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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician Fact Sheet


Pharmacy Technician (AS)
Pharmacy Technician (Certificate)

SOUTH  
Associate of Science (518.2)

The program prepares graduates to assist a registered pharmacist. Graduates work in retail or hospital pharmacies, where they compound and distribute medications, develop intravenous admixtures and provide other pharmaceutical supplies.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Identify drugs by generic and trade name.
  2. Calculate dosage and solution strength using different systems of measurement.
  3. Perform procedures and techniques related to aseptic compounding and parenteral admixture operations.
  4. Perform the pharmacy technician functions associated with an institutional and clinical drug distribution system.
  5. Define ethics and explain laws applicable to healthcare and the practice of pharmacy.

Admission to the program is limited by the availability of clinical sites. A separate application for program admission is required.

A student must maintain a 2.0 college-level cumulative GPA to remain in the program.

This program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814 (301.664.8712), www.ashp.org.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form.

Degree Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 63-64

First Semester

Course #   

Course Name

Credits

ALH-140

Medical Terminology

3

BIO-103

Introduction to Human Biology

3

CIT-100

Computer Fundamentals & Applications

3

PHT-100

Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

4

PHT-101

Pharmacology 1 for Pharmacy Technicians     

3

               

Total Credits

16

Second Semester

PHT-102

Pharmacology 2 for Pharmacy Technicians

3

PHT-103

Pharmacy Practice 1

3

PHT-104

Pharmacy Product Preparation 1

3

PHT-105

Pharmacy Product Preparation 2

3

PHT-202

Pharmacy Law

2

              

Total Credits

14

Third Semester

PHT-106

Pharmacy Product Preparation 3

2

PHT-201

Pharmacy Technician Externship

6

PHT-203

Pharmacy Seminar

2

              

Total Credits

10

Fourth Semester

CIT-140

Office Productivity Applications

4

ENG-101

English Composition 1

3

MAT-193

Pharmaceutical Mathematics

3

 

Health & Physical Education Elective

1-2

              

Total Credits

11-12

              

Fifth Semester

 

BUS-210

Principles of Retailing

3

ENG-102

English Composition 2

3

               

Humanities Elective

3

              

Social Science Elective

3

              

Total Credits

12

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Pharmacy Technician Certificate

SOUTH  
Certificate (418.2)

This certificate program prepares the graduate to enter the workforce as a pharmacy technician. Employment can be in acute care, ambulatory care, or long-term care settings, research facilities, mail-order pharmacies and home infusion companies. Pharmacy technicians assist registered pharmacists in the compounding and distribution of medications, prepare intravenous admixtures and provide other pharmaceutical care services.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Identify drugs by generic and trade name.          
  2. Calculate dosage and solution strength using different systems of measurement. 
  3. Perform procedures and techniques related to aseptic compounding and parenteral admixture operations.          
  4. Perform the pharmacy technician functions associated with an institutional and clinical drug distribution system.   
  5. Define ethics and explain laws applicable to healthcare and the practice of pharmacy.

Admission to the program is limited by the availability of clinical sites. A separate application for program admission is required.

A student must maintain a 2.0 college-level cumulative GPA to remain in the program.

This program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814 (301.664.8712), www.ashp.org.

See the graduation checksheet for this program in printable PDF form

Certificate Requirements

Minimum Credits to Graduate: 40

First Semester

Course #     

Course Name

Credits

ALH-140

Medical Terminology

3

BIO-103

Introduction to Human Biology

3

CIT-100

Computer Fundamentals & Applications

3

PHT-100

Introduction to Pharmacy Practice

4

PHT-101

Pharmacology 1 for Pharmacy Technicians           

3

             

Total Credits

16

Second Semester

PHT-102

Pharmacology 2 for Pharmacy Technicians

3

PHT-103

Pharmacy Practice 1

3

PHT-104

Pharmacy Product Preparation 1

3

PHT-105

Pharmacy Product Preparation 2

3

PHT-202

Pharmacy Law

2

             

Total Credits

14

Third Semester

PHT-106

Pharmacy Product Preparation 3

2

PHT-201

Pharmacy Technician Externship

6

PHT-203

Pharmacy Seminar

2

             

Total Credits

10

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