Pharmacy Technology

Program Overview

The Pharmacy Technology program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the pharmacy field. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.  Pharmacy Technology program graduates are prepared to function as pharmacy technicians in positions requiring preparation of medications according to prescriptions under supervision of a pharmacist.  Program graduates are to be competent in the general areas of communications, math, interpersonal relations, and computer literacy.  Graduates are also to be competent to perform basic occupational functions relations, and computer literacy.  Graduates are also to be competent to perform basic occupational functions including pouring, weighing, or measuring dosage; grinding, heating, filtering, dissolving, and mixing liquid or soluble drugs and chemicals; procuring, storing and issuing pharmaceutical materials and supplies; and maintaining files and records.  Graduate of the program receive a Pharmacy Technology degree which qualifies them as pharmacy technician.

Entrance Requirements

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Cannot be convicted of a felony that occurred within the last  ten 10 years, and/or any conviction that was drug or pharmacy related
  • Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math
  • Transfer of previous post secondary credits will be determined by the registrar

Student Performance/Graduation Requirements

  • Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate
  • Must complete MATH 1111 with a minimum letter grade of B within 2 attempts
  • Must complete PHAR 1000 with a minimum letter grade of B within 2 attempts

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Graduates of the Pharmacy Technology program are prepared for employment in hospital pharmacies, retail pharmacies, home infusion pharmacies, institutional pharmacies, military base pharmacies, major drug companies and other healthcare facilities requiring professional qualified personnel. NOTE: A felony conviction may limit employment opportunities.

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION: Upon completion of the Pharmacy Technology program, students may register to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE). In order to sit for the PTCE, a candidate must have received a high school diploma or GED by application receipt deadline for the exam and have never been convicted of a felony. 

PRACTICUM EDUCATION: Pharmacy Technology students will be required to complete practicum assignments which will be given by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.  Requirements for practicum courses include a minimum of 20 hours a week in a supervised setting, for a total of 225 hours. Students may not receive pay from the sites for these hours.  Student evaluations are completed by the practicum site preceptor and the program instructor, as well as weekly time sheets.  The student is required to adhere to his/her practicum schedule at all times and a total of 450 hours is required to graduate.  All students must know that traveling may be required for practicum rotations.

Special Requirements of the Practicum Sites:

  • CPR Certification
  • Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Drug Screening
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Registration with the State of Georgia as Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical, and lab work including TB testing and immunizations

SALARY POTENTIAL: $20,000- $35,000

PROGRAM ADDITIONAL FEES (Cost are estimated and are subject to change):

  • Books & Supplies: $2,000.00
  • CPR Card $6.00
  • Liability Insurance: $11.00 per year
  • Uniform:$100.00
  • Certification Exam: $129.00
  • Physical Exam: $150.00
  • TB Test: $40.00
  • 10 Panel Drug Test: $50.00
  • Criminal Background Check: $50.00

Pharmacy Technician Registration/Fingerprint: $135.00

Blood and Airborne Pathogens: Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens.  These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course.  Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure.  Students should contact their program directors for more information on policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens.

 

Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Curriculum (65 hours)
General Education Courses (15 hours)
Area I - English/Humanities/Fine Arts (3 hours)
3
45
Explores the analysis of literature and articles about issues in the humanities and in society. Students practice various modes of writing, ranging from exposition to argumentation and persuasion. The course includes a review of standard grammatical and stylistic usage in proofreading and editing. An introduction to library resources lays the foundation for research. Topics include writing analysis and practice, revision, and research. Students write a research paper using library resources and using a formatting and documentation style appropriate to the purpose and audience.
Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)
Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychopathology and interventions, stress and health, and social psychology.
Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics (3 hours)
Select One Of The Following (3 hours)
MATH
1111
3
45
Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.
Emphasizes algebra, statistics, and mathematics of finance. Topics include fundamental operations of algebra, sets and logic, probability and statistics, geometry, mathematics of voting and districting, and mathematics of finance.
3
45
Emphasizes functions using real-world applications as models. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra; functions and graphs; linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions and models; systems of equations; and optional topics in algebra.
Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts (6 hours)
Explores the philosophic and artistic heritage of humanity expressed through a historical perspective on visual arts, music, and literature. The humanities provide insight into people and society. Topics include historical and cultural developments, contributions of the humanities, and research.
XXX
xxx
General Core Elective
3
0
Technical Courses (50 hours)
Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control/blood and air-borne pathogens.
Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.
3
75
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.
3
45
Introduces the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the development of a systemic perspective of anatomical structures and physiological processes. Topics include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous and sensory systems.
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2113. The laboratory exercises for this course include body organization, cell structure and functions, tissue classifications, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, and nervous sensory systems.
Continues the study of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 2114. The laboratory exercises for this course include the endocrine system, cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatic system, immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
This course develops knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical calculations procedures. Topics include: systems of measurement, medication dispensing calculations, pharmacy mathematical procedures, and calculation tools and techniques.
Provides an overview of the pharmacy technology field and develops the fundamental concepts and principles necessary for successful participation in the pharmacy field. Topics include: safety, orientation to the pharmacy technology field, Fundamental principles of chemistry, basic laws of chemistry, ethics and laws, definitions and terms, and reference sources.
The course introduces the students to principles and knowledge about all classifications of medication. Topics include: disease states and treatment modalities, pharmaceutical side effects and drug interactions, control substances, specific drugs, and drug addiction and abuse.
Continues the development of student knowledge and skills in preparing medication, processing glassware, and maintaining an aseptic environment. Topics include: aseptic and sterile techniques, parenteral admixtures, hyperalimentation, chemotherapy, filtering, disinfecting, contamination, ophthalmic preparations, infection control, and quality control.
PHAR
1040
4
60
The course introduces the students to principles and knowledge about all classifications of medication. Topics include: disease states and treatment modalities, pharmaceutical side effects and drug interactions, control substances, specific drugs, and drug addiction and abuse.
Orients students to the clinical environment and provides experiences with the basic skills necessary for the pharmacy technician. Topics include: storage and control, documentation, inventory and billing, community practice, institutional practice, and communication,
This course presents the advanced concepts and principles needed in the pharmacy technology field. Topics include: physician orders, patient profiles, pharmacy data systems, job readiness, legal requirements, inventory and billing, pharmaceutical calculations review and pharmacology review.
Continues the development of student knowledge and skills applicable to pharmacy technology practice. Topics include: dispensing responsibilities, physician orders, controlled substances, hyperalimentation, chemotherapy, patient profiles, pharmacy data systems, ophthalmic preparations, and hospital/retail/home health pharmacy techniques.