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 required to work as a pharmacy technician.
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.
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, 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 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|
|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|
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.
Introduction to expository writing with an emphasis on unified, coherent essays. Learn to generate essays that support a thesis and to use the rhetorical modes of development — narration, description, comparison/contrast, cause and effect, persuasion — appropriately. Recognize writing as a process and use secondary MLA/ APA documentation styles to support critical thinking and 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.
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.