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Pharmacy Technology Program

As a student in the Pharmacy Technology program at Piedmont Technical College, you’ll learn about medications, their effects on the body, pharmacy chemistry, packaging and labeling. You’ll spend time in the program’s dedicated pharmacy lab, using genuine pharmacy equipment, before working rotations at actual pharmacies, in both hospital and drug store settings. 

Through hands-on learning and real-world experience, you’ll learn exactly what healthcare institutions are looking for in this rapidly growing field, and you’ll graduate fully prepared for a career as a pharmacy technician.

In order to become a state certified pharmacy technician, the student must earn the Pharmacy Technician diploma, work 1,000 hours as a registered pharmacy technician, and pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists.

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Career Information

Pharmacy Technicians assist licensed pharmacists by providing patients with medication and healthcare products. They have strong customer services skills and are able to multi-task in a fast-paced and demanding environment. They work in retail pharmacies and hospitals.

Pharmacy technicians work under the supervision of pharmacists, who must review all prescriptions before they are given to patient. If a customer's question is about the medication or health matters, the pharmacy technician arranges for the customer to speak with the pharmacist.

Duties may include

 

  • Performing technical tasks

  • Replenishing and organizing stock

 

  • Repackaging bulk supplies

  • Restocking nurses' stations

 

  • Fill hospital chart orders

  • Filling prescriptions


For more information about careers, visit Career Onestop for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Piedmont Technical College's Career Tracks page for more in-depth information about this program. For national career information, visit Virtual Career Network.

Employers of Piedmont Technical College Alumni include:

  • Bi-Lo

  • Carolina Community Pharmacy

  • Carolina Health Centers

  • CVS

  • Eckerd Drug

  • Fred's Pharmacy

  • Good Shepard Clinic

  • K-Mart

 

  • Laurens County Health Care System

  • Palmetto Health

  • Parkman's Pharmacy

  • Rite Aid

  • Self Regional Healthcare

  • Walgreen's

  • Wal-Mart

  • West End Drugs