Pharmacy Technician (492C)

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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.

To learn more about being a Pharmacy Technician view the Occupational Outlook Handbook, or the Summary Report for Pharmacy Technicians.

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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 Pharmacy Technician 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 Pharmacy Technician Program. Continuation in the Pharmacy Technician Program requires a minimum grade of "B" in MAST/ALTH courses, a minimum grade of C in all other required courses and a minimum cumulative and most current completed term grade point average of 2.4 to participate in the practicum experience. There is a time limit on completion of program requirements. Algebra and biology courses should have been completed within the past five years or updating courses is required.

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

Application Accepted: February 1 through March 31

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. Pharmacy Technician Application and the Student Responsibilities Agreement
  • 2. Eligibility for Clinical Placement
  • 3. Copy of high school transcript verifying graduation or copy of GED certificate. Coursework must be evaluated by the Southern State Director of Admissions and posted to Southern State transcript to be counted towards prerequisites.
  • 4. AND one of the following:
    • (A) printed copy of your Southern State Course History listing, including previously received transcript information, and verifying minimum GPA of 2.0. Log into MyRecords, click on "Student", then "My Course Information", select "Unofficial Transcript", scroll to bottom of transcript, click on "Unofficial Transcript PDF" and print (this is the only printout that will be accepted) OR
    • (B) SSCC ACCUPLACER Assessment scores indicating readiness for ENGL 1101, MATH 1135 and a minimum Work Keys Assessment Level Silver OR
    • (C) TEAS Assessment Level Basic

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

Incomplete applications will not be considered. You must schedule an appointment with the Allied Health Office to personally deliver your completed program application or review option for e-submission. 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. Based upon availability, applications may be accepted after March 31.

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).

Courses

First Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ALTH 1101 Introduction to Allied Health 2
ALTH 1121 Introduction to Pharmacy Technician 2
BIOL 1104 Human Biology I 4
CSCI 1101 Computer Keyboarding 1
MAST 1115 Medical Terminology 2
MATH 1135 Allied Health Mathematics 3

Second Semester

Course # Course Title Credits
ALTH 1122 Pharmacy Technician II 3
ALTH 1125 Pharmacy Practicum 1
BIOL 1105 Human Biology II 4
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
MAST 1118 Human Diseases 2
MAST 2205 Medical Law & Ethics 2
MAST 2220 Emergency Medical Procedures 3
Program Total: 32 plus any pre-requisites

Allied Health Office & Faculty

The Allied Health Office is located in room 182 on Central Campus and operates Monday through Thursday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

  • PHONE
  • 800.628.7722 x2739
  • MAILING
  • Medical Assisting/Allied Health Office
  • Southern State Community College
  • 100 Hobart Drive
  • Hillsboro, OH 45133

Faculty