Program Information

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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. 

The following courses are required as part of the Pharmacy Technician Program:

Pharmacy Technician Program Curriculum Credits
PHM 100 Pharmacy Tech Foundations 3
PHM 101 Pharmacy Law & Ethics 2
PHM 102 Pharmacy Technician Medical Terminology 1
PHM 110 Pharmacy Calculations for Technicians 4
PHM 111 Pharmacy Operations: Retail/Institutional 2
PHM 112 Customer Service & Job Success for Pharmacy Technicians 2
PHM 120 Pharmacology & Drug Classification 4
PHM 190 Pharmacy Technician Practicum 8

 

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 Start of Program End of Program
January 19, 2018 January 29, 2018 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.