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Pharmacy Technician Overview (Online)

Collaboration Agreement with Spokane Community College (SCC)


NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING QUARTER

We must receive your complete application packet by 4:00 p.m. on November 17, 2014.


ADMISSIONS CONTACT

1.800.259.6818 ext. 5413   
pharmtechinfo@olympic.edu





                        
The Pharmacy Technician program trains students in all phases of the pharmacy field:  drug products, calculations, dosages, dispensing techniques, inventory management, third-party billing, compounding, and the state of Washington's pharmacy law. 

Each student is required to complete 176 experiential hours in both a community and hospital setting for a total of 352 hours.  After completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for a Pharmacy Technician license issued by Washington State Board of Pharmacy, which must be renewed yearly on their birthdays.
The certificate program includes 60 credits of core courses and requires a total of 858 clock hours.  Flexible hours are available for the experiential training to compensate for work and family responsibilities.



DEGREES/CERTIFICATES

Certificate in Partnership with Spokane Community College

Accreditation for the Program

  • The SCC Pharmacy Technician Program is accredited by the American Society for Health-System Pharmacists®, Washington State Pharmacy Association, and Washington State Department of Health. The SCC-OC collaboration is pending approval.  Once approved, the program will be registered with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges and will be listed on the colleges' inventories.


OUTCOMES

Pharmacy Technician
Program Goals

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate accountability as a health care professional.
  2. Communicate effectively in a professional manner with members of the healthcare team.
  3. Solve math-oriented problems posed to the technician by a pharmacist.
  4. Practice principles of implementing physician orders in a pharmacy setting.
  5. Demonstrate standards of aseptic technique and safety in a pharmacy setting.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge of legal requirements involved in a pharmacy operation.
  7. Identify appropriate information regarding standard dosing, generic versus trade name and other drug information.
  8. Understand the role of the technician - the pharmacists/patient/technician interaction; i.e. confidentiality.


CAREER OPTIONS

For up-to-date information, go to http://www.onetonline.org/ and simply enter the job title in the Occupation Search field.

Employment opportunities are excellent in a variety of pharmacy settings including: nursing homes, retail, hospital, home health care and mail order.

            » Pharmacy Technician 
            » Pharmacy Aides


MEDIAN HOURLY WAGE IN WASHINGTON STATE

Current wage information can be found for each career option.  After finding the career option in O*NET online, click on Wages & Employment, select Washington in the State and National field and GO.


REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE AND EMPLOYMENT

  • Students who successfully complete our program AND successfully pass one of the exams specified by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) are qualified to Pharmacy Technicians in Washington State.  An application (with the appropriate fee) must be submitted through the DOH. More information may be found at their website:  Pharmacy Commission Application.
  • Information regarding the application process for Pharmacy Technicians should be reviewed at the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) website:  Pharmacy Technician Application Information.
  • New, Renewal, payment of fees, and continuing education requirements in post-education training and advancement needs for Pharmacy Technicians should be checked before certification expiration through the DOH website: Post Education Information.


OC ENTRY ADVISOR:

Steve Quinn
Phone 360.475.7346
Email: squinn@olympic.edu


SCC FACULTY ADVISOR:

Sandi T Schritter, BA, CPhT
Phone: 509.533.8199 or 1.800.248.5644 ext. 8199
Email: STschritter@scc.spokane.edu


STUDENT LIAISON:

Allison Smith
Phone 800.259.6818 ext. 5413
Email:  asmith@olympic.edu






last revised 10-17-14 rboothe