Pharmacy Technician: CC
The Pharmacy Technician (PT) Program is a certificate program that can be completed in one year in addition to one semester of prerequisites and an externship of a minimum of 160 hours of experiential training following didactic training. The program prepares and trains individuals for a career as a pharmacy technician. Pharmacy Technicians may seek employment in a wide variety of contemporary pharmacy settings, PTs function by assisting the pharmacist in serving patients, maintaining medication and inventory control systems, and participating in the administration and management of pharmacy practice. The Pharmacy Technician Program is an accredited program with American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). Upon the successful completion of coursework, students receive a certificate of completion from Utah State University. At that time students are eligible to submit an application and if accepted, sit for the certification through ASHP which will allow them to become a certified pharmacy technician. Students successfully completing the program will be well prepared for a career as a pharmacy technician.
The following courses are required prior to admission to the Surgical Technician (ST) Program:
(Students may take available courses during high school by following the Concurrent Enrollment Pathway if concurrent enrollment procedures are followed.)
NURS 1008 - Medical Terminology 2 cr.
HEAL 1500 - Anatomy and Physiology for Health Professions 3 cr.
HEAL 1776 - Sterile and Non-sterile Compounding Laboratory 3 cr.
HEAL 1878 - Pharmacy Practice I 2 cr.
CMST 2110 - Interpersonal Communication (BHU/HR) 3 cr.
Pharmacy Technician Externship Orientation: Prior to initiating any pharmacy technicians externship, students are required to complete an orientation with the sites that they will be attending for their experiential experience. At times this may require students who are completing externships at more than one pharmacy facility to attend orientations for each worksite.
Externship Experience: Pharmacy Technician students who demonstrate proficiency in all areas of course work and lab settings will be placed in pharmacy externship rotations. Pharmacy Technician Externship rotations are a critical portion of the students' learning experience. Therefore, students will be expected to attend all assigned pharmacy technician externship rotations without exception. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from their externship sites.
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Meet placement requirements for Math and English.
- Students interested in the Pharmacy Technician Program should visit with an advisor prior to registration.
- Background checks are processed online through the CastleBranch Compliance Tracking System. Students are required to pay a fee for this service.
- Drug screens will be performed on campus.
- Vaccination records, and the CPR requirement must be attached to the application. All information must be on file at the campus the student is attending. Students are advised to keep a copy of all records.
- CPR Requirement: Students must take a Healthcare Provider CPR course and receive CPR and first aid cards to meet the CPR requirement. Periodically, CPR courses are offered on campus. Please make arrangements to attend (including notifying other instructors). This must be completed by the middle of the first semester. CPR certification is usually valid for 2 years.
- Required Immunizations: All immunizations below are required. Administrative and Clinical Experience will not accept students that have not met immunization requirements.
- Twinrix (Hepatitis A and B series): The first injection of this series needs to be completed prior to semester one or in the initial weeks of the semester. The second injection is given one month after the first injection. The third injection is completed six months after the first injection of the series.
- MMR: Documentation of two MMR immunizations or a titer indicating immunity must be completed prior to the end of the first semester. If a student does not have childhood immunization records it is recommended that he or she begin these immunizations or obtain a titer before beginning the program. All students born after 1964 who have received their MMR immunization will require a booster.
- TB: Documentation of a recent two-step TB test is required during the initial weeks of semester one. Students can have this test up to 3 months before starting the program. TB tests are good for one year. If a student's test expires prior to completion of the program, he or she will need to repeat it.
- Varicella: Students must have two chicken pox vaccinations or a titer indicating immunity.
- Tdap: Students must have at least one pertussis immunization as an adult, within the past two years.
- Meningococcal: Students must have one dose.
- Influenza: Students may be required to have this immunization seasonally as required by the facility.
A GPA of 3.0 is required for admission into the Pharmacy Technician Program.
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Pharmacy Technicians may seek employment in a wide variety of contemporary pharmacy settings, PTs function by assisting the pharmacist in serving patients, maintaining medication and inventory control systems, and participating in the administration and management of pharmacy practice.
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