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Pharmacy Technology


Help registered pharmacists prepare medications. There’s a growing demand for pharmacy techs as our population ages and new drugs go on the market every day.

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What is Pharmacy Technology?

This program prepares students with the skills and educational background needed to successfully pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). The pharmacy technician works under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist and assists in routine functions of the pharmacy ranging from ordering, stocking, inventorying, repackaging, compounding, and prescription preparation. Pharmacy technicians may be employed at various settings (e.g., hospitals, chain pharmacies, independent pharmacies, home health pharmacies, managed-care pharmacy services, and mail-order pharmacies).

The essential elements of the program include the history of pharmacy, pharmacy law, medical terminology, drug classification and prescription preparation. Laboratory experience and two externships under the supervision of licensed pharmacists are required components of the program. Effective January 1, 2020 completion of a PTCB-recognized education/training program or equivalent work experience will be required of new CPhT applicants. 

What are my career choices?

Pharmacy Technicians have employment opportunities in community, home health, nuclear and hospital pharmacies.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Advising Plans


Location: Laurel North

COM 181 or COM 252 Oral Communications 3 hours
AHS 115 or CLA 131 or MIT 103 Medical Terminology 3 hours
CIT 105  Computer Literacy or Introduction to Computers 0-3 hours
PHA 110 Pharmacy Procedures and Skills 6 hours
PHA 145 Pharmaceutical Calculations 3 hours
PHA 136 Pharmacology I

3 hours

PHA 150 Pharmacy Experience I 3 hours
  Total 21-24 hours

*Certificate not accredited at this time


COM 181 or COM 252 Oral Communications 3 hours
AHS 115 OR CLA 131 OR MIT 103 Medical Terminology 3 hours
CIT 105 Computer Literacy or Introduction to Computers 0-3 hours
BIO 135 OR Bio 137 and BIO 139 Anatomy & Physiology 4-8 hours
CPR 100 CPR 1 hour

Total Ged Ed/Tech Requirements: 11-18 hours

Fall Semester

PHA 110 Pharmacy Procedures and Skills 6 hours
PHA 145 Pharmaceutical Calculations 3 hours
PHA 136 Pharmacology I 3 hours
  Total PHA hours for semester 12 hours

Spring Semester

PHA 200 Admixtures for IV Therapy 3 hours
PHA 205 Admixtures Preparations 1 hours
PHA 236 Pharmacology II 3 hours
PHA 150 Pharmacy Experience I 3 hours
  Total PHA hours for semester 10 hours

Summer or Fall Semester

PHA 240 Pharmacy Technician Career Planning 3 hours
PHA 250 Pharmacy Experience II 3 hours
  Total PHA hours for semester 6 hours
  Total hours for Diploma 39-46 hours


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Additional Information

Progression in the Pharmacy Technician program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of “C” or above in each required course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average or above (on a 4.0 scale).

Upon completion of the program, the individual can take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). When the student passes the exam, they are then granted the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). National certification exams are given by the “Pharmacy Technician Certification Board” (

Reminder for all prospective students:
Illicit drug use, positive criminal background checks, and questionable/problematic 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 and criminal backgrounds.

recognized ptcb education training program

Pharmacy Software

PioneerRx Pharmacy Software

Our pharmacy program utilizes the industry leading pharmacy software, PioneerRx. PioneerRx enhances the learning experience for our students by allowing them to simulate the functions and workflow processes associated in day to day pharmacy operations. To learn more about PioneerRx

Admissions Process

The Pharmacy Technology program admits 20 students annually.

Students must attend a meeting with the program coordinator prior to receiving the application for admission into the program. Please make an appointment by emailing:

Program Requirements

• Meeting with program coordinator
• Letter of intent
• Completion of MATH 65 or higher, (ACT MATH 19 or higher, or equivalent)

College Requirements

• Application for admission to SCC
• Official high school transcript or a passing GED official score report
• Transcripts of all post-secondary education or training
• Results of the ACT 

Accreditation Information

The Pharmacy Technology program has been awarded ASHP/ACPE accreditation by the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission.

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

4500 East West Hightway, Suite 900
Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Length of Program

You can earn the Advanced Pharmacy Technician diploma in three semesters and the Entry Level Pharmacy Technician certificate in two semesters. You can additionally earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Lorrenda Merritt

Program Coordinator


Program Contact

Kathy Howard

Administrative Assistant