Pharmacy Technician     (2006-2007)

The ASHP accredited Pharmacy Technician Certificate curriculum is a nine month sequence of instruction, with entry in the Fall Quarter only. This program is designed to prepare students for jobs in hospitals, nursing homes, retail, home health care, and public and government agencies. Students who complete the program in a satisfactory manner will be awarded a Career Certificate and are qualified to apply to the California State Board of Pharmacy for registration as a pharmacy technician. Registration is a legal requirement for work as a pharmacy technician.

An optional two-year expanded Pharmacy Technician Program is also available which includes general education. This two-year course sequence leads to an Associate in Science Degree in Pharmacy Technician, and offers the student the ability to transfer to a four-year program or to enter the job market with additional technical and theoretical background.
Career Opportunities
Pharmacy technician opportunities are available in retail pharmacies, hospitals, home health care, mail order houses, nursing homes, health insurance, veterinary clinics, and public and government medical facilities.
Units required for Major: 50
Units required for Certificate: 50

Associate Degree Requirements:
English proficiency: ENGL 1A, ESL 26 or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 103/105 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units required to include:
All General Education requirements
Required courses (50 Units)
electives & other graduation requirements as appropriate.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all Core and Support courses for the Degree or Certificates.

Drug/alcohol felony convictions preclude registration.
Biology studied in a language other than English will not be considered.
Keyboarding skill level - 35 wpm recommended.

Program Type(s):

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CC = Certificate of Completion.
Program information, admission criteria details, and applications can be found at the Pharmacy Technician website:

Available: AUGUST 15TH at our web site
To request an application by mail or pick-up: Contact Middlefield campus (after September 1st) at 650/949-6955, 4000 Middlefield Road, Bldg. I, Palo Alto, CA 94303 OR The Biological & Health Sciences Division office on the main campus, 650/949-7538. Room 5211
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 30 (or until program is filled). Each spring, 35 students will be selected for admittance for the following September class. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or non-acceptance by June 1. Official high school and/or college transcripts are required.
CORRESPONDENCE: All correspondence for admission should be directed to:
Charlie McKellar
Foothill College
Pharmacy Technician Program
4000 Middlefield Road, Bldg. I
Palo Alto, CA 94303
COUNSELING: If you need academic counseling, please contact the counseling office at 650/949-6950.

Prerequisite classes must be completed with a C or better.
High School diploma or equivalency.
BIOL 10 or high school biology.
Math proficiency - High School Algebra, MATH 101 or placement into MATH 105 on the Foothill College placement test.
English proficiency - eligible for ESL 25 or ENGL 110 as determined by the English Proficiency Test. (Testing office: 650/949-7230)
Highly Recommended
PHT 200L Pharmacy Technician as a Career

NOTE: Physical examinations and immunizations are required for clinical internships. Background screening and drug testing may be required by clinical facilities. Positive results could impact a student's chances of attending clinics, completing the program requirements or gaining a license to practice upon graduation. The cost of required physical examinations, background screenings and drug tests will be paid by the student. Students accepted into the program will be provided with specific details.

Core Courses: (50 units)
Fall Quarter
PHT 50 Orientation To Pharmacy Technician (3 Units)
PHT 51 Basic Pharmaceutics (4 Units)
PHT 52A Inpatient Dispensing (3 Units)
PHT 53 Ambulatory Pharmacy Practice (4 Units)
PHT 54A Dosage Calculations A (3 Units)
PHT 60A Retail Clinical (1 Unit)
OR PHT 62A Hospital Clinical (1 Unit)

Winter Quarter
PHT 52B Aseptic Technique & IV Preparation (4 Units)
PHT 54B Dosage Calculations B (3 Units)
PHT 55A Pharmacology (6 Units)
PHT 56A Dispensing & Compounding A (4 Units)
PHT 60A Retail Clinical (1 Unit)
OR PHT 60B Retail Clinical (1 Unit)
OR PHT 62A Hospital Clinical (1 Unit)
OR PHT 62B Hospital Clinical (1 Unit)

Spring Quarter
PHT 55B Pharmacology B (6 Units)
PHT 56B Dispensing & Compounding B (3 Units)
PHT 60A Retail Clinical (1 Unit)
OR PHT 60B Retail Clinical (1 Unit)
PHT 61 Home Healthcare Supplies (3 Units)
PHT 62A Hospital Clinical (1 Unit)
OR PHT 62B Hospital Clinical (1 Unit)

General Certificate information

Academic Year: 2006-2007

Status: Approved
Date Modified: 2006-06-19 11:14:39

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