You could be employed next spring as a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) working in a retail or hospital pharmacy if you enroll in training courses this fall at Northland Pioneer College’s Winslow, or Snowflake locations. NPC is now a certified training site by the Pharmacy Technician Training Board (PTCB).
Pharmacy technician students may qualify for free or reduced-cost training through Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Arizona @ Work, available online (firstname.lastname@example.org), through local Department of Economic Security offices, or the Navajo and Apache Counties Workforce Investment Board (www.navajocountyaz.gov/wia/).
This course is now PELL-eligible, meaning students can apply for assistance through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa.
“It is important to check with these agencies BEFORE registering for the Pharmacy Technician course,” stressed Connie Warren, NPC’s coordinator of Allied Health programs. “Once you register, it is harder for these agencies to assist with the cost of tuition, fees and textbooks.”
Northland Pioneer College’s Pharmacy Technician Training course will prepare you for the national PTCB certification exam, required by most employers in this fast-paced healthcare field. CPhT training also provides a foundation for additional studies to become a registered pharmacist.
This intensive, eight-credit-hour course covers medical and pharmaceutical terminology, basic anatomy, pharmaceutical calculations, and prevention of medication errors. The ethics of pharmacy practice and the technician’s role in this allied health profession are also covered. Students will also complete a 120-hour paid or unpaid internship, providing valuable job experience.
The Pharmacy Technician Training (PHT 102) course meets on Tuesday evenings, August 27 through December 10, on NPC’s Winslow – Little Colorado Campus, 1400 E. Third St., from 6 to 8:59 p.m. The Snowflake class meets on Thursday evenings, August 29 through December 12, from 6:30 to 9:29 p.m., in the Student Center, room 131, at 1611 S. Main.
Individuals interested in becoming pharmacy technicians can have no prior felony convictions or record of drug or substance abuse. Students must be 18 or older, have a GED or high school diploma, and have current health care provider CPR and First Aid certification. The CPR course is available through NPC (EMT 104) for $38.50. Proof of legal United States residency is required to obtain a trainee license. Before beginning the required internship, students must obtain and acquire fingerprint clearance from the Arizona Department of Public Safety ($67 + $7.95 vendor fee for online processing) and a Pharmacy Technician Trainee License ($60) from the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy.
Tuition for the eight-credit PHT 102 course is $616, plus a $40 course fee, $45 media fee, and textbooks (±$116). Order books by August 1 to insure delivery before the first class. Students enrolling on or after August 26 will be charged a $30 late registration fee.
Nicholas Palm, instructor for the Winslow course, was a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) before completing his pharmacy doctorate. He is currently assigned to the Winslow Indian Healthcare Center, after extensive Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) in his native Florida and in Winslow.
With over 10 years of retail and hospital pharmacy and high school science teaching experience, Dr. Palm has been involved in multiple research projects, including studies of promyelocytic leukemia (a cancer of the white blood cells), medications for headache prophylaxis (migraines), and sucralose-aspartame neuropathy (artificial sweetener-induced pain). He also investigated student perspectives of educational modalities used in the pharmacy training program.
Snowflake course instructor Devin Brimhall is also employed at the Winslow Indian Healthcare Center, but lives in Taylor, where he is discovering “I’m related to about a third of Snowflake/Taylor and am actually finally meeting my hundreds of cousins, usually by accident, while around town.”
Brimhall started as a technician for Walmart in Mesa, where he grew up, and continued working as a tech while completing his undergraduate and graduate studies through Regis University in Denver. With over 10 years of pharmacy experience, he gets the most job satisfaction counseling patients and working with providers to streamline medication regimens. He also works extensively with the Behavioral Health Department regarding psychiatric medications.
Most people are familiar with the retail pharmacy technician, but CPhT’s are also employed in hospital or nursing home pharmacies, at research facilities and by insurance companies. Government agencies, such as branches of the armed services, federal drug agencies, and the National Institute of Health, offer positions for nationally registered technicians.
Registration for fall classes continues during regular business hours. As part of the registration process, you will need to verify your U.S. residency status. Your local NPC campus or center will provide details about required documentation. For more information, see an NPC academic adviser.
For more information about NPC’s Pharmacy Technician training program, contact an NPC academic adviser at the nearest NPC campus or center, or call the Nursing & Allied Health Division, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6136.
Northland Pioneer College serves the residents of Navajo and Apache counties through four regional campuses and five centers with a variety of educational options for academic, career and technical and personal enrichment. NPC supports each student’s educational goals through affordable tuition, small class sizes and caring, professional instructors. For more information about NPC programs and services, call (800) 266-7845.
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