Pharmacy Technician     (2010-2011)

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 college or to enter the job market with additional technical and theoretical background.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Upon completion of the Pharmacy Technician Program, students will demonstrate pharmaceutical knowledge, clinical skills and values necessary to practice as a competent pharmacy technician in both retail and hospital pharmacy settings.
  2. Upon completion of the Pharmacy Technology Program, graduates will demonstrate competency with entry-level clinical skills in accordance with ASHP Accreditation requirements.
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: 52
Units required for Certificate: 52

Associate Degree Requirements:
English proficiency: ENGL 1A, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units required to include:
All General Education requirements
Core courses (52 Units)
Electives & other graduation requirements as appropriate.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. All Core courses must be taken in sequence and passed with a grade of "C" or higher. 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 with the California State Board of Pharmacy.
Biology studied in a language other than English will not be considered.
Keyboarding skill level - at least 35 wpm highly recommended.

Program Type(s):

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

Available: AUGUST 15TH at our web site (above).
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 220 or placement into MATH 105 on the Foothill College placement test (Testing Office: 650/949-7230).
English proficiency - eligible for ESLL 25 or ENGL 110 as determined by the English Proficiency Test (Testing Office: 650/949-7230).
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: (52 units)
Fall Quarter
PHT 50 Orientation to Pharmacy Technology (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 I (1.5 Units)
or PHT 62A Hospital Clinical I (1.5 Units)

Winter Quarter
PHT 52B Aseptic Technique & IV Preparation (4 Units)
PHT 54B Dosage Calculations B (3 Units)
PHT 55A Pharmacology A (6 Units)
PHT 56A Dispensing & Compounding A (4 Units)
AND any ONE of the following clinical courses:
PHT 60A Retail Clinical I (1.5 Units)
PHT 60B Retail Clinical II (1.5 Units)
PHT 62A Hospital Clinical I (1.5 Units)
PHT 62B Hospital Clinical II (1.5 Units)

Spring Quarter
PHT 55B Pharmacology B (6 Units)
PHT 56B Dispensing & Compounding B (3 Units)
PHT 61 Home Healthcare Supplies (3 units)
AND any TWO of the following clinical courses:
PHT 60A Retail Clinical I (1.5 Units)
PHT 60B Retail Clinical II (1.5 Units)
PHT 62A Hospital Clinical I (1.5 Units)
PHT 62B Hospital Clinical II (1.5 Units)

General Certificate information

Academic Year: 2010-2011

Status: Approved
Date Modified: 2010-04-29 15:44:00

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