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Pharmacy Technician Certification

Pharmacy Technician Certification Program Overview

The Pharmacy Technician (PHM) Certificate Program has two ways to attend. There is an Earn While You Learn and a Non-Earn academic- industry partnership program between the University of Providence (UP) and Providence Health (PH). These students are choosen by the coordinating PH Pharmacy and the Univeristy of Providence. Other students will be accepted by the University of Providence and will attend labs and intership in the coordinating pharmacies.

This accelerated 16-week program prepares students to deliver patient- centered care using safe, accountable, and ethical behaviors and skills within the Pharmacy Technician Scope of Practice. By continuing education in the Pharmacy Technician field and receiving all relevant technician credentials, students will be prepared to sit for their pharmacy technician certification exam. At the end of the program, students can sit for the Pharmacy Technician certification board anywhere in the United States where that will test their knowledge from the program. With a pass rate of 95% on the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam, this accelerated program is both comprehensive, effective, and can be completed in one semester.

Program Curriculum

 

Pharmacy Technician Certification

 

Skills You’ll Learn

As a Pharmacy Technician, duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Compounding intravenous (IV) solutions
  • Delivering medications to and from satellite pharmacies
  • Restocking automated medication dispensing systems
  • Mixing and dispensing orally administered medications
  • Unit-dosing tablets from a bulk bottle
  • Receiving and confirming prescription orders
  • Preparing and filling prescriptions
  • Practicing medication safety
  • Interacting with customers and answering questions
  • Managing inventory and performing organizational tasks
  • Various specialized roles

 

Career Outcomes

Pharmacy technicians play a crucial role in the healthcare industry. As a pharmacy technician, you work closely with pharmacists in hospitals, drug and grocery stores as well as other medical settings to prepare and distribute medications to patients.  In addition, a pharmacy technician utilizes technology to help maintain accurate patient records, prepare and package medications, and place orders. The only requirements to start the pharmacy technician program and continue education is a high school diploma.

Pharmacy Technicians are the liaisons between medical professionals, doctors, pharmacists, insurance companies and patients. Certified Pharmacy Technicians are crucial in the pharmacy setting because they have the knowledge needed to work with patients regarding their medications while also performing administrative tasks when needed. The job involves:

  • Entering prescription orders into pharmacy computer systems
  • Measuring, counting, and mixing medications
  • Packaging and labeling prescriptions
  • Performing medication inventories
  • Verifying insurance information
  • Providing customer service to patients

 

Scholarship Opportunities:

Earn to Learn Students have tuition paid for by their respective Pharmacy.

All students can apply for FASFA monies.

Program Details

Weekend Labs
(Sat/Sun) 8am-5pm (1-hour lunch break)
  • Jan 23-24
  • Feb 6-7
  • Feb 20-21
  • Mar 6-7

 

Weekend Labs are located in Providence St. Patrick in Missoula, MT; Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA; and Swedish Ballard in Seattle, WA.

Application Information
  • Application: Complete the online application – Click here.
  • Official Transcripts: Applicants must submit official transcript showing completion of a high school diploma or GED must be sent by the high school or agency to the university.  Mail to University of Providence, 1301 20th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405
  • Students must have graduated from high school.
Program Admission Requirements

There are two paths to enter the program:

  1. Earn while you learn program
  2. Non-Earn/Self pay program

Students must be interviewed and accepted by a Providence Pharmacy

Program Cost

Total cost for PH caregivers and their dependents: $297/credit, 20 credits= $5940.

General rate: $509/credit, 20 credits= $10,180

Additional Costs
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam fee: $129
  • Fees for lab materials: $400
  • Scrubs – 2 sets: $80 (if applicable)
  • Textbooks: $190
  • Pharmacy Assistant/Tech-in-Training License: $35
Program Format
  • Six 8-week courses over 16 weeks.
  • One semester typically lasts 4 months.
  • Each 16-week semester is divided into two 8-week blocks.
  • The program is taught by experienced licensed Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians who, in addition to teaching, work in roles in pharmacies, allowing each to bring a real-world perspective to the courses.
  • Cohort model, all courses must be taken in order.
  • Cohort start date: August and January of each year.
  • Expected class size: 10 students.
Program Curriculum
  • XPHM 100 Introduction to Pharmacy
  • XPHM 110 Pharmacy Practice I
  • XPHM 120 Pharmacy Practice II
  • XPHM 130 Pharmacy Practice III
  • XPHM 140 Pharmacy Tech Exam Prep
  • XPHM 195 Pharmacy Internship
Lab Locations
  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, MT
  • Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA
  • Swedish Ballard in Seattle, WA
  • Providence St. Mary Medical Center in Walla Wall, WA
Employment Forecast

Students may be offered employment as a Pharmacy Technician within the PSJH system upon completing the program and passing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam. Students in Washington must obtain a Pharmacy Assistant License with the Pharmacy Tech in Training form attached to application. Students in Montana must obtain tech in training license prior to entering the clinical internship.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is this an accredited program?

A: This pharmacy tech program is approved by Montana and Washington State Boards and will be working on accreditation by ASHP in the coming semesters.

Q: How much will I make with a certificate in Pharmacy Tech?

A: Depending on certifications, Pharmacy Technicians can make anywhere between $15-$25 per hour.

Q: What’s the difference between a pharmacy technician and a pharmacist?

A: While pharmacists and pharm techs both work in a pharmacy setting, their jobs require different tasks and skill levels. Pharmacists have extensive knowledge of medications and are in charge of ensuring patients get the right medicines while pharmacy technicians have a basic knowledge of medications, help fill, compound, stock and deliver individual prescriptions.

Contact Information

Susan Jones Gassaway, RN, MS

Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator

Kari Thurston

Director of Admissions Operations/SHP Program Management
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