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SJVC’s Pharmacy Technology program prepares you to work under the direct supervision of a Registered Pharmacist as part of a team responsible for carrying out doctors’ pharmaceutical orders. Pharmacy Technicians assist in the various activities of compounding, distributing and dispensing of medications.
Students in our Pharmacy Technology program learn:
Courses* taken by our Pharmacy Technology students include:
Pharmacy Math and Calculations
This course covers mathematical calculations involving fractions, decimals, ratios, and percentages including both the metric and apothecary systems. This course will utilize these learned mathematical skills during pharmaceutical applications which are required to determine medication dosages and preparations. Also covered in this course will be the business practices in a retail pharmacy. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.
Pharmacy Clinical Applications 1
This course emphasizes the theory of anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and related pharmacology of the nervous systems, including mental health, and nutrition. This course will demonstrate the procedures to interpret, fill and label a prescription. This course will also cover the procedures involves in processing refills. A g r a d e of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.
Pharmaceutical Lab Applications 1
This course offers the practical lab applications for drug distribution and dispensing, non-sterile compounding, and manufacturing/packaging procedures. Students will utilize essential pharmacy tools and supplies to process orders during this course. Over-the-counter products and diagnostics are also covered and discussed. A grade of “C” or better is required to earn credit for this course.
*Students will take additional program courses on top of the three listed courses. Courses may vary by program, credential level and campus.
Our Pharmacy Technology students can earn a certificate of completion in approximately 7 months, or an associate of science degree in approximately 14 months.
Students who graduate with an A.S. degree are qualified to register with the State Board of Pharmacy to become a licensed Pharmacy Technician, and are eligible to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). Graduates also earn Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Certification.
SJVC’s Pharmacy Technology program is available at the following campuses:
A well-trained pharmacy technician can expect to work in a highly respected, professional environment such as franchise pharmacies, hospitals and home health care agencies.
On the job, pharmacy technicians can expect to:
San Joaquin Valley College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges, 10 Commercial Blvd., Suite 204, Novato, CA 94949, (415) 506-0234, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information about accreditation, including the filing of complaints against member institutions, can be found at www.accjc.org.
San Joaquin Valley College is a private institution and is approved to operate as an accredited institution in the state of California by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE). BPPE physical address: 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833; mailing address: P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818; phone (916) 431-6959; toll free (888) 370-7589; fax (916) 263-1897; website: www.bppe.ca.gov.
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