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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 1138N
Effective Term: 2021 Fall 1   

Award: CCT
Total Clock Hours: 250
CIP Code: 51.0805
Initiating College: Gateway Community College
SOC Code: Upon completion of this certificate, students may pursue a career as:
29-2052.00 Pharmacy Technicians

Description: The Certificate of Competency in Pharmacy Technician Apprenticeship program meets Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) and Arizona State Board of Pharmacy requirements for national Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) certification by taking either the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) or ExCPT exam through National Healthcareer Association (NHA). This course is designed for incumbent workers with their Pharmacy Technician Trainee license who will maintain full-time employment in an apprenticeship during the time they are completing coursework. Students will learn interpersonal skills and regulatory standards required of pharmacy technicians. Includes roles and responsibilities of the technician in a variety of entry-level pharmacy operations, responses to regulatory issues, adherence to quality assurance procedures, patient and medication safety procedures, the procedures for handling of medications and filling medication orders, procurement, billing, reimbursement, inventory management procedures, and use of pharmacy technology and informatics database software. Students must complete all academic coursework and required apprenticeship hours to be eligible to complete this program and to be eligible for certification.

Required Courses
+ PHC120 Pharmacology and Pharmacy Technology 230
+ PHC122 Pharmacy Technician Certification Review 20

Clock Hours: 250

Learning Outcomes
1. Implement standard procedures for handling and processing medications and medication orders while working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. (PHC120, PHC122)
2. Perform mathematical, computer related, and billing aspects of the pharmacy technician`s role. (PHC120, PHC122)
3. Apply verbal, nonverbal, and written communication principles and skills in an effective and culturally competent manner within a team setting. (PHC120, PHC122)
4. Uphold all legal, regulatory, professional and ethical standards applicable to the role of pharmacy technicians. (PHC120, PHC122)
5. Implement regulatory and quality control guidelines required to ensure safe and compliant medication preparation. (PHC120, PHC122)
6. Demonstrate critical thinking in the analysis of the investigational drug process, medication use (including off-label indications), and emerging drug therapies. (PHC120, PHC122)
7. Appraise the pharmacy technician`s role in supporting wellness promotion and disease prevention programs. (PHC120, PHC122)
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates that any suffixed course may be selected.
Clock Curriculum Committee Approval Date: 5-12-2021

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.