Pharmacy Technician Program

 

Pharmacy Tech Grads Consistently Succeed at Certification & Job Search

Thorough Training  | Valuable Clinical Experience
New Washington Chapter of the AAPT

In North's established 9-month Pharmacy Technician Certificate program, you’ll get comprehensive career training that will prepare you well to pass the certification exam and get a job as a pharmacy tech.

The program has been in existence since the mid-1980s and has a strong reputation in the healthcare community. 99.6 percent of North graduates pass their exam, and, because of many hands-on hours and externships at 2 different sites, 100 percent of those flexible in choice of employers have been hired.

The program is accredited by American Society of Health System Pharmacists. image

Thorough Training

Accredited by the Washington State Board of Pharmacy, the program provides in-depth, hands-on outpatient training, aseptic inpatient training (IV-making) and pharmacology study (the science of drugs). Yet the certificate program has minimal prerequisites and conveniently schedules on-campus classes only 2 days/week during the 2nd and 3rd quarters while students are doing their internships. [The class schedule is subject to change.]

Computerized prescription processing is taught with pharmacy software that is currently in use in Washington pharmacies. The lab has been recently renovated, with $50K invested, creating a new classroom with a model pharmacy. And pharmacy tech instructors are all concurrently employed by pharmacies, as well as being experienced teachers.

Valuable Clinical Experience

The Board of Pharmacy requires only 200 hours of supervised clinical experience, but in North’s program, you take 432 hours of externships at leading community sites, including retail locations, hospital pharmacies, specialized pharmacies, long-term care facilities and home healthcare facilities. Many students are offered jobs where they extern.

Sites include:
Bartell’s, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Safeway, Target, Fred Meyers, UW Medical Center, Harborview, Seattle Children’s Hospital, VA, Valley Medical Center, Valley Plaza Pharmacy, Foss Home and Evergreen Pharmaceuticals.

New Washington Chapter of the AAPT

The American Association of Pharmacy Technicians (AAPT) recently approved the formation of a Washington state chapter, the Washington State Association of Pharmacy Technicians (WSAPT). Uyen Thorstensen, NSC faculty member and program chair, is its first president.

The first professional organization for pharmacy technicians, AAPT began in 1979 and is still a non-profit run by volunteers. AAPT serves the interests of pharmacy techs at all levels of the profession.

The organization*:

    • Provides leadership and represents the interests of its members to the public as well as health care organizations.
    • Promotes the safe, efficacious and cost effective dispensing, distribution and use of medications.
    • Provides continuing education programs and services to help technicians update their skills to keep pace with changes in pharmacy services.
    • Promotes pharmacy technicians as an integral part of the patient care team.

*Information derived from the AAPT Web site.

Future is Bright for Students in Pharmacy Techician program

Faculty, Pharmacy Techician Program

"Technicians’ roles in pharmacy operation are growing as the healthcare system expands. As more demands are placed on pharmacists,  technicians have been enabled to accept more responsibilities...  If you want to engage in a broad field with many different opportunities, this is a great choice."

Kudos

North's pharmacy technician program was wonderful:  knowledgeable and caring instructors, relevant classes and hands-on externships that prepared me well to be a pharmacy tech. Advice on writing a résumé and the national certification exam made the post-graduation transition to employment a more confident experience.  I picked North because of what I had heard about it, and I am glad I did.

—Jonathan Barr
UW inpatient technician

Pharmacy Technician Program

Program Coordinator
Leann Dittmar
email
(206) 934-3749

Workforce Instruction Division

Location
2312B
Division Contacts
email
(206) 934-3730
Mailing Address
NSC Workforce Instruction Division
9600 College Way N
3NC2312B
Seattle, WA 98103
Dean
Laura Hopkins
 

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