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Pharmacy Technician

The Certificate of Competency (CCT) in Pharmacy Technician program meets Pharmacy Technician Certification Board requirements for students to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Students will learn interpersonal skills and regulatory standards required of pharmacy technicians. Includes roles and responsibilities of the technician in a variety of entry-level pharmacy operations, responses to regulatory issues, adherence to quality assurance procedures, patient and medication-safety procedures, the procedures for handling of medications and filling medication orders, procurement, billing, reimbursement, and inventory management procedures, and use of pharmacy technology and informatics database software. Students must complete 200 hours of in-person externship in order to complete this program.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Pharmacy Technician (CER)
Academic Plan Code
1405
Total Clock Hours Required
654
Catalog Year
2020-2021
Notes

Students are required to apply and receive their temporary pharmacy technician trainee license through the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy during the first few weeks of class in order to attend job shadowing and clinical externship. This program has a 200-hour clinical externship requirement with a scheduled meeting pattern that varies from the class schedule. Clinical externship is off campus at an industry partner (hospital or retail pharmacy). Students are responsible for their own travel. Clinical externship is unpaid. Students must complete all 200 hours of clinical externship and pass each course with a grade of 75% or greater to pass the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Implement standard procedures for handling and processing medications and medication orders while working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
  2. Perform mathematical, computer related, and billing aspects of the pharmacy technician`s role.
  3. Apply verbal, nonverbal, and written communication principles and skills in an effective and culturally competent manner within a team setting.
  4. Uphold all legal, regulatory, professional and ethical standards applicable to the role of pharmacy technicians.
  5. Implement regulatory and quality control guidelines required to ensure safe and compliant medication preparation.
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking in the analysis of the investigational drug process, medication use (including off-label indications), and emerging drug therapies.
  7. Appraise the pharmacy technician`s role in supporting wellness promotion and disease prevention programs.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer
Admission Criteria

1. 18 years of age to enroll.

2. Background check requirements: Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check Standards. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Background Check Policy.

3. Clinical health and safety requirements must be met. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Clinical Health and Safety Policy.

4. Inability to comply with background check requirements and/or clinical health and safety requirements at the start of classes may result in cancellation of enrollment.

Course Sequence by Block

The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
  • The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.

Courses Sequence

Block 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
ISP108B Keyboarding II Co-requisite with PHC101 36
PHC101 Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians Critical course Gateway course 60
PHC102 Pharmacy Tech I 120
PHC102AB Pharmacy Tech II 128

Block 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
PHC107 Math and Dosages 90
PHC122 Pharmacy Tech Certification Review 20
PHC114 Pharmacy Tech Externship 200
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.

Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Competency in Pharmacy Technician (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm12?id=168281).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.