Pharmacy Technician

Division: Nursing & Allied Health

Students completing this certificate will acquire skill in refilling prescriptions, maintaining proper storage and security conditions for drugs, assisting customers, cleaning and maintaining equipment and work areas, and entering inventory data into a computer system.
Entry Level employment opportunities may include health and personal care store worker, outpatient care, grocery store pharmacy worker, and employment in government sectors.

Contact Information

Nursing and Allied Health Division Chair

Terri Paden | (559) 737-6254 | terrip@cos.edu 
Hospital Rock: 117 | Visalia Campus

Associate Dean/Director Allied Health and Physical Therapist Assistant Program 

Jonna Schengel, Ed.D | (559) 737-6135 | jonnas@cos.edu
John Muir: 125 | Visalia Campus

PT 210 Intro to Pharmacy Systems 1 unit(s)
Hours: 1 Lecture/Discussion
This course introduces the Pharmacy Technician student to pharmacy systems and practices, including job responsibilities and ethics.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: MATH 200 or equivalent college course with a grade of "C" or better
PT 211 Pharmacology for Pharm Techs 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
The Pharmacy Technician student will learn the use and side effects of drugs commonly used to treat diseases affecting the major body systems.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: MATH 360 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PT 212 Pharm Tech Practice 1 1 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lab
The Pharmacy Technician student will apply principles of legal standards and quality assurance in preparation of non-compounded products in a lab setting.
Corequisites: PT 210, PT 211
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: MATH 200 or equivalent college course with a grade of "C" or better, or eligibility for MATH 230 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.
PT 220 Pharm Tech Practice 2 2 unit(s)
Hours: 1 Lecture/Discussion
3 Lab
During this short term class, taken the first half of the second semester, the Pharmacy Technology students will compound nonsterile and sterile products, hazardous products, learn database maintenance of drug distribution, and learn billing of pharmacy goods and services.
Prerequisites: PT 210 and PT 211 and PT 212 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PT 221 Professionalism for Pharm Tech 1 unit(s)
Hours: 1 Lecture/Discussion
The Pharmacy Technician student will learn about the role of protocols, development of new drug products, and investigational drug products. The student will also learn about pharmacy ethics, professionalism, and organizations.
Prerequisites: PT 210 and PT 211 and PT 212 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
PT 222 Pharm Tech Externship 2 unit(s)
Hours: 7 Lab
During this course, the Pharm Tech student will complete an externship in a professional pharmacy following policies and procedures that apply to acute, long-term, and ambulatory care practice under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
Prerequisites: PT 210 and PT 211 and PT 212 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
Corequisites: PT 220, PT 221