Pharmacy Technician

Program: Pharmacy Technician
Award: Career Studies Certificate
Plan Code: 221-190-08
Length: Twenty (20) Credit hours, two semesters
Lead Faculty: 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 Pharmacy Technician Exam and prepared to take either national examination.

Special Accreditation/Approval: Virginia Board of Pharmacy (VABOP), Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)

Occupational Objectives: Pharmacy technicians work in hospital, retail, home health care, nursing home, clinic, nuclear medicine, and mail order prescription pharmacies. They have also 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 employable, passing a national exam to attain the title CPhT, certified pharmacy technician, is advised.

Transfer Options (for transfer programs): Specific HLT pharmacy classes may or may not be transferable depending on the college.

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.

Prerequisite: High School Diploma or Equivalent

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, books, and fees, this program requires the additional estimated out of pocket expenses:

Medical Exam (varies with practitioner/insurance) $75.00
Uniforms $35.00
National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam $129.00
CPR Certification $10.00
Criminal History and Sex Offender Background & Drug Screening Checks $126.25

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).

Pharmacy Technician (221-190-08)
Required Courses and Credits
Sample Schedule
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
HLT 101 Intro to the Role of the Pharmacy Tech 3
Total Semester Credits 13
Spring Semester
HLT 262 Basic Pharmacy II 3
HLT 264 Basic Pharmacy Lab II 1
HLT 290 Internship for Clinical Practice* 3
Total Semester Credits 7
Total Credits 20
* 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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