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Pharmacy Technician

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: The Pharmacy Technician program is designed to prepare students to assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. Students will obtain a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice and be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, prepare, and dispense medications under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Pharmacy technicians work in the following types of pharmacies: hospitals, retail, home health care, nursing homes, clinics, nuclear medicine, and mail order. Pharmacy technicians can be employed with medical insurance companies, pharmacy software companies, drug manufacturing and wholesale companies, food processing companies, and as instructors in pharmacy technician training programs. Currently, hospital, home health care, and retail pharmacies hire the majority of technicians.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students must complete the English and mathematics placement testing and any required developmental courses based on the placement test results. Students must place at MTE 4 or take MTH 126 for entry into the Pharmacy Technician program. Students choosing to enroll in HLT 290 must have transportation and must be able to complete the 160-hour internship of HLT 290. Students may have to complete hours during the day, evening, or weekend, depending on the internship site. Students must pass HLT 143, HLT 250, and HLT 261 with a “C” or better to advance to HLT 262, HLT 290, or HLT 298.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see www.reynolds.edu/curriculum/Gainful%20Employment/GE_Info_221-190-08.aspx to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.

CURRICULUM:

COURSE

TITLE

LEC.
HRS.

LAB.
HRS.

CRS.
CRE.

HLT 143

Medical Terminology I

3

0

3

HLT 250

General Pharmacology

3

0

3

HLT 2611

Basic Pharmacy I

3

0

3

HLT 262

Basic Pharmacy II

3

0

3

HLT 298 

or 
HLT 290

Seminar and Project in Health (Pharmacy Technician) or Coordinated Internship

4


1

0


15

4


4

TOTAL

13-16

0-15

16

Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Pharmacy Technician 16

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1 AST 101 should be taken if student does not have a keyboarding speed of at least 25 wpm. AST 101 may be taken prior to or concurrently with HLT 261.