- Demonstrate the ability to accurately interpret the information on a new prescription, request any missing information, and enter it.
- Demonstrate familiarity with brand and generic drug names, appearance, manufacturer, dosage forms(s), and route of administration for at least the top 100 drugs.
- Demonstrate the ability to process a medication order completely, accurately, and efficiently (interpretation, drug product selection, computer warnings, packaging, and labeling, filling a prescription in an outpatient setting, and preparing IV medication using aseptic technique).
- Demonstrate accuracy and timeliness in mathematical computation of ingredient amounts, doses, infusion rates, or any relevant calculation encountered in an Outpatient and Inpatient setting.
- Demonstrate familiarity with third party insurance and perform necessary functions for reimbursement.
- Demonstrate knowledge in durable medical equipment to adequately communicate with patients about them.
- Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacy law and apply to the prescription filling process.
- Display acceptable communication skills during interactions with patients, coworkers and other health care professionals.
- Display a professional attitude about the practice of pharmacy and the ability to problem-solve.
- Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of medical terminology and basic rules of vocabulary building.
- College transcript showing successful completion of ENGL 098 with final placement into ENGL&101 or placement into ENGL& 101 within last two years of application date.
- College transcript showing successful completion of MATH 097 Elementary Algebra or equivalent or placement into MATH 098 Intermediate Algebra within one year of application date.
- College classes must be taken within the last five years of application date.
- High School Diploma or GED.
- Must be 18 years of age
- Additional Information/Requirements:
- National Background check
- Immunizations are required to be placed in externship
- HIV/AIDS education minimum of 4 hours per State Pharmacy Quality Assurance Commission requirements
- Active Washington State Pharmacy Assistant license/registration
|Course Number||Certificate Requirements (53 credits)||Credit hours|
|course(AMA 117)||Medical Terminology*||4|
|course(PHA115)||Orientation to Pharmacy Practice||3|
|course(PHA130)||Over the Counter Drugs||2|
|course(PHA140)||Sterile Products/ Aseptic Technique I*||3|
|course(PHA141)||Sterile Products/ Aseptic Technique II*||3|
|course(PHA146)||Communications in Pharmacy Practice*||2|
|course(PHA160)||Pharmacy Technology I*||3|
|course(PHA161)||Pharmacy Technology II*||3|
|course(PHA170)||Pharmacy Records Management*||5|
|course(PHA190)||Pharmacy Technology Externship**||13|
|course(PHA191)||Job Skills & National Exam Prep||1|
*Courses marked with one asterisk (*) contain significant program-related topics in the areas of communication, computation, human relations and leadership.
**PHA 190: The Pharmacy Technician externship is usually split over a two-quarter time frame. A minimum of 13 credits, approximately 432 externship hours, must be completed satisfactorily for certification.
What skills do I need to be successful in this field?
- Receive prescription or refill requests and verify that information is complete and accurate.
- Measure, mix, count out, label, dispense, and record dosages of medications.
- Answer telephones, responding to questions or requests.
- Maintain proper drug storage and security conditions for drugs.
- Assist customers by locating items, or referring them to the pharmacist for medical information.
- Handle insurance billing, purchasing, inventory, record keeping and use of databases and medical software.
- Fill automatic unit dose machines.
What are some potential job titles?
- Pharmacy Technician
- Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)
Wages, employment trends and pathways
- Wages in Washington state range from $14.52/hour (entry level) to $24.53/hour (additional experience). The national median is $14.23/hour.
- Pharmacy technicians work in retail pharmacies, grocery and department stores, mass retailers, hospital pharmacies, medical clinics, mail order, home infusions and insurance companies.
- Pathways include pharmacist, RN, laboratory technician
Leann Dittmar (206) 934-3790