The Pharmacy Technology program prepares graduates for positions working under the supervision of a licensed and registered pharmacist in retail and institutional pharmacy practice settings. Students completing the program will have a basic understanding of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, pharmacy law, and the therapeutic classification and use of the top-200 prescription drugs. Students will develop skills in pharmaceutical preparation, maintaining patient profiles or records, sterile products preparation, performing stock procedures, communication and presentation, and computer use to enter, store, and recall patient information.
The Pharmacy Technology program is a selective admissions program, which is explained below. Approximately 12-16 students are admitted to the program each fall semester. Course requirements prior to the technical pharmacy courses are open to all students who meet specific course prerequisites. The technical certificate can be obtained in an 11-month course of study.
Note: The Pharmacy Technology Program now offers two options for completion; internet or on campus. For internet students, theory will be online with scheduled on-campus labs.
We offer diverse practicum experiences with sites in community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, compounding pharmacies and chain drug store pharmacies.
- High school diploma or GED.
- Application to the Pharmacy Technology program.
- Minimum grades of C or 2.00 must be earned in each of the prerequisite courses required for the program.
• ALTH-106 (Working in Health Care)
• BIOL-100 (Fundamentals of Biology) or BIOL-175 (Human Biology)
• CAOT-112 (Basic keyboarding)
• CAOT-113 (Keyboarding Skill Development)
• MCTE-102 (Computational Skills for Allied Health)
• Completion of the NIC COMPASS test (or equivalent) with an English score of 68 or the completion of ENGL-099 or ENGL-101 with a grade of C or better.
- All lab science courses which were completed more than seven years prior to application must be repeated.
- Completion of a criminal record background check and a drug test upon acceptance.
- A criminal background check will be required upon acceptance. Violations may result in denied access to clinical sites and therefore inability to complete the program. For questions regarding specific violations, please contact the program director.
Wendy R. McIntosh
Health Professions & Nursing Advisor
Meyer Health & Sciences Building Room 261
Student Success Navigator / Student Success Navigator - ICE Healthcare Partnership -
ICE Healthcare Partnership / Health Professions Division
Lee-Kildow Hall Room 126A
Pharmacy Technology Program Director
Meyer Health and Sciences Building Room 258
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