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Pharmacy Technician Certificate

certificate Info at a Glance
Type
Certificate
Estimated # of Quarters
This certificate is approximately 3-4 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, and spring starts.

ASHP/ACPE Accredited

Pharmacy Technicians process prescriptions, prepare intravenous drugs, order and stock medications, prepare billing, and operate and troubleshoot automated drug-dispensing systems.

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

The structured classroom curriculum includes customer service, communication, prescription processing, aseptic technique, human relations and pharmacy calculations. The clinical component of the program gives students the chance to practice the skills received in the classroom and laboratory environment. This prepares students 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. During the clinical experience quarter students are required to attend 32 hours a week of clinical experience, Tuesday through Friday. Actual times may vary by pharmacy; most will be day shift hours. Students are required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. No student will be allowed at clinical sites without proof of insurance.

Employability Requirements
Graduation from a Washington State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission (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.

Physical Requirements
Students of the pharmacy technician program are required to be able to discriminate increment readings on syringes and discriminate different colored and shaped objects. Students need to be able to recognize and respond to voices under protective garb and on the phone. Excellent fine motor skills are required. Must be able to type 35 wpm. Standing for long periods of time (8-12 hours) and manipulating needles and syringes while holding their arms out in front of them is required. Ability to stand and work for long periods of time in safety equipment and garb is a must. Students are expected to be able to lift 25 pounds and push and pull carts up to 50 to 100 pounds.

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 within the last 5 years (unless they hold a bachelor's degree), CAH 105 Computer Applications or equivalent, and CAH 102 Medical Terminology or equivalent course. Students must maintain a B or above in all technical and general education courses to enter and to continue in the program.

Students will have a comprehensive background check performed prior to their clinical rotation. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check. 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 certification. Proof of immunizations should be submitted the first day of class, unless arrangements have been made with the instructor. 

Certificate Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
CAH 105CLComputer Applications5
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Math for Health Occupations or Alternative5
General Psychology (or higher, but not PSY 112) or Introduction to Sociology5
CAH 102Medical Terminology I5
COLL 102College Success for All3
PT 121Introduction to Pharmacy & Pharmacy Law5
PT 123Pharmacology with Drug Names, Part I6
PT 125Community Pharmacy with Dosage Calculations6
PT 127Pharmacy Lab #12
PT 132Pharmacology with Drug Names, Part II6
PT 135Hospital Practice with Sterile Processing6
PT 148Clinical Capstone Research4
PT 154Pharmacy Lab #22
PT 163CAPCommunity Pharmacy Clinical Capstone7
PT 165CAPInstitutional Clinical Capstone7
 Technical Credits79

Computer Applications

Item #
CAH 105CL
Total Credits
5

Provides training in the uses of Microsoft Windows and related programs, with an introduction to Electronic Health Records. Students will use computers to develop touch control and proper keyboarding and 10-key techniques.

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English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking

Total Credits
5
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Math for Health Occupations or Alternative

Total Credits
5
Students must take MAT 108 Math for Health Occupations (preferred) or one of the other courses listed below.
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General Psychology (or higher, but not PSY 112) or Introduction to Sociology

Total Credits
5
Students must take one of the courses below.
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Medical Terminology I

Item #
CAH 102
Total Credits
5

Provides students with the basic techniques of medical word building using basic word elements. The class will be organized according to specific body systems and will include key terms and the introduction of anatomical, physiological, and pathological terms.

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College Success for All

Item #
COLL 102
Total Credits
3

College Success for All prepares students for success at Clover Park Technical College and beyond.  This class is offered Pass/Fail utilizes CANVAS CPTC’s online learning management system to familiarize students with this learning environment. Designed to provide students with the basic skills to be successful in college, by developing connections with campus resources, faculty, staff and peers.  The course includes 20 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of online and computer work. It includes, but is not limited to: study skills, learning styles, communication skills, time management, campus resources, test taking strategies, diversity and campus policies and procedures.  This class also includes mandatory safety and FERPA training along with SALT component for financial planning. 

Prerequisites
None, but required for all students.
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Introduction to Pharmacy & Pharmacy Law

Item #
PT 121
Total Credits
5

Orients students to the work of pharmacy technicians and the context in which technicians’ work is performed. Covers the study of pharmacy law, as it pertains to the practice of pharmacy in the state of Washington compared to the United States as a whole. 

Prerequisites
High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. Ability to speak, read, and write the English language. Successful completion of a college-level math course within the last 5 years (unless they hold a bachelor’s degree, then the 5 year rule does not apply), CAH 105 Computer Applications or equivalent, and a 5 credit Medical Terminology course. All courses required for certificate or degree must be completed with a grade of B or better.
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Pharmacology with Drug Names, Part I

Item #
PT 123
Total Credits
6

This course will begin the introduction of the top 200 commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. The drug action mechanisms, route of administration, and the effects on the body systems will be explored. Emphasis is placed on the uses, effects, and side effects of the major drug classes.

Prerequisites
High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. Ability to speak, read, and write the English language. Successful completion of a college-level math course within the last 5 years (unless they hold a bachelor’s degree, then the 5-year rule does not apply), CAH 105 Computer Applications or equivalent, and a 5-credit Medical Terminology course. All courses required for certificate or degree must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.
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Community Pharmacy with Dosage Calculations

Item #
PT 125
Total Credits
6

Introduces the community pharmacy experience. Customer service, keyboarding, prescription filling and compounding will be explored. Math specific to the practice of pharmacy will be emphasized.

Prerequisites
High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. Ability to speak, read, and write the English language. Successful completion of a college-level math course within the last 5 years (unless they hold a bachelor’s degree, then the 5-year rule does not apply), CAH 105 Computer Applications or equivalent, and a 5-credit Medical Terminology course. All courses required for certificate or degree must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.
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Pharmacy Lab #1

Item #
PT 127
Total Credits
2

Prescription filling with counting, keyboarding, packaging, stocking, and labeling will be covered. Emphasis will be on nonsterile compounding following USP 795 guidelines.

Prerequisites
High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. Ability to speak, read, and write the English language. Successful completion of a college-level math course within the last 5 years (unless they hold a bachelor’s degree, then the 5-year rule does not apply), CAH 105 Computer Applications or equivalent, and a 5-credit Medical Terminology course. All courses required for certificate or degree must be completed with a grade of “B” or better.
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Pharmacology with Drug Names, Part II

Item #
PT 132
Total Credits
6

This course will continue the exploration of the top 200 commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. The drug action mechanisms, route of administration, and the effects on the body systems will be explored. Emphasis is placed on the uses, effects, and side effects of the major drug classes.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PT 121, PT 123, PT 125, and PT 127, with grades of “B” or above in all courses.
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Hospital Practice with Sterile Processing

Item #
PT 135
Total Credits
6

This course will introduce the differences between hospital practice and community pharmacy practice. Students will learn of inpatient drug distribution systems, unit dose systems, formularies, and specialized services including sterile compounding. This course also includes infection control, inventory management, and medication orders.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PT 121, PT 123, PT 125, and PT 127, with grades of “B” or above in all courses.
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Clinical Capstone Research

Item #
PT 148
Total Credits
4

This course explores professionalism, clinical readiness and the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PT 121, PT 123, PT 125, and PT 127, with grades of “B” or above in all courses.
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Pharmacy Lab #2

Item #
PT 154
Total Credits
2

Students will apply techniques learned to prepare sterile compounding products. Emphasis will be on aseptic technique and USP 797 and USP 300 guidelines. Students will learn how to use inpatient drug distribution systems, unit dose systems, and bubble packing.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PT 121, PT 123, PT 125, and PT 127, with grades of “B” or above in all courses.
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Community Pharmacy Clinical Capstone

Item #
PT 163CAP
Total Credits
7

Provides clinical training in a community pharmacy. Students will put into practice skills learned in the classroom by arranging an internship with a community pharmacy. Students and faculty collaborate in arranging community practice sites. Students are directly supervised by a pharmacist preceptor and their staff, with ongoing contact with the instructor in the form of site visits and seminars.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all in-class pharmacy technician courses (PT 121, PT 123, PT 125, PT 127, PT 132, PT 135, PT 148, and PT 154), with grades of “B” or above in all courses.
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Institutional Clinical Capstone

Item #
PT 165CAP
Total Credits
7

Students will spend five-and-a-half weeks in an institutional pharmacy setting. While in this capstone experience, students will perform the duties of an institutional pharmacy technician under the direct supervision of a pharmacist preceptor. There will be ongoing contact with the instructor in the form of site visits and seminars. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of all in-class pharmacy technician courses (PT 121, PT 123, PT 125, PT 127, PT 132, PT 135, PT 148, and PT 154), with grades of “B” or above in all courses.
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