Welcome to
Pharmacy
Technician
Orientation
February 12, 2013
Classes begin
Tue, April 15 - 6:45 pm
• Pharmacy Technician Careers
• Job opportunities and pay rates
• How our training program prepares you
• Classes, externs...
Your Instructors:
• Christine Tannious: Bachelor of Science
California State University Northridge
• Registered Pharmacy Technician
• Verej Isanians: Doctor of Science in Pharmacy,
Haibuscak University, Armenia
• Certified Pharmacy Technician
About West LA College’s program
• Professional training program – we fully prepare
you to be a successful pharmacy technic...
Pharmacy Technician Careers
Pharmacy Technician Jobs - Why now?
Very Strong Demand
Among the Fastest Growing Healthcare Oc...
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Research & Development in drugs
Aging Population
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Learn about the Pharmacy Technician school at West LA College. Competitively priced, affordable, BEST internship - 120 hours over 2 months time.

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  • Barry introduces himself as Associate Dean.
    Then delivers the agenda.
    If you enroll by tonight for Advanced Pharmacy tech, you’ll be entered to win one
    of the embroidered West LA scrubs tops before your externship starts.
  • Barry Introduces
    Christine and
    Verej
    Combined they have over 14 years of CLINICAL Pharmacy Tech experience so they are
    Highly qualified to train you and encourage you in advancing your career.
  • Barry Introduces
    Christine
  • Barry Introduces
    Verej
    Turns it over to Christine:
  • Christine:
    Welcome to our pharmacy technician program orientation. My name is Christine Tannious. I’ve been a pharmacy technician for 13 years. I also have my BS in biology and now I’m training to be a pharmacist.
    Both of my parents are pharmacists so I’ve been around pharmacy my whole life. And I am one of the Pharmacy Technician instructors
    here at West LA College and I’ve been teaching this Professional Training Program for over 5 years.
    Let me introduce Verej Isanians to you: He will be your other instructor. Verej why don’t you say a few things about yourself.
    Verej: I am VI – I’ve been in the pharmacy field for 13 years. I graduated from pharmacy school in 1999, moved to the US and I’ve been teaching pharmacy technician programs since 2008. Technology for pharmacy technicians and the pharmacy field is changing every day, so my expertise is with technology in the pharmacy and automation of processing physician orders. Working in hospital settings and retail pharmacy settings has given me the experience to train students the way the current health care field demands.
    I’m very glad you’re part of this orientation. You’re going to learn a lot tonight, and we’ll be very excited for you if you decide this is the right career for you. And it will be very rewarding for you if you decide to enroll tonight.
    Christine: Thank you Verej. I’m really glad you’ve chosen to learn more about our profession. Now, let me give you the background about our Pharmacy Technician Training program.
    1)This is a professional training program – we will fully prepare you to be a successful pharmacy technician
    2) Our program objectives are based on the guidelines of American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP)
    3) We have over 490hours of classroom and lab training
    4) Including your Pharmacy Externship – 120 hours in the real pharmacy, but don’t worry, you’ll be fully trained before your externship.
    5) We’ve been Training pharmacy professionals since 2009. Our pharmacy technicians
    are working all over Los Angeles County, so you may finish your externship hours
    with some of our graduates and possibly be working some of them, too.
  • Christine:
    Very Strong Demand
    Among the Fastest Growing Healthcare Occupations in California
    Predicted to grow by 25 – 35% through 2018 (28% growth in Orange County)
    About 29,000 people work as Pharmacy Techs in California
    Expect 9,600 new positions statewide in the next 6 to 8 years
  • Verej: Why are Pharmacy Technician Careers Growing?
    Research and Development of drugs will never stop.
    The increase of research and development in pharmaceutical companies and adding pharmaceuticals to existing markets like cosmetics and biotechnology is part of the reason for the growth of the Pharmacy Technician career.
    (Show the three PDRs. ) Every year new drugs are being released by the Food&Drug Administration (FDA) Pharmacy technicians are becoming vital to the health care team.
    Aging population –
    Our population is aging and in correlation with that, the need of medications and health care is also increasing.
    Job Growth – The California Employment Development Department projects that Pharmacy Technician Job growth will add 50,000 additional jobs by 2018. Again, that is only in California.
    2 Technicians per Pharmacist - It is the general practice for most retail pharmacies to have 2 pharmacy technicians per Pharmacist on duty. That means if there are two pharmacists on duty, there will most times be 4 pharmacy technicians in the pharmacy.
    New Jobs Created by increased use of Technology -- There are over 20 new job titles in the Pharmacy Tech scope of practice since I started in Pharmacy Tech career 12 years ago. I’ll show you some of those in a minute.
    By combining pharmacy and computers and technology – the field needs smarter, more computer savvy pharmacy techs to fill the new jobs.
  • Verej: ALL DIFFERENT KINDS OF PEOPLE. If you have a passion about medication or you like to know about drugs, you like helping others … these are the kind of people who make good pharmacy technicians.
    Even if you want to become a nurse or a physician or a Certified Nursing Assistant – Pharmacy can be a bridge to those careers. They all need to know about medications. So it’s a great introduction to the health care field.
    Do you like to organize, use computers, be in the research, prefer an office to a retail environment – there are all different kinds of pharmacy tech jobs.
    And it can be the beginning of a long range career goal of becoming pharmacist.
  • Christine: First off, let’s talk a bit about the job of the pharmacy technician?
    What is going on behind the counter? Why does it take 15 minutes to fill my prescription?
    Here’s why: RESPONSIBILITIES. You need to make absolutely sure the proper medicine is being given to the patient because it can mean life or death!
    And you have to remember that your customers are people who are relying on you all the time.
    CHRISTINE: PEOPLE – CUSTOMERS
    CHRISTINE: Before I move to the next slide, let me ask you a question – Do you know how many different pharmacy fields pharmacy technicians can work? (wait for answers from the audience)
  • Christine:
    You need to have the proper technical skills and knowledge to be a Pharmacy Technician.
    So let’s go back to the question of why it takes 15 minutes to fill a prescription.
    You have a lot of responsibilities:
    You take the prescription from the customer or print from the computer.
    You need to find the correct medication
    Type the prescription into the computer
    Add their insurance or check on their insurance
    Fill the prescription accurately
    Give to the pharmacist to check for quality assurance.
    All of these things happen to be sure that you and your loved ones get the accurate medication.
    Medications are not vitamins… the wrong dosage or the wrong medication can cause complications.
  • Christine:
    In addition, you’re responsible for inventory - you order medications every night if you don’t have them in stock.
    You’re also responsible for keeping the pharmacy clean.
  • Christine:
    Part of your job function in a retail environment like Rite Aid or Walgreen’s is to interact with a variety of people from different backgrounds, different ages, different races, different medical conditions, different personalities. You have to like people and know how to deal with them if you choose to work in a RETAIL pharmacy setting. People might be sick, they can be elderly…. You need to take extra good care of them.
    We will train you how to communicate professionally with people, how to handle different types of people, fill their prescription accurately, and be a team player with other pharmacy staff.
  • CHRISTINE: Pharmacy Tech Job Types: What’s great about the pharmacy technician profession is you have many Pharmacy settings you can choose from. You’re not limited to a specific setting. Your success will depend on you finding the right fit and environment for your own personality, so can use your own personal skills and strengths.
    RETAIL: Retail is the largest pharmacy technician setting that we have.
    You start as a Pharmacy Technician, when you have enough experience, and hours in the pharmacy, you can be promoted to Lead Pharmacy Tech or Inventory Specialist. If you are people friendly, and have a helpful nature, this is the place you want to work.
    CLOSED DOOR PHARMACY: Closed Door Pharmacy is providing pharmacy services to nursing homes, assisted living, senior health care centers, Rehabilitation centers, Hospice care for (cancer, HIV patients) This also includes “Home Health Care” which means you don’t have any customer contact. You can work as a pharmacy technician, Lead technician, Inventory Specialists (also known as Purchasers)
    COMPOUNDING: If you like mixing – this is the place you want to be. Did you know that some prescriptions are custom made for special patients? They have different medication strength in each lotion, or cough medicine, or anti-aging creams, hormone creams, capsules… many different things.
    A compounding pharmacy is good for people who are detail oriented, focused and want minimal customer interaction.
    VEREJ:
    INSURANCE: With health care industry growing, the demand for pharmacy technicians in insurance company w/knowledge of brand and generic medication is increasing. You’ll be in contact with nurses, physicians, pharmacy technicians like yourself, pharmacists and most importantly, the patients. (1) Customer Service Representatives: You must have good communication skills.
    (2) Pharmacy Audit Representatives: Good math and pharmacy calculation skills are essential.
    (3) Prior-authorization Pharmacy Technician – work with physicians to approve non-formulary medication based on patient need.
    In Insurance, a rapidly emerging job is: PBM – Pharmacy Benefit Management –
    MAIL ORDER: Mail order is a fast paced work environment with orders coming by computer transaction directly from the physician’s office. There is no communication involved with you and the customer. You are preparing computer orders, fax orders and phone orders for mailing to customers. If you are a punctual and detail oriented person, this may be the right work environment for you.
    HOSPITALS: With advanced training, you can be working as clinical pharmacy technician in a hospital setting. The benefit of working in hospital setting, it pays more, better benefits and more clinical experience. You’re part of the clinical team that works closely with the nursing staff, physicians and other health care providers.
    You have to be professional, efficient and ethical.
  • Verej: So let’s talk about where the jobs are.
    Approximately two thirds of pharmacy techs work in Retail settings.
    About a quarter of the jobs are in hospital settings. Employers are more selective in hiring at this level – but you earn much higher pay.
    That’s why it requires advanced training, which we provide in our program.
    Even if you’ve been working in retail – you still need specialized training to work in a hospital.
    Most of the clinical jobs are in hospital /Inpatient settings that includes Veterans Hospitals.
    The other 10% are in long term or residential care, public agencies and insurance industry.
    In the USA, the job of Pharmacy Technician is a stable job.
    Pharmacy Technicians in a clinical setting play a vital role in pharmaceutical care.
    Surveyed pharmacists report a 70% satisfaction level working with pharmacy technicians.
    Growth: From 1996 – 2010 pharmacy technician field grew 82,650 jobs to 259,000.
    The future projection is about 17,500 clinical pharmacy technician jobs in the US.
    And you only need one of those jobs to start.
    The other 10% are in long term or residential care, public agencies and insurance industry. I see more growth in this area, especially with the passing of Affordable Health Care Act, known as Covered California here.
    In the USA, surveyed pharmacists report a 70% satisfaction level working with pharmacy technicians.
    Growth: From 1996 – 2010 pharmacy technician field grew 82,650 jobs to 259,000.
    And as we told you earlier, the future projection is an 50,000 additional jobs by 2018 .
  • Christine:
    Here is an sample of a pharmacy technician career path.
    You begin with a training like ours – our Pharmacy Tech TRAINING
    Then you will have your Pharmacy Tech Retail/Community Pharmacy Externship
    We will help you apply for your LICENSING.
    Then you’re going to work for awhile – and if you’re interested to grow further,you’ll consider advancing in your career, you want to move onto hospital/clinical settings and higher paying jobs.
    The great news is that our combined training program with the additional 80 hours in inpatient and sterile products training prepares you to work in clinical settings, so there’s no need to interrupt your work to come back to school.
    You can become a Lead Pharmacy Technician.
    You can teach, like Verej and I do. Or become a program director for a Pharm Tech school.
    You can work in Information Technology for a large variety of companies that are in the Pharmaceutical industry (elaborate).
    And you can go to Pharmacy School to become a Pharmacist!
  • VEREJ:
    (no more than two minutes on this slide)
    We have five main work environments for Clinical Pharmacy Tech Jobs
    Hospital Inpatient Pharmacy (this is where the majority of the jobs are)
    Home Health Care Pharmacy
    Nursing Homes / Senior Homes
    Closed Door Pharmacies
    Some Compounding Pharmacies
    Hospice Care
    You won’t be doing just one function
    Six months of my Cedars employment was
    Emergency room is different
    Labor and Delivery is different
    Pediatrics is different
    It’s a huge area to cover
    Distribution and IV are the main functions for Hospital training.
  • VEREJ:
    Different environment than Retail Pharmacy Setting:
    Hospital or Inpatient care settings requires a more knowledgeable staff for all level of care.
    That includes Pharmacy Technicians.
    Responsibilities are more critical:
    In regards to patient’s life, everything you do is critical.
    In the hospital pharmacy you’re preparing parenteral medications.
    PARENTERAL – means not by mouth – directly to the blood stream which means errors are fatal.
    So you HAVE to pay attention.
    Being on time is even more important than in retail pharmacy
    You have from 1 to 15 minutes to deliver STAT (immediately required) medication
    Some medications can cost up to $25,000 for ONE dose (a cancer drug)
    HIGHER PAY:
    You have more responsibilities and higher levels of responsibility.
    You are responsible to a staff, co-workers and responsible to patients.
    Your pharmacist is depending on you, the nurses are depending on you and the patients are depending on you and the FAMILY is going to be depending on you, too.
    ADDITIONAL STATE and FEDERAL REGULATIONS:
    Besides having Federal and State government regulations, there are privately established organizations that do rating for the hospitals. So you have to comply with those recommendations and standards of these organizations. For example: THE JOINT COMMISSION, HIPPA, BOP, OSHA – and you’ll learn all about these in class. If they visit your workplace and they ask you a compliance question, you have to be able to answer their questions in the moment.
    HIGHER STANDARD PERSONAL/CLINICAL PERFORMANCE:
    As a Pharmacy Technician you HAVE to stay current in your education and your performance.
    Minimum of 20 hours of Continuing Education is required in every hospital now.
    Re: critical responsibilities
    USING A HIGHER LEVEL OF YOUR PHARMACY TECH SKILLS:
    Hospitals will require you to take an entrance test to assess your knowledge.
    If you don’t pass it, you’re not hired.
    They’ll be testing your math skills.
    And brand and generic drug knowledge.
    Check in with yourself and ask “How open are you to learning new things?” because it is changing every day.
    Your eagerness to learn is required because you’re going to learn new things every day.
    In a hospital it’s all so fast – you learn one thing and you turn around and you have to learn something new – new drugs, new technologies, new regulations – all the time.
    CHRISTINE: LARGER ENVIRONMENT:
    CHRISTINE: Hospital busy, large ; Assisted Living Facilities, Senior Homes
    What to expect to see there.
    How is it different from Retail Pharmacy
    In contact with patients – you can’t be squeamish – take more compassion – more patience.
    More emotional skills, better interpersonal skills.
    And we train you for that.
  • VEREJ:
    So let’s talk about money and how much these jobs pay!
    Entry Level wages average for Retail Pharmacy Techs starts at $12.50 per hr which is $26,000 per year. Plus you’ll get benefits if you work full-time.
    Outpatient / Independent Pharmacy - $15 to $18 per hour, which comes to $31,2000 - $37,440 per year.
    Those with about 4 years of experience can expect about $22 per hour, or $46k per year.
    And when you get to the clinical settings like hospitals, the pay range jumps to $25-$38 per hour, which equates to $52,000 to $79,000 per year.
    The wage range for Experienced Clinical Pharmacy Techs will depend on your specializations, where you work and the duration of your experience. i.e.) full time vs. part-time / hospital vs. closed door
    Barry and Verej will mention the need of multi-lingual
    Who speaks more than 1 language?
    The state of California is a multi-lingual, multi-cultural state. Being multi-lingual is a huge benefit for Pharmacy Techs in this state.
    It can increase your pay and the type of job you qualify for.
    So you can see how our comprehensive 10-month training program can really position you well for a great, high-paying career with lots of room for advancement.
    Plus, if you enroll tonight for Pharmacy tech, you’ll be entered to win one
    of the embroidered WLAC scrub tops which you’ll receive at the beginning of class.
  • VEREJ:
    So now that we’ve talked about the types of work available, let’s talk about our professional training program here at West LA College and how we prepare you to succeed in this field.
    This is a quality education training program. You’ll have class three days a week and it takes about 9 months to finish.
    You’ll also have to set aside time to study and do homework.
    We provide a great deal of hands-on training because that’s how you learn best – by doing.
    When you finish your seven classes with passing scores, you’ll do an externship of 120 hours.
    And a great feature of our program is that it is affordable and costs much, much less than what competitor programs charge. We’ll talk about that later.
  • VEREJ:
    Read the slide.
    Review the weekly class schedule that is handed out.
    Talk about the textbooks (handout)
    How you start with Intro to Pharmacy, go into Calculations, Pharmacology, etc.
  • VEREJ:
    Read the slide.
    Classes start at 6:45 on Tuesday and Thursday nights, so that means you should try to arrive by 6:30.
  • CHRISTINE:
    The facilities here at West are state of the art.
    You can see the Math Science building, which just opened a few years ago.
    Most of your class time you will be in MSA 111, which is the Pharmacy Tech lab, designed for this program. We will go there on a tour following this orientation.
    The room is laid out for the Pharmacy Tech program, with great tables and lots of counter space.
  • CHRISTINE:
    Here are some students from a recent class using practicing filling prescriptions.
    You can see some of the supplies you’ll be using in class. Of course we use an assortment of fake medications that simulate what the real ones look like.
  • VEREJ:
    This is our back Pharmacy Tech laboratory next to MSA 111, with a lot of the supplies.
    You can see our specialty vent hoods that you will use to prepare sterile injectibles like IV bags.
    And you can see some scales on the counter and mortar and pestles in the cabinets. Hey, look at that handsome man!
  • Christine:
    Here is your check list for Externships!
    You’ll complete and pass your 7 required classes.
    Purchase your scrub sets
    Some pharmacies do require lab coats (so if that is a requirement at your pharmacy, you’ll get a lab coat.)
    If you can set up an externship in a hospital,
    You will need to have a clear drug screening and proper immunizations.
    And some might require a physical exam.
  • Christine:
    When you finish this professional training program, here is what you will be able to do. (Don’t read the bullet points).
    All of these skills are critical to be able to work in the field as a Pharmacy Technician.
    With the training you’ll receive and the externship you’ll perform, you’ll be ready to get your state license and go to work.
  • Christine:
    Briefly touch on the things they need to get their state license.
  • Christine: Now let’s talk about cost.
    Our program is very reasonably priced at just $3,300 for 9 months of instruction, totaling more than 490 hours, with lots of hands-on experience.
    By comparison, most of the private schools in Southern California are charging $17 to $20-thousand – more than 5 times our program.
    So to go there you are going to need to shell out a lot more money and probably need to arrange for student loans and when you finish you are drowning in debt.
    Those schools charge so much because they have huge marketing budgets and high overhead – and they are for-profit institutions.
    West LA College is a community college, and even though Westside Extension is a self-supporting entity of the college, we price our instruction very affordably.
    There are cheaper programs out there too, but they generally have a lot less instruction and hands-on training – especially in the advanced clinical portions.
    So we think our program offers the best choice overall for a comprehensive program at an affordable price.
  • CHRISTINE:
    Covers the professional dress, behavior.
    The information on where to buy the scrubs is on the handout. You will need to have your scrubs by the third week of class.
    Your hair must be clean and neat
    Closed Toe shoes are a MUST so you don’t hurt yourself in the lab.
    VEREJ:
    Tattoos must be covered.
    Excessive piercing is not allowed in any health care setting due to government regulation.
    No chewing gum in class or lab.
  • VEREJ:
    Behave Professionally:
    You are being trained as if you are on the job already.
    Arrive on time (15 minutes early is even better) – shift changing in the hospital….report from colleagues.
    Turn your work in on time
    Electronic devices are tuned off unless assignment related
    Leave your problems outside the classroom Part of your training is to learn how to leave your problems at the door, so you can be of service to others when you’re on the job. Because this is how it works on the job for pharmacy technician – this is also how it works in our classroom.
    Have a Helpful and Positive Attitude
    Teamwork – Be cooperative when working in groups and teams
    Respect for your instructors, your fellow students
  • Barry:
    Also refer to the sheet for the advanced students who wish to just take the clinical courses. $700 for those two.
  • Barry:
    We have three people available to answer more specific questions for you.
  • Spring 2014 Pharmacy Technician School, Pharmacy Tech Orientation, West LA College, Orientation presentation - Los Angeles, CA

    1. 1. Welcome to Pharmacy Technician Orientation February 12, 2013 Classes begin Tue, April 15 - 6:45 pm
    2. 2. • Pharmacy Technician Careers • Job opportunities and pay rates • How our training program prepares you • Classes, externship, licensing and how to enroll • Q & A • Tour of the classroom & lab • Enroll by tonight and you’ll be entered to win a West LA College Pharmacy Tech scrubs top! Orientation Agenda
    3. 3. Your Instructors:
    4. 4. • Christine Tannious: Bachelor of Science California State University Northridge • Registered Pharmacy Technician
    5. 5. • Verej Isanians: Doctor of Science in Pharmacy, Haibuscak University, Armenia • Certified Pharmacy Technician
    6. 6. About West LA College’s program • Professional training program – we fully prepare you to be a successful pharmacy technician • Program objectives are based on the guidelines of American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) • Over 490 hours of classroom and lab training • Includes 120 hours Community Pharmacy Externship • Training pharmacy professionals since 2009
    7. 7. Pharmacy Technician Careers Pharmacy Technician Jobs - Why now? Very Strong Demand Among the Fastest Growing Healthcare Occupations in California Predicted to grow by 25 – 35% through 2018 (28% growth in Orange County) About 29,000 persons work as a Pharmacy Tech in California Expect 9,600 new positions statewide in the next 6 to 8 years
    8. 8. Pharmacy Technician Careers Research & Development in drugs Aging Population Job Growth - 50,000 add’l jobs/ 2018 2 Technicians per Pharmacist New jobs created by increased use of Technology, Computers and Informatics Why is it Growing?
    9. 9. Pharmacy Technician Question: What kind of people enjoy working as a Pharmacy Tech? Answer: All different types. If you have a passion for medication, for helping others, you will like this profession. It is a great way to start a career in healthcare, and there are many different job environments.
    10. 10. • What is going on behind the counter? • Responsibilities • PEOPLE! – Customers Pharmacy Technician What is the job of the Pharmacy Technician?
    11. 11. 1) Technical Skills & KnowledgeWhy does it take 15 minutes to fill a prescription? Because people’s lives are depending upon YOUR ACCURACY!
    12. 12. Pharmacy Technician What else are Pharmacy Technicians responsible for? 2) Pharmacy Operations 1) Daily ordering of medications (Ever been to a pharmacy and they were out of stock of your medication? It’s up to YOU to make sure medications are in stock!) 2) Cleaning of equipment w/alcohol (Continually throughout the day) 3) Cleaning of counters w/ alcohol …..(Nice to know pharmacies are cleaned ………throughout the day, isn’t it?) 4) Other duties as assigned by the …..Pharmacist
    13. 13. Pharmacy Technician3) Handling People/Customers When you’re in the pharmacy, you are taking care of OTHER PEOPLE! It’s your job to leave your problems at the door when you come to work. Your customers might be sick, they might be elderly, they might just be having a bad day… Part of your job is to communicate in a way that makes others feel better!
    14. 14. Pharmacy Tech Job Types
    15. 15. 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% Ambulatory Home Health Care, Compounding,Insurance Government Hospital Retail U.S. Bureau of statistics April 2011 Pharmacy Technician Jobs
    16. 16. Advised Pharmacy Technician path… Pharmacy Tech Jobs Licensing! Specialize!
    17. 17. Clinical Pharmacy Tech Job Types
    18. 18. How is Clinical Pharmacy Tech Different? • Different environment than Retail Pharmacy setting • Responsibilities are more critical • Higher pay • Additional State and Federal Regulations • Higher Standard Personal/Clinical Performance • Using Higher Level of Pharmacy Tech Skills • Faster paced environment – continually learning Clinical Pharmacy Tech Jobs
    19. 19. Salary Estimates (full time) Pharmacy Technician Jobs *Experienced Wages for Pharmacy Techs Will depend on your specialty, where you work, number of years experience, languages you speak, full-time vs. part-time / hospital vs. retail Retail Chain Pharmacy Outpatient or Indep. Retail 4 + years experience* Clinical Pharmacy Tech* $12.50+/hr $15 - 18/hr $22/hr $25 - 38/hr $26,000/yr $31,200 - 37,440/yr $45,760/yr $52,000 - 79,000/yr
    20. 20. Pharmacy Tech at West LA Program includes basic (retail) and clinical training Prepare with Pharmacy Tech Training at West LA Quality Education – 9 months training – 3 days a week Homework and study time – 3 to 5 hours a week Intensive “Hands-on experience” during training Professional Externship – 2 months – 120 hours Affordable Cost – Substantially less than competitors
    21. 21. Pharmacy Tech at West LA The 8 Classes You’ll Be Taking • Introduction to Pharmacy • Pharmacy Calculations • Body Systems / Pharmacology • Computers in Health Occupations • Sterile Products • Pharmacy Operations (Professionalism and Inventory) • Inpatient Pharmacy Services • Community Pharmacy Externship – 120 hours in 2 months
    22. 22. • Classes begin April 15 and end early Jan. 2015 • Classes meet Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays • Tue 6:45 pm – 10 pm • Thu 6:45 pm – 10 pm • Sat 9 am – 4:05/4:50 pm • Externship hours are arranged with individual pharmacy Your Class SCHEDULE! Pharmacy Tech at West LA
    23. 23. Pharmacy Tech at West LA New Math Science Building our Pharmacy Tech classroom
    24. 24. Pharmacy Tech at West LA Students filling prescriptions with mock medications
    25. 25. Pharmacy Tech at West LA Our Pharmacy Tech lab reflects the hospital/clinical environment
    26. 26. Checklist for Externships ___ Complete and pass your 7 required classes ___ Scrub sets (get at ProWearPlus – see handout or online link) ___ Lab coat (some facilities require a lab coat) ___ Clear Drug Screening ___ Proper Immunizations / TB Test ___ Physical Exam (some hospitals require one) Pharmacy Tech @WLACPharmacy Tech at West LA
    27. 27. Pharmacy Tech at West LA Upon completion of our program, you will be able to:  Receive and review prescriptions or medication orders for completeness and accuracy.  Prepare and distribute medications in a variety of health- system settings.  Perform arithmetical calculations required for usual dosage determinations and solution preparation.  Use your knowledge of proper aseptic technique and packaging in the preparation of medications.  Purchase pharmaceuticals and control the inventory of medications, devices and supplies according to an established plan in a variety of health systems.
    28. 28. Pharmacy Tech at West LA  Complete your Pharmacy Technician Training program at West LA College  Verification of high school diploma or GED equivalent (Int’l diplomas must be translated)  Verification of age 18 by the beginning of your externship  Social Security Card  Fingerprinting (LIVESCAN) We also recommend:  Background Clearance (online)  Clear Drug Screening (required for most Externships and ALL PAID PHARMACY JOBS) For complete details on licensing, see www.pharmacy.ca.gov How Do I Get My California Pharmacy Technician License?
    29. 29. Don’t Overpay! Choose West LA! West Los Angeles College American Career College UEI College Everest College 9 months $3,300 490 hours of intensive hands- on-experience in both retail and hospital settings 9 months $17,068 !! 8 months $19,565 !! 8 months $18,654 !!
    30. 30. Look Professional • Dress code for class is scrubs in the appropriate color • Hair must be clean and neat • Closed-toe shoes are required to protect from lab accidents • Tattoos must be covered • Excessive piercing is not allowed in any healthcare setting • No chewing gum Professional expectations of students for class, lab, externship Student Responsibilities
    31. 31. Behave Professionally • Arrive on time (15 minutes early is best) • Turn your work in when due • Electronic devices are off unless assignment related • Leave your problems outside the classroom • Have a helpful and positive attitude • Teamwork – be cooperative when working in groups because you are part of the healthcare team • Respect for your instructors and your fellow students Student Responsibilities
    32. 32. Payment Options (1) Full Certificate Program - $3,300 + books, materials, scrubs & fees Pay in full by Tuesday, April 15 (2) Three Installment Payments - $3,550 + books, materials, scrubs & fees 1st installment - $1,450 – pay by Tues, April 15 2nd installment - $1,450 – due by July 15 3rd installment - $650 – due by Oct. 21 Register now! Register online – Westside.WLAC.edu Register in person – Extension Office – Parking Lot 5 Register by phone – (310) 287-4475 Enrollment Details This is a Westside Extension not-for-credit certificate program Classes start April 15!
    33. 33. How to Register 1.Go to westside.wlac.edu 2.Sign in – use or create a student profile 3.Select Full Certificate Program or Part 1 – Installment 1 4. Click on class title to read the description 5. Add to your cart and check out! Enrollment Details
    34. 34. • Textbooks (see list; approx. $190-$265) • 2-3 sets of scrubs (approx. $34-60 per set, depending on style) • Criminal background check (approx. $62) • Clear drug screen (approx. $22) • Live Scan electronic fingerprinting for licensing ($71) • Application Fee for Licensing for the Board of Pharmacy ($80) • Parking Permits (optional - $20 Spring/Fall; $7 Summer/Winter) • Clinic laboratory coat (approx. $35 if required) Are there additional costs?
    35. 35. Want to talk to one of our Pharmacy Tech instructors? or Have questions about enrolling? Call (310) 287-4475 or Email westside@wlac.edu Enrollment Details
    36. 36. What do I do next? Pay registration fees in full or installments. Enroll now! Purchase textbooks – need by first week of class. Purchase your personal study supplies (notebooks, pens, etc.). Get your parking permit (buy online). Order your scrubs – wear to class starting the third week. Read and sign “Student Conduct Contract” on first day of class. START CLASS! Tuesday, April 15, at 6:45 pm! Enrollment Details
    37. 37. Thank you for your interest in our Pharmacy Technician Program Enroll now! Classes begin Tuesday, April 15, at 6:45 pm @WLAPharmacyTech facebook.com/Pharmacy TechTrainingWLAC

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