Pharmacy Technician Training Program (PTTP)

ASHP Accreditation – Candidate

Pharmacy Technician preparing a pharmacy order

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Purpose of training program

Pharmacy Technician Training Program (PTTP) helps students train as pharmacy technicians and become certified through Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).  PTTP is designed to train pharmacy technicians to better support pharmacists, to improve patient safety, reduce medication errors, and improve efficiency in the pharmacy, as well as helping pharmacies meet regulatory and training requirements.  PTTP graduates are well trained to meet high quality performance standards and are prepared to pass state and national certification exams.  Important topics covered in PTTP curriculum include:  medication error prevention and safety, calculations, pharmacology, community pharmacy practice, institutional pharmacy practice, federal law, and state specific pharmacy law. 

Question about the program? Contact Christy Hughes, CPhT  OHSUPTTP@ohsu.edu

Admission Criteria

  • Meet Oregon-specific requirements for employment of pharmacy technicians
  • Pass English Comprehension and Math Calculation pre assessments
  • Pass drug screening and background check
  • Comply with OHSU immunization requirements
  • Maintain active Health Insurance

Professional requirements/ Pharmacy Tech certification board requirements

Application process

What you will need:

  • Application form
  • HS Diploma/GED
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • Letter of Recommendation

Interview process:

  • Interview with Selection Committee
  • Complete English comprehension and math calculation pre-assessments
  • Background Check
  • Drug Screen

Onboarding process:

  • Tour of Pharmacies
  • Compass Modules
  • Access Request
  • Scrub Access
  • Trimet Hop Pass
  • TRC Login

How to apply

Tuition

Tuition: $3000

Included in tuition:

  • Books and simulation supplies
  • One time PTCB voucher to complete National Certification Practice Exam
  • One time PTCB attempt to complete National Certification Exam
  • OHSU email account
  • OHSU student badge
  • Scrub access
  • Trimet Hop pass
  • Access to Electives

Payment Options:

  • $500 down prior to start date
  • Remaining $2500 paid in full

Or

  • Remaining $2500 broken down into 5 installments
    • $500 due by week 4
    • $500 due by week 8
    • $500 due by week 12
    • $500 due by week 16
    • $500 due by week 20

Scholarship:
OHSU Pharmacy employees please inquire OHSUPTTP@ohsu.edu

Professional Development Reimbursement Program (PDRP):
OHSU employees are encouraged to apply.

Program content

The Pharmacy Technician Training Program is a 400 hour program completed within 20 weeks. 

135 hours - Didactic 53 hours - Simulation 222 hours - Experiential

Recruitment timeline

Cohort April 2020 July 2020 January 2021
Program Duration 04/6/20-08/24/20 07/6/20-11/25/20 1/4/21-5/21/21
Application Deadline 2/28/20 4/30/20 10/30/20
Interviews 1/6/20-2/28/20 4/6/20-5/8/20 10/5/20-11/6/20
Acceptance Letter 2/10/20-2/28/20 5/11/20-5/29/20 11/9/20-11/27/20
Background Check 3/2/20-3/16/20 6/1/20-6/15/20 11/30/20-12/14/20
Onboarding 3/17/20-4/3/20 6/16/20-7/3/20 12/15/20-12/31/20
Start date 4/6/20 7/6/20 1/4/21

Electives

  • Optional opportunities to explore different pharmacy avenues
  • Expansion of experiential hours
  • Gain an understanding of pharmacy technician roles and responsibilities within the different departments.

Prospects for employment and salary expectations

Employment of pharmacy technicians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations.

The population is aging, and older people typically use more prescription medicines than younger people. Higher rates of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, among all age groups also will lead to increased demand for prescription medications. Advances in pharmaceutical research will allow for more prescription medications to be used to fight diseases.

In addition, pharmacy technicians will be needed to take on a greater role in pharmacy operations because pharmacists are increasingly performing more patient care activities, such as giving flu shots. Technicians will need to perform tasks—such as collecting patient information, preparing more types of medications, and verifying the work of other technicians—that were previously done by pharmacists.

Summary Facts for pharmacy technicians:

2018 Median Pay:  $32,700 per year/ $15.72 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education:  High school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in a Related Occupation:  None
On-the-job Training:  Moderate-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2018:  420,400
​​​​​​​Job Outlook, 2018-28:  7% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2018-28:  31,500

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Pharmacy Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/pharmacy-technicians.htm (visited December 20, 2019).

Mission Statement

OHSU Pharmacy Technician Training Program (PTTP) is designed to standardize the training process across the enterprise, enhance the quality of candidates in the workforce, and increase retention of our pharmacy technicians by providing access to training courses for career development.

Questions? Contact Christy Hughes, CPhT  OHSUPTTP@ohsu.edu

To learn more fill out the interest form