Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician


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  • Pharmacy Technician Program

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    This Certificate prepares you to become a Pharmacy Technition

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  • Why Pharmacy Technician
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  • Information Session
  • Tuition and Financial Aid
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  • Why Should You Choose the Pharmacy Technician program?

    Pharmacy Technician is a full-time, 19-week certificate program designed for students looking to gain Oregon licensure to work in pharmacies throughout the state. Students going through the program thoroughly prepare to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification test to become certified technicians. This is an ideal program for students looking for a stable career or in preparation for a career pathway into pharmacy.

    Pharmacy technicians help pharmacists dispense prescription medications and measure dosages for customers or health professionals. They package and label prescriptions, organize inventory and alert pharmacists of any shortages in medications or supplies, and they work closely with patients and customers to meet their needs. They can work in both retail pharmacies or hospitals.

    Join this growing field and train with our staff of instructors made up of real, licensed pharmacy technicians. Your career behind the counter awaits!

  • Career Information

    All career information and statistics listed below are based off of the State of Oregon.

    Information on associated occupations, cost of attendance, loan debt for completers, and on-time completion rates for certificates can be found under Gainful Employment.


    Median Earnings: Annual Openings:
  • Program Information

    The 2018 Pharmacy Technician program begins on January 29, 2018 and runs until June 8, 2018. Online applications are open starting November 6, 2017. Check Program Bulletin for current application details.

    LBCC's Pharmacy Technician program begins during Winter Term every year starting in February. It runs for 19 weeks total and is divided into 2 sections: a classroom/learning portion and a clinical/on-the-job training portion in which you will be able to work in a pharmacy stationed in the Willamette Valley.

    There are a total of 24 spots available in this program total and accepted students move through the training together as a cohort.

    Learn

    As participants of this program, students complete a total of 8 different classes, and 25 credits worth of material.

    Students in the program receive hands-on experience in collecting, organizing, and evaluating information for patient care. They receive specific training in how to communicate with patients and staff effectively, control inventory, and prepare prescriptions under the supervision of a pharmacist. This program specifically trains students in preparation for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification test upon program completion. In addition, students take a full class focused on job search skills and resume building specific to the pharmacy field in order to prepare them for work after the program has concluded.

    Instructors in this program are trained pharmacy professionals and pharmacy technicians, prepared to teach with the experience and acumen to help students succeed in a pharmacy setting.

    Experience

    The Pharmacy Technician program offers a comprehensive 210-hour total clinical practicum experience as part of the curriculum. This clinical experience takes place during the last weeks of the program.

    During these weeks, students have the opportunity to work up to 40 hours per week at a clinical site where they have been placed. These sites are pharmacies located throughout the Willamette Valley, not only in the Lebanon/Corvallis/Albany area, but also in Salem, Eugene, and beyond.

    In their clinical experience, students receive a hands-on look at what it means to work as a pharmacy technician, putting what they have just learned in the classroom to work. Students receive mentoring from pharmacy staff and management, gaining experience in many different aspects of the pharmacy technician career pathway. Many students use this clinical placement as a means to begin networking with the pharmacy community.

    Students must have completed and passed all classes with a C average or better before they are cleared to begin their clinical experience.

    Schedule

    Classes take place between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. All classes are held on LBCC's Health Occupations Center in Lebanon, OR. Students can expect this program to be a 30 to 40 hour per week commitment while classes and clinicals are going. As such, any student going through this program should treat it as a full-time commitment.

    A full program calendar of all scheduled classes is readily available to accepted students. Students must be accepted into the program in order to be registered for classes.

    2017 Program Dates:

    Program Orientation

    January 19, 2018

    Start of Program

    January 29, 2018

    End of Program

    June 8, 2018

    Student Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete a certificate in Pharmacy Technician will be able to:

    Assist the pharmacist in collecting, organizing, and evaluating information for direct patient care, medication use review, and departmental management.

    Demonstrate effective communication with patients, family members, and healthcare professionals using verbal, written, and information technology tools devices.

    Perform inventory control tasks, including placing, receiving and shelving orders to industry standards.

    Prepare prescription information under the supervision of a pharmacist.

  • Information Session

    The Short Term Training program also hosts in-person information sessions for all those interested in visiting us on campus. Our information sessions are held once monthly, on the second Wednesday at 4 pm. No need to register beforehand - just drop in! Join us in Calapooia Center room 212 on our main Albany Campus!

    Upcoming In-Person Information Sessions

    • February 14, 2018
      4 pm Lebanon Center 153
    • March 14, 2018
      4 pm Lebanon Center 153
    • April 11, 2018
      4 pm Lebanon Center 153
  • Tuition and Financial Aid

    Tuition cost for this Short Term Training program is: $5,500

    This cost is your total tuition cost for the program, and includes the cost of books and supplies!

    Once you are accepted into the program, there are three options for how to pay for this program cost:

    • Pay in full
    • Deferred Note Contract (Payment Plan)
    • Financial Aid

    Option 1: Pay the full cost up front.

    You may choose to pay for the full cost of the program up front. Payment is due by the date of program orientation in mid-January.

    Option 2: Complete a payment plan.

    You may also choose to file a payment plan with the Short Term Training department!

    If you file a deferred note contract with the Short Term Training department, payment is broken down in the following way:

    • Half of the program must be paid up front by the date of program orientation. ($2750 + $15 processing fee)
    • The rest of the program is paid in two monthly installments in February and March. ($1375 each)

    Short Term Training offers the payment plan to all admitted students of the Pharmacy Technician program if they choose to participate.

    Option 3: Financial Aid IS available for this short term training program!

    In order to qualify, students must meet regular financial aid criteria. This means that they must:

    • File for FAFSA for the applicable school year
    • Have a high school diploma or GED
    • Be a citizen or an eligible non-citizen
    • Be admitted to LBCC
    • NOT be in default or owe repayment of any grant

    In addition, students who wish to pay for the program using financial aid must pay a non-refundable $415 deposit before the program starts. Financial aid CANNOT be used to pay for this deposit, BUT this money will eventually come back to students as financial aid distributes.

    Financial aid pays in TWO INSTALLMENTS per term:

    • First half: during the second week of term.
    • Second half: after midterm grades have been reported.
    • Continued support from financial aid depends upon passing grades in all classes (C average or better).

    Financial aid must pay for the program BEFORE it pays you!

    The total program tuition must be paid in full before students receive money from Financial Aid for living expenses, etc. ALL grants and loans through Financial Aid will apply to the program tuition FIRST. Because of this stipulation, students often do not receive money for living expenses until the second distribution, after midterm grades have been reported.

    Students should be sure to:

    • Prepare a budget.
    • Make a plan to see if they have enough money to cover the cost of the program AND expenses.
    • Have funds to cover living expenses, i.e. rent, food, gas, insurance, utilities, emergencies.

    Often, students must depend upon family members, savings, or other sources of funding for the program BEFORE they receive money from Financial Aid.

    Dropouts and Withdrawals:

    If students receive money from Financial Aid and THEN decide to drop out of the program, they may be subject to Title IV return calculation and may need to repay aid.

    All financial aid for short term training is based on passing grades - that is, C averages or better. If a student does not receive passing grades in their classes, then they may lose access to financial aid.

    Financial aid CANNOT be used to pay the $415 program deposit.

    Short Term Trainings are Terminal Programs

    If students receive money from Financial Aid to pay for this program, Financial Aid's expectation is that the student will enter the workforce in a relevant field for 2-3 years BEFORE they apply for additional aid.

    Example: a student who takes the Phlebotomy program must work as a phlebotomist for 2-3 years after graduation BEFORE applying for financial aid for the training they plan to take in Medical Assisting. Financial Aid may not award them grants or loans if they apply for the Medical Assisting training before they complete 2 years working as a phlebotomist.

    Additional Costs

    Please be aware that there are several additional costs that students must be aware of prior to program application. In addition to the $5,500 tuition, students are also expected to pay:

    • $30 admission fee to LBCC (for applicants who have never attended LBCC before)
    • $60 background check
    • $45 drug test
    • $102 Oregon Board of Pharmacy Initial Pharmacy Technician License
    • $75 CPR certification
    • Variable amounts - immunizations
    • $15 processing fee

    These costs are for admitted students ONLY. These costs are not accounted for in the tuition estimate and they cannot be covered by Financial Aid. In addition, these costs are estimates only, and may be subject to change year to year.

    Scholarship Opportunities

    There are a number of scholarship opportunities available for students at LBCC looking to go into a healthcare field. Browse through the following databases to find the right options for you:

    • LBCC Financial Aid Resources
    • LBCC Online Scholarship Database
    • Bi-Mart Pharmacy Technician Scholarship
    • Samaritan Health Services Scholarships
    • Workforce Investment Act Scholarship (CSC)
    • Griswold Home Care Scholarship
    • Financial Aid and Scholarships for Minority Students

    Questions? Concerns? Here's who to contact:

    • LBCC Financial Aid
    • LBCC's Financial Aid Director: Elaine Robinson 541-917-4854

    Our Program:

    • Becca Otto Program Assistant 541-917-4927 ottor@linnbenton.edu
    • Lorraine Lara Program Advisor 541-917-4923 laral@linnbenton.edu
    • Stacy Mallory Program Director 541-917-4934 mallors@linnbenton.edu
  • How to Apply to the Pharmacy Technician Program

    Applying for Admission

    Application for LBCC's Pharmacy Technician program opens once per year in early to mid-November. In order to apply, applicants must submit all noted documentation in the Program Bulletin. All qualified candidates will be considered on a first-come-first-serve basis, with priority given to residents of LBCC's tax district for the first week that applications are open.

    Application to this program is a two-step process: online and in-person. The online process serves to reserve your spot in line for the program, while you turn in a packet of information in-person to complete the requirements.

    Visit our Program Bulletin for a complete description of application materials and processes. For a complete walk-through of how to apply for the program and program details, visit our online Information Session. Click the buttons below to find these pages.

    Important Dates and Deadlines

    Application opens

    November 6th, 2017, 9:00AM

    Residency Priority ends

    November 10th, 2017, 5:00PM

    Admissions notices sent

    November 27th - December 1st, 2017

    Program Orientation

    January 19th, 2018

    Program start

    January 29th, 2018

    Getting Started

    If you're looking at this program before the application opens up, there is still a lot you can do to get prepared!

    • Consider scheduling an appointment with our Academic Planning Advisor, Christina Horst (541-917-4928)
    • Plan ahead and sign up for the required prerequisites (WR95).
    • Come to, or complete an information session.
    • If you have taken the prerequisites before, have your official transcripts sent to Linn-Benton Community College's Admissions Office for consideration.
    • If you think you are eligible for a Financial Aid award, file for FAFSA for the applicable year.
    • Just want to ask some questions? Call our Program Assistant at 541-917-4927!

    Application Requirements

    In order to be considered for admission to this program, students must have complete and/or submit all material listed on page 3 of the Program Bulletin.

    • Minimum Application Requirements checklist: fill out all information on page 3 and include this sheet in your application.
    • Check your status: you MUST be in good academic and financial standing at LBCC in order to be considered for this program.
    • Online application: students must file an online application BEFORE they submit supplemental packet. Find information on how to apply on page 4 of the Program Bulletin.
    • Information Session: you MUST complete the online Information Session in total before applying to this program.
    • Compliancy: read and fill out page 5 of the Program Bulletin.
    • Residency: read and fill out page 6 of the Program Bulletin. This information is required from all applicants to determine residency status. List all residences where you have lived in the 90 day period prior to applying to the program.
    • Prerequisite: WR 95. Send official transcript from outside institution OR CPT test score OR level of writing taken at LBCC.

    On the date the application opens, students may begin to apply online for their upcoming program. The online application serves to reserve a student's spot in line for the program. After submitting the online application, students have 2 business days to submit the rest of their required materials listed on page 3 of the Program Bulletin. Students may either turn in this packet OR mail it in (postmarked between 2 business days of online application) to the following address:

    LBCC Short Term Training Program Assistant

    6500 Pacific Blvd. SW

    Willamette Hall 120

    Albany, OR 97321

    Post-Admission Requirements

    After you have received a letter of admission from the program, you will be required to complete a list of post-admission requirements due by the time of Program Orientation:

    • Criminal background check
    • Record release form
    • Program deposit
    • Oregon Board of Pharmacy Initial Pharmacy Technician License
    • Required immunizations
    • Drug Test

    Questions?

    Contact our Program Assistant: 541-917-4927

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