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Pharmacy Technician

Certificate Offered

Credits Required: 24 (2016-2017 Academic Year)

The Pharmacy Technician program at CCBC will prepare students for future careers in a variety of employment settings including hospitals, health care agencies, community pharmacies, and pharmaceutical companies.

Our program is designed to train students in processing prescriptions and medical orders; compounding sterile and non-sterile products such as IV solutions, suspensions, ointments, and creams; and in assisting with over-the-counter drugs and health care products. They will also learn how to perform retail duties such as pricing, inventory control, billing, and preparation of patient profiles.

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be awarded a certificate of completion by the College and will be prepared to sit for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification
Examination sponsored by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

Admissions Requirements

  • High school transcript or GED certificate
  • Criminal record check with no history reported
  • Physical examination with titers, immunizations, 2-step tuberculin screening test, and functional abilities

Program Progression

  • Grades of C or greater in all courses



Gainful Employment Info

Program Outcomes: image

Graduates will be able to

  • Demonstrate safe, competent pharmacy practice.
  • Demonstrate mastery of the skills necessary for preparing sterile products.
  • Demonstrate the competencies necessary to pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.
  • Demonstrate the competencies necessary to gain employment in the field of pharmacy.



First Semester - 9 Credits

PHAR 100
Pharmacy Technology I
The role of the pharmacy technician in the general practice of pharmacy is presented in this course. Students learn the procedures for processing prescriptions and medical orders, purchasing and receiving supplies, inventory control, and preparing a patient profile. Other topics include medical terminology, law and ethics, and drug delivery systems. 3-0-3
PHAR 110
Pharmacology I
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of pharmacology. Major drug categories are discussed with emphasis placed on drug names, actions, dosages, and routes of administration, side effects and dispensing issues. Topics include endogenous substances, antimicrobial agents, pain relievers, and agents used for the treatment of the nervous system and respiratory system. 3-0-3
PHAR 115
Pharmacy Calculations
This course emphasizes the necessary mathematical skills and concepts used by the pharmacy technician to perform calculations for the preparation of medications. Topics covered are basic mathematics, systems of measurements and dosage calculations, including ratios, percents, conversions, and dilutions. 3-0-3

Second Semester - 9 Credits

MSHT 104
Commun Skills for Health Care Work
This course prepares the student to communicate in the healthcare environment. Emphasis is placed on patient interaction; intra-team communication; meeting the public; requisitions and reports; scheduling appointments; and basic computer skills. 3-0-3
PHAR 120
Pharmacy Technology II
A continuation of Pharmacy Technology I, this course emphasizes sterile and non-sterile compounding, handling of hazardous and toxic materials, and computer application to the retail and hospital pharmacy. Prerequisites: PHAR100, PHAR115 2-3-3
PHAR 125
Pharmacology II
A continuation of Pharmacology I, topics include drugs used for the treatment of the gastrointestinal, urinary, cardiovascular, muscular, skeletal, endocrine, reproductive, hematological, and immune systems. Other agents such as topicals, ophthalmics, otics, chemotherapy, vitamins, and supplements are also addressed. Prerequisite: PHAR110 3-0-3

Third Semester - 6 Credits

PHAR 160
Pharmacy Experiential Learning
Students receive practical experience in both a hospital and a community pharmacy under the supervision of a pharmacist. Students participate in the routine operation of a pharmacy in both settings. Prerequisites: PHAR100, PHAR120, PHAR115, PHAR110, PHAR125, MSHT104 3-3-6