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Certificate of Technical Studies in Pharmacy Technician and Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician

The Pharmacy Technician program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work as a pharmacy technician under the supervision of licensed pharmacists in various types of pharmacies. College-ready students can complete the Certificate of Technical Studies in Pharmacy Technician in two semesters. With additional course work, students can earn the Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician.

The Bossier Parish Community College Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)/ Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Certificate of Technical Studies and Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician will be able to demonstrate:

  1. The ability to utilize personal and interpersonal skills and knowledge appropriate to the role of the pharmacy technician.
  2. The foundational knowledge and skills necessary to functions as a pharmacy technician in various pharmacy settings.
  3. Skills and knowledge necessary to assist the pharmacist in the correct handling of medication and medication order processing.
  4. The ability to accurately and safely perform sterile and non-sterile compounding.
  5. Performance of administrative skills appropriate to the role of a pharmacy technician.
  6. Application of patient and medication safety in all aspects of the operation of a pharmacy.
  7. Use of current technology in the operation of a pharmacy.
  8. Compliance with regulatory issues in the operation of a pharmacy.
  9. Application of the principles of quality assurance in pharmacy operations.

Admissions Policy

Students wishing to enroll in the BPCC Pharmacy Technician Program must be currently admitted to Bossier Parish Community College and have a high school diploma or Louisiana High School Equivalency certificate. Student who have met the required placement test scores, or successfully completed, with a “C” or better, the courses of MATH 097, ENG 099 and READ 099 are eligible to enroll in qualification courses for the pharmacy technician program. Students enrolling in PHAR 101, PHAR 102, PHAR 102L, and PHAR 104 must be concurrently enrolled in or have successfully completed all program qualification courses. Students must demonstrate keyboarding proficiency by completing CIS 099, or pass a typing skills test given during enrollment in PHAR 101.

Specific Degree Requirements:

Upon the successful completion (minimum of “C”) or current enrollment in all qualification courses, a student may apply for admission to second semester program-specific courses, PHAR 110, PHAR 110L, PHAR 120 and PHAR 151. Enrollment in these courses is limited to 20 students per semester. To be considered for admission to the second semester program-specific courses, a completed application packet must be submitted no later than the end of the fourth week of the semester during which the student is enrolled in PHAR 101, PHAR 102, PHAR 102L and PHAR 104. Selection into second semester program courses is competitive and is based on:

  • Grade point average of 2.0 or greater
  • One academic or employer rating form (reference) score
  • Interview evaluation by selection committee

To be eligible for enrollment in second semester program courses, PHAR 110, PHAR 110L, PHAR 120, and PHAR 151, the student must have successfully applied for a Louisiana State Board of Pharmacy Technician Candidate Registration no later than the date established by the program director. In order to apply, the Louisiana State Board of Pharmacy requires that the student have a high school diploma or Louisiana High School Equivalency. Additionally, the student must have submitted all required information for programs with a clinical component (described earlier in this section). Students will be required to pass drug and alcohol screens, and national and state background checks prior to beginning PHAR 151.

Prior to beginning the Pharmacy Clinical Practice Course (PHAR 151), the Pharmacy Technician Program Director must be in receipt of a copy of the student’s current Louisiana Pharmacy Technician Candidate Registration. Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate is eligible to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) given by Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).

BPCC Pharmacy Technician Program Completion Policy:

Students may earn a Certificate of Technical Studies in Pharmacy Technician or an Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician at Bossier Parish Community College. To complete the program, students must be at least 18 years of age, meet all educational goals and objectives of the program, and show a consistently high level of technician candidate practice during clinical rotations at pharmacies. Students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in all required courses and have completed all required evaluations and certifications. Students are required to complete 400 hours of clinical work at assigned pharmacies and submit documentation of completion. Students must meet all graduation requirements set forth by Bossier Parish Community College, the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP)/Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.

Gainful Employment

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Required Courses for the Certificate of Technical Studies and Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician

Qualification Courses 
(must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before applying to program courses)
ALHT 109: Health Care Systems and Safety 2
ALHT 116: Pharmaceutical Dosage Calculations and Measurement 3
BLGY 110: Medical Terminology 3
BLGY 120: Intro to  Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
BLGY 120L: Intro to Human Anatomy and Physiology lab 1
First Semester Program Courses Hours
PHAR 101: Introduction to Pharmacy Technology 1
PHAR 102: Pharmacy Practice 3
PHAR 102L: Pharmacy Practice Lab 1
PHAR 104: Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians 5
Second Semester Program Courses
PHAR 110: Sterile Products 2
PHAR 110L: Sterile Products Lab 1
PHAR 120: Professional Practice 2
PHAR 151: Clinical Practice 7
Total program hours 12
Total credit hours for the Certificate of Technical Studies in Pharmacy Technician 34
Additional Courses required for the Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician
SPCH 110: Public Speaking 3
or SPCH 115:   Interpersonal Communication
ALHT  105: Medical Ethics  and Law 3
ENGL 101: Composition and Rhetoric I 3
ENGL 102: Composition and Rhetoric II 3
  Humanities elective 3
PSYC: Psychology elective 3
MATH 102: College Algebra 3
or MATH 101:   Algebra for College Students
CIS 105: Introduction to Computer Concepts  3
  Approved Science elective  3
Total Credit Hours for the Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician 61

Students receiving the Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician from Bossier Parish Community College may transfer their courses to partially fulfill degree requirements at Northwestern State University to satisfy requirements for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Allied Health.

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