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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 quarters.

ASHP 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 guidelines of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

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. 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. The abilities to stand, lift, bend and type are requirements to work as a pharmacy technician.

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.

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 equivalent, and a five-credit Medical Terminology 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 by the PQAC 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. 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
PT 121Introduction to Pharmacy & Pharmacy Law5
PT 124Pharmacology, Part I5
PT 128Pharmacology, Part II5
PT 130Community Pharmacy Practice6
PT 144Generic Drug Names Part I3
PT 148Clinical Capstone Research4
PT 151Hospital Practice6
PT 153Generic Drug Names Part II3
PT 156Pharmaceutical Calculations2
PT 159Sterile Parenteral Preparation3
PT 163CAPCommunity Pharmacy Clinical Capstone7
PT 165Institutional Clinical Capstone7
 Technical Credits81

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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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. Computer literacy. Ability to speak, read, and write the English language. Successful completion of MAT 107, 108, 109 or higher. Successful completion of a 5-credit Medical Terminology course. Successful completion of CAH 105 Computer Applications. All courses must be completed with a B or above.
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Pharmacology, Part I

Item #
PT 124
Total Credits
5

Explores drug action mechanisms, the routes of administration, and the effects on body systems. Emphasis on the uses, effects and side effects of the major drug classes. 

Prerequisites
Same as PT 121.
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Pharmacology, Part II

Item #
PT 128
Total Credits
5

Continues the exploration of drug action mechanisms, the routes of administration and the effects on body systems. Emphasis on the uses, effects and side effects of the major drug classes and the systems they are used on. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PT 121, PT 124, PT 130, PT 144, and PT 156 with grades of B or above in all courses.
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Community Pharmacy Practice

Item #
PT 130
Total Credits
6

Introduces the retail pharmacy experience. Explores all aspects of community pharmacy practice, including keyboarding, prescription filling and compounding. Customer service is explored as well. 

Prerequisites
Same as PT 121.
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Generic Drug Names Part I

Item #
PT 144
Total Credits
3

Introduces the top 200 drugs prescribed in the United States each year. 

Prerequisites
Same as PT 121.
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Clinical Capstone Research

Item #
PT 148
Total Credits
4

Discover local pharmacies and the requirements for internship. Explore professional conduct and appearance. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PT 121, PT 124, PT 130, PT 144 and PT 156 with grades of B or above in all courses.
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Hospital Practice

Item #
PT 151
Total Credits
6

Introduces students to formularies, manual and electronic distribution systems, and procedures for hospital practice. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PT 121, PT 124, PT 130, PT 144 and PT 156 with grades of B or above in all courses.
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Generic Drug Names Part II

Item #
PT 153
Total Credits
3

Continues the exploration of the top 200 drugs prescribed in the United States each year, adding the component of drugs used specifically in the hospital setting. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PT 121, PT 124, PT 130, PT 144 and PT 156 with a grade of B or above.
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Pharmaceutical Calculations

Item #
PT 156
Total Credits
2

Explores math specific to the practice of pharmacy. 

Prerequisites
High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. Computer literacy. Ability to speak, read and write the English language. Successful completion of MAT 103, MAT 108, MAT 109, or higher. Successful completion of a 5-credit Medical Terminology course. Successful completion of CAH 105 Computer Applications. All courses must be completed with a B or above.
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Sterile Parenteral Preparation

Item #
PT 159
Total Credits
3

Apply the techniques learned to make intravenous admixture and chemotherapy products. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PT 121, PT 124, PT 130, PT 144 and PT 156 with grades of B or above in all courses.
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Community Pharmacy Clinical Capstone

Item #
PT 163CAP
Total Credits
7

Students will spend five and a half weeks in a Community Pharmacy setting. While in this capstone experience, students will perform the duties of a community 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 requirements with grades of B or above in all courses.
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Institutional Clinical Capstone

Item #
PT 165
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 requirements with grades of B or above in all courses.
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