OFTC’s Pharmacy Technology Class Garners 100% Pass Rate
Oconee Fall Line Technical College’s (OFTC) Pharmacy Technology class of 2019 recently received a 100% first-time pass rate on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) which allows them to officially be recognized as certified Pharmacy Technicians.
With the average National pass-rate at about 57%, the 100% pass-rate by OFTC’s students is exceptional shared OFTC Pharmacy Technology Instructor Jack Shepherd. Five students passed on the first attempt and the other student took the exam again 60 days after the first attempt and passed, giving a 100% pass rate for the class of 2019.
“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 16 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 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.
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 pharmacy technology class students, who are now Certified Pharmacy Technicians, completed the program in August 2019 and officially graduate this October at OFTC’s Fall 2019 commencement ceremony: Cherish Lowery (Telfair), Gemma Arnold (Laurens), Dylan Sullivan (Laurens), Hannah Coursey (Toombs), Chellie Downie (Toombs), and Alexia Smith (Laurens).