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2023-2024 Catalog SVC 
2023-2024 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmacy Technician Certificate

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The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program prepares students for the role of support personnel in hospital, clinical, community, and other pharmacy settings. Working under the direction of a licensed pharmacist, Pharmacy Technicians provide assistance to the pharmacist in a variety of technical tasks involving the packaging, distribution, compounding, labeling, and recording of drugs. Students will receive training in drug products, calculations, dosages, dispensing techniques, inventory management, third-party billing, and Washington State pharmacy law. In addition to lecture, students will have hands-on training in a lab environment and an opportunity to complete a practicum experience. This certificate requires four to five quarters of full-time attendance to complete the program of study, and has 30-35 credits of foundation courses required prior to Winter quarter entry to complete the core courses.

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Degree Intent and Transfer Options

Upon completion, Workforce degrees and/or certificates are intended to give students the skills needed to move directly into employment. While these degrees are not intended to transfer to a university, students will be eligible to apply for admission to Skagit Valley College’s Bachelor of Applied Science - Management (BASM) degree  and, in some cases, could transfer to other schools. If you are interested in continuing your education by entering a bachelor’s degree program, please work closely with your Academic Advisor and Department Chair.

Program Map

Program Maps are an integral part of the Planning Guide. All foundation courses must be completed with a C grade or higher before a student may begin core classes. Completion of Math and English are a priority. Foundation courses are only offered in certain quarters. Core courses must be taken in sequence and a student may only begin core courses Winter quarter. This Program Map includes a recommended quarterly sequence of courses for a full-time student to earn this degree within two years. The courses align with the appropriate number of credits to meet degree requirements and is designed to help you create an individualized, customized Educational Plan, required of all SVC students. Please consult with an SVC Advisor to schedule courses and develop your personal Educational Plan.

69 credits

Foundation Courses: Quarter 1

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits: 13

Foundation Courses: Quarter 3

Total Credits: 11

Winter Quarter - ENTRY ONLY - Core Courses

The following courses must be taken in sequence.

Total Credits: 12

Total Credits: 13

Total Credits: 7

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