Pharmacy Technician

Award: Career Studies

Occupational Objectives: Pharmacy technicians work in hospital, retail, home health care, nursing home, clinic, nuclear medicine, and mail order prescription pharmacies. Pharmacy technicians have been employed with medical insurance, medical computer software, drug manufacturing, drug wholesale, and food processing companies, and as instructors in pharmacy technician training programs. Currently, hospital, home health care, and retail pharmacies hire the majority of technicians.

Admissions Requirements: In addition to the general admission requirements established for the College, entry into this program requires:

  1. A high school diploma or a State approved equivalent education.
  2. Acceptable admissions test scores or satisfactory completion of required developmental studies courses.
  3. A personal interview with an admissions interview team. See note below.
  4. A physician’s report of good physical and mental health.

(The required health certificate form will be provided by the College and may be completed by a physician of your choice.)

Note: The Pharmacy Technician program is an academically rigorous program and there are more applicants than available seats in the program. Therefore, admission is on a selective basis, not first-come, first-served. The selection process considers the student’s academic background as well as the timely and successful completion of Developmental Studies requirements.

Approximately one-half of the class will be selected by August of each year from those applicants meeting the second admissions requirement before January 1 and interviewed during February or March. The remaining spots in the class will be filled during June from those applicants meeting the second requirement before May 16.

Re-admission Requirements: Students wishing to be re-admitted to the program will follow the same procedures outlined above. Once a student is readmitted, there are additional requirements regarding repetition of previous coursework. A copy of these additional requirements may be obtained from the Workforce Services Department following readmission.

Program Requirements: To receive a Certificate in the Pharmacy Technician Career Studies program, you must complete a minimum of 24credits with a grade point average of 2.00 or better.

The credits are distributed according to the following outline:

Course Sequence

First Semester   lecture hours lab hours credits
MTH 126 Math for Allied Health 3 0 3
HTL 143 Medical Terminology I 3 0 3
HLT 250 General Pharmacology 3 0 3
HLT 261 Basic Pharmacy I 3 0 3
HLT 263 Basic Pharmacy Lab 0 2 2
HTL 144 Medical Terminology II 3 0 3
CST 126 Interpersonal Communication 3 0 3
HLT 290 Pharmacy Technician Lab  /  Clinical Practice 1 15 4
AST 114 Keyboarding/Info. Processing 1 0 1
AST 115 Keyboarding/Info.Process Lab 0 2 1

Total Credits 26

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