The Pharmacy Technician Program at SCC is a three-quarter program consisting of classroom instruction, laboratory
practice and clinical pharmacy training. Students are required to complete a National Background Check.
Students obtain the knowledge and skills in all phases of the pharmacy field: drug products, calculations, dosages,
dispensing techniques, inventory management, aseptic techniques, and Washington pharmacy law. The school stresses
skills development, acceptable work attitudes and ethics, proper work habit and job appreciation. Graduates will be
prepared to work in both community and hospital pharmacy settings.
Each required course for graduation must be completed with a 2.0 grade or better before proceeding to the next
quarter in all classes. Each student is required to complete 176 clinical hours in community and hospital or home
health care for a total of 352 hours.
After completion of the program, students are required to take and pass the National Certification Exam before
applying for a Pharmacy Technician license issued by the Washington Quality Assurance Commission (formally known at
the Washington State Board of Pharmacy).
The Pharmacy Technician Program is state accredited through the Washington State Board of Pharmacy and nationally
through American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). It also holds accreditation through the Commission on
Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP).
The student may enroll in liberal arts either preceding or following the professional curriculum. For an associate
in applied science degree, the student must complete 25 credit hours of required courses and 7 hours of department
approved electives numbered 100 or above in addition to the one-year professional curriculum.
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