Pharmacy Technician Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician Program. The application cycle for the Fall 2020 Program Start is available until Monday June 15, 2020.

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Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician: Certificate of Technical Competency (C.T.C.)

Program Credit Hours and length of program

18 credit hours; 3 semesters; limited enrollment

Admission Requirements:

The program is a limited enrollment, 3 semester program. Selection into the program is based on the candidate’s overall qualities, including college and professional education background, grade averages, character references, evidence of basic skill, interpersonal relations, and an interest in the pharmacy profession. Applicants must be able to meet the program’s technical standards.  Applications for the Fall start are due June 15; applications for the Spring start are due November 1.

Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take a national certification exam.

To be eligible to apply to the Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Must provide evidence of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all college courses.
  3. Have completed the pre-requisites for Math 128 and ENGL 101, documented by placement test score or developmental course completion.
  4. Be able to meet the program's technical standards.
  5. Meet all college entry requirements.

The Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician Certificate of Technical Competency is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE): 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814; phone: 301-664-8791; www.ashp.org

Entry-Level Course Sequencing: Certificate of Technical Competency (C.T.C.)

Semester 1: 6 credit hours (Fall / Spring)

  • PHAR 103 – Drug Classifications 1 Credit Hour
  • PHAR 108 – Pharmacy Ethics and Communication                 2 Credit Hours
  • PHAR 109 – Body Systems, Diseases, and Drugs 3 Credit Hours

Semester 2: 9 credit hours (Spring / Fall)

  • PHAR 102 – Pharmacy Practice 2 Credit Hours
  • PHAR 104 – Pharmacology for the Pharmacy Technician 3 Credit Hours
  • PHAR 106 – Pharmacy Practice Laboratory                 1 Credit Hour
  • PHAR 116 – Pharmacy Math I                 3 Credit Hours

Semester 3: 3 credit hours (Summer / Spring)

  • PHAR 151 – Pharmacy Clinical Practice I 2 Credit Hours
  • PHAR 155 – Pharmacy Seminar 1 Credit Hour

 Advanced-Level Pharmacy Technician Program: Certificate of Technical Studies (C.T.S.)

Program Credit Hours and length of program

An additional 13 credit hours; 2 semesters; limited enrollment (total of 31 credit hours)

Admission Requirements:

The Advanced-Level program is a limited enrollment program offered in the Fall semester. Deadline for applications is March 1.

To be eligible to apply to the Advanced-Level Pharmacy Technician program, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Successful completion of the requirements for the CTC Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician program with a minimum combined grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 in all PHAR courses OR a minimum of 3 years experience as a nationally certified pharmacy technician (CPhT)1.
  2. Be able to meet the program’s technical standards.
  3. Meet all college entry requirements.

1 Prospective students must have a maintained their national certification (CPhT) for a minimum of 3 years and have no sanctions or pending sanctions by the Board of Pharmacy. References will be required. Prospective students will be evaluated for prior practical learning and may be required to complete additional courses as identified by the program director.

The Advanced-Level Pharmacy Technician Certificate of Technical Studies is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE): 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814; phone: 301-664-8791; www.ashp.org

Advanced-Level Course Sequencing:

Semester 1: 8 credits (Fall)

  • PHAR 110 – Sterile Compounding 2 Credit Hours
  • PHAR 112 – Sterile Compounding Laboratory 1 Credit Hour
  • PHAR 114 – Pharmacology for the Pharmacy Technician II 3 Credit Hours
  • PHAR 117 – Pharmacy Math II 2 Credit Hours

Semester 2: 5 credits (Spring)

  • PHAR 122 – Advanced Pharmacy Practice 2 Credit Hours
  • PHAR 123 – Advanced Pharmacy Practice Laboratory 1 Credit Hour
  • PHAR 152 – Pharmacy Clinical Practice II 2 Credit Hours