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 seven (27) Credit hours
Two (2) Semesters

Lead Faculty/Program Head: Elaine Beale, RPh

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 State Pharmacy Technician Exam as well as either national 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. 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 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 pharmacists in filling prescriptions, ordering pharmaceutical supplies, customer assistance reading and interpreting written prescriptions and physicians’ orders, cash register operation, answering telephones and use of other routine equipment such as computer-assisted medication dispensing machines, computer-assisted intravenous preparations and electronic tablet/capsule counting machines in the retail, institutional, or hospital pharmacy.

In order to be more employable, passing a national exam to attain the title CPhT, certified pharmacy technician, is advised.

Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the Application for Admission to Paul D Camp Community College (PDCCC).
  2. Complete the Application for Admission to PDCCC Pharmacy Technician Program (additional application).
  3. Complete PDCCC placement tests in reading, mathematics, writing, and computer skills if necessary (see application). 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, fees, and books, this program requires the following estimated expenses, which are not covered by financial aid:


Medical Exam (varies with practitioner/insurance) $200.00
Uniforms $100.00
National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam $129.00
CPR Certification $  10.00
Criminal History & Sex Offender Background & Drug Screening Checks $  91.25


Program Requirements

The curriculum includes learning experiences in class and in the laboratory, as well as a clinical experience. Students must submit a separate application to the Pharmacy Technician Program for approval prior to beginning Pharmacy Technician courses. Students must complete a physical examination including required immunizations and a background check with drug screening prior to being assigned to a clinical site.  Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average (GPA).

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to apply pharmacy knowledge to practice, perform technical skills in a safe manner, comply with all pharmacy laws, and communicate with other health care personnel, insurance companies, customers, and purchasers.

Transfer Options

English, Public Speaking, CPR, and Study Skills are transferable to most colleges.  Specific HLT pharmacy classes may or may not be transferable depending on the college.

Course Schedule

Pharmacy Technician (221-190-08)
Fall Semester
HLT 261 Basic Pharmacy I 3
HLT 105/EMT 109 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1
HLT 143 Medical Terminology I 3
HLT 250 General Pharmacology 3
MTH 126 Mathematics for Allied Health 3
SDV 100/SDV 108 College Success Skills 1
Total 14
Spring Semester
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
ENG 111 College Composition 3
HLT 262 Basic Pharmacy II 3
HLT 263 Basic Pharmacy II Lab 1
HLT 290 Internship for Clinical Practice* 3
Total 13
Total Minimum Credits 27
* Prior to beginning HLT 290, Internship for Clinical Practice, students are required to successfully pass a drug screening and background check. Students must also maintain at least a 76% in all pharmacy classes in order to be assigned to an internship site.


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