OFTC’s Pharmacy Technology Class Again Garners 100% Pass Rate

group photo of students who received a 100% first-time pass  rate on PTCB exam
L-R, front: Jack J. Shepherd, Instructor; Johanna Durden, Keyshuna McRae, Leslie White L-R, standing: Nikki Vick, Kristi Sellars, Kimberly Fleming, Cerrianna Seals, Angelica Snellgrove, LeShay Hill, Anita Elton (NP)

Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Pharmacy Technology class of 2021 recently received a 100% first-time pass rate on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) which allows them to be recognized as certified Pharmacy Technicians.  

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 18 years and we’ve had a 100% pass rate each year,” 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 reason his program achieves 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.  

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 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, completed the program in August and will officially graduate in September at OFTC’s Fall 2021 commencement ceremony: Johanna Durden, Telfair; Anita Elton, Johnson; Kimberly Fleming, Telfair; LeShay Hill, Laurens; Keyshuna McRae, Dodge; Cerrianna Seals, Washington; Kristy Sellars, Dodge; Angelica Snellgrove, Johnson; Nikki Vick, Laurens; Leslie White, Dodge.  

For more info about OFTC’s Pharmacy Technology program, visit the Pharmacy Technology program page on the College’s website, OFTC.edu