Pharmacy Technology

Program Description

The Pharmacy Technology diploma is designed to enable the student to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for employment within a pharmacy. Program graduates will be able to perform a variety of technical duties related to preparing and dispensing drugs in accordance with standard procedures and laws under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. A variety of clinical experiences is designed to integrate theory and practice. Graduates will be employable as entry-level pharmacy technicians.

Program Details

  • Major Code: PT22
  • Award Level: Diploma
  • Location: Griffin Campus, GRCCA
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall (Day & Evening Classes);New classes selected every Fall
  • Minimum Length of Program: 5 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 56

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) with a minimum grade of C or better in each course:
  • ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1101, MATH 1012 or MATH 1111, ALHS 1011 or BIOL 2113 & BIOL 2113L and BIOL 2114 & BIOL  2114L.  If substituting BIOL 2113 & Biol 2113L and BIOL 2114 & BIOL  2114L for ALHS 1011, then BIOL 2114 & BIOL 2114L must be completed prior to graduation with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 2 of the following courses prior to program admission with the remaining 2 courses being completed prior to graduation with a minimum grade of C or better: ALHS 1040, ALHS 1090, COMP 1000, and PSYC 1010.
  • 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 

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 the following:

  • Proof of previous program course completion within the past one year.
  • Successfully complete a drug calculation 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 insurance$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 1010Fundamentals of English I3
MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics3
COMP 1000Introduction to Computers3
PSYC 1010Basic Psychology3
Second Term
ALHS 1011Anatomy and Physiology5
ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care3
ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences2
Third Term
PHAR 1000Pharmaceutical Calculations4
PHAR 1010Pharmacy Technology Fundamentals5
PHAR 1040Pharmacology4
Fourth Term
PHAR 1020Principles of Dispensing Medications4
PHAR 1030Principles of Sterile Medication Preparation4
PHAR 1050Pharmacy Technology Practicum5
Fifth Term
PHAR 2060Advanced Pharmacy Technology Principles3
PHAR 2070Advanced Pharmacy Technology Practicum5
Pharmacy Technology

Program Faculty

Rasheeda McNeal

Career and Academic Planning

Annita White
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107