Pharmacy Technology

Program Description The Pharmacy Technology degree is designed to provide an individual with 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 advancement. Graduates are prepared to function as pharmacy technicians in positions requiring preparation of medications according to prescriptions under the supervision of a pharmacist.

Program Details

  • Major Code: PT23
  • Award Level: Degree
  • Location: Griffin Campus
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall (Day and Evening)
  • Minimum Length of Program: 6 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 65

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements.

Applicants must meet general admission requirements, as well as the following minimum requirements. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program:

  • Successfully complete (or transfer in) ALHS 1090, COMP 1000, ALHS 1040, BIOL 2113, BIOL 2113L and all courses from Area I-IV with a minimum grade of C in each course. Must complete BIOL 2114 and BIOL 2114L prior to graduation with a minimum grade of C or better.
  • Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher for core classes. GPA includes each attempt at core classes, including those transferred in. If a course is repeated to “get a better grade” both grades will be used to calculate GPA.
  • A minimum of 25 percent of program courses must be completed on SCTC campuses for graduation from SCTC.
  • Must have completed and submitted scores for the nationalized admission test (PSB HOAE*) and achieved a minimum score as designated by the Pharmacy Technology program faculty acting on Pharmacy Tech national averages provided by PSB HOAE.

* PSB HOAE = Psychological Services Bureau

Candidate Selection and Prerequisite Requirements

Selection of candidates for each Pharmacy Technology class will be based on a competitive admission process. The following criteria will be used:

1. Overall GPA for core classes

2. Nationalized test score (PSB HOAE)

3. Program application date (Due no later than July 15th)

Once accepted into the Pharmacy Technology program, the student must complete all clinical site health requirements as described by our participating sites, including, but not limited to, criminal background checks, drug screenings, and health screenings. The student is responsible for any fees needed to obtain these items.

There is no waiting list for the program. Applicants who are not selected for a class must reapply for the next class starting the progression. New classes begin every other term.

Check with program advisors for more information.

Readmission Policy

Readmission into the Pharmacy Technology program following withdrawal or first-time failure will be based on thefollowing:

  • Proof of previous program course completion within the past one year.
  • Successfully complete a drug calculations examination with a minimum competency of 80 percent.
  • Successfully complete a lab skills check off for any course already completed. Deficiencies will result in the student repeating the appropriate course.
  • Readmission will be based on available space within clinical sites for the class the student is attempting to join.
  • Students who do not successfully complete a course on the second attempt, whether at this college or at another college, will not be allowed to continue in the SCTC Pharmacy Technology program.
  • A returning student must complete a new background check and drug screen.

Approximate additional costs other than tuition, fees, and textbooks.

Medical / Clinical Requirements$100 to $150
Student Lab Fee$25 Per Term
Scrubs and Lab Jackets (approx.)$100
Background Check$78
Liability Inurance$12
GA Board of Pharmacy Registration$138
National Certification Application Fee$129
Graduation Fees$35

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

First Term
ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric (Required)3
COMP 1000Introduction to Computers3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective - Choose one: (Required3
ECON 1101, PSYC1101, SOCI 1101, POLS 1101, OR HIST 2111
Natural Sciences/ Mathematics Elective - Choose one: (Required)3
MATH 1111, MATH 1100*, MATH 1101*, OR MATH 1103
Second Term
BIOL 2113Anatomy and Physiology I (Required)3
BIOL 2113LAnatomy and Physiology Lab I (Required)1
ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care (Required)3
ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences2
Humanities / Fine Arts elective - Choose one (Required)3
HUMN 1101, MUSC 1101, ARTS 1101, ENGL 2130, OR THEA 1101
Third Term
BIOL 21214Anatomy and Physiology II (Required)3
BIOL 2114LAnatomy and Physiology Lab II (Required)1
General Core Elective: (Required)3
Choose one Non-Repetitive course from area I,II,II, or IV
Fourth Term
PHAR 1000Pharmaceutical Calculations4
PHAR 1010Pharmacy Technology Fundamentals5
PHAR 1040Pharmacology4
Fifth Term
PHAR 1020Principles of dispensing Medications4
PHAR 1030Principles of Sterile Medication Preparation4
PHAR 1050Pharmacy Technology Practicum5
Sixth Term
PHAR 2060Advanced Pharmacy Technology Principles3
PHAR 2070Advanced Pharmacy Technology Practicum.5

*Course will be accepted when transferred in from another institution with a grade of a C or better but may not be offered at this institution.

Pharmacy Technology

Program Faculty

Rasheeda McNeal

Career and Academic Planning

Annita White
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107