The Pharmacy Technician One-Year Certificate of Completion prepares students for employment in the pharmacy industry. Pharmacy technicians are skilled workers trained to work in a pharmacy and assist in all areas of the pharmacy not requiring a registered pharmacist's professional judgment. Practice areas for pharmacy technicians include retail, hospital, manufacturing, disease state management, mail order, and insurance claim specialists. Pharmacy technicians process prescriptions and medication orders and play an integral role in maintaining the pharmacy department.
The curriculum focuses on the abilities needed to assist the pharmacist and provides the skills necessary to process prescriptions accurately, to participate in administration and management of a pharmacy, and to maintain inventory. Topics include medical terminology, anatomy and functions of the human body, therapeutic classification and drug names, pharmacy procedures, pharmaceutical calculations, pharmacy law, and interpersonal communication. Students will have a working knowledge of sterile technique, standards of practice, quality assurance, and patient confidentiality. In addition, students will develop and practice communication skills needed to function in a professional setting. To gain workplace experience, students will participate in a hospital and retail pharmacy practicum.
The program prepares students to pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification exam required by the Oregon Board of Pharmacy to practice as a pharmacy technician in Oregon.
The program is accredited through ASHP/ACPE.
Program courses are offered in an online and hybrid format.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Communicate professionally verbally and non-verbally with patients and healthcare professionals in order to promote safe patient care.
- Manage physical drug inventory, process medication orders, and maintain documentation.
- Calculate, measure, and prepare medication for patient administration.
- Operate pharmacy software to perform the roles and responsibilities of a pharmacy technician.
- Comply with Oregon Administrative Rules, various standards of Joint Commission, and apply principles of USP 797 and USP 800.
- Process insurance claims and explain benefit structures.
|Course ||Title ||Credits |
|BI 105||Essentials of Human Biology||3|
|Calculations for Allied Health|
|Math in Society|
|BA 214||Business Communications||3-4|
|or WR 121|| Academic Composition|
|PHM 100||Pharmacy Technician Practice I||5|
|PHM 101||Pharmacy Tech Law and Ethics||3|
|PHM 110||Pharmacy Calculations||3|
|PHM 115||Retail Simulation Lab||2|
|PHM 120||Pharmacology I||5|
|PHM 130||Pharmacology II||5|
|PHM 140||Pharmacy Technician Practice II||5|
|PHM 145||Institutional Simulation Lab||2|
|PHM 181||Pharmacy Technician Seminar||2|
|PHM 190||Pharmacy Technician Practicum I: Hospital/Institutional||4|
|PHM 191||Pharmacy Technician Practicum II: Retail/Community||4|
|Cultural Responsiveness in Allied Health|
|Introduction to Intercultural Communication|
|Small Group Communication|
Program (PHM) courses begin once per year in fall term. Students wishing to register in the fall Pharmacy Technician cohort must meet the basic prerequisite competencies and may register according to seat availability on a first-come, first-served basis, determined by the priority registration schedule.
Once admitted to the program, students must obtain a two-year nonrenewable Pharmacy Technician License from the Oregon Board of Pharmacy. This license is required to participate in the Pharmacy Technician practicum courses. Applicants must have a high school diploma, a high school transcript noting successful graduation, or a GED and be at least 18 years of age. Application for the license will require a background check, fingerprinting and a birth certificate OR passport. Students unable to obtain a pharmacy technician license will not be able to complete training at affiliated practicum sites or obtain employment in a pharmacy. Students who believe their personal history may interfere with their ability to obtain a license should contact the program director. Information for licensure is available from the Oregon Board of Pharmacy website or by calling 971-673-0001.
Students must be flexible during the spring term to participate in the practicum. Students must perform a three-week block of practicum in a hospital or institution and a three-week block of practicum in a retail or community pharmacy. The practicum will be scheduled by the Pharmacy Technician department and the student must be free of commitments to complete the practicum.
Students must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma, a high school transcript noting successful graduation, or a GED, have no criminal record and pass a National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam to apply to the Oregon Board of Pharmacy for a Certified Pharmacy Technician License to practice as a pharmacy technician in Oregon.
This certificate is designed for students planning to enter the pharmacy technician field upon graduation. Often only selected credits are considered transferable to public or private baccalaureate institutions.
- Academic Requirements:
- Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
- All prerequisites courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
- Additional Requirements:
- Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA while enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program. Students who do not meet this standard may be dismissed from the program.
- If a student is arrested for any reason while in the Pharmacy Technician program it should be reported to the program director immediately. The information will be reviewed and may affect the student’s ability to obtain a pharmacy technician license. If a student is unable to obtain a pharmacy technician license he/she will be unable to complete the practicum and will be dismissed from the Pharmacy Technician program.