A pharmacy technician assists the pharmacist with the day-to-day activities 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, and will hold a college degree that will contribute to professional advancement.

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This degree program contains one or more embedded certificates which will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. If you do not want to receive the embedded certificate(s), 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
  • Completion of MATH-0955 Beginning Algebra with "C" or higher, or appropriate score on Math placement test to be eligible for enrollment into MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics.
  • Complete BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry with "C" or higher or complete CHEM-1010 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry and CHEM-1020 Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • GPA required: 2.00 admissions requirements; 2.00 overall.

Other Information

  • 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.
  • Criminal background check required.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Assist the pharmacist in the preparation, dispensing, and consulting activities of pharmacy practice.
  2. 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.
  3. Use negotiation, verbal and written communication to meet the needs of diverse clients and function effectively as a member of the health care team.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Sit for Pharmacy Technician Certification exam.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Summer StartCredit Hours
BIO-1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours6
First Semester
BIO-1050 Human Biology 2 3
BIO-105L Human Biology Laboratory 1
MATH-1240 Contemporary Mathematics 3
PHM-1300 Introduction to Pharmacy Practice 3
PHM-1350 Pharmacy Practice I 3
PHM-1450 Pharmacology and Therapeutic Principles I 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
PHM-1360 Pharmacy Practice II 3
PHM-1460 Pharmacology and Therapeutic Principles II 3
PHM-1860 Pharmacy Technology Practicum I 3
Communications requirement 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
BIO-2500 Microbiology 4
MA-1020 Medical Terminology I 3
PHM-2701 Current Topics in Pharmacy Practice 4
PHM-2860 Pharmacy Technology Practicum II 3
 Credit Hours14
Fourth Semester
HLTH-1100 Personal Health Education 3
PHM-2080 Pharmacy Technician Examination Review 1
PHM-2870 Pharmacy Technology Practicum III 3
Select one of the following: 3
Bioethics  
Honors Bioethics  
 Credit Hours10
 Total Credit Hours61