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Pharmacy Technician 2020-2021

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The Advanced Level Pharmacy Technician certificate curriculum is a nine month sequential program accredited by the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (ASHP/ACPE accredited), with entry in the Fall Quarter only. This program prepares students for pharmacy technician positions in a variety of pharmacy settings--hospitals, nursing homes, community/retail, home health care and public and government agencies. Graduates will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement and are qualified to apply and register with California State Board of Pharmacy as a Pharmacy Technician. Registration is a legal requirement in order to work as a Pharmacy Technician.

An optional two-year expanded Pharmacy Technician Associate in Science degree program is also available which includes general education. This two-year course sequence offers the student the ability to transfer to a four-year college or to enter the job market with additional technical and theoretical background.

The Certificate of Achievement in Pharmacy Assistant (Aide/Clerk) is the first in a series of stackable pharmacy career certificates. This short-term, entry-level certificate serves as a direct CTE pathway for high school/rising students to pursue careers within the pharmacy profession or pursue other entry-level allied health profession. The academic curriculum, competency-based training, and transferrable skills development will result in skills and credentials necessary to secure living wage skilled positions in the pharmacy profession with the potential for promotion and opportunities for future educational advancement in pharmacy or any health care related career.

The Certificate of Achievement in Basic Pharmacy Technician is a nine (9) month, part-time, stackable program, which serves as a direct CTE pathway for students to pursue careers within the pharmacy profession and various entry-level allied health profession. The academic curriculum, competency-based training, and transferrable skills development will result in skills and credentials necessary to secure living wage skilled positions in the pharmacy profession with the potential for promotion and opportunities for future educational advancement in pharmacy or any health care related career. Students must be 18 years old and possess a high school diploma/GED or equivalent to participate in externship and apply for a license with the California Board of Pharmacy.

Program Learning Outcomes:

-Graduates will demonstrate pharmaceutical knowledge, clinical skills and values necessary to practice as a competent pharmacy technician in both community/retail and hospital pharmacy settings.
-Graduates will demonstrate competency with entry-level clinical skills in accordance with ASHP/ACPE accreditation requirements.

Career Opportunities:

Pharmacy technician opportunities are available in community/retail pharmacies, hospitals, home health care, mail order, nursing homes, long term care, health insurance companies, veterinary clinics, and public and government medical facilities.

Units Required

  • Major: 52
  • Certificate(s): 13.5-52

Degree Requirements:

Optional Associate Degree Requirements:
-English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
-Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 180, or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
-Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
-Core courses (52 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core courses used for the degree or certificates.

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.

Additional Information:

Program Application
Admittance to this program is through an application process. Program information, admission criteria and application to the program can be found on the Pharmacy Technician website: foothill.edu/pharmtech/

Program Prerequisites: (must be completed with a grade of "C" or better)
BIOL 14 or equivalent.
MATH 180 or equivalent.
PHT 200L (offered Spring and Summer quarters).

Core Courses (52 units)

Late Summer
AHS 50A Introduction to Allied Health Programs (1.5 units)

Fall
PHT 50 Orientation to Pharmacy Technology (3 units)
PHT 51 Basic Pharmaceutics (3 units)
PHT 52A Inpatient Dispensing (3 units)
PHT 53 Ambulatory Pharmacy Practice (4 units)
PHT 54A Dosage Calculations A (3 units)
PHT 55A Pharmacology A (3 units)

Winter
AHS 50B Interprofessional Patient Competencies (0.5 unit)
PHT 52B Aseptic Technique & IV Preparation (4 units)
PHT 54B Dosage Calculations B (3 units)
PHT 55B Pharmacology B (3 units)
PHT 56A Dispensing & Compounding A (3 units)
PHT 61 Home Health Care Supplies (3 units)

Spring
PHT 55C Pharmacology C (3 units)
PHT 56B Dispensing & Compounding B (3 units)
PHT 63 Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) Review (1 unit)
PHT 60 Retail Clinical (4 units)
PHT 62 Hospital Clinical (4 units)

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Pharmacy Technician

Units: 52

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core courses. General education courses are not required; however, the program prerequisite requirements must be met.

Certificate of Achievement in Pharmacy Assistant (Aide/Clerk) (13.5 Units)

AHS 51 Health Careers Exploration (1.5 units)
PHT 101 Pharmacy Careers A (4 units)
PHT 102 Pharmacy Careers B (4 units)
PHT 103 Pharmacy Careers C (4 units)

Certificate of Achievement in Basic Pharmacy Technician (18.5 Units)

PHT 60 Retail Clinical (4 units)
PHT 63 Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) Review (1 unit)
PHT 101 Pharmacy Careers A (4 units)
PHT 102 Pharmacy Careers B (4 units)
PHT 103 Pharmacy Careers C (4 units)

And select ONE course from the following:
AHS 50A Introduction to Allied Health Programs (1.5 units)
AHS 51 Health Careers Exploration (1.5 units)


Control Information:
2020-2021 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2021-03-24 09:08:41 | Dept Code: PHT

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