Pharmacy Technician (221-190-08)

Accredited By The Virginia State Board Of Pharmacy

Award: Certificate in Career Studies

Gainful Employment

Major: Pharmacy Technician

Length: Twenty five (25) Credit hours

Lead Faculty/Program Head: Elaine Beale

Purpose: The Pharmacy Technician program is designed to prepare students to assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. Students will obtain a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice and be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, prepare, and dispense medications under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Program graduates will be eligible to take the Virginia Pharmacy Technician Exam and the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.

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Academic Admission Criteria

A GPA of 2.0 or higher if a current college student

Applicant must pass required math developmental tests (MTE 1-3) or have completed College Algebra with a C or higher. If either has been over 2 years ago, the applicant may be asked to take a math placement test.

Students must test at a level to enter ENG 111 or have passed the equivalent of ENG 111 with a C or higher.

Occupational Objectives

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

Examples of job duties include: computer information entry, preparation of prescription labels, assisting the pharmacist in filling prescriptions, ordering pharmaceutical supplies, assisting customers, reading and interpreting written prescriptions and physicians’ orders, operating cash registers, answering telephones, using automated medication dispensing machines, and preparing intravenous medications.

Admission Requirements

Prerequite: High School Diploma or Equivalent

  1. Complete the Application for Admission to Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC).
  2. Complete the Application for Admission to Paul PDCCC Pharmacy Technician Program (additional application).
  3. Complete PDCCC placement tests in reading, mathematics, writing, and computer skills. If scores indicate, the applicant will be required to successfully complete developmental courses prior to admission to the pharmacy technician program.

Financial Requirements:
In addition to the usual college tuition and fees, this program requires the following estimated expenses:

  • Medical Examination (varies with practitioner and insurance coverage) 300.00
  • Books (estimate for all new books – can purchase used or rent) 600.00
  • Uniforms 100.00
  • National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam 129.00
  • Virginia Pharmacy Technician Exam 70.25
  • CPR Certification 144.65
  • Criminal History & Sex Offender Background & Drug Screening Checks 110.00

Program Requirements

The curriculum includes learning experiences in class and in the laboratory, as well as in clinical, retail, institutional, and/or hospital pharmacies. Students must submit a separate application to the Pharmacy Technician Program Head for approval prior to beginning Pharmacy Technician courses. Students must complete a physical examination including required immunizations, background check, and drug screening. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA.

Course Schedule


Pharmacy Technician (221-190-08)
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
HLT 250 General Pharmacology 3
HLT 105 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation1 1
HLT 141 Introduction Medical Terminology 2
NUR 136 Principles of Pharmacology2 2
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
Total 12
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
HLT 261 Basic Pharmacology I 3
HLT 262 Basic Pharmacy II 3
HLT 263 Basic Pharmacy I Lab 1
HLT 290 Internship for Clinical Practice3 3
Total 13

1 EMT 109, CPR for Healthcare Providers, can substitute for HLT 105.
2 HLT 295, Math Calculations for Pharmacy Technicians, will be substituted for NUR 136
3 Prior to registering for HLT 290, Internship for Clinical Practice, students are required to undergo a mandatory drug screening and background check. Results may affect the ability to continue in the program. Any charges or costs for drug screening and criminal check will be the responsibility of the student.

Any charges or costs for drug screening and criminal check will be the responsibility of the students.