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Pharmacy Technician

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

This program prepares students to work as Pharmacy Technicians. The degree is a sign on increased competency and readiness for career/salary advancement. Learn basic pharmacy skills (reading prescriptions, order entry, IV medication prep, etc.). Students complete 94 credits, resulting in a Pharmacy Technician AAS. The program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP). This program starts every Fall quarter.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) Full Time: 6
Part Time: Part Time Option Not Available
90.0

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

There are no entry requirements for this program

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.


Job tests this program will prepare you for:

  • PTCB Exam
  • ExCPT

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All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Part Time

  • Resident Cost : $10,444.50
  • NonResident Cost : $11,814.30
  • International Student Cost : $26,920.80

Equipment Fee associated with this program

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Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391.

Worker Friendly


This program is offered at times and in formats that meet the needs of working adults. This includes:

  • Daytime
  • Courses offered between 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Coursework

Course Course ID Credits Availability

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5.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Students studying abroad through approved Seattle College District programs register for ABD 150, similar to the Learning/Coordinated Studies Programs. Once the student?s enrollment schedule is confirmed, the course credits are broken out into discrete courses. All courses are marked ?STDY ABD? in the course description. Study Abroad courses not offered in the Seattle College District are designated with ?900? series of numbers. These courses may be used to satisfy distribution requirements in the Associate Degree.

ABD 150 30.0

A survey course in medical terminology designed to orient persons working in health service organizations to the basic rules and fundamentals in medical vocabulary building. Also fulfills the Biomedical Electronics and Radiologic Technology terminology requirement. Eligibility for ENGL& 101 or transcript showing successful completion of ENGL& 101 or higher is recommended. Permission required. Contact the Health and Human Services Division at (206) 527-3790 for information and to register.

AHI 100 3.0

This course is designed to introduce students to federal and state laws governing the practice of pharmacy. Special emphasis is given to areas of state law regulating activities of pharmacy technicians. Registration limited to students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program. Permission required.

PHA 112 2.0

Reviews the contributions made by nations of the world to the practice of pharmacy past and present. Course will review the role of professional pharmacy organizations and pharmacy personnel. Students will also learn about new drug development, drug distribution, and the role of the pharmacy technician in drug procurement. Course material will cover the types of sites which currently employ pharmacy technicians. Prerequisite: admission into program.

PHA 115 3.0

Intro to the basic concepts of HIV/AIDS including the treatment and prevention guidelines for patient care and a review of the HIPAA federal law as it pertains to the pharmacy technician.

PHA 116 1.0

Covers mathematics review with an introduction to calculations encountered in pharmacy practice. Registration limited to students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program. Permission required.

PHA 120 3.0

In this course students will learn common disorders in which consumers seek advice about self-treatment. This course reviews the use of non-prescription drugs for these selected disorders. Students also learn questions to ask consumers which will help the pharmacist determine whether self-treatment is indicated or additional medical care should be sought.. Registration limited to students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program. Permission required.

PHA 130 2.0

This course will introduce sterile products and aseptic techniques in hospital settings. The devices and manipulation techniques necessary to maintain sterility and mechanics of a hospital pharmacy are discussed and practiced in laboratory exercises. Interprofessional collaboration with nursing students will simulate real world pyxis machine use, IV preparation and floor delivery exercises.

PHA 140 3.0

This course is a continuation of sterile products and aseptic techniques in hospital settings. The devices and manipulation techniques necessary to maintain sterility and mechanics of a hospital pharmacy are discussed and practiced in laboratory exercises. Interprofessional collaboration with nursing students will simulate real world pyxis machine use, IV preparation and floor delivery exercises.

PHA 141 3.0

Focuses on commonly encountered ethical dilemmas from pharmacy practice. Introduces ethical decision-making models and problem-solving solutions.

PHA 145 1.0

This course will examine communication processes to see how they are influenced by the values, behaviors and beliefs that are defined by culture. It will also explore communication within the pharmacy setting incorporating law.

PHA 146 2.0

This course will cover basic anatomy and physiology of cardiac, gastrointestinal, endocrine, respiratory systems and the mechanisms of the available treatments, including bacterial and viral infections.

PHA 151 2.0

This course will review the history of computers in pharmacy, current practice applications, and future trends. Legal and ethical issues surrounding information collection and retrieval will also be addressed. The laboratory component of this course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to process prescriptions using pharmacy software. Students will gain proficiency in the use of ambulatory care prescription processing software. Registration limited to students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program. Permission required.

PHA 160 3.0

This course is designed to introduce students to the TOP 200 drugs. Skills gained in PHA 160 will be integrated into this course. Students will use pharmacy software to process real prescriptions in the pharmacy lab. Computerized insurance billing and report generation will be explored. Students will be introduced to hospital and nursing home application software.

PHA 161 3.0

Provides skills required to practice effectively in an ambulatory care practice setting, as well as introduce students to inpatient care settings. Students learn to interpret prescription contents, top 100 drugs, inventory control procedures, tasks associated with procurement of pharmaceuticals, records for third party reimbursement and requirements for completing and filing prescription records, intravenous preparation and automated systems. Prerequisite: admission into the program.

PHA 170 5.0

The pharmacy technician practicum is designed to enable students to obtain hands on experience in a pharmacy setting. Students are introduced to all aspects of the pharmacy technicians job at the site in which they have been placed. Students will be placed in at least two different settings (an inpatient setting and an ambulatory care setting). Inpatient settings include: nursing home, inpatient hospital, and home infusion. Ambulatory care settings include: chain pharmacy, independent pharmacy, and outpatient hospital/clinic pharmacy. Registration is limited to students enrolled in the Pharmacy Technician program. Permission required.

PHA 190 13.0

This course will cover job hunting skills, resume, and cover letter writing techniques and the interview process. In addition, it will provide the necessary information for the students to complete the national exam.

PHA 191 1.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Any college electives
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16.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

This course teaches effective interpersonal communication skills. Students learn communication styles and effective ways to adapt communication to meet business needs. Through individual and group activities, students improve understanding of cultural diversity, non-verbal communication, and individual influences on communication. Techniques for making informal and formal business presentations are also covered. Careful preparation for the employment interview is emphasized.

BUS 236 5.0

Course Substitute : other Approved Course ( 5 credits ) View List of Approved Courses or see Advising for list of approved courses

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5.0

Course Substitute : Global Studies course (5 credits ) View List of Approved Courses

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5.0

Course Substitute : Q Course (5 credits) see Advising for list of approved courses

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5.0