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. 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.
Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the requirements for diversity, computer literacy and the capstone project.
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.
The students of the pharmacy technician program are required to be able to discriminate increment readings on syringes and discriminate different colored and shaped objects. The student needs 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.
Before starting the program a student must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency diploma.
To enter the program, students must meet the prerequisites 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 then the rule does not apply), 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 as well as Certified Background 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 and titer, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis Test, Current Flu 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.
|Course Number||Class Title||Credits|
|BIOL& 175||Human Biology W/Lab||5|
|CAH 102||Medical Terminology I||5|
|CAH 105CL||Computer Applications||5|
|CMST& 220||Public Speaking||5|
|ENGL& 101||English Composition I||5|
|Math for Health Occupations or Alternative||5|
|General Psychology (or higher)||5|
|SOC& 101DIV||Introduction to Sociology||5|
|COLL 102||College Success for All||3|
|PT 121||Introduction to Pharmacy & Pharmacy Law||5|
|PT 124||Pharmacology, Part I||5|
|PT 128||Pharmacology, Part II||5|
|PT 131||Community Pharmacy Practice||5|
|PT 144||Generic Drug Names Part I||3|
|PT 145||Hospital Practice||4|
|PT 148||Clinical Capstone Research||4|
|PT 153||Generic Drug Names Part II||3|
|PT 156||Pharmaceutical Calculations||2|
|PT 160||Sterile Parenteral Preparation Production||3|
|PT 163CAP||Community Pharmacy Clinical Capstone||7|
|PT 165||Institutional Clinical Capstone||7|
This course is an in-depth approach to body systems, emphasizing the relationship between structure and functions. This is a laboratory course appropriate for non-science majors or for students beginning study in life sciences.
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.
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.
An Open Course Library class with inexpensive course materials. Assists students in developing real-world oral communication skills. Capture the dynamics of today’s business realities and see the benefits of effective communication. Selection of topics, library research, analysis, oral style, use of visual aids, and preparation and delivery of various types of speeches and oral presentations are included. The Internet, email, community interaction, and other practical tools support student learning and increase public speaking skills. Emphasis is placed on principles of cultural diversity.
Utilize the writing process to write clearly with consideration of audience, purpose, and tone, using standard grammar and punctuation conventions along with common discourse modes and patterns of organization. Read and process sources using independent and critical thinking skills, following established conventions for incorporating and documenting sources in writing.
|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|
Focuses on understanding and applying the sociological perspective, which stresses the importance of the impact of social forces external to the individual in shaping people’s lives and experiences. Topics studied will include socialization, social interaction, culture, groups, social structure, deviance, social inequality, social class, race, gender, institutions (political, economic, educational, and family), collective behavior and social change. Students will be asked to learn the basic concepts, theories, and perspectives of sociology; to see how these operate in terms of social processes, structures, and events; and to apply this knowledge to better understand the social world.
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 get students familiar 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 a component on using SALT for financial planning. Beginning in Fall 2016, this course is mandatory for all new students.
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.
Introduces students to formularies, manual and electronic distribution systems, and procedures for hospital practice.
Discover local pharmacies and the requirements for internship. Explore professional conduct and appearance.
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.
Students will apply techniques learned to prepare sterile compounding products. Emphasis will be on aseptic technique and USP <797>.
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.