Tulsa Community College’s Pharmacy Technology program is an education designed to prepare students for the field of pharmacy technology, which provides a growing number of opportunities in a wide range of medical settings. The program strives to balance technical training and classroom instruction in order to impart the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs and goals established by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the pharmacy profession. We provide you with expert classroom instruction and diverse experiential learning with sites in community, institutional, closed-door, and compounding pharmacies. TCC provides a high level of instruction with our state-of-the-art pharmacy lab for simulation in apothecary, sterile compounding, and community/retail practice, allowing students to receive individualized attention. Completion of this program prepares you to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification exam.
Admission to the Program
The Pharmacy Technology program admits a new class each semester beginning in August and January. Admission to the class is limited to 24 students. The Pharmacy Technology classes are day courses offered on the Metro Campus and will take 16 weeks to complete.
Program Application Instructions
- All prospective Pharmacy Technology students who have not been enrolled at TCC within the past year must complete an application for admission to the College before applying to the Pharmacy Technology program and submit official high school transcripts or GED, ACT scores, and official previous college transcripts to the Metro Campus Student Completion Services office at 909 South Boston, Tulsa, OK 74119. High school seniors need to send a seventh (7th) semester transcript and an official transcript with final grades and graduation date upon completion of high school. Incomplete submissions will not be considered for admission into the Pharmacy Technology program. Admission to Tulsa Community College does not guarantee admission to the Pharmacy Technology program.
- Applications to the Pharmacy Technology program must be completed online at tulsacc.edu/ApplyAlliedHealth by June 1 for the fall semester and by November 1 for the spring semester; however, with the approval of the Program Director, applications are accepted outside of those dates if a class still has seats available. For more information, contact the Department of Allied Health office at 918-595-7002. Your TCC student ID number will be needed to complete the application.
- First-time college students must meet with an academic advisor regarding new student orientation, appropriate college placement testing, and possible high school curricular deficiencies. Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in basic math, English, reading, writing and speaking.
Program Admission Requirements
- Applicants must be a high school graduate or possess a high school equivalency (GED) and have a high school or college cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.
- Concurrent high school students must be 18 years before their clinical rotations, have only three (3) credit hours of high school coursework remaining, and must meet TCC’s concurrent admission policies.
- Applicants must participate in an interview with the program director and/or a program delegate.
- An extensive criminal background check, including but not limited to, a seven-year county of residence nationwide criminal history check, national sexual predator screening, Social Security check, and Medicare/Medicaid fraud screening is required by all clinical affiliates. All Allied Health students participating in clinicals are required to complete these background checks, immunizations and a drug screening test by the Department of Allied Health office deadline prior to the first clinical rotation. Any positive findings may be subject to review by the clinical affiliates and could prevent the student from completing clinical requirements.
English Language Proficiency
An official iBT® TOEFL (internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) test score or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Band score is required as proof of English proficiency for any International student for whom English is a second language who is applying to any Tulsa Community College health sciences program. Students who have graduated from a U.S. high school will not be required to take the iBT Toefl or IELTS tests. Your scores must be current within 2 years of the semester for which you are applying.
For health sciences students, the minimum sub-scores on the internet based TOEFL (iBT®) are 21 for Writing; 24 for Speaking; 20 for Reading; and 20 for Listening, with a total minimum score of 85.
For students choosing the IELTS test, acceptable scores include: 6.5 for Reading; 6.5 for listening; 7.5 for Speaking; and 6 for Writing, for a total IELTS Bans score of 6.5. These required minimum scores must be met for each of the four sub-tests on a single exam. A total score that does not meet the sub-score minimums does not meet the requirement. Exceptions to this policy may be considered on an individual basis.
Students must go to www.ets.org/toefl to find a TOEFL iBT testing site, register and pay for the test. Students may go to www.ielts.org/us to find an IELTS testing center and register and pay for the test. Both tests cost approximately $190. Students are highly encouraged to take practice tests to prepare for these important tests. Your official scores, including ALL Sub-scores, must be sent directly to the TCC Registrar’s Office.
Teresa Foster BS, CPht.
Office: MP 446 Phone: 918-595-7005
Pharmacy Lab MP 408 Phone: 918-595-8303
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Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program you will be able to:
- Develop personal and interpersonal knowledge and skills.
- Apply professional concepts and skills to the role of a pharmacy technician.
- Outline the processing and handling of medications and medication orders.
- Prepare sterile and non-sterile compounds
- Describe procedures of procurement, billing, reimbursement and inventory management.
- Apply procedures to ensure patient and medication safety.
- Discuss the use of technology in the pharmacy setting.
- Describe regulatory issues as a pharmacy technician.
- Apply quality assurance as a pharmacy technician.
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View a semester-by-semester course plan of study on the Pharmacy Technology Certificate Program Map.