Pharmacy Technician (492C)

Southern State Health Sciences

Nature of Profession

A pharmacy technician is trained to work primarily in either a hospital pharmacy or retail pharmacy. They receive written prescription or refills for medications and verifies that the information is correct and complete. The pharmacy technician prepares medications for clients by measuring, mixing, counting, labeling and recording amounts and dosages of medications under the direct supervision of a pharmacist. They also have administrative duties such as answering telephones, entering prescriptions into the computer and maintaining security and proper storage for medications.

Related Job Titles

Some job titles in the field include pharmaceutical care associate, pharmacy aide, pharmacy assistant and pharmacy clerk.

Program Design

The program is designed to be completed in two semesters when taken on a full-time basis. Some students may choose to pursue the certificate on a part-time basis (within four semesters). Students should complete the program within the specified timeframe. Admission to the Allied Health Program requires written acceptance by the Allied Health Program Director according to the admission requirements listed on the Allied Health Program application packet. Students may elect to complete some or all of the general education course requirements prior to being admitted into the Allied Health Program. Continuation in the Allied Health Program requires a minimum grade of "B" in MAST/ALTH courses with a minimum cumulative and most current completed quarter grade point average of 2.4 to participate in the practicum experience.

Application Process

Enrollment in Allied Health courses is limited. Applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis after the above criteria are met. After acceptance, but before beginning their practicum experience, students will be required to:

  • 1. provide medical examination and immunization information indicating they meet the health requirements (have the physical and emotional stamina) to pursue this career for practicum experiences;
  • 2. complete a criminal background record check at the practicum orientation with results acceptable for placement in practicum experiences; delayed results will require dropping the scheduled practicum;
  • 3. complete a standard drug screen with results acceptable for placement in practicum experiences;
  • 4. purchase student liability insurance;
  • 5. provide proof of or purchase personal health insurance; and
  • 6. purchase the required student uniform.

Application Submission

The following items must be submitted for an application to be considered "complete". Please compile the required documentation in the order below and paper clip the contents.

  • 1. Allied Health Program Application
  • 2. Program Agreement Form
  • 3. Copy of high school transcript verifying graduation or copy of GED certificate
  • 4. Southern State course history listing (must be printed from MyRecords [select Academics > My Grades > Undergraduate (under "Division") > All Terms This Division])
  • 5. Transcripts from any accredited institution (recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation) previously attended
    • Coursework must be evaluated by the Southern State Director of Admissions and posted to Southern State transcript to be counted towards prerequisites

Current knowledge of prerequisites is expected. Refer to the college Catalog for any additional requirements.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. On your request, when hand delivering your application to the Medical Assisting/Allied Health Office, the content of your application packet will be reviewed to identify that required documentation is included.

Note: A felony or misdemeanor may disqualify a candidate from being certified by the State of Ohio (as outlined in Section 4761.04 of the Ohio Revised Code).


First Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ALTH 1101 Introduction to Allied Health 2
MAST 1115 Medical Terminology 2
ALTH 1121 Introduction to Pharmacy Technician 2
BIOL 1104 Human Biology I 4
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
CSCI 1101 Computer Keyboarding 1

Second Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
MAST 1118 Human Diseases 2
MAST 2205 Medical Law & Ethics 2
BIOL 1105 Human Biology II 4
MAST 2220 Emergency Medical Procedures 3
MATH 1135 Allied Health Mathematics 3
ALTH 1122 Pharmacy Technician II 2
ALTH 1125 Pharmacy Practicum 1
Program Total: 31