The PTP will grant graduates an Associate in Science degree. The following outlines the proposed coursework required. All required pre-requisites should be fulfilled before advancing to the next course within a sequence. A grade of "C" or better must be earned for a course to be considered as fulfilling a pre-requisite requirement for all the PHARM courses.
Effective Fall of 2012 to be eligible for enrollment in the PTP program, the student must meet the following criteria:
Application is available online. Only completed application packets will be considered. Completed applications must include all official college transcripts. Grades in progress will be accepted. Transcripts with posted grades must be submitted by June 10.
Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:
This degree program is designed for students who will be available to attend classes and practicum full-time during the fall and spring semesters. Upon completion of this program, and practicum courses, the student will be fully eligible to take the State or National Board Examination to become certified pharmacy technician.
SUPERVISED PRACTICE REQUIREMENTS
Upon request by the site, students may have to provide evidence of a current physical examination performed by a licensed health practitioner. The following forms need to be completed and a copy on file in the director’s office:
The student will be required to have proof of immunization as required by the site. The common immunizations are:
The Hepatitis B series should have the second injection completed by the start of the program.
Students submit their immunization record to the instructor and/or Program Director. This form must be completed prior to the first day of supervised practice. The form will be kept for two years, then discarded (shredded). It may be kept longer if the national accreditation agency mandates it.
Students may also be required to undergo a drug test. The cost for the drug test MAY be covered by the facility requesting the test. If not, the student will be responsible for this cost. This test needs to be completed and cleared before the student can start the supervised practice. Students must have a clean drug screen to participate in the program. There is no retest for a failed drug screen. While in the program, students may be subjected to additional/random drug screening. The college will pay for the random drug screening.
Some sites may also require a background check. The cost MAY be covered by the facility requesting the check otherwise the student will be responsible for the cost. Please check with the site. The background check must be completed and cleared before the student can start the supervised practice.
Background check procedure:
The instructor will not have access or knowledge of any information regarding the results of the background check except who pass and who do not pass. Reasons for passing or not passing will be kept private and confidential.
The Dean of Careers and Technology secures and protects the results of the drug screens and background checks from any unauthorized access.
BLOODBORN PATHOGEN TRAINING
Some sites may also require that a student complete bloodborne pathogen training. Check with the practicum site or the Program Director if one is required or if they require a specific training program. Otherwise, there is a free training site available at:
The student will need to print off a training completion certificate as proof of successful completion. The training/certification program must be OSHA or California OSHA approved.
All students must have malpractice insurance (from MARSH USA). Proof of this policy is given to the student and kept on file in the Area office on campus. Information on Professional Liability Insurance offered can be found online at MARSH USA. The limits of liability for students are: $1,000,000 each incident or $3,000,000 aggregate. Student will purchase the liability insurance at the beginning of the semester. Information is provided in each lab or practicum course. The liability insurance is valid from August of the current year to August of the following year. If a student purchases liability insurance during the fall semester, that insurance will be valid until August of next year. If a student purchases liability insurance in spring semester, the liability insurance will be valid until August of that same year. Liability insurance is purchased per year as needed regardless of how many practicum courses the student is enrolled in.
Students are responsible for the cost of all personal medical care during the Program; therefore, it is strongly advised that each student carry adequate medical insurance. Some facilities will require the students to carry medical insurance and provide them with proof.
The site shall provide first-aid treatment to the student needing such care, but shall not be obligated to furnish any other medical or surgical treatment. All California resident students will be covered for on-the-job injuries through the District Worker’s Compensation plan when the student is not being paid by the facility where they are being trained and the program qualifies for worker’s compensation coverage. If injured on the job, the student must inform the practicum coordinator/program director immediately.
LIABILITY ASSOCIATED WITH PARTICIPATING IN THIS PRACTICUM EXPERIENCE
It is the responsibility of each student to provide his/her own travel to and from the site. Every student must sign the Agreement to Participate and Waiver/Assumption of Risk (on file in the college area office) before he/she can participate in the practicum experience. The student voluntarily assumes all risks associated with participating in this practicum experience.