Pharmacy Technician

SUMMER 2017 – Evening Program:

Program Dates: May 8, 2017 – September 28, 2017

Program Description

The Pharmacy Technician Program is a 256 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; determine charges and obtain 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 program is approximately 5 months and consists of two parts as follows:

  • Part 1 Pharmacy Technician Foundations—96 hours
  • Part 2 Pharmacy Technician Applications—160 hours

Part 1 Pharmacy Technician Foundations will meet Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 6:15pm-8:15pm.  Upon satisfactory progress through competency testing in Part 1 by about mid-point, students will be placed at a local pharmacy to complete Part 2.  The Pharmacy Technician Applications course will involve in-class lab practice, lecture, practice tests, and practice at a pharmacy site.  Students have a wide range of days and times to choose from with the various community pharmacy sites.  However, students are urged to complete these hours in a timely manner.  Students must achieve a minimum grade of 70% on exams and other competency attainment requirements in both Part 1 and 2 to 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.

Program Admission

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

A grade of C or better in both English 100 (Expository Writing) and Math 24 (Elementary Algebra) or higher is required for entry into this program.  Relevant course substitutions may be considered.   If you have not completed college-level English and math courses, you may take a COMPASS or ACCUPLACER test offered through our testing center at KCC.  Minimum reading and math placement scores are required as noted above.

Please attend one of the following REQUIRED program information/eligibility session dates listed below to determine your eligibility and to receive approval for registering.  No appointment is needed and free parking is available on campus.  A brief discussion on the pre-program requirements and expectations will also be presented.  Please bring with you a picture I.D. and a copy of college transcripts, report cards or college diplomas, or COMPASS/ACCUPLACER placement test results.  PLEASE BE PROMPT TO THE SESSION.

January 18, 2017 Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm Kauila Building – 109
February 1, 2017 Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm Kauila Building – 109
February 15, 2017 Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm Kauila Building – 109
March 8, 2017 Wednesday 4:30-5:30pm Kauila Building – 109
April 4, 2017 Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm Kauila Building – 109
April 18, 2017 Tuesday 4:30-5:30pm Kauila Building – 109

Registration Procedure

After you receive signed approval by attending one of the scheduled information/eligibility sessions, you will need to present approval form with full tuition payment the following day (at the earliest) to the Continuing Education Registration Office in Manono 113 to register.  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.


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 financial aid through FAFSA is not available for this program.  However, there is Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan for continuing education students.   Please inquire directly through their website at: Decision.  Other options for financial assistance can be found through various community-based employment and training programs, military spouse benefits (MyCAA), as well as traditional bank and credit union loans.  Please contact the respective agencies for details.

Curriculum & Tuition

Course Dates & Times Course Fees Course Number Location
May 8, 2017 — September 28, 2017

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:15pm-8:15pm

Note: Part 2 Pharmacy Technician Application will involve practice at a community pharmacy. Days and times will be arranged with site supervisor.

Part 1-Pharmacy Technician Foundations – $1,700 HLTH3700 Kauila 109
Part 2-Pharmacy Technician Applications – $250 HLTH3701 Kauila 109 and various community pharmacy sites
Student Liability Insurance – $15 HLTH3999

Total Cost: $1,965

***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

  • 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

Degree & National Certifications

Students completing the entire course successfully will receive a Certificate of Competence from KCC. Graduates will also be eligible to sit for the national certification examination provided through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Contact Information


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