Pharmacy Technology - PT22

Offered at the Following Campus

  • Valdosta Campus

Program Overview

The Pharmacy Technology Diploma is designed to enable the student to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes for employment within a pharmacy. Program graduates will be able to perform a variety of technical duties related to preparing and dispensing drugs in accordance with standard procedures and laws under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. A variety of clinical experiences is designed to integrate theory and practice. Graduates will be employable as an entry level pharmacy technician.

**Beginning Fall 2014, this program will qualify for the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG).** 

Please visit Georgia’s Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant for more information.


Entrance Requirements

*Submit a completed application and application fee;  
*Be at least 18 years of age;     
*Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;   
*Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;     
*Present acceptable SAT or ACT scores taken within the last 60 months, or acceptable COMPASS or ASSET scores taken within the last 60 months. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.


*American Heart Association Provider CPR Certification, physical examination, completed immunizations, criminal background check and drug screen required prior to start of clinical rotation.

*Competitive admission program - Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Pharmacy Technology Program. Students are accepted into the program every other semester beginning with Fall Semester 2011. Students must complete all course classes with an average GPA of 2.5 and meet the required entrance scores on the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE).

Applicants will be considered for admission based on the following specific criteria:

-Completion of the following pre-requisite courses with a grade of C or better: ENGL 1010, PSYC 1010, MATH 1012, COMP 1000, ALHS 1090, ALHS 1040, and ALHS 1011.

-The following pre-requisites have a 10 year time limit:  COMP 1000, ALHS 1090, ALHS 1040, and ALHS 1011.

-GPA requirements: GPA for core courses must be a 2.5 or higher.  The highest grade received will be used to calculate the GPA.

-Schedule with the testing center to take the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE). The HOAE must be taken prior to the deadline set for the semester requesting entry. Applicants may take the exam more than once per semester.  A maximum of three attempts is allowed.

HOAE Score: The student must meet or exceed the program mean score at the time of testing to be considered for entry. The top scores will be selected for entry. HOAE scores will be valid for two years. It is important that all students are aware of the level of competition for entrance into the Pharmacy Technology Program. The Pharmacy Technology Program has a limited number of clinical sites and must follow regulations that restrict our enrollment numbers therefore; we will accept the highest HOAE scores from those in the applicant pool. These limitations ensure the quality of the educational experience for the student and provide safety in the provision of care to the patient.

During the last semester of core classes, prior to the pre set deadlines, and after taking the current HOAE exam being administered, the student must complete and return the progression form to the Student Affairs Specialist in the Admission office. A copy of the HOAE results and current transcript must be stapled to the progression form.


Admissions will notify applicants of conditional acceptance as soon as all the HOAE results are completed. An orientation day with the instructor/s of the program will be scheduled and conditional registration allowed. Official acceptance will be determined after the last day of the semester and all grades are entered. Applicants who are not selected for admission may elect to re-submit an application for the following entry date and are considered with the next applicant pool. Applicants are allowed up to three attempts to enter before career counseling is required.


This program will begin during the following terms:

*Summer 2014 - deadline for application is December 10th

*Spring 2015 - deadline for application is August 7th

*Fall 2015 - deadline for application is May 1st

Course Overview

Credit Hours
General Education Core (9 hours)

Prereqs: Diploma Level Reading and Writing Scores OR READ 0097 and/or ENGL 0097 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the development and improvement of written and oral communication abilities. Topics include analysis of writing, applied grammar and writing skills, editing and proofreading skills, research skills, and oral communication skills.

Prereqs: Diploma Level Math Scores OR MATH 0090 w/ a "C" or better

Coreqs: None

Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Presents basic concepts within the field of psychology and their application to everyday human behavior, thinking, and emotion. Emphasis is placed on students understanding basic psychological principles and their application within the context of family, work and social interactions. Topics include an overview of psychology as a science, the nervous and sensory systems, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, stress and health, and social relations.
Occupational Courses (47 hours)

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: None

Focuses on basic normal structure and function of the human body. Topics include general plan and function of the human body, integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous and sensory systems, endocrine system, cardiovascular system, lymphatic system, respiratory system, digestive system, urinary system, and reproductive system.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces a grouping of fundamental principles, practices, and issues common in the health care profession. In addition to the essential skills, students explore various delivery systems and related issues. Topics include: basic life support/CPR, basic emergency care/first aid and triage, vital signs, infection control/blood and air-borne pathogens.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Introduces the elements of medical terminology. Emphasis is placed on building familiarity with medical words through knowledge of roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Topics include: origins (roots, prefixes, and suffixes), word building, abbreviations and symbols, and terminology related to the human anatomy.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: Provisional Admission

Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.

Prereqs: MATH 1012 or MATH 1111

Coreqs: None

This course develops knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical calculations procedures. Topics include: systems of measurement, medication dispensing calculations, pharmacy mathematical procedures, and calculation tools and techniques.

Prereqs: Provisional Admission

Coreqs: None

Provides an overview of the pharmacy technology field and develops the fundamental concepts and principles necessary for successful participation in the pharmacy field. Topics include: safety, orientation to the pharmacy technology field, Fundamental principles of chemistry, basic laws of chemistry, ethics and laws, definitions and terms, and reference sources.

Prereqs: None

Coreqs: PHAR 1000, PHAR 1010

This course introduces the student to principles of receiving, storing, and dispensing medications. Topics include: purchasing, packaging, and labeling drugs; pharmacy policies and procedures; documentation; inventory and filing systems; compounding; storage and control; pharmacy equipment; and health care organizational structure. This course provides laboratory and clinical practice.

Prereqs: PHAR 1000, PHAR 1010

Coreqs: PHAR 1040, PHAR 1050

Continues the development of student knowledge and skills in preparing medication, processing glassware, and maintaining an aseptic environment. Topics include: aseptic and sterile techniques, parenteral admixtures, hyperalimentation, chemotherapy, filtering, disinfecting, contamination, ophthalmic preparations, infection control, and quality control.

Prereqs: Program Admission

Coreqs: PHAR 1030, PHAR 1050

The course introduces the students to principles and knowledge about all classifications of medication. Topics include: disease states and treatment modalities, pharmaceutical side effects and drug interactions, control substances, specific drugs, and drug addiction and abuse.

Prereqs: PHAR 1000, PHAR 1010

Coreqs: PHAR 1030, PHAR 1040

Orients students to the clinical environment and provides experiences with the basic skills necessary for the pharmacy technician. Topics include: storage and control, documentation, inventory and billing, community practice, institutional practice, and communication,

Prereqs: COMP 1000, PHAR 1030, PHAR 1050

Coreqs: PHAR 2070

This course presents the advanced concepts and principles needed in the pharmacy technology field. Topics include: physician orders, patient profiles, pharmacy data systems, job readiness, legal requirements, inventory and billing, pharmaceutical calculations review and pharmacology review.

Prereqs: COMP 1000, PHAR 1030, PHAR 1050

Coreqs: PHAR 2060

Continues the development of student knowledge and skills applicable to pharmacy technology practice. Topics include: dispensing responsibilities, physician orders, controlled substances, hyperalimentation, chemotherapy, patient profiles, pharmacy data systems, ophthalmic preparations, and hospital/retail/home health pharmacy techniques.



The Pharmacy Technology program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists

Georgia Board of Pharmacy

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Gainful Employment Disclosure


Frank Barnett
Pharmacy Technology Program Coordinator and Exposure Control Coordinator
Office: Berrien Hall, Rm 217
Phone: (229) 333-2100 ext 5581
Campus: Valdosta Campus