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Career Studies Certificate

Pharmacy Technician


Program code: 221-190-08

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Length: Two Semester program

Purpose: This 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. Upon completion of the curriculum, students will be eligible to take 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 training programs. Currently, hospital, home health care, and retail pharmacies hire the majority of technicians.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the general admission requirements to the College, applicants must be high school graduates or the equivalent and must have one unit of Algebra with a “C” average.

Program Requirements: Upon admission and during the course of the program, the College and the clinical affiliate will observe and evaluate the progress of the student. If the student does not exhibit professional behavior, the student will be asked to withdraw from the program. Students are required to have a background check from the Department of State Police by the completion of the first semester.

Academic Program Requirements: Students who receive a final grade lower than “C” in any course will not receive a certificate until a grade of “C” or better is obtained.

Financial Requirements: In addition to tuition and books, it is the responsibility of the student to furnish his own transportation to the clinical area.

Course Number
Course Title
Lecture Hours
Lab Hours
Course Credits
First Semester
HLT 143Medical Terminology I303
HLT 240Consumer Health Education303
HLT 261Basic Pharmacy I303
AST 232Microcomputer Office App303
TOTAL12012
Second Semester
HLT 144Medical Terminology II303
HLT 195Topics in Gen. Pharm. Lab021
HLT 250General Pharmacology303
HLT 290Coordinated Internship in Pharmacy Technician164
MTH 126Mathematics for Allied Health202
TOTAL9813

Total Credits for the Career Studies Certificate in Pharmacy Technician  25

*Students are required to have a background check from the Dept. of State Police by the completion of the first semester.
Program contact: Connie Davis, connie.davis@sw.edu

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