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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pharmacy Technician, AAS

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Additional information available on the Pharmacy Technician Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

  • College Readiness in English
  • College Readiness for Quantitative Literacy 

The Pharmacy Technician Program holds dual accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ASHP/ACPE).

Pharmacy Technicians assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. The pharmacy technician has broad knowledge and training in pharmacy, however, does not require the advanced college education required of a licensed pharmacist. Pharmacy technicians perform the practical duties, allowing the pharmacist to focus on patient education, pharmaceutical care, and medication management.

Admission to the college does not assure admission to the pharmacy technician program. All students interested in the pharmacy technician program who do not have previous college courses must complete the PPSC placement exams prior to being advised. Admission to the pharmacy technician program is accomplished through an application and selection process. Students can pick up a Pharmacy Technician Program Admission Application at the Division of Medical Sciences office at the Center for Healthcare Education and Simulation  Campus. NO APPLICATION WILL BE REVIEWED THAT IS NOT FULLY COMPLETED. Once completed, please submit to the Pharmacy Technician Program Coordinator and make an appointment to review necessary information at that time.

Pharmacies and varying facilities where pharmacy technicians are employed require criminal background checks and drug screens for both employment and all students completing clinical rotations. For information on specific disqualifiers, students should contact a PHT faculty advisor. Students who do not obtain a PPSC approved criminal background check and drug screen as according to program policy will not be allowed to complete the program or enroll in internship classes. Failure to pass the above tests will result in the inability to complete the desired certificate or degree.

Students should complete specific program prerequisites and meet with the PHT Program Director prior to submitting the pharmacy technician application. Courses to be completed prior to application to the program are CSC 1005  or CIS 1018 , College Readiness in English and College Readiness for Quantitative Literacy.

Upon provisional acceptance, the program director will notify the student of dates needed to obtain additional information.

  • Criminal background check
  • Drug Screen
  • Health statement/immunizations

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Pharmacy Technician degree program, students should be able to:

  • Collect, organize, and evaluate information for direct patient care
  • Prepare prescriptions accurately in both the community and institutional pharmacy settings
  • Perform mathematical calculations required to verify the measurements, preparation, and/or packaging of medication
  • Illustrate skills and knowledge that align with the critical knowledge domains of the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE)

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