Community Pharmacy Technician

Certificate

About the Program

The Community Pharmacy Technician Certificate provides pharmacy technician training with an application to community practice. The program teaches students proper pharmacy operations under the supervision of registered pharmacists. The curriculum combines classroom, online and experiential learning with duties carried out by pharmacy technicians in preparing drugs, filling prescriptions, pricing, patient profiles, drug calculations, controlled substances and other pharmacy-related activities.

Learning experiences for students in the Community Pharmacy Technician Certificate 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 pharmacies.

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.

Midlands Technical College is accredited for Pharmacy Technician training by the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists.

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

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 fourth 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/.

Special Requirements

Acceptable Eligibility Criteria

  • 1,000 Documented working hours as a South Carolina Registered Pharmacy Technician and one of the following:
  • TEAS V (September 2014-present):  52 total percent (reading 63 percent, mathematics 57 percent, science 39 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • HOBET V (May 2012-September 2014):  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 910 (minimum critical reading 430) 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; or
  • Associate degree or higher.

Acceptable Admissions Criteria

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

Other Recommendations

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

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