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.
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.
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.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|CAH 105CL||Computer Applications||5|
|English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking||5|
|Math for Health Occupations or Alternative||5|
|General Psychology (or higher, but not PSY 112) or Introduction to Sociology||5|
|CAH 102||Medical Terminology I||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 Preparation||3|
|PT 163CAP||Community Pharmacy Clinical Capstone||7|
|PT 165||Institutional Clinical Capstone||7|
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.
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5|
|ENG 102||Composition: Argumentation & Research||5|
|ENG 104||Business Writing||5|
|ENGL& 235||Technical Writing||5|
|CMST& 220||Public Speaking||5|
|MAT 108||Math for Health Occupations||5|
|MAT 103||Business Mathematics||5|
|MATH& 141||Precalculus I||5|
|PSYC& 100DIV||General Psychology||5|
|PSYC& 200||Lifespan Psychology||5|
|PSY 210||Psychology of Adjustment||5|
|PSYC& 220||Abnormal Psychology||5|
|PSYC 310DIV||Organizational Psychology||5|
|SOC& 101DIV||Introduction to Sociology||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.
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.
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.
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.
Introduces the retail pharmacy experience. Explores all aspects of community pharmacy practice, including keyboarding, prescription filling and compounding. Customer service is explored as well.
Introduces the top 200 drugs prescribed in the United States each year.
Discover local pharmacies and the requirements for internship. Explore professional conduct and appearance.
Introduces students to formularies, manual and electronic distribution systems, and procedures for hospital practice.
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.
Explores math specific to the practice of pharmacy.
Apply the techniques learned to make intravenous admixture and chemotherapy products.
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.
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.