Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician Career Studies Certificate
(Approved by State Board of Pharmacy)

Apply Now for 2016
Accepting the first 15 qualified applicants

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.

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.

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.

Program Requirements:

Fall Semester
ENG 111 – English Composition I – 3 credits
HLT 105 – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation* – 1 credit
HLT 141 – Intro to Medical Terminology – 2 credits
HLT 250 – General Pharmacology – 3 credits
HLT 295 – Math Calculations for PT – 2 credits
SDV 100 – College Success Skills – 1 credit
Total Fall Credits: 12

Spring Semester
CST 100 – Principles of Public Speaking – 3 credits
HLT 261 – Basic Pharmacy I – 3 credits
HLT 262 – Basic Pharmacy II – 3 credits
HLT 263 – Basic Pharmacy I Lab – 1 credit
HLT 290 – Internship for Clinical Practice** – 3 credits
Total Spring Credits: 13

Total Minimum Credits: 25
*EMT 109, CPR for Healthcare Providers, can substitute for HLT105.

**Prior to registering for HLT 290, Internship for Clinical Practice, students are required to undergo mandatory drug screening. Students must have a negative drug screen and criminal background check in order to be in pharmacy technician clinical experiences. Any charges or costs for drug screening and criminal check will be the responsibility of the students.

Below is the Information Packet and an Electronic Application Form. By entering the two digits electronically on the application, you are also stating that you have read the information packet and agree to abide by the requirements specified.

Complete the Pharmacy Tech Application as soon as possible for Mrs. Elaine Beale to review in case any pre-requisite classes are needed prior to beginning the program. Information and steps to apply for the Pharmacy Tech Program are in the Pharmacy Tech application.
Additional Links:
Pharmacy Tech Information
PDCCC Credit Application
Nursing Programs Applicant Personal Reference
Financial Aid
Placement Test

For additional information or questions, call the nursing department at 757.569.6731.