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2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
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Pharmacy Technology, CTS

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Pharmacy technicians assist and support pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. Pharmacy technicians often perform many of the same duties as the pharmacist. The Pharmacy Technology program is a one-year program beginning fall semester only. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the pharmacy technician’s scope of practice;
  • Demonstrate the following:
    1.  Accurate application of the five rights of pharmaceutical care: linking the right patient with the right prescriber, with the right drug, with the right directions, the right dose, and the right formulation;
    2. Professional interactions with the public, both face-to-face and via the phone;
    3. Appropriate and accurate calculations within a pharmacy setting;
    4. An understanding of quality control;
    5. An understanding of applicable state and federal laws;
    6. A knowledge of the top brand/generic drug names;
    7. Proper unit dose packaging;
    8. A knowledge of aseptic technique; and
    9. An understanding of the role of a technician in both hospital and community workplaces.
  • Explain the correct protocol in the ordering, receiving, and documenting of drugs;
  • Manage inventory control;
  • Compare and contrast hospital and community pharmacy settings; and
  • Understand patient privacy expectations.

Required Courses

First Semester Total: 15

Second Semester Total: 12

Total Credits: 27

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Admission Guidelines

Applications for formal acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology CTS program are accepted once a year. Applications are available after March 1 and must be completed and returned by the last day of spring semester. In order to be considered for acceptance into the Pharmacy Technology program, the student must have

  1. Applied to and been admitted by Flathead Valley Community College;
  2. A high school diploma or equivalency (GED or HiSET) and be 18 years of age by the first day of classes;
  3. Placed into M 120  or a grade of “SA” or “C” or higher in M 065~ ;
  4. Placed into WRIT 101 ; and
  5. Completed background check as listed in application packet.
  • Students accepted into the program must have a comprehensive background check and occupational health clearance, along with proof of immunizations listed in application packet.
  • Compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) policies is mandatory.

Program Information

  • Pharmacy Technology is a one-year certificate program starting fall semester.
  • The program offers both classroom and practical, clinical experiences.
  • Students receiving full-time financial aid should inquire about special conditions that apply to this program.
  • Graduates of this program will be prepared to sit for both the EXCPT and PTCB, national certification examinations.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $30.00 is due at the time of application for a background check.

Opportunities After Graduation

  • Pharmacies in both community businesses and hospitals require certified pharmacy technicians to assist pharmacists. Opportunities for advancement grow with increased skills and experience as well as increased levels of certification.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center ir the Faculty Advisor.

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                          
Russ Lamson Janice Alexander, Ph.D.
LRC 129 RH 107
(406) 756-3885 (406) 756-3948


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