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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy Technician  

Length 1,050 Hours
Admissions Contact Nancy Stevens -
Course Information J. McDaniel-Pappas - 727-893-2500, ext. 2601
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Mission: Accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), the program mission is to prepare students for employment as certified pharmacy technicians by developing quality skills and competencies while utilizing the latest technology.

This program prepares students to work in retail, community, hospital, home infusion, mail order and long-term care pharmacies.

All of our students are expected to take a national certification exam from the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) upon completion of the program. Students must be eligible to register with the Florida Board of Pharmacy. Program completers who wish to work as Pharmacy Technicians must register with the Board of Pharmacy (565.014.F.S.).  Pharmacy Technician Registration - access important information regarding Pharmacy Technician registration in the State of Florida.

Program H170500 consists of a planned sequence of courses.

Basic Healthcare Worker – Course HSC0003 (90 hours) – Instruction covers basic health care and safety procedures, employability skills, communication, interpersonal skills, finance and computer literacy, health care organizations and delivery systems, ethics, wellness and disease concepts, infection control, blood borne diseases, team work, leadership, health care roles, organizational structure, environmental management systems, and medical math and science.

Pharmacy Technician 1 of 3 – Course PTN0084 (360 hours) – Course content includes the practice of human relations, medical and legal considerations, pharmaceutical abbreviations and terminology, clerical duties, pharmaceutical chemistry and drug classification, inventory management, disposal of pharmaceutical waste, and pharmaceutical calculations.

Pharmacy Technician 2 of 3 – Course PTN0085 (300 hours) – This course includes pharmaceutical chemistry, electrolyte balance, general class, dose, routes, action, and side effects of drugs; pharmaceutical preparations, recording data, and automation, and concludes with an outpatient experiential practicum.

Pharmacy Technician, 3 of 3 – Course PTN0086 (300 hours) – This course includes unit dose medication packaging, and intravenous admixture, and concludes with an institutional inpatient experiential training.

Special Admission Requirements: A high school diploma or a GED is required for this program. Specific health occupations admission guidelines (immunizations, drug screening, background checks, etc.) are available in Admissions. Students enrolled in the program must be 18 years of age at the time of graduation from the program.

View the Program Application Packet.  For the latest information from the Department of Health regarding eligibililty for registration, please go to this link

Distance Education: Students with proficient computer skills may opt for enrollment into the blended online program which is a combination of both distance learning and live classroom activities. Whether the student chooses the blended online or the onsite class, the lessons are the same and available online to both groups. Day and evening hours are available. Note: Schedule will vary during practicum hours and during summer sessions; see the instructor or counselor for more information.  For additional information go to the 'Online Programs and Courses' page.

Articulation Agreement(s): Pinellas County Schools Centers for Wellness and Medical Professions
Statewide Industry Certification – Certified Pharmacy Technician to Pharmacy Management, A.A.S./A.S. Degree

Program Accreditation: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

Industry Certification(s): Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) - Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT)

Related Links

Many career opportunities are available after graduation.  Click on the links below to learn more:
    Curant Health 
    Stanley LTC Pharmacy

Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirement:  80%

Minimum Attendance Requirement:  70%

Basic Skills Entrance/Exit Requirements:  Student's competency in reading, math, and language is pre-assessed using the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).  Required basic skills grade levels are:Reading-10, Math-11, and Language-10.


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