Curriculum and Requirements

This is a limited access program. Refer to the General Admission Requirements for Limited Access/Selected Admissions Health Programs section of this Catalog and Student Handbook for admission requirements.

The purpose of this program is to prepare students to work as pharmacy technicians in retail and hospital settings, under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. Students successfully completing this program are eligible to sit for the national pharmacy technician certification examination administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board or the Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians.

Program Code: APP-PHT

Session I - Term A

Hours: 11 (330 clock hours)

Session I - Term B

Hours: 8 (240 clock hours)

Session II - Term A

Hours: 7 (210 clock hours)

Session II - Term B

Hours: 9 (270 clock hours)

Total Technical Credits: 35 (1,050 clock hours)


An approved four-hour AIDS seminar, PHSC course NCH 0001, is a requirement for this program.

CPR certification, PHSC course NCH 0050, American Heart Association "Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers", is a requirement for this program.

Special Program Requirements:

A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in each program course in order to continue in the program. Courses may be repeated only on the recommendation of the faculty and the dean of health occupations and approval of the vice president of instruction/provost, West Campus, and if space is available. Form IIN-27 must be completed by the Pharmacy Technician program faculty for program/course re-entry. In order to receive a certificate, students must obtain satisfactory scores on the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) (Form 9 or 10) with a minimum 10th grade level score in reading and language, and a score of 11 in mathematics. An associate degree or higher from a regionally-accredited college or university also will satisfy the TABE requirements.

A completed Physical Examination Report (SAR-40A), satisfactory criminal background check, fingerprinting and negative drug/alcohol screen are required for this program.