About the Program

The Pharmacy Technician program teaches students proper pharmacy operations under the supervision of registered pharmacists.

The curriculum combines classroom, online and experiential learning into a well-balanced program of study. Students will train in pharmacies while receiving exposure to the duties carried out by the pharmacist and pharmacy technician in preparing drugs, filling prescriptions, pricing, patient profile records, drug calculations, controlled substances, IV compounding and other pharmacy-related activities.

You can learn more about the Pharmacy Technician career here.  For more information regarding State Certificate in South Carolina, click here

Midlands Technical College is accredited for pharmacy technician training by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.

American Society of Health System Pharmacists
7272 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
(301) 657-3000
ashp.org

Learning experiences for students in the Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program are provided online, in classrooms, and in a simulated non-dispensing pharmacy on the Airport Campus in the Health Sciences Building. Required clinical experiences (externships/internships) are arranged through affiliations with local retail and hospital pharmacies.

Special Requirements

Students are required to purchase and maintain standard white laboratory coats, name tags and a technology patch at an approximate cost of $55.

Students must attain a grade of “C” in all pharmacy, mathematics and science courses to successfully complete the program. Only two pharmacy courses may be repeated. No courses may be repeated more than once to obtain the grade of “C.”

In addition to the college’s placement test and the admissions requirements of the Health Sciences Department, specific eligibility and admissions criteria to the Pharmacy Technician program on the Midlands Technical College campus include:

Acceptable Eligibility Criteria

  • HOBET V (May 2012-present): 52 total percent (reading 63 percent, mathematics 57 percent, science 39 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • HOBET (May 2011-May 2012): 50 composite percent (minimum reading 50 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • SAT 990 (minimum critical reading 470) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • ACT 19 (minimum verbal 18) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • Successful completion of the Pre-Health Care certificate with a 2.5 GPA, earning a “C” or higher in each course, no courses having been repeated more than once and no more than two courses having been repeated; or
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for all general education coursework contained in the Pharmacy Technician Diploma curriculum, with all course grades being a “C” or above, no courses having been repeated more than once and no more than two courses having been repeated.
  • Associate degree or higher.

Acceptable Admissions Criteria

  • Acceptable criminal background check and drug screening results
  • Current CPR certification at time of program entry
  • Preadmissions interview by the Pharmacy Technician Admission Committee
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Completed medical forms and immunization records

Other Recommendations

  • High school or college credits in mathematics/science (algebra, biology, chemistry) recommended
  • Computer skills/keyboarding skills (recommended)

About the Career

Under the direction of registered pharmacists, professional technicians prepare medication in various forms for dispensing to patients. Entering and extracting accurate information from patient profiles and other data requires knowledge of medications, inventory, purchasing, equipment operation and record keeping as it relates to pharmacy. Pharmacy technicians develop expertise in preparing medications for dispensing.

Most pharmacy technicians work in retail pharmacies and hospitals, while a small number are employed by mail order and Internet pharmacies, clinics, pharmaceutical wholesalers, home health organizations, teaching and the federal government. The major employers of Pharmacy Technicians are Pharmacy and Drug stores, followed by Hospitals and Government (Federal, state and local). Pharmacy technicians comprise the 4th largest occupation in the SOC Health Practitioners and Technical Occupations within the MTC Service Area.  A total of 476 Pharmacy Technician openings are projected through 2019 ( 208 new positions and 168 replacement positions). Richland county has the largest number of positions (674), followed by Lexington county (325), and Fairfield (16).  Average salaries for Pharmacy Technicians in the service area range from $ 9.22 in Fairfield to $12.48 in Richland County.

For national salary information, please visit http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292052.htm.  

For information regarding regulatory issues, please visit http://www.llr.state.sc.us/pol/pharmacy/.

Dismissal Policy

A student may be dismissed from the program for the following circumstances and others of a serious nature that warrant consideration:
a.         Two failures in technology courses (pharmacy courses), the same course attempted a second time or two separate courses.
b.         An insufficient GPA as outlined by college policy in the Student Handbook.
c.         Infraction of college policy on academic dishonesty.
d.         Infraction of college policy regarding alcohol, drugs and firearms.
e.         Falsification of information.
f.          Infraction of student code as outlined in the Student Handbook.
g.         Excessive absences in classroom instruction and experiential training as outlined in the Health Sciences Department attendance policy and the Pharmacy Technology Program Student Handbook.
h.         Dismissal from experiential training by the supervising pharmacist for unprofessional conduct, infractions of pharmacy policy, safety, health or legal issues.

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