OFTC Pharmacy Technology Class Earns 100% Pass Rate
With the average National pass-rate at about 57%, the 100% pass-rate by these students on their first attempt is exceptional, shared OFTC Pharmacy Technology Instructor Jack Shepherd.
“The PTCE is the nationally recognized certification exam for Pharmacy Technicians and more and more pharmacies are requiring certification numbers for technicians; so, we work hard at equipping our students with the knowledge and skills to pass this exam the first time they take it,” he said.
And this isn’t the first OFTC Pharmacy Technician class to receive this type of recognition. “I have been program director for 14 years and we’ve had a 100% pass rate the entire time,” Shepherd added.
But this remarkable success isn’t without hard work and great effort on behalf of the students and instructors. The Pharmacy Technician Program at OFTC is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and Shepherd cites their great curriculum and teaching standards as one of the reasons his program has achieved such success.
“The Technical College System of Georgia standards and the ASHP/ACPE goals and objectives provide an excellent format to prepare the student to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam,” he said.
Pharmacy Technology student Heather Gibson is one of 11 students from the class of 2017 who took the certification exam and passed on her first-attempt. Along with her personal dedication to the program, she credits her time spent in Shepherd’s class for preparing her to pass the exam and become certified.
“During my time in clinical I came across certified technicians who had not been through any program and I noticed that many of my questions about things we were doing in class were unfamiliar to them. I actually knew things about some medications that certified technicians, with 10+ years of experience, did not know. This is when I started to see just how much I was learning from OFTC’s Pharmacy Technology Program.”
Fellow Pharmacy Technology student, Teresa White, agreed and added: “The way the program is set up at OFTC – it follows through with each subject and allows a student who never had pharmacy experience to gain the confidence to understand how to be a pharmacy technician. After being in this program you are very well prepared to not only take and pass the PTCE but to find a career.”
One piece of the curriculum that helps OFTC instructors prepare their students is the use of several mock exams which allow them to determine a student’s readiness for the official PTCE.
“Our goal is for every graduate is to see they complete the curriculum to receive a diploma or degree, that they are registered with the State Board of Pharmacy, and that they pass the National Certification Exam,” Shepherd said. “All of this leads to a very successful job-placement rate for our graduates.”
The following students, who are now Certified Pharmacy Technicians, will complete the program in August and officially graduate this October at OFTC’s Fall 2017 graduation ceremony: Karan C. Burch, Dublin, Associate Degree; Erin N. Clements, McRae-Helena, Associate Degree; Heather E. Gibson, Dublin, Diploma; Courtney “Taylor” Giles, Dublin, Diploma; Joanne E. Hightower, Dublin, Diploma; Charity A. Mann, Milan, Diploma; Qwuayana L. Manner, East Dublin, Diploma; Melissa A. McDaniel, Adrian, Diploma; Donna Mullis, Dublin, Diploma; Erica D. Smokes, Eastman, Diploma; Teresa L. White, East Dublin, Diploma.
To learn more about OFTC or the Pharmacy Technology Program, visit OFTC.edu.