Program Description

The PharmacyTechnology degree is designed to provide an individual with the entry level skills required for success in a retail pharmacy or a hospital-based pharmacy department.Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention and replacement. Graduates are prepared to function as pharmacy technicians in positions requiring preparations of medications according to prescription under the supervision of a pharmacist.

The Pharmacy Technology diploma is designed to enable the student to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes for employment within a pharmacy. Program graduates 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 a registered pharmacist.A variety of clinical experiences is designed to integrate theory and practice.Graduates will be employable as an entry level pharmacy technician.

Nature of the Work

Pharmacy technicians help licensed pharmacists prepare prescription medications, provide customer service, and perform administrative duties within a pharmacy setting. Pharmacy technicians generally are responsible for receiving prescription requests, counting tablets, and labeling bottles.

Employment

Pharmacy technicians held about 381,200 jobs in 2008. About 75 percent of jobs were in a retail setting, and about 16 percent were in hospitals.

Job Outlook

Employment of pharmacy technicians is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.The increased number of middle-aged and elderly people—who use more prescription drugs than younger people—will spur demand for pharmacy workers throughout the projection period. In addition, as scientific advances lead to new drugs, and as more people obtain prescription drug coverage, pharmacy workers will be needed in growing numbers.

Quick Facts

Quick Facts for Pharmacy Technician from U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • 2017 Median Pay: $31,750 per year; $15.26 per hour
  • Entry-Level Education: High school diploma or equivalent
  • Work Experience in Related Occupation: None
  • On-the-job Training: Moderate-term on-the-job training
  • Number of jobs, 2016: 402,000
  • Job Outlook, 2016-26: 12% (much faster than average)
  • Employment Change: 2014-24: 47,600

     

    Accreditation:

    Albany Technical College’s Pharmacy Technology Program is accredited by ASHP (American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacist). 

     

    Program Admission Information:

    Attends high school, possesses a high school equivalency certificate, or is a high school graduate;

    Illicit drug use, criminal background checks, and immunization status may prevent future employment as a pharmacy technician, and that externship sites, employers, and State Boards of Pharmacy have regulations about drug use, criminal backgrounds, and immunization status.

     

    Financial Obligation

    Diploma:  $7969.00

    Degree:    $8742.00

     

    Requirements:

    Georgia State licensure/registration: Click Here.

    National Pharmacy Technician Certification:

    To achieve PTCB Certification, candidates must satisfy the following eligibility requirements:

    • High school diploma or equivalent educational diploma (e.g., a GED or foreign diploma)*.
    • Full disclosure of all criminal and State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure actions.
    • Compliance with all applicable PTCB Certification policies.
    • Passing score on the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam® (PTCE®).

    * Candidates who are within 60 days of acquiring their high school diploma or equivalent will be eligible to apply for the PTCE. 

    Certificants must complete a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing education (CE) during each two (2) year recertification cycle. Any CE hours earned after January 1, 2015 must be in pharmacy technician-specific subject matter. For recertification candidates, one (1) hour of the twenty (20) hours must be in the subject of pharmacy law and one (1) hour must be in the subject of patient safety (refer to the ACPE definition of patient safety in the ACPE Policy and Procedures Manual, topic designation 05).

     

    Prospects for employment

    Pharmacy technicians have the following prospects for employment:

    • Retail
    • Hospital
    • Nursing homes
    • Correctional facility pharmacy
     

 

Year of Graduation
Number of students taking the exam
Pass Rate after the first attempt
Fall 2018 7 86% (6)
Spring 2018 9 67% (6)
Fall 2017 9 78% (7)
Spring 2017  9 78% (9)
Fall 2016 9 56% (5)

 

Degrees
Pharmacy Technology Degree (63 hrs)
core courses
 
Area I Language Arts/Communications
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
3
SPCH 1101 Public Speaking
3
Area II Social/Behavior Sciences
PSYC 1101 General Psychology
3
Area III Natural Sciences/Mathematics
MATH 1111 College Algebra
3
Area IV Humanities/Fine Arts
HUMN 1101 Introduction to Humanities
3
Non-General Education Courses
BIOL 2113 Anatomy and Physiology I
3
BIOL 2113L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
1
BIOL 2114 Anatomy and Physiology II
3
BIOL 2114L Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
1
 
Pharmacy Technology
occupational courses
 
ALHS 1040 Introduction to Health Care
3
ALHS 1090 MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences
2
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
PHAR 1000 Pharmaceutical Calculations
4
PHAR 1010 Pharmacy Technology Fundamentals
5
PHAR 1040 Pharmacology
4
PHAR 1020 Principles of Dispensing Meds
4
PHAR 1030 Principles of Sterile Med Prep
4
PHAR 1050 Pharmacy Technology Practicum
5
PHAR 2060 Advanced Pharmacy Principles
3
PHAR 2070 Advanced Pharmacy Practicum
5


Diplomas
Pharmacy Technology Diploma (54 hrs)
core courses
 
ENGL 1010 Fundamentals of English I
3
MATH 1012 Foundations of Mathematics
3
PSYC 1010 Basic Psychology
3
Pharmacy Technology
occupational courses
 
ALHS 1011 Structure & Function of the Human Body
5
ALHS 1040 Introduction to Health Care
3
ALHS 1090 MedTerm/Allied Health Sciences
2
COMP 1000 Introduction to Computers
3
PHAR 1000 Pharmaceutical Calculations
4
PHAR 1010 Pharmacy Technology Fundamentals
5
PHAR 1040 Pharmacology
4
PHAR 1020 Principles of Dispensing Meds
4
PHAR 1030 Principles of Sterile Med Prep
4
PHAR 1050 Pharmacy Technology Practicum
5
PHAR 2060 Advanced Pharmacy Principles
3
PHAR 2070 Advanced Pharmacy Practicum
5


TCCs
There are no available TCCs at this time, please check back with us regularly as new programs are added regularly.




*All program information subject to change without notice.

**For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here.

 

Program Admission Information

High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

ACCUPLACER SCORES

Min. ScoresDegreeDiploma
Sentence Skills 70 60
Reading Comp. 64 64
Arithmetic N/A 40
Algebra 57 N/A

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