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Pharmacy Technology (Associate of Science)

This program is designed to prepare students to support licensed pharmacists by assisting during patient consultation, counter dispensing operations, and prescription preparation. Other areas of concentration include stocking and pharmaceutical inventories, maintaining and computerizing patient medication records, and preparing commercially-unavailable medications. The program is highlighted by an externship that allows the student to work with a licensed pharmacist to adapt classroom theory to job activities required in a working pharmacy.

Upon successful graduation from this program, graduates should be able to

  • classify the muscular/skeletal system and its needs in relationship to prescription medications;
  • analyze the unique organization of medical records and inventory control in retail and institutional pharmacies;
  • demonstrate a mastery of medical terminology and utilizing distribution systems to achieve efficient dispersal of medications;
  • identify the compounding of medications with the ability to differentiate between aseptic and non-sterile compounding;
  • describe the components of a sound paradigm of factors related to medical ethics and the law;
  • document the ability to utilize computer operating systems to aid in medication dispersal;
  • explain how increasing levels of problem solving and critical thinking on the part of the technician can assist the pharmacist in performing a wide range of practice-related duties;
  • recognize the important role that experiential training plays in the development of an efficient pharmacy technician; and
  • coordinate a job search.

Area of Concentration

BUS 1010Business Essentials

4 credits

BUS 1770Customer Service

4 credits

MED 1080Medical Office Procedures

4 credits

PHM 1000Introduction to Pharmacy

4 credits

PHM 1010Pharmacy Terminology

4 credits

PHM 1050Pharmacological Calculations

4 credits

PHM 1075Pharmacy Operations Management

4 credits

PHM 1145Pharmacy Law and Medication Safety

4 credits

PHM 1250Community Pharmacy

4 credits

PHM 1260Institutional Pharmacy

4 credits

PHM 1275Sterile Compounding and Aseptic Technique

4 credits

PHM 1815Pharmacology – Disease Management

4 credits

PHM 1825Pharmacology – Disease Prevention

4 credits

PHM 2555Pharmacy Technician Certification Review

2 credits

PHM 2600Pharmacy Technician Externship

6 credits

Total Credit Hours:60

Area of Concentration Electives

A minimum of 4 credits are to be selected in consultation with the Program Director from approved medical courses offered at Virginia College or transferred from another accredited institution.
Total Credit Hours:4

Foundation

EDU 1010Learning Framework

4 credits

EDU 1020Career Exploration/Planning

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:8

General Education

These courses are to be selected in consultation with the Program Director so as to effectuate a balanced educational program. Select a total (minimum) of 24 credit hours as indicated below:

Communications

12 credits

Humanities and Fine Arts

4 credits

Mathematics

4 credits

Social and Behavioral Sciences

4 credits

Total Credit Hours:24

Total Credit Hours: 96

NOTE:  The Pharmacy Technician program has obtained programmatic accreditation through the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).  Qualified graduates may be eligible to take the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) examination administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB).  The College makes no representation, promise, or guarantee that completion of this program assures passage of any examination or acceptance by any state board.  This program is not intended to prepare graduates for employment in any state other than Florida.  Prospective and current students and graduates are responsible for researching and understanding all examination, registration, or licensure requirements in any state in which they seek to become registered, licensed, or employed.

Registration with the Florida Board of Pharmacy (“Board”) is required in order to work as a Pharmacy Technician in Florida.  Information regarding registration is available at http://floridaspharmacy.gov/licensing/registered-pharmacy-technician/.  Unlike registration, certification with the Board is not required to work as a Pharmacy Technician in Florida.  However, graduates may find certification to be advantageous in the employment market.  National certification information is available at www.ptcb.org.