Associate in Applied Science - Pharmacy Technician
Certificate - Pharmacy Technician
Summer (on-ground), Winter (hybrid)
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Are you interested in the medical field? Do you want to work alongside pharmacists to help patients? A career as a pharmacy technician could be a good choice for you.
In this accredited program, you’ll learn about drug products, calculations, dosages, dispensing techniques, inventory management, aseptic techniques, IV preparation, compounding, inventory management and aseptic technique and Washington pharmacy law. You’ll study and develop different skills, work attitudes and ethics. You'll also develop proper work habits and appreciation for the job. Your training will include classroom instruction, laboratory practice and clinical pharmacy training.
With this degree, you’ll be prepared to work in both community and hospital pharmacy settings.
The Pharmacy Technician Program at SCC is a four-quarter program consisting of classroom instruction, laboratory practice and clinical pharmacy training. Students are required to complete a National Background Check.
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 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.
Pharmacy Technician is an Allied Health program designed to train students in all phases of the pharmacy field: drug products, calculations, dosages, dispensing techniques, inventory management, and Washington pharmacy law. 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 and must be maintained in all classes. 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 20 credit hours of required courses and 5 hours of department-approved electives numbered 100 or above in addition to the one-year professional curriculum.
Admission Prerequisite Requirements:
Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is required for this program. If your English placement is below ENGL& 101, you’ll need to take following sequence of courses, starting from the level you placed into: AE 36 → AE 46 and 47 (taken together) → AE 67 → ENGL 99 → ENGL& 101
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Certificate - Pharmacy Technician
Total Program Credits: 67
Sandi Tschritter began her pharmacy technician career at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital in 1982. She has worked as a pharmacy technician and a pharmacy buyer. She joined SCC in the winter of 1995. Sandi graduated from the surgical technician program at SCC and received her AAS from SCC's nursing program. She also holds an AA degree, a BA in interdisciplinary studies, and a master’s in adult education.
The Pharmacy Technician Program is state-accredited through the Washington Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission and nationally through American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). It also holds accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP).
Program start: Summer (on-campus), Winter (hybrid)
Program length: 4 quarters
Number of students each start: 25 on campus, 15 hybrid
Contact: Sandi Tschritter 509-533-8199
Registration Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and 509-533-8860
Applications deadline: N/A
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