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Pharmacy Technician Certificate (PHM)

OVERVIEW

The Pharmacy Technician (PHM) Certificate Program is an academic-industry partnership program between the University of Providence (UP) and Providence St. Joseph Health (PSJH). This accelerated 4-month program prepares students to deliver patient-centered care using safe, accountable, and ethical behaviors and skills within the Pharmacy Technician Scope of Practice. The program is initially offered in the states of Montana and Washington starting January 13th, 2020.

COURSE STRUCTURE

  • 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

LAB LOCATIONS

  • Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, MT
  • Kadlec Regional Medical Center in Richland, WA

KEY DATES

  • Registration: December 16, 2019
  • Orientation: Online only’
  • Classes begin January 13, 2020

Weekend Labs: (Sat/Sun) 8am-5pm (1-hour lunch break)

  • Jan 25-26
  • Feb 8-9
  • Feb 22-23
  • Mar 7-8

PROGRAM COST

  • Total cost for PSJH caregivers and their dependents: $283/credit, 20 credits, $5660

ADDITIONAL COSTS

  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) exam fee: $129
  • Fees for lab materials: $400
  • Scrubs – 2 sets: $80 (if applicable)
  • Textbooks: $185
  • Pharmacy Assistant/Tech-in-Training License: $35

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 be hired as a Pharmacy Assistant prior to enrollment.

APPLICATION INFORMATION

  • Application deadline: November 25, 2019 for Spring (January) 2020 start. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the application deadline has been extended to December 6th. 
  • Contact phone: 406-791-5258
  • Contact email: healthprograms@providence.edu 
  • Division Chair: Frankie Lyons, frankie.lyons@uprovidence.edu