At a Glance:

Contact: Robbie Howard
Robbie Howard, Pharmacy Technology, Program Director
Phone: 404-225-4643
Campus: Main
Department: Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs, Health & Public Safety Technologies Division
, MPH, Program Director
Direct: (404) 225-4643


Pharmacy Assistant

Program Overview

The Pharmacy Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) is designed to provide students with short term training to prepare them for entry level employment in a variety of settings such as, retail pharmacies, nursing homes, medical clinics, etc.  Students will receive didactic instruction and laboratory training in anatomy and physiology, fundamental concepts and principles for receiving, storing and dispensing medication.


The Pharmacy Technology program at Atlanta Technical College is accredited by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists.

Minimum Program Length:  3 Semesters

Estimated Program Cost: $5,512

Miscellaneous Supplies: $400

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Entrance Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Cannot be convicted of a felony that occurred within the last five (5) years, and/or any conviction that was drug or pharmacy related.
  • Official high school or GED transcript is 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 1012 with a minimum letter grade of B
  • Must complete PHAR 1000 with a minimum letter grade of B

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: $136.25

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. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at


Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Curriculum (35 hours)
General Education Courses (3 hours)
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.
Occupational Courses (32 hours)
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
This course orients students to the clinical environment and provides experiences with the basic skills necessary for the pharmacy assistant. Topics include: purchasing, packaging and labeling drugs; distribution systems; pharmacy policies and procedures; documentation; inventory and filing systems; compounding; contamination control; storage and control; pharmacy equipment, and health care organizational structures.