Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician diploma are health care professionals who assist the pharmacist in a hospital or clinical setting to provide quality health care related to medication administration.
In addition to the skills acquired to become a pharmacy technician, students will learn to read medication orders, mix parenteral medications, assemble unit-doses of medications and prepare 24-hour patient medication carts. Students will also learn proper labeling for oral and parenteral medications. 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) administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).
The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists (http://www.ashp.org) 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 657-3000.
Admission: Health Science programs have special program admission criteria which must be completed prior to applying for the clinical phase of the program. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education coursework. For more detailed information, please go to the Nursing & Health Science Resources.
Program Location: Greenwood
Contact Information: Clay Sprouse
|PROGRAM-READY COURSES||Credit Hours|
|AHS 102||Medical Terminology||3.0|
|MAT 102||Intermediate Algebra||3.0|
|ENG 101||English Composition I||3.0|
|PHM 202||Pharmacological Anatomy & Physiology||4.0|
|GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES||Credit Hours|
|AHS 116||Patient Care Relations||3.0|
|CPT 101||Introduction to Computers||3.0|
|FALL SEMESTER*||Credit Hours|
|AHS 106||Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation||1.0|
|PHM 101||Introductory to Pharmacy||3.0|
|PHM 110||Pharmacy Practice||4.0|
|PHM 113||Pharmacy Technician Math||3.0|
|PHM 114||Therapeutic Agents I||3.0|
|SPRING SEMESTER||Credit Hours|
|PHM 124||Therapeutic Agents II||3.0|
|PHM 152||Pharmacy Technician Practicum I||2.0|
|PHM 164||Pharmacy Technician Practicum II||4.0|
|SUMMER TERM||Credit Hours|
|PHM 103||Pharmacy Law & Ethics||2.0|
|PHM 118||Community Pharmacy Seminar||1.0|
|PHM 173||Pharmacy Technician Practicum III||3.0|
|Total Credit Hours: 48.0|
* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Diploma in Applied Science with a major in Pharmacy Technology requires three (3) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies coursework.
Purpose Statement - The mission of the Pharmacy Technician program is to provide an economically flexible didactic and clinical competency based curriculum which provides students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to master skills required to enter the entry-level job market in community and hospital pharmacy settings. This diploma program also strives to assist students in achieving personal and professional goals as well as instill life-long learning values.
Program Student Learning Outcomes:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the pharmacy department, technician duties and responsibilities.
Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacy/medical terms, abbreviations, and symbols used in prescribing and dispensing medication.
Demonstrate procedures for manufacturing, packaging and labeling of drug products.
Perform calculations for dosage.
Demonstrate knowledge of dosage, route of administration and dose forms.
Perform dispensing of controlled substances as per federal and state guidelines.
Demonstrate institutional and ambulatory drug preparation and distribution.
This diploma program admits 25 students in the fall semester.
AHS 116 is a general education course that may be completed before or during the Pharmacy Technology clinical coursework.
Once students meet entry criteria, they submit a Program-Ready or Merit application online one the Health Science and Nursing Resources webpage during the designated acceptance period.
Applications for fall program acceptance are available in May.
Completion of the Diploma in Applied Science with a Major in Pharmacy Technology requires three semesters upon acceptance to the Major Studies coursework.
To be state certified, students must meet three criteria:
* graduate from a board approved program
* work 1,000 hours in a pharmacy
* pass national certification exam
Students will receive simulated pharmacy classroom and lab experience as well as retail pharmacy (and possibly hospital pharmacy) experience during clinical rotations.
The program is designed to help students develop knowledge and skills necessary to function in a modern pharmacy environment. They learn to prepare and dispense medication in correct dosage as well as medications' uses, actions and side effects. Starting salary is $10-$12 per hour locally.
Students must be physically and mentally able to perform specific tasks. View the Physical and Mental Standards on the Health Science and Nursing Resources webpage.
In addition to college tuition and fees, students should be prepared for further expenses upon entry to the clinical program: SC State registration ($80); SCSHP membership dues ($25); Insurance ($35); Physical examination, vaccines, lab work (varies - $300); Books ($700 for year); Background check/Drug Screen ($80); CPR certification card ($5); Lab coat and monogram ($35); Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam ($129); Graduation Fee ($25). All dollar amounts are estimates.
Students need reliable transportation to all clinical sites, which could be in Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Saluda, Edgefield and Newberry.
To earn an Associate in Occupational Technology, Major in General Technology, with electives in Pharmacy Technology, students must complete the following courses after completion of the Pharmacy Technology Diploma:
General Education (Minimum 15 SHC):
ENG 101, MAT 102, PSY 201, Natural Science/math elective, Humanities/Fine Arts elective, and CPT 101.
Required Core Subject Courses (Minimum 40 SHC)
MGT 150, MGT 201, AHS 205, MKT 135, ACC 101 and PSY 203
Other Hours for Graduation (5-25 SHC)
Advisement Information updated 8/31/2011