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					P. 1                                          Fall Admission – Application due last Wednesday of April




               Pharmacy
              Technology
                Program
Technical Certificate & Associate of Applied Science



National Park Community College              Website: www.npcc.edu
Division of Nursing, Frederick Dierks Bldg   Pharmacy Technology Program
101 College Drive; Hot Springs, AR 71913     101 College Drive; Hot Springs, AR 71913
P: (501) 760.4222      F: (501) 760.4183     P: (501) 760.6416     F: (501) 760.4183
  P. 2                                                          Fall Admission – Application due last Wednesday of April



                               Division of Nursing
                               Pharmacy Technology Program
                               Technical Certificate / Associate of Applied Science

                               Application Packet & Instruction

Please follow these instructions:

   1. Complete online college admissions form if you have not attended NPCC.
   2. Complete Pharmacy Technology Application (Page 3-4 of this packet)
   3. Provide copy of official high school transcript or GED. May be posted on the NPCC transcript.
   4. If you have attended NPCC or another college, attach an unofficial transcript to your application.

   5. Provide a copy of COMPASS, SAT or ACT test results that has been taken within the last three years.
         A copy of the test results must be attached to your application. If college credits are awarded, a
         copy of test scores may be waived. Admission to the Pharmacy Technology Program requires the
         following scores:

                 English score of Compass 75 - 100 or ACT score of 19, or equivalent

                 Reading score of Compass 82 - 100 or ACT score of 19, or equivalent

                 Intermediate Algebra score of Compass 36 - 41 or ACT score of 19, or equivalent
   6. Provide two (2) letters of recommendation (can use form provided on web-site or have persons
         type or handwrite recommendations) – We do not accept recommendations from family members.
         Attach all to Pharmacy Technology Application.
   7. On a separate sheet of paper, please answer the following questions, in paragraph format. Include
         1-2 paragraphs per response:
                 1) Give your reasons for choosing Pharmacy Technology as a career.
                 2) Some of the Pharmacy Technology courses are very time intensive. What plans have
                     you made to prepare to meet this schedule?
                 3) What are your plans and aspirations for the future?
   8. All paperwork is to be completed and returned to the Pharmacy Technology Office by the last
         Wednesday of April. You will turn your completed application packet into the Division of Nursing
         secretary who is located in the Nursing Division Offices reception area of the 2nd floor in the FD
         Bldg.
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Admission Procedures:

Admission to the Pharmacy Technology Program is selective. The Pharmacy Technology Technical
Certificate and Associate Degree programs begin in the fall of each year. Application packets are available
from the Nursing secretary in the Frederick Dierks building (501) 760-4160 or on the web page. Applicants
must apply each year to be considered for enrollment in the Pharmacy Technology Program.

Applicants will be determined eligible for program entry based on the following criteria:
        1. Grade point averages – a minimum of 2.5 GPA on high school or College level work at time of
             application.
          2. ACT or Compass scores
          3. Applicants with prior health care experience.
          4. Number of general education hours completed.
          5. Letter of references
          6. Following review of the above, an interview will be conducted.



Acceptance:

All applications will be conditional accepted. Conditions for admissions will include:
         1. Completion of a clear criminal background check and drug screening. Please be advised that
             students must pay for this testing and the cost is approximately $69. Information regarding
             the policy governing background checks and drug screening is available at:
                            http://www.npcc.edu/Academics/Nursing/nursing.htm
                 Prospective students should be aware that violation of any federal, state, or local law or
                 conviction of a crime may prohibit the student from obtaining state registration.
          2. State registration with the Board of Pharmacy is required for the externship phase of the
             program, please visit the following website and ensure you are eligible for state registration:
                            http://www.arkansas.gov/asbp/pdf/Tech_Web_2011.pdf
          3. Submit a copy of Health Data Form which will reflect TB skin testing and immunization records.
             It is high recommended that students complete the HepB vaccination series. You may begin
             this series of injections now as the 3 shot series HepB requires 6-months to complete.
   P. 4                                                     Fall Admission – Application due last Wednesday of April



                         Why Choose Pharmacy Technology as your Career?

What is a Pharmacy Technician?
  Pharmacy has expanded its role within the health care delivery system from a profession focusing on
  preparation and dispensing of medications, to one in which the pharmacy team provides a range of
  patient-centered care and monitoring services. The Pharmacy Technician Program at NPCC will provide
  you with the skills necessary to work in a variety of Pharmacy settings. A pharmacy technician will
  perform duties such as counting, labeling and preparing medications and assisting pharmacists and
  other healthcare professionals in providing patient care. Pharmacy Technicians are employed in a
  variety of pharmacy settings including retail, hospital, long-term care, mail order, and specialty
  pharmacies, as in a compounding or nuclear pharmacy.

How long does it take to become a Pharmacy Technician?
   National Park Community College offers two degree plans to fit your career goals. The Technical
   Certificate degree plan is a 12-month program, beginning in the fall and continuing through the
   summer semester. The Associate Degree is a 24-month program, beginning in the fall of the student’s
   first year and continuing through the summer semester of the second year. The state of Arkansas does
   not currently have a state law mandating a technician to become educated, but states across the
   country are quickly adopting a law of technician education and Arkansas will adopt the law in the
   coming years as well.

Do I need certification or licensing?
    National Park Community College’s Pharmacy Technology Programs will fully prepare students to take
    the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) offered through the Pharmacy Technician
    Certification Board (PTCB) during the last semester of the program. Upon passing a national exam, the
    technician is granted national certification and bear the designation of ‘CPhT.’ Certified Pharmacy
    Technicians maintain their certification by obtaining twenty (20) hours of Continuing Education every
    two years. National Certification is voluntary in some states, but is mandatory for employment in
    many. Several employers in Arkansas are only hiring certified pharmacy technicians and this trend is
    becoming more prevalent. National Certification demonstrates that the technician possesses a desired
    level of proficiency to become a valuable and effective employee within the pharmacy.

Will I get a job and how much will I earn?
    The career outlook for Pharmacy Technicians is above average for well educated and trained
    technicians. The pharmacy technician job outlook is expected to grow by 31% over the next decade.
    This positive job outlook for educated, trained technicians is due to the aging population, changing
    state laws, and the expanding role of pharmacy technicians.
    The earning potential for Pharmacy Technicians across the country has a wide range of hourly wages.
    The average salary range for a beginning pharmacy technician is from $19,000 to $41,000 depending on
    the state of practice, pharmacy setting, and job responsibilities of the position. Arkansas’ average
    annual salary for pharmacy technicians in 2007 was $23,770. The beginning hourly wages for pharmacy
    technicians in the Arkansas area range from $10.00 to $13.00.

   NOTE: Certified and/or educated pharmacy technicians will more than likely have higher earnings than
   the disclosed values above, but does depend upon the employment site and job responsibilities.
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                             National Park Community College
                             Technical Certificate in
                             Pharmacy Technology

                             Degree Plan



General Education Requirements
    Intro to Computing I                         1
    Intro to Computing II                        1
    Intro to Internet                            1
    Total: 3 credit hours

Technical Support Courses
    Medical Terminology                          3
    Total: 3 credit hours

Technical Education Courses
    Intro to Pharmacy                            3
    Pharmacy Calculations                        3
    Pharmacology I                               4
    Community Pharmacy Practice                  3
    Institutional Pharmacy Practice              3
    Aseptic Technique/Compounding                2
    Pharmacology II                              4
    Preparing for the Profession                 2
    Clinical Externship                          4
    Total: 28 credit hours

National Park Community College Courses 1
    Freshmen Orientation                         1
    College Seminar                              2
    Total: 3 credit hours

                                   1
    Total: 34 Credit Hours (37)




1
  If you are not a full-time, first-time freshmen student, the ‘NPCC Courses’ are not required of you; subsequently the total program
is 34 credit hours, not 37 credit hours.
      P. 6                                                                    Fall Admission – Application due last Wednesday of April



                             Preferred Course Sequence – Technical Certificate Student

            FALL, 1st Semester
            Course #                                   Course Name                                           Course Credit Hour
                                            1
            ORT 1202        College Seminar                                                                           2
                                                 1
            ORT 1101        Freshmen Orientation                                                                      1
           PHMT 1103        Intro to Pharmacy ( 3-0-3)                                                                3
           PHMT 1013        Pharmacy Calculations (3-0-3)                                                             3
           PHMT 1104        Pharmacology I (4-0-4)                                                                    4
            ALH 1203        Gen Ed: Medical Terminology                                                               3
            CIS 1001        Gen Ed: Intro to Computing I                                                              1
                                                                                                                                1
                                                                                                 TOTAL      17 CREDIT HOUR (14)

            SPRING, 2nd Semester
            Course #                                  Course Name                                             Course Credit Hour
           PHMT 1203        Community Pharmacy Practice w/ Lab (2-2-3)                                                3
           PHMT 1213        Institutional Pharmacy Practice w/ Lab (2-2-3)                                            3
           PHMT 1202        Aseptic Techniques & Compounding w/ Lab (1-2-2)                                           2
           PHMT 1204        Pharmacology II (4-0-4)                                                                   4
            CIS 1011        Gen Ed: Intro to Computing II                                                             1
                                                                                                TOTAL          13 CREDIT HOUR

            SUMMER, 3rd Semester
            Course #                                   Course Name                                        Course Credit Hour
                                               2
           PHMT 2014        Clinical Externship (0-180-4)                                                           4
           PHMT 2012        Preparing for the Profession (2-0-2)                                                    2
            CIS 1501        Gen Ed: Intro to Internet                                                               1
                                                                                              TOTAL         7 CREDIT HOUR
                                                                                                                    1
                                                                        Technical Certificate: 37 Credit Hours (34)




    Please note: Fall 2013 – New regulations for college level math that may affect your start date in the program.




1
  These courses are a requirement of all full-time, first-time freshmen students at National Park Community College. If you are not a
  full-time, first-time freshmen student, the ‘NPCC Courses’ do not apply to you; therefore, the total credit hours for the fall
  semester are 14 hours, instead of 17 credit hours for those students required to take those courses. Subsequently the total
  program is 34 credit hours, not 37 credit hours.
2
  Please note these courses require daily attendance in the clinical experience. Assignments are generally 7-8 hour shifts and may
  include morning, afternoon or evening hours.
      P. 7                                                                     Fall Admission – Application due last Wednesday of April



                                National Park Community College
                                Associate of Applied Science in
                                Pharmacy Technology

                                Degree Plan



General Education Requirements
       Composition I                              3           Intro to Computing I                      1
       Composition II                             3           Intro to Computing II                     1
       Applied Math                               3           Intro to Internet                         1
       General Psychology                         3           Fund of Public Speaking                   3
       Total: 18 credit hours

Technical Support Courses
       Choose Either Gen Bio l& Basic A&P or A&P I & II:
       General Biology                      4           Anatomy & Physiology I                          4
       Basic Anatomy & Physiology           4           Anatomy & Physiology II                         4
       Required Courses:
       Chemistry for Non-Majors             4           Medical Terminology                             3
       Total: 15 credit hours


Technical Education Courses
       Intro to Pharmacy                          3           Community Pharmacy Practice/Lab           3
       Pharmacology I                             4           Aseptic Technique/Compounding             2
       Institutional Pharmacy Practice/Lab        3           Clinical Externship                       4
       Pharmacology II                            4           Preparing for the Profession              2
       Pharmacy Calculations                      3
       Total: 29 credit hours


National Park Community College Courses 1
       Freshmen Orientation                       1           Success Seminar                           2
       Total: 3 credit hours

                                   1
       Total: Credit Hours (64)




1
     If you are not a full-time, first-time freshmen student, the ‘NPCC Courses’ are not required of you; subsequently the total program
    is 61 credit hours, not 64 credit hours.
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 Preferred Course Sequence - AAS Student
           FALL, 1st Semester
          Course #                                     Course Name                                              Credit Hours
                                             1
          ORT 1202           College Seminar                                                                          2
                                                   1
          ORT 1101           Freshmen Orientation                                                                     1
         PHMT 1103           Intro to Pharmacy (3-0-3)                                                                3
          ENG 1113           Gen Ed: Composition I                                                                    3
         MATH 1053           Gen Ed: Applied Math                                                                     3
          ALH 1203           Gen Ed: Medical Terminology                                                              3
                                                                                                                               1
                                                                                               TOTAL       12 CREDIT HOUR (15)
                        nd
           SPRING, 2 Semester
           Course #                                     Course Name                                          Course Credit Hour
         PHMT 1203           Community Pharmacy Practice w/ Lab (2-2-3)                                              3
           CIS 1001          Gen Ed: Intro to Computing I                                                            1
         BIOL 1114 or        Gen Ed: General Biology or                                                              4
          BIOL 2224                  Anatomy & Physiology I                                                          4
         CHEM 1104           Gen Ed: Chemistry for Non-Majors I                                                      4
                                                                                               TOTAL          12 CREDIT HOUR
                  rd
           FALL, 3 Semester
           Course #                                    Course Name                                           Course Credit Hour
         PHMT 1013           Pharmacy Calculations (3-0-3)                                                           3
         PHMT 1104           Pharmacology I (4-0-4)                                                                  4
          ENG 1123           Gen Ed: Composition II                                                                  3
         BIOL 1224 or        Gen Ed: Basic Anatomy & Physiology or                                                   4
          BIOL 2234                  Anatomy & Physiology II                                                         4
           CIS 1011          Gen Ed: Intro to Computing II                                                           1
                                                                                               TOTAL          15 CREDIT HOUR
                        th
           SPRING, 4 Semester
          Course #                                      Course Name                                          Course Credit Hour
         PHMT 1213           Institutional Pharmacy Practice w/ Lab (2-2-3)                                          3
         PHMT 1204           Pharmacology II (4-0-4)                                                                 4
         PHMT 1202           Aseptic Techniques & Compounding w/ Lab (1-2-2)                                         2
         PSYC 1103           Gen Ed: General Psychology                                                              3
         SPCH 1103           Gen Ed: Fundamentals of Public Speaking                                                 3
                                                                                               TOTAL          15 CREDIT HOUR
                             th
           SUMMER, 5 Semester
          Course #                                       Course Name                            Course Credit Hour
                                                2
         PHMT 2015           Clinical Externship (0-180-4)                                                 4
         PHMT 2012           Preparing for the Profession (2-0-2)                                          2
          CIS 1501           Intro to Internet                                                             1
                                                                                    TOTAL         7 CREDIT HOUR
                                                                                                                         1
                                                                 Associate of Applied Science: 64 Credit Hours (61)
1
  ORT 1101 Freshman Orientation (1 credits) and ORT 1202 College Seminar (2 credits) is required of all full time, first
                1
time freshman. If you need this course, the total program is 64 credit hours, not 61 credit hours. The total credit
hours for the fall semester are 12, instead of 15. Subsequently, the total program is 62 credit hours not 65 credit hours.

 2
   Please note these courses require daily attendance in the clinical experience. Assignments are generally 7-8 hour shifts and may
 include morning, afternoon or evening hours.
   P. 9                                                                 Fall Admission – Application due last Wednesday of April




                                    Division of Nursing
                                    Pharmacy Technology Program
                                    Technical Certificate / Associate of Applied Science

                                    Physical Demands & Mental Abilities 1



The following list is designed to describe those physical demands and mental abilities that will be required
to be successful in the pharmacy tech program. It is not designed to be all inclusive, but as guidelines that
will be required in the clinical setting while in school and as a newly employed Pharmacy Technician.

           1.    Frequent bending and stooping.
           2.    Work in a standing position and walk frequently, limited amount of time to sit on a 6 to 12 hr.
                 shift
           3.    Frequent lifting – required to lift up to 25 pounds
           4.    Apply 10 pounds of pressure to bleeding sites, or in performing CPR.
           5.    Respond and react immediately to auditory instruction, request, and/or monitor equipment.
           6.    Recognize and respond to soft and loud voices over a telephone, via a speaker phone or from
                 a microphone speaker.
           7.    Perform close and distance visual activities involving objects, people, and paperwork, as well
                 as discriminate depth and color perception.
           8.    Visually discriminate different colored and shaped objects, visually discriminate markings and
                 small text on a syringe or on stock items.
           9.    Hand-eye coordination including fine motor dexterity that allows for manipulation of
                 equipment and supplies with both hand simultaneously.
           10.   Perform mathematical calculation for medication administration.
           11.   Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, using appropriate grammar, vocabulary
                 and word usage.
           12.   Sustains professional activities for long time periods under conditions of physical and
                 emotional stress.
           13.   Possess compassion and integrity for others including patients, customers, and health care
                 workers.
           14.   Demonstrate professional behavior including professional and ethical judgment in difficult
                 situations with patients, customers and health care workers.
           15.   Demonstrate emotional health for full utilization of intellectual ability.




    1
        Adapted from Division of Nursing Physical and Mental Demands: 4.2011
   P. 10                                                                    Fall Admission – Application due last Wednesday of April



                                          NATIONAL PARK COMMUNITY COLLEGE
                                          PHARMACY TECHNICIAN APPLICATION
I am applying for the Technical Certificate:             I am applying for the Associate of Applied Science degree:

Date: ___________________              Social Security #______-______-______            NPCC ID#_____________________

Print Name in Full
                     Last Name                                First Name                             Middle Name

Work Telephone                                                   Home Telephone

Present Address
                     Number & Street                                 City                              State       Zip Code

Date of Birth          /     /          Birth State ___ ___                    Are you a U.S. Citizen?      Yes:       No:

High School Graduation:
                            School Name                                        City                                   State

Date of High School Graduation (MM/YY) _____________                                    GED Certification Yes:         No:

Do you hold any other license or certification? Yes:           No:     If yes, what is it? __________________________

List any previous college, university, or other school attended:

           Name of Institution                 City & State                Dates (MM/YY – MM/YY)               Degree Received




List Work Experience:

                Employer                        Location                   Dates (MM/YY – MM/YY)           Description of Work




Have you ever attended any other Nursing or Health Science Programs at NPCC? If yes, please detail:

             Name of Program                Dates (From - To)                               Reason for Leaving




        (Please complete page 2)
How did you hear about this program? _____________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________________________
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BECAUSE A PERSON CAN FIND IT DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE, TO OBTAIN STATE REGISTRATION FOR EMPLOYMENT
AS A PHARMACY TECHNICIAIN UNDER CERTAIN CONDITIONS, PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTION:
Have you ever been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor? Do you have a felony charge pending?
        Yes:        No:
        If yes, please submit an explanation to:                                       NOTICE
                                                                             Admissions are conditional
                   Linda Castaldi, Division Chairperson of Nursing
                                                                               upon results of Criminal
                   National Park Community College                            Background Check & Drug
                   101 College Drive                                                    Testing
                   Hot Springs, AR 71913

ON A SEPARATE SHEET OF PAPER PLEASE ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS, IN PARAGRAPH FORM. INCLUDE 1-2
PARAGRAPHS PER RESPONSE:
    1) Give your reasons for choosing Pharmacy Technology as a career.
    2) Some of the Pharmacy Technology courses are very time intensive. What plans have you made to
       prepare to meet this schedule?
    3) What are your plans and aspirations for the future?

Have you ever had a pharmacy technician state registration or national certification in the past?
                Yes:     No:

PERSON TO BE NOTIFIED IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8:00am - 4:00pm:

Name                                                       Telephone Number (           )

Address
           Number & Street                               City                        State                         Zip Code


FALSIFYING ANY RECORDS PERTINENT TO THIS APPLICATION CAN LEAD TO INELIGIBILITY OR IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL
FROM THE PHARMACY TECHNICIAN PROGRAM.

                                               SIGNED

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National Park Community College in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the
Education Amendments of 1972 Higher Education Act does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin,
sex, qualified handicap in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. The provision includes, but is not limited to,
admissions, employment, financial aid, and other educational services.

Any person having inquiries concerning NPCC compliance with Title IX is directed to contact the Vice President for
Student Services Office on the third floor of the Gerald Fisher Campus Center or by telephoning (501) 760-4203.
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