Pharmacy technicians are indispensable in the field of health care. There’s a growing demand for capable pharmacy technicians to support licensed pharmacists in retail and hospital pharmacies, mail order pharmacies, long-term care facilities, and home health care. The expanding role of technicians makes national certification an essential requirement for many industry employers and some states certifying agencies. National CPhT certification confirms a technician’s ability to provide safe and competent care to patients. Pharmacy technician training prepares students for the national exam. A broad range of topics also equip students with essential skills such as interpreting and dispensing prescriptions, inventory management, calculating dosages, labeling containers, billing insurance companies, and assisting customers with requests that do not need the professional judgment of a licensed pharmacist. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oregon will add 34,700 new jobs for pharmacy technicians between 2014 and 2024.
Portland Metropolitan Workforce Training Center
The Pharmacy Technician Program at the Workforce Training Center comprises of two parts is a two part course totaling 160 hours and combines online learning with onsite lab practicums. Students learn pharmacy law, pharmacy practice, therapeutic drug classes, body systems, medical terminology, common conditions and diseases, and basic pharmacology. Other courses include common dosage forms, generic and brand name medications, routes of administration, pharmacy measurements, abbreviations and calculations. Classroom lectures will be supported by onsite lab activities. During the final term, students will learn the theory and practical aspects of sterile and non-sterile compounding, aseptic techniques, pharmacy measurements, reading written and electronic prescriptions, the identification of DEA numbers, inventory management, ordering systems, and electronic health-records systems. Throughout the program, ongoing reviews and test-taking tips will help students prepare for success on the PTCB exam. The program is open for admission in the fall semester. Applicants should attend an information session to learn more about the program requirements. Admission requires written proof of meeting the COMPASS testing score minimums. The cost of attendance is $3,140 excluding textbooks.
- Website: https://www.pcc.edu/climb/health/entry/pharmacy.html
- Address: 5600 NE 42nd, Portland, OR 97218
- Phone: 1-866-922-1010
Carrington College – Portland Campus
The pharmacy technology certificate program at Carrington College incorporates theory and practical training to prepare students for licensure and to function as capable assistants to a licensed pharmacist. The curriculum covers drug distribution systems, preparation of sterile drug forms, the chemical and physical characteristics of drugs, pharmacy calculations, pharmaceutical and medical terminology, abbreviations and symbols, and the standards of law and ethics as they relate to practice. Graduates will receive a Certificate of Achievement and will be eligible to take the PTCB exam to become a CPhT. The 36-week program covers 840 contact hours or 36 credit hours. The cost of the certificate program is $14,809 including books, supplies, and fees.
- Website: http://carrington.edu/degrees/pharmacy-technician/
- Address: 2004 Lloyd Center, 3rd Floor, Portland, OR 97232
- Phone: 503-616-9132
Northwest Institute for Healthcare Training
The 120-hour pharmacy technician course at Northwest Institute is taught by a licensed pharmacist. Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to apply for registration in Oregon and take the national PTCB exam. Flexible weekend, evening, and daytime schedules accommodate busy adults. Students are prepared for an entry-level position as they learn basic anatomy, pharmaceutical calculations, generic and brand name drugs, pharmacology, pharmacy practice, and the ethics of pharmacy practice. Students also learn the process of receiving, interpreting, and filling prescriptions. Long term care and HIV-focused care are also included in the curriculum based on the recommendation of the pharmacy technician advisory board. Mental health care and specific drug therapy, IV infusion for home health care, and respiratory therapy are also beneficial for students who go into home health care and geriatric care. Applicants must be 18 years or older and have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Students must take the COMPASS test and meet the pre-requisite levels of pre-algebra (49), reading (82), and writing (70). The tuition of $2,049 does not include the application fee ($25), textbooks, and supplies.
- Website: http://healthcarenw.net/courses/pharmacy_technician.html
- Address: 25100 Parkway Ave Wilsonville, OR 97070
- Phone: 503-919-3421