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Pharmacy Technology Diploma

Offered at the Following Campus

Program Overview

The Pharmacy Technology Program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for careers in the pharmacy field. 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 communication, math, interpersonal relations, and computer literacy, and are to be competent to perform basic occupational functions required of pharmacy technicians in various settings. 

The standard curriculum for the Pharmacy Technology program is designed for the semester system. The diploma requires 56 credit hours to complete and can generally be completed in 5 semesters. Once all required prerequisite courses and requirements for program entrance are complete and students have been admitted into the program, the Pharmacy Technology program will take 3 semesters to complete. The Pharmacy Technology program admits students once per year at the beginning of Fall Semester.

*For more detailed program information, please refer to the Catalog & Handbook.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 18 years of age upon graduation;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Complete ALMA 1000 with a grade of "B" or higher.
  • Complete general core and ALHS courses with an overall 2.0 GPA or higher
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  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Course Overview

Contact Minutes
Credit Hours
Curriculum Outline (56 hours)
General Core Courses (12 hours)

(Prerequisite: None) This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/technical program of study. Topics include: Computer Applications/Technology Skills, Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communication Skills, and Career Exploration.

(Prerequisite: ENGL 0097 OR Appropriate Placement Test Score AND READ 0097 OR Appropriate Placement Test Score) 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.

(Prerequisites: MATH 0097 OR Appropriate arithmetic placement test score.) 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, geometric concepts, technical applications, and basic statistics.

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) 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.
Occupational Curriculum (44 hours)

(Prerequisite: Regular Admission) 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.


(Prerequisite: Provisional Admission) 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.  A $20 fee is associated with this course due to the cost of CPR/first aid card and training.

(Prerequisite: Provisional Admission) 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.


(Prerequisites:  MATH 1012) (Co-requisites:  MATH 1111)  Prepares students in understanding the application of mathematics in their health science program courses.  The topics included are basic mathematics, medical terminology, mathematical conversions, weight and measurement applications used in health science programs. Additionally, problem solving strategies, basic principles of medication administration, and research in health science will be incorporated into the course competencies.



(Prerequisite: All required General Education and Health Science Core Classes.) Develops knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical calculations procedures. Topics include: systems of measurement, medication dispensing calculations, pharmacy mathematical procedures, and calculation tools and techniques.

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) 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, chemistry, orientation of the pharmacy technology field, ethics and laws, definitions and terms, and reference sources.

(Prerequisite: PHAR 1000, PHAR 1010) Introduces the students to the principles of receiving, storing, and dispensing medications. Topics include: purchasing, packaging and labeling drugs, pharmacy policies and procedures, distribution systems, documentation, inventory and filing systems, pharmacy equipment, compounding, storage and control, contamination control, and the health care organizational structure. This course provides lab.
(Prerequisite: PHAR 1000, PHAR 1010) Continues the development of student knowledge and skills in aseptic preparation and preparing medication, processing glassware, and maintaining an aseptic environment. Topics include: aseptic and sterile techniques, parental admixtures, hyperalimentation, chemotherapy, filtering, disinfecting, contamination, ophthalmic preparations, infection control, USP 797 and quality control.
(Prerequisite: Program admission) Introduces principles and knowledge about classifications of medication. Topics include: disease states and treatment modalities, pharmaceutical side effects and drug interactions, controlled substances, specific drugs, compounding, and drug addiction and abuse.
(Prerequisite: PHAR 1000, PHAR 1010) Introduces students to the clinical environment and provides experiences with the skills necessary for the pharmacy technician. Topics include: dispensing and automation, storage and control, documentation, inventory, filing, extemporaneous compounding, durable medical equipment, customer service, inventory and billing, medication delivery, and other community pharmacy techniques.
(Prerequisite: PHAR 1030, PHAR 1050) Presents the advanced concepts and principles needed in the pharmacy technology field and readiness for certification. Topics include: pharmaceutical side effects, controlled substances, physician orders, patient profiles, pharmacy data systems, job readiness, legal requirements, pharmacology and pharmaceutical calculations review.
(Prerequisite: PHAR 1030, PHAR 1050) Continues the development of knowledge and skills applicable to pharmacy technology practice through additional on site practice. Topics include: institutional dispensing responsibilities, patient profiles, physician orders, controlled substances, aseptic technique and IV preparation, chemotherapy, pharmacy data systems, ophthalmic preparations, and other institutional/hospice/home health pharmacy techniques.