Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician

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Dear Prospective Healthcare Program Students,

During this challenging pandemic, the KCC Health Education Non-Credit Unit (HENC) has numerous short-term training courses called RHEP-Rapid Healthcare Education Programs. We hope this page is informative as you contemplate upskilling or changing careers.

It is important that you attend a mandatory program Information Session for each program you are interested in. Due to social distancing and online delivery of programs in the near future, some details related to applying and registering for the program you are interested in may not be accurate on this web page. The Information Session via Zoom WILL have all the correct instructions you need.

You must attend the mandatory program Information Session(s) via Zoom and qualify for program entry in order to participate in these programs. Please refer to the RHEP Information Session Schedule

Program Description

The Pharmacy Technician Program is a 305-hour non-credit program that prepares students with no background in the field for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

Pharmacy technicians assist pharmacists in serving patients (receiving, processing, and filling prescriptions and medication orders; determining charges and obtaining reimbursements, including insurance and Medicare payments), maintaining medication and inventory control systems, and participating in the administration and management of the pharmacy practice.  Graduates may find work at retail or hospital pharmacies.

The online class portion is approximately four months with in-person pharmacy externship to follow and consists of two parts as follows:

  • Part 1 Pharmacy Technician Foundations—145 hours
  • Part 2 Pharmacy Technician Applications—160 hours

The Part 1 Pharmacy Technician Foundations course includes an online lecture. The Part 2 Pharmacy Technician Applications course includes lab practice, lecture, test preparation, and externship hours at a pharmacy site. During the externship, students have a wide range of days and times to choose from among the various community pharmacy sites.  To qualify for participation in an externship, a student will need to achieve a minimum of 70% on exams and other competency attainment requirements before being placed at a pharmacy site.  Students are urged to complete these hours in a timely manner.  A student who achieves a minimum of 70% in both Part 1 and Part 2 will earn the Certificate of Competence from Kapiʻolani Community College.

To be eligible for entry into this program, the student will need to meet certain English and Math prerequisites to register. Please see the section on Program Admission.

Fall 2020 to Spring 2021

  • SECTION 1 – O‘ahu Back to Work Accelerated Section
  • Oct 14 to Oct. 29 w/Pharmacy Externship to follow
    Wednesdays 14th, 21st, & 28th – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
    Thursday 29th – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
    Friday 30th – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
    Saturdays 17th & 24th – 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Nov 2 to Dec 21
    Mondays through Thursdays – 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
    Saturdays – 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    w/Pharmacy Externship to follow
  • Tuition: Paid through City and County, O‘ahu Back to Work Grant
  • SECTION 2 – Regular Paced Section
  • Nov. 9 to Mar. 25 w/Pharmacy Externship to follow
    Monday 6:30pm-9:30pm
    Tuesday 6:30pm-9:30pm
    Thursday 6:30pm-9:30pm
  • Tuition: Paid through Dept. of Labor Apprenticeship Grant Stipend  -or-  Pay out of pocket  $2,265 w/Liability Insurance

Program Info

Program Admission

Admission into the program is on a FIRST QUALIFIED, FIRST ACCEPTED basis. The program has limited enrollment and you are strongly encouraged to register early to secure a seat.

Qualification or completion of both English 100 (Expository Writing) and Math 82 or higher is required for entry into this program. If you have not completed college-level English and math courses, you may take the ACCUPLACER placement test offered through our testing center at KCC. Minimum reading and math placement scores are required as noted above and valid within the last two years. Relevant course substitutions may be considered. Please inquire with the program coordinator.

Please attend one of the following REQUIRED program information sessions listed below. They will be conducted through Zoom. Program information and expectations as well as registration and qualification procedures will be discussed. Applications will be distributed after each session. PLEASE BE PROMPT TO THE ZOOM SESSION.

*** Zoom meeting link: https://tinyurl.com/KAP20RHEP

Zoom meeting ID # 930 4729 9098

 

August 20, 2020 Thursday 5:00pm-6:00pm Via Zoom
September 17, 2020 Thursday 5:00pm-6:00pm Via Zoom
September 29, 2020 Tuesday 5:00pm-6:00pm Via Zoom
October 1, 2020 Thursday 5:00pm-6:00pm Via Zoom
October 7, 2020 Wednesday 5:00pm-6:00pm Via Zoom
October 12, 2020 Monday 5:00pm-6:00pm Via Zoom
October 22, 2020 Thursday 5:00pm-6:00pm Via Zoom
Registration Procedure

After you qualify for enrollment, you will be provided with online registration instructions. Once full payment has been received, you are enrolled in the program. There is limited seating and students are accepted on a First Qualified, First Accepted basis. Textbooks are provided on the first evening of class.

REFUND POLICY:

A 100% refund is given if cancellation of enrollment is made at least ten (10) business days before the start date of the course.  A 50% refund is given if cancellation is made five to nine business days before the start of the program.  No refunds will be given if cancellation is made less than five business days prior to the start of the program.  Student Liability Insurance ($15) is non-refundable.

Financial Aid

Federal loans will not be eligible for this non-credit program. Alternative or Private loans are another option to consider for financing this education. Alternative/Private loans are designed to help students with educational expenses that exceed other financial aid such as grants, scholarships, work-study and federal loans. FAFSA is not required. Alternative loans are credit based; therefore, a co-signer may be needed.

For detailed information regarding Alternative Student Loans, please contact your lender or financial institution directly.

Other options for financial assistance can be found through various community-based employment and training programs as well as military spouse benefits. Please contact the respective agencies for details.

Curriculum & Tuition

SECTION 1 – O‘ahu Back to Work Accelerated Section

Oct 14 to Oct. 29:
Wednesdays — 14th, 21st, & 28th — 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Thursday — 29th — 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Friday — 30th — 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Saturdays — 17th & 24th — 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Nov 2 to Dec 21:
Mondays through Thursdays — 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Saturdays — 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

w/Pharmacy Externship to follow

Course Fees: Paid through City and County, O‘ahu Back to Work Grant

Course #: HLTH3700 and HLTH 3701

Location: Course is conducted online with in-person pharmacy externship

 

SECTION 2 – Regular Paced Section

November 9, 2020 to March 25, 2021
Mondays 6:30pm-9:30pm
Tuesdays 6:30pm-9:30pm
Thursdays 6:30pm-9:30pm

w/ Pharmacy Externship to Follow

Course Fees: Paid through Dept. of Labor Apprenticeship Grant Stipend -or-  Pay out of pocket  $2,265 w/Liability Insurance

Course #: HLTH3700 and HLTH 3701

Location: Course is conducted online with in-person pharmacy externship

 

Note: We reserve the right to cancel the course due to insufficient enrollment or for other reasons.  All dates, times, and other information may be subject to change with or without prior notice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon satisfactory completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Understand the history and development of Pharmacy, laws, and ethics
  • Understand common human diseases and pathological states and its treatments
  • Be able to identify the roots and origins of newly learned medical terminology including drug terms and definitions
  • List factors that affect drug action and adverse effects and be able to identify common side effects of commonly prescribed drugs
  • Demonstrate fluency with pharmacy calculations, dosage formulas, and solution calculations
  • Demonstrate effective compounding and sterile preparations
  • Demonstrate synthesis of knowledge and skills of an effective pharmacy technician to perform in a pharmacy setting under the supervision of a registered pharmacist
Certificates and National Certification

Students successfully completing the entire course (both Parts 1 and 2) will receive a Certificate of Competence from KCC.  Graduates will also be eligible to sit for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination offered through the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).  Those passing this exam will be given the designation of CPhT, or Certified Pharmacy Technician.

Contact Information

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