The Pharmacy Technology Diploma is designed to enable the student to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes for employment within a pharmacy. Program gradates will be able to perform a variety of technical duties related to preparing and dispensing drugs in accordance with standard procedures and laws under the supervision of licensed pharmacist. A variety of clinical experiences is designed to integrate theory and practice. Graduates will be employable as an entry level pharmacy technician. As a program graduate, you will be eligible to sit for a national certification exam for pharmacy technologists.The Pharmacy Technology program at Atlanta Technical College is accredited by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.
Minimum Program Length: 4 Semesters
Estimated Program Cost: $7,229
- Must be 18 years of age.
- Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply.
- Cannot be convicted of a felony that occurred within the last ten (10) years, and/or any conviction that was drug or pharmacy related.
- 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 1012 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
- 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 : $136.25