A pharmacy technician assists the pharmacist activities and processes in the pharmacy. Under the direction of a pharmacist, the pharmacy technician performs pharmacy-related functions with the goal of optimizing patients' pharmaceutical care and department operations. Pharmacy technician duties include, but need not be limited to: maintaining patient records; setting up packaging and labeling of medication dosages; filling and dispensing routine orders for stock supplies and patient care areas; maintaining inventory of drug supplies and preparing parenteral admixtures. Other duties may include dispensing, pricing, inventory control, typing, records maintenance, cash register work and operation of computer terminals and pharmacy automation devices. The program is designed to train the pharmacy technician to function in the pharmacy departments of hospitals or other institutions, clinics, retail stores, and managed care organizations. Graduates will be prepared to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination, recognized by many employers.
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This certificate will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the certificate, please notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.
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Program Admission Requirements
Application may be submitted to the Health Careers Enrollment Center after meeting the following requirements:
- High School Diploma/GED
- Complete ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I with "C" or higher or have earned credit in a higher level English course (minimum grade of C).
- Completion of MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra or sufficient score on Math Placement Test to enroll in MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics.
- Complete BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry with "C" or higher. May substitute CHEM-1010 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry and CHEM-1020 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry or CHEM-101H Honors Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry and CHEM-102H Honors Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry.
- GPA required: 2.00 admission requirements; 2.00 overall.
- Science and math courses must have been completed within the past seven years at the time of admission to the program and may be repeated only once to improve a grade.
- Interview with program manager encouraged.
- Criminal background check required.
Program Learning Outcomes
This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
- Assist the pharmacist in the preparation, dispensing, and consulting activities of pharmacy practice.
- Apply principles of quality to daily pharmacy practice as it relates to effectiveness, accuracy, and compliance with established legal, professional and organizational standards while striving for continued personal development.
- Use negotiation, verbal and written communication to meet the needs of diverse clients and function effectively as a member of the health care team.
- Apply the principles of ethical and caring behavior in health care to all pharmacy practice settings while balancing obligations to one’s self, relationships and work.
- Recognize and explain the value of membership in professional organizations, certification, and on-going education as a basis for maintaining a strong work ethic and fostering a positive image for the practice of pharmacy.
- Sit for Pharmacy Technician Certification exam.
Suggested Semester Sequence
|Summer Start||Credit Hours|
|BIO-1100||Introduction to Biological Chemistry 1||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|College Composition I|
|Honors College Composition I|
|BIO-1050||Human Biology 2||3|
|BIO-105L||Human Biology Laboratory 2||1|
|MATH-1240||Contemporary Mathematics (or higher)||3|
|PHM-1300||Introduction to Pharmacy Practice||3|
|PHM-1350||Pharmacy Practice I||3|
|PHM-1450||Pharmacology and Therapeutic Principles I||3|
|PHM-1360||Pharmacy Practice II||3|
|PHM-1460||Pharmacology and Therapeutic Principles II||3|
|PHM-1860||Pharmacy Technology Practicum I||3|
|PHM-2080||Pharmacy Technician Examination Review||1|
|Total Credit Hours||36|