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 diploma which qualifies them as pharmacy technician. Graduates will be employable as an entry level pharmacy technician.

Entrance Requirements

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

  • 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
  • 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 (56 hours)
General Core Elective (9 hours)
3
45
Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.
Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
PSYC
1010
3
45
Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.
Technical Courses (47 hours)
5
75
Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.
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.
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.