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. Immunizations:
    1. Provide official documentation showing results of Hepatitis B surface antibody test (titer) showing immunity no later than due date indicated

      1. If the titer comes back with a “negative” result you must get a booster and then have a recheck in 1 month
      2. If a titer remains negative after the Hepatitis B booster is complete, the student will be deemed a non-responder and will require no further Hepatitis B vaccines for our records. However, future employers may require a full series again (per CDC guidelines).
    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. TB blood draw (IGRA):  

      • Provide documentation of a blood test (IGRA), either Quantiferon Gold or T-Spot, within the past the past 12 months.
      • If the blood test is positive, provide documentation of the TB test, 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.

    6. One dose of influenza vaccine annually.
    7. The Deschutes County Health Department offers all of the program's required immunizations. Certain requirements must be met. 

  2. Current Healthcare Provider CPR card. Must be either American Heart Association "BLS for Healthcare Providers"or American Red Cross "Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers"
  3. High school diploma or GED.

  4. Criminal Background Check:
    1. 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.
  5. 10-Panel Drug Screen:
    1. All Pharmacy Technician Program students who attend clinical will undergo a 10-panel drug screen with Verified Credentials [VCI], the vendor approved by Central Oregon Community College. Students will be administratively withdrawn from class if the required urine drug screen is not completed, by the due date indicated in the pre-registration information, with the specified vendor, Students with a positive urine drug screen that will not allow clinical attendance will be disqualified from attending the Pharmacy Technician Program until the next registration period for the Program.
Once you have completed the initial immunizations and gathered your documents:
  1. 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.
  2. It is very likely that you will be required to submit documentation of initial immunizations, GED/Diploma, completed background check, and initial drug test in the first weeks of September.
  3. 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.
  4. Be sure that you have required fees available to complete the background check, drug test and document submission.  Cost will be approximately $110.

***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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