General Technology - Pharmacy Technology (A.A.S.)

Graduates of the Pharmacy Technology program must complete the following courses to earn an Associate in Applied Science with a major in General Technology. The minimum total credit hours required is 76.

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 ( 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 657-3000.

>>ASHP Pharmacy Technician Program Standards

Admission: There is no longer an application to be admitted into the clinical phase of the Pharmacy Tech program. Students who are interested in enrolling in the program should complete a Statement of Intent. Once this form is complete, the Program Director will contact you to verify that you are program ready. Once verified, students will be enrolled in the program on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students are required to be CPR certified during the clinical phase of the program. Students not certified when accepted may take Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (AHS 106) during the clinical program.


Required Courses


Minimum 18 credit hours  
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
  Elective Humanities/Fine Arts 3.0
  Elective Natural Science/Math 3.0
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
PHM 101 Introductory to Pharmacy 3.0
PHM 110 Pharmacy Practice 4.0
PHM 113 Pharmacy Technician Math 3.0
PHM 202 Pharmacological Anatomy & Physiology 4.0
PHM 114 Therapeutic Agents I 3.0
PHM 152 Pharmacy Technician Practicum I 2.0
PHM 164 Pharmacy Technician Practicum II 4.0
AHS 106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1.0
PHM 124 Therapeutic Agents II 3.0
PHM 118 Community Pharmacy Seminar 1.0
PHM 103 Pharmacy Law & Ethics 2.0
PHM 173 Pharmacy Technician Practicum III 3.0
AHS 116 Patient Care Relations 3.0
ACC 101 Accounting Principles I 3.0
MGT 150 Fundamentals of Supervision 3.0
MGT 201 Human Resource Management 3.0
MKT 135 Customer Service Techniques 3.0
AHS 205 Ethics and Law for Allied Health Professions 3.0
PSY 203 Human Growth and Development 3.0
Total Credit Hours: 76.0

Updated 5/6/2017

Advisement Information

Program notes

  • Beginning Fall 2018, students in health science and nursing majors will participate in the CAREplan: the college’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Advising for these students on the Greenwood Campus will be available by appointment in the CARE Planning Center in Suite 149-A. Advisors will be available to assist students with developing Degree Plans, learning about various health science and nursing programs, and understanding program requirements and secondary program application processes. Visit for more details.

  • Students who are pursuing or have earned a diploma in Pharmacy Technology may complete additional general education courses and classes in a secondary technical specialty, as outlined above, to earn an Associate of Applied Science in General Technology.

  • Click here for information about the Pharmacy Technology Diploma.

Notes about individual classes

  • The English required for this program is ENG 101.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 101.

  • The math required for this program is MAT 102.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 152 or MAT 101 > MAT 102.  The required math will change to MAT 155 for students who fall under the 2018-2019 catalog.  For this new requirement, students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 155.

  • Information about CPT 101: CPT 101 uses Office 2016. CPT 101 students must purchase an access code for MyITLab, a learning management system. The CPT 101 access code is good for six months. RDG 100 or RWR 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101.  An exemption test is available for students who are skilled in Microsoft office software.  Please contact MaryLou Wilson for more information about the exemption test.  College policy states that computer coursework is valid for eight years.

  • Developmental and transitional classes, if needed, should be taken first.

Semester-by-semester graduation plan

  • Students may take general education and secondary specialty classes toward an associate degree in General Technology while waiting to start Pharmacy Technology coursework.  Contact Clay Sprouse, Program Director of the Pharmacy Technology program, for an individualized semester-by-semester graduation plan.


  • You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works, your Class Schedule, or by visiting the Advising webpage.

  • Clay Sprouse is the Program Director of the Pharmacy Technology program.

  • Please email if this Advising Guide needs to be corrected or updated.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 3/2018.