Pharmacy Technician Certificate

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ASHP Accredited

Successful graduates of this program are educated and trained in pharmacy technician duties and responsibilities under the guidelines of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

Certificate Info at a Glance

Type: Certificate

Estimated Cost: $6,910.36

Admission Dates: Fall, spring and summer quarters

The structured classroom curriculum includes customer service, communication, prescription processing, aseptic technique, human relations and pharmacy calculations. The clinical component of the program gives the student a chance to practice the skills received in the classroom and laboratory environment. This prepares the student to assume the role of a pharmacy technician in a variety of pharmacy settings.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

This program is a combination of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Counseling and Advising Office.

No student will be allowed at clinical sites without proof of insurance. The ability to stand, lift, bend and type are requirements to work as a pharmacy technician.

Employability Requirement: Graduation from a Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commision (PQAC) approved technical training program. The PQAC requires all applicants to provide proof of passing a national pharmacy technician certification examination. Four hours of AIDS education and training as required under WAC 246-901- 120. A comprehensive background check will be conducted to screen for prior convictions prior to state licensing. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for licensure.

Program Length: This program is approximately three to four quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates: Summer, fall and spring quarters.

Prerequisites: Before starting the program, a student must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. To enter the program, a student must meet the prerequisite for college-level reading, writing and math. They must have completed a college-level math course, CAH 105 Computer Applications or the equivalent, and a five-credit Medical Terminology course. Students must maintain a B or above in all technical and general education courses to continue in the program.

Students will have a comprehensive background check performed by the PQAC prior to their clinical rotation. Students must be at least 18 years of age by the time clinical experience starts. Students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. This could include, but is not limited to, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Hepatitis B series, Tetanus/ Diphtheria, Current Flu, Tuberculosis Test, and Varicella, as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations.

Students must have current American Heart Association CPR for the Healthcare Professional. Proof of immunizations should be submitted the first day of class, unless arrangements have been made with instructor.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
CAH 105CL Computer Applications 5
ENGL& 101 or CMST& 220 English Composition I or Public Speaking 5
MAT 107, MAT 108 or MATH& 141 Business Mathematics or Math for Health Occupations (preferred)
or Precalculus I
PSYC& 100 or SOC& 101 General Psychology (or higher, but not PSY 112)
or Introduction to Sociology (or higher)
CAH 102 Medical Terminology or MAP 125 5
PT 121 Introduction to Pharmacy & Pharmacy Law 5
PT 124 Pharmacology Part I 5
PT 128 Pharmacology Part II 5
PT 130 Community Pharmacy Practice 6
PT 144 Generic Drug Names Part I 3
PT 148 Clinical Capstone Research 4
PT 151 Hospital Practice 6
PT 153 Generic Drug Names Part II 3
PT 156 Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PT 159 Sterile Parenteral Product Preparation 3
PT 163CAP Community Pharmacy Clinical Capstone 7
PT 165CAP Institutional Clinical Capstone 7
  Total Credits for Completion 81


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