Pharmacy Tech Advising Information


The Pharmacy Technician Program is a three term, full-time, limited enrollment distance education certificate program which admits 24 students. 16 students from Central Oregon and 2 to 4 students from each partner school.  Students must meet with program advisor with the following documents:

Prior to the start of the cohort (fall term), admitted students must have the following:

  1. Three dose series of Hepatitis B vaccines, or vaccine series in progress (dose #1 completed, #2 in one month, #3 approximately six months after #2) and anti-HBs serological testing (titer) showing immunity (taken one to two months after third immunization).
  2. One-time dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis) as an adult.
  3. Two Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccines, at least four weeks apart, or if born before 1957, one vaccine; or vaccine series in progress, with first does prior to the winter term and second dose at one month; or laboratory evidence (titer) of measles, mumps and rubella immunity.
  4. Two doses Varicella vaccine, four weeks apart; or serological (titer) evidence of immunity to Varicella.
  5. 2 Step TB Testing (PPD) or blood draw (IGRA):  

    • Provide documentation of a blood test (IGRA), either Quantiferon Gold or T-Spot, within the past the past 12 months. –OR-
    • Documentation of two negative TB tests, administered 14-21 days apart, and read within 48 hours of placement by the administering agency. If both are negative, nothing further needs to be done. –OR-
    • If either test is positive, provide documentation of the TB tests, a chest x-ray and an evaluation by a physician. –OR-
    • Students with a past positive TB test must provide documentation of the positive TB test and, if not already completed, provide documentation of a baseline chest x-ray prior to the deadline.
    • Please note: A TB test cannot be placed within 30 days of receiving the MMR vaccine. Plan accordingly.
  6. Current CPR card (including adult and child CPR).
  7. High school diploma or GED.

The CDC recommends the following vaccination but it is not required by the program:

  1. One dose of influenza vaccine annually.

The Deschutes County Health Department has partnered with us to offer a special immunization session for Health Career students only. Certain requirements must be met. Please click here, Immunization Clinic, for more information and dates.

All COCC students enrolled in Pharmacy Technician Program (which includes requirements for practical experience) may have to pass Criminal History Checks (CHC) as a condition of their acceptance into a medical or other facility for training. Students who do not pass the CHC may not be eligible to complete training at affiliated practicum sites, to sit for licensure or certification exams, or to be hired for some professional positions. Students who believe that their past history may interfere with their ability to complete the program of study or to obtain licensure or certification in their chosen field should contact the appropriate state board or the program director.

Once you have completed the initial immunizations and gathered your documents:

-Watch for updated instructions for completing the mandatory background check and drug test, and submitting required documents (such as immunizations and GED/Diploma) to the tracking system.  Instructions will be posted on the Pharmacy Technician Program website by September 1st 2014.

-Due to recent changes in Oregon State Law, per the Oregon Health Authority, related to students in health care programs, the requirements and process for submitting documents is under review.  However, it is very likely that you will be required to submit documentation of initial immunizations, GED/Diploma, completed background check, and initial drug test between September 1, 2014 and September 15, 2014.   Students who fail to have required documents ready to turn in by the required date or who fail to complete the background check and drug test by the specified date, forfeit their spot in the program. It is your responsibility to watch the Pharmacy Program Program website during the months of August and September to check for updated requirements.   See the OHA Student Information Sheet for more details.

-Be sure that you have required fees available to complete the background check, drug test and document submission.  Cost will be approximately $150.      

***Note: If you are on the wait list, start gathering the above documents.  You do not have to incur the cost of the background check and drug test until you know you are in the program.  However, you will be given a limited amount of time to complete this process, so you should have documents and fees available.  You should have completed at least one Hepatitis B immunization by September 1st and be prepared to complete the second within the first two weeks of the program.

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