D.A.S., Major in Pharmacy Technology

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Graduates of the Pharmacy Technician diploma are health care professionals who assist the pharmacist in a hospital or clinical setting to provide quality health care related to medication administration.

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.

Admission: Health Science programs have special program admission criteria which must be completed prior to applying for the clinical phase of the program. A student may be admitted to the college at any time in order to complete prerequisite and general education coursework. For more detailed information, please go to the Nursing & Health Science Resources.

Program Location: Greenwood

Contact Information: Clay Sprouse


Required Courses

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AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3.0
MAT 102 Intermediate Algebra 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
PHM 202 Pharmacological Anatomy & Physiology 4.0
AHS 116 Patient Care Relations 3.0
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
AHS 106 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1.0
PHM 101 Introductory to Pharmacy 3.0
PHM 110 Pharmacy Practice 4.0
PHM 113 Pharmacy Technician Math 3.0
PHM 114 Therapeutic Agents I 3.0
PHM 124 Therapeutic Agents II 3.0
PHM 152 Pharmacy Technician Practicum I 2.0
PHM 164 Pharmacy Technician Practicum II 4.0
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
PHM 103 Pharmacy Law & Ethics 2.0
PHM 118 Community Pharmacy Seminar 1.0
PHM 173 Pharmacy Technician Practicum III 3.0
Total Credit Hours: 48.0

* Major Studies Courses: Completion of the Diploma in Applied Science with a major in Pharmacy Technology requires three (3) semesters upon acceptance to the major studies coursework.

Updated 4/8/2013


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement - The mission of the Pharmacy Technician program is to provide an economically flexible didactic and clinical competency based curriculum which provides students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to master skills required to enter the entry-level job market in community and hospital pharmacy settings. This diploma program also strives to assist students in achieving personal and professional goals as well as instill life-long learning values.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the pharmacy department, technician duties and responsibilities.

  2. Demonstrate knowledge of pharmacy/medical terms, abbreviations, and symbols used in prescribing and dispensing medication.

  3. Demonstrate procedures for manufacturing, packaging and labeling of drug products.

  4. Perform calculations for dosage.

  5. Demonstrate knowledge of dosage, route of administration and dose forms.

  6. Perform dispensing of controlled substances as per federal and state guidelines.

  7. Demonstrate institutional and ambulatory drug preparation and distribution. 


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Advisement Information

  • This diploma program admits 25 students in the fall semester.

  • AHS 116 is a general education course that may be completed before or during the Pharmacy Technology clinical coursework.

  • Once students meet entry criteria, they submit a Program-Ready or Merit application online one the Health Science and Nursing Resources webpage during the designated acceptance period.

Applications for fall program acceptance are available in May.

  • AHS 102 Requirement: This program requires AHS 102, Medical Terminology. Beginning Fall 2014, AHS 102 will have a 5 year expiration. Students who readmit or transfer beginning fall 2014 must have AHS 102 within 5 years for it to be transferred in or apply to their program of study. Students who are currently enrolled at the college or who return to the college after an absence of less than 3 semesters, will retain credit for AHS 102 > 5 years, provided they stay in the same major. If a student changes major, the new major would fall under the latest catalog year. If the AHS 102 course > 5 years at the time of the change of major, the course will be considered to be expired. Students who are employed in a health related field may petition that AHS 102 > 5 years be accepted. The academic program director over the student’s selected major would make the determination if a course >5 years would be accepted. This petition would be made in DegreeWorks by the program coordinator or department head at the time of the decision. A student should be referred to the program coordinator to request the petition.

  • Information about CPT 101: Starting fall 2014, CPT 101 will use Office 2013. CPT 101 students must purchase an access code for MyITLab, a learning management system that is used for CPT 101. The CPT 101 access code is good for six months. RDG 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101. If a student needs developmental coursework the first semester, advise for CPT 141, if required, followed by CPT 101.

  • Completion of the Diploma in Applied Science with a Major in Pharmacy Technology requires three semesters upon acceptance to the Major Studies coursework.

  • To be state certified, students must meet three criteria:
    * graduate from a board approved program
    * work 1,000 hours in a pharmacy
    * pass national certification exam

  • Students will receive simulated pharmacy classroom and lab experience as well as retail pharmacy (and possibly hospital pharmacy) experience during clinical rotations.

  • The program is designed to help students develop knowledge and skills necessary to function in a modern pharmacy environment. They learn to prepare and dispense medication in correct dosage as well as medications' uses, actions and side effects. Starting salary is $10-$12 per hour locally.

  • Students must be physically and mentally able to perform specific tasks. View the Physical and Mental Standards on the Health Science and Nursing Resources webpage.

  • In addition to college tuition and fees, students should be prepared for further expenses upon entry to the clinical program: SC State registration ($80); SCSHP membership dues ($25); Insurance ($35); Physical examination, vaccines, lab work (varies - $300); Books ($700 for year); Background check/Drug Screen (currently $82.50, subject to change); CPR certification card ($5); Lab coat and monogram ($35); Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam ($129); Graduation Fee ($25). All dollar amounts are estimates.

  • Students need reliable transportation to all clinical sites, which could be in Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Saluda, Edgefield and Newberry.

  • To earn an Associate in Occupational Technology, Major in General Technology, with electives in Pharmacy Technology, students must complete the following courses after completion of the Pharmacy Technology Diploma:

    General Education (Minimum 18 SHC):
    ENG 101, MAT 102, PSY 201, Natural Science/math elective, Humanities/Fine Arts elective and CPT 101.
    Required Core Subject Courses (Minimum 28 SHC): Medical Assisting coursework meets this category
    Secondary Concentration (Minimum 12 SHC): MGT 150, MGT 201, MKT 135, and ACC 101.
    Other Hours for Graduation (5-25 SHC): AHS 205 and PSY 203

Advisement Information updated 6/10/2014