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Mission Statement

The mission of the Pharmacy Technician Program is to prepare students to meet the health care needs of the community by providing premier training that ensures that graduates acquire the essential skills and knowledge that enable them to enter and succeed in the field of pharmacy.

The mission of the Pharmacy Technician program is consistent with the mission of Somerset Community College, which is to provide high quality, affordable, and accessible education and training to create student success, economic growth, and enhanced quality of life. Therefore, the program's mission is to graduate competent, ethical, and confident health care practitioners, benefitting the community at-large by providing quality pharmacy services. The program strives to prepare graduates for a career in the field of pharmacy technology and to provide them with marketable skills capable of maintaining a successful career.

Program Recognition

The Somerset Community College Pharmacy Technology is recognized as an education/training program for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), which guarantees graduates of the entry-level and advanced-level programs eligibility to register for and attempt the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). The most recognized national certification exam in the United States.

SCC Pharmacy Technology Curriculum

The pharmacy technician requires training to provide a knowledge base on which to make decisions to assist the Pharmacist in their pursuit to provide exemplary patient care. The Pharmacy Technology Program prepares the student to function as a pharmacy technician under the supervision of the pharmacist. The essential elements of this program have been designed to provide competency in the skills that pharmacy technicians can use in a variety of pharmacy practice settings. The curriculum includes content areas in professional skills, processing and handling of medications and medication orders, patient care, quality assurance, medication safety, and regulatory knowledge. The program provides comprehensive educational experiences through lectures, simulation, and experiential training.

PHA 110 Pharmacy Procedures and Skills (lecture and lab)

  • Introduces the field of pharmacy technology in various pharmacy settings. Includes content on legal requirements and responsibilities of pharmacy technicians at the state and federal level, professional communication, medication safety, community pharmacy practice, hospital pharmacy practice, and the hands-on skills necessary to perform the duties of a pharmacy technician in various pharmacy settings.

PHA 136 Pharmacology I

  • Introduces the study of drugs and their effect on the human body. Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology relevant to the pharmacy technician’s role. Students will explain the use and side effects of prescription and non-prescription medications. 

PHA 146 Pharmaceutical Calculations

  • Provides knowledge to perform mathematical calculations essential to the duties of pharmacy technicians in a variety of settings. Including conversions, dosage calculations, compounding calculations, and IV calculations.

PHA 150 Pharmacy Experience I

  • Provides entry-level work experience in the pharmacy setting to enhance skills required to reach occupational goals for the pharmacy technician. Focus is on community (retail) pharmacy skills.

General Education/Technical Courses:

  • COM 181 Basic Public Speaking or COM 252 Interpersonal Communications
  • AHS 115 Medical Terminology
  • CIT 105 Introduction to Computers

*Includes all courses required for Entry-Level Certificate with the following additional courses

PHA 200 Admixtures for IV Therapy

  • Provides the student with the information and skills for sterile compounding of intravenous products, including chemotherapy and other hazardous products, with a focus on USP <797> and USP <800> standards. 

PHA 205 Admixture Preparations

  • Provides simulation in aseptic technique and sterile compounding. Including the use of equipment such as LAFW, CACI, and repeater pump. Preparations introduced and simulated in the simulation lab include IVs, parenteral nutrition, PCAs, immunizations, pediatric IVs, and chemotherapy.

PHA 236 Pharmacology II

  • Introduces medications commonly found in the hospital and specialty pharmacy settings. Examines the process of clinical trials and investigational drugs. Enhances knowledge of drug safety in special patient populations, such as pediatrics and geriatrics.

PHA 240 Pharmacy Technician Career Planning

  • Prepares pharmacy technology students for networking, job searching, and interviewing. Introduces advanced pharmacy technician roles. Prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam through review and study plans.

PHA 251 Pharmacy Experience II

  • Provides advanced-level work experience in the pharmacy setting to enhance skills required to reach occupational goals for the advanced-level pharmacy technician. Focus is on institutional (hospital, LTC, nuclear, clinic-based) pharmacy practice.

General Education/Technical Courses:

  • BIO 135 Basic Anatomy and Physiology or BIO 137 and BIO 139 Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II
  • CPR 100 CPR for Healthcare Professionals

Program Plans

Your plan may differ depending on the general education and/or technical requirements that you have already completed or need to be completed.

You are not required to have any of them completed before applying for the program.

Total Credit Hours: 21–24 hours

Entry-Level Semester One
Course Credit Hours
PHA 110 Pharmacy Procedures and Skills 6
PHA 136 Pharmacology I 3
PHA 146 Pharmaceutical Calculations 3
CIT 105 Introduction to Computers or Digital Literacy 3 or 0–3
Entry-Level Semester Two
Course Credit Hours
PHA 150 Pharmacy Experience I 3
COM 181 Basic Public Speaking or COM 252 Intro to Interpersonal Communication 3
AHS 115 Medical Terminology or CLA 131 Medical Terminology from Greek or Latin or MIT 103 Medical Office Terminology 3

Total Credit Hours: 38–46 hours

Advanced-Level Semester One
Course Credit Hours
FYE 100 Strategies for College Success (1)
PHA 110 Pharmacy Procedures and Skills 6
PHA 136 Pharmacology I 3
PHA 146 Pharmaceutical Calculations 3
CIT 105 Introduction to Computers or Digital Literacy 3 or 0–3
Advanced-Level Semester Two
Course Credit Hours
PHA 150 Pharmacy Experience I 3
COM 181 Basic Public Speaking or COM 252 Intro to Interpersonal Communication 3
AHS 115 Medical Terminology or CLA 131 Medical Terminology from Greek or Latin or MIT 103 Medical Office Terminology 3
PHA 200 Admixtures for IV Therapy 3
PHA 205 Admixture Preparations 1
PHA 236 Pharmacology II 3
Advanced-Level Semester Two
Course Credit Hours
BIO 135 Basic Anatomy/Physiology w/ Lab or BIO 137 Human Anatomy/Physiology I + BIO 139 Human Anatomy/Physiology II 4 or 8
PHA 240 Pharmacy Tech Career Planning 3
PHA 251 Pharmacy Experience II 3
CPR 100 CPR for Professionals 1

Additional Program Information

Program completion will be dependent upon the following:

  • A final grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses in the program plan. This include the general education courses and technical courses.
    • Example: If you have a “D” or below in CIT 105, you will have to retake this course to bring the grade up to a “C” or higher for program completion. There are possible financial aid issues with retaking a course, so be sure to plan accordingly with the financial aid office.
  • A GPA of 2.0 or above is required for program admission and program completion.
    • If you are a new college student without a GPA, the decision will be based upon high school GPA and/or placement test scores.
  • See the previous program plan slides for other graduation requirements.

Course Formats

  • The program is offered as a hybrid program. This means that it is a combination of online and in-person instruction.
  • The lecture portion of the program is offered online, while the lab portion is on campus in our pharmacy tech simulation lab.
  • Attendance one day per week in the simulation lab is required and cannot be completed online, via live stream, or in any other format.
  • It is vital that students learn the hands-on skills to be able to perform in the workplace.
  • Our simulation lab is located on the Laurel North Campus in Building 3, Room 219.
    • The address is 100 University Drive, London, KY 40741
  • The clinical experiences will be assigned at a pharmacy location(s) within our service area and travel to those sites is required.
    • Every effort is made to match each student to a site that is within, or close to, their county of residence. 

Pharmacy Clinical Experiences (Externships)

Entry-level students will complete one pharmacy experience (externship) during the program. The entry-level (PHA 150) externship will be conducted at a community pharmacy. Advanced-level students will complete two pharmacy experiences, the student must first complete PHA 150, then they may enroll in PHA 251 where they will complete an externship at an advanced practice site, such as a hospital, long-term care facility, nuclear pharmacy, or other specialty pharmacy. 

The program coordinator has conducted a site inspection at all participating sites and the Pharmacy Technology Advisory Committee has reviewed the site credentials and approved these sites as acceptable for experiential training. 

In addition, the program coordinator will make the arrangements for students at the respective experiential sites, except for the student work schedule. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the site preceptor prior to the start of the semester to establish a work schedule. The program coordinator will provide contact information to the student. Once the schedule is set, the schedule must be reported to the program coordinator by the student. 

We try to accommodate student requests for sites, but the final decision is at the discretion of the program and/or clinical coordinator.

  • All students must complete federal and state background checks, Kentucky Nurse Aide Abuse Registry check, and Kentucky Caregiver Misconduct Registry check.
  • All students will complete a 12-panel drug screen.
  • All students will complete 2-step TB skin testing or its equivalent.
  • Students will provide to the experiential site any information regarding immunizations/immunity and obtain any immunizations required by the experiential site. (The student is responsible for cost)
  • KCTCS and SCC will obtain the necessary professional liability insurance for each student.
  • All obligations outlined in the Memorandum of Agreements, Statement of Understanding, or other such agreements will be fully met before students are permitted to begin the externship.
  • Students will be required to complete 130 hours during the semester. The student schedule is arranged by the student with their site preceptor. Each student will need to complete a minimum of 9 hours per week in the Spring and Fall (16 week) semesters, 19 hours per week in an 8 week Bi-term, or 25 hours per week in the Summer (6 week) semester. *This will depend on the semester and scheduling for the courses TBD by the program coordinator
  • Many students opt to complete more hours per week in order to meet the hour requirement earlier in the semester. That is acceptable as long as the site preceptor approves.

Estimated Tuition, Fees & Expenses*

Expenses and Costs for the Pharmacy Technology Program
Expenses Costs
Tuition Tuition & Costs
Textbooks Varies, approximately $500
Scrubs Varies, approximately $50
Background Check $34.20
12 Panel Drug Screen $60.00
2-step TB skin test $8 per test x 2 = $16 total (Price for Laurel County Health Dept, varies depending on office/clinic)
Additional immunizations may be required, such as influenza Varies
Transportation to clinical sites Varies
Professional Liability Insurance $11.00/semester (Included in course charges)
Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam Fee $129 (Optional, but recommended)

*All expenses are subject to change.

Selective Admission Assessment

ACT Math score of 16+ or equivalent math placement test score or completion of college level math course with grade of "C" or above.
Credit Hours Completed (Total possible points = 20)
Courses Earned Credit Points
Computer/Digital Literacy: CIS 100 or CIT 105

A = 4

B = 3

C = 2

Currently enrolled = 1

CPR 100 or BLS = 4

COM 252 or COM 181 
AHS 115 or OST 103 or CLA 131
BIO 135, or BIO 137 and BIO 139
CPR 100 or BLS certification
HS Seniors ONLY Letter from Guidance Counselor 10

EDReady Math Minimum of 55 required.

ACT Reading, Writing/English and Math (Total possible points = 30)
ACT Score Points (for each section)
25 or > 10
24 9
23 8
22 7
21 6
20 5
19 4
18 3
Experience (Total possible points = 40)
Experience Amount Points
Entry-Level Program (ATC, CFI, etc…) or Certified Pharmacy Tech Earned credential 20
Pharmacy Tech Experience 0-1 years 10
1 or more years 20

Ready to apply?

Fill out the online application, or see Program Coordinator Lorrenda Merritt to obtain a paper application.

Pharmacy Technology Application


Lorrenda Merritt
Pharmacy Technology Program Coordinator
100 University Dr., Building 3, 214N
London, Kentucky 40741
(606) 878-4865

Dr. Ron Meade
Dean of Health Sciences
808 Monticello St., Blakely Building, Room 301D
Somerset, Kentucky 42501
(606) 451-6842

Miranda McQueen
Administrative Assistant
100 University Dr., Building 3, 214
London, Kentucky 40741
(606) 878-4831