990.00. This includes all books, supplies and testing fees except for the cost to take the certification exam of the graduated students choice. Financial aid is available to those who qualify including several state grants that do not need to be repaid after graduation.

To enter the 36-week certificate program students must be 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent GED. They must also achieve a satisfactory score on a school administered Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam which covers English, Math and Computer Knowledge Basics.

In addition to meeting these requirements students will need to be able to pass drug and criminal background checks and to complete a basic CPR course and meet minimum vaccination requirements.

Program Content and Timeframes

At the Cincinnati campus the Ross Education Pharmacy Technician Certificate is offered as a full time, campus based course. Classes meet in the day and the evening though, so there is some built in flexibility for students who work and/or take care of a family.

The classroom portion of the course runs for 36 weeks and it is supplemented by a six week practical externship with a local employer. This means that most students complete the program in nine to ten months.

The course covers all the basic knowledge needed to pass either certification test and according to the school it can boast a 90% first time pass rate for its graduates.

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, and approved by the PTCB and the Ohio Board of Health.

2. American National University [ Dayton Campus 19mi] 

1837 Woodman Center Dr Kettering, OH 45420 ? 540.986.1800

Located a little further afield is the American National University in Dayton, Ohio. It offers a blended online/campus based program with both day and night classes, so for some the small amount of additional travel may be well worth it in order to be able to better fit into their schedule.

ANU Pharmacy Technician Training Program

Admissions Requirements and Program Costs

The total cost of the program in 2019 was $15,984, a figure which includes the costs of books, supplies and testing fees, including the $129 fee to sit the PTCE certification exam after graduation from the program. Financial aid is available to qualified students, including some state grants that will not need to be paid back after graduation.

To be admitted into the American National University Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program students must hold a high school diploma or equivalent GED. They must also obtain and pass a criminal background check and submit to a drug test.

Program Content and Timeframes

The American National University Pharmacy Technician Certificate is designed to be completed in between ten and eleven months. A portion of classroom learning can be completed online at a student's own pace, accounting for the possible different graduation times.

The campus boasts a full pharmacy lab to allow students to get all the hands on training needed as well as the technical know-how. In addition, the credits earned in this program can be put towards the American National University Associates Degree in Medical Assisting should graduates wish to continue their education further.

Accreditation

The program is accredited by the ASHP, approved by the PTCB and Ohio Board of Health and graduates have the opportunity to return later to complete mandatory continuing education (which is required for all working certified Ohio Pharmacy Technicians) at a reduced cost.

3. Warren County Career Center [Lebanon Campus]

3525 North State Route 48 Lebanon, OH 45036 ? 513-932-5677

The Warren County Career Center offers Council on Occupational Education (COE) approved career training in a number of fields to adult students living in Warren County that is designed to be affordable and effective. Their full time Pharmacy Technician Diploma is aimed towards adults who are looking to change careers and to recent high school graduates.

Warren Country Career Center Pharmacy Technician Training Program

Admissions Requirements and Program Costs

To be admitted to the program students must hold a high school diploma or GED and be able to prove they can legally reside and work in Warren County, OH. They will also need to be interviewed by an admissions' counselor to ensure that the program is right for them.

The school does not insist on drug screens or background checks at enrollment but do remind students that these are requirements for certification and they will need to be able to pass them prior to graduation.

The cost of the program for a Warren County, OH resident in 2019 was $7,250, inclusive of books, supplies, an FBI background check before graduation and an approved drug test. Financial aid is available to those who qualify including State and County specific grants.

Program Content and Timeframes

The Warren County Career Center Pharmacy Technician Diploma is a 602 hour program. 402 of those hours are classroom and lab based sessions and the remainder are part of an unpaid externship students undertake with an outside employer. Most students complete the program in less than a year, and in that time get the technical and practical knowledge needed to pass the PTCE.

Accreditation

The program is fully accredited by the ASHP and approved by the PTCB and the Ohio Department of Health.

4. Sinclair Community College [Dayton Campus 22.5mi]

444 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402 ? 800-315-3000

Sinclair Community College is a traditional community college in Dayton that serves adults of all ages and offers a wide range of diplomas and associate degree programs in a variety of fields. Their Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program is designed to offer local residents access to a fully accredited career program at a discounted price.

Sinclair Community College Pharmacy Technician Training Program

Admissions Requirements and Program Costs

To be admitted to the program students must hold a high school diploma or GED, complete a basic skills set administered by the school and also prove their legal residency. In addition, before graduation they will be required to take and pass both a criminal background check and a drug screen.

The cost of the course depends upon a student's residence. In 2019 for Montgomery County residents the total cost was $3,998.99 or $4,246.49 for a blended program that allows for some coursework to be completed online. For residents of other Ohio counties those costs were $5,558.24/$5,805.74.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify including a number of state grants that do not need to be paid back upon graduation.

Timelines and Course Content

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program offered by Sinclair Community College is designed to be completed within 9-12 months. If students choose a blended program they can often graduate a little faster than those who opt for fully campus based instruction. All students however must complete all practical assignments on campus, accounting for a third of the course.

The course gives students all the knowledge needed to pass their certification exam and the credits earned are fully transferable towards an Associates' Degree offered by the school in an appropriate field.

Accreditation

The Pharmacy Technician Certificate Program offered by Sinclair Community is fully accredited by the ASHP and approved by the PTCB and the Ohio Department of Health.

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