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Pharmacy Technician Technical Certificate

Pharmacy Technician Technical Certificate
Type: Tech Cert
Subplan Code: PHARM-ATD
CIP: 0351080503

Profession

Advances in the pharmaceuticals that support modern medical practices have produced a healthier, more active population that is living longer. Pharmacy technicians play an integral role in the distribution of those medicines. Technicians work under the supervision of licensed pharmacists to measure medications and ensure prescription accuracy. They also perform calculations, assist with investigational drug studies, maintain patient records, package medications and manage pharmacy inventory.

Program Description

Seminole State’s Pharmacy Technician Applied Technology Diploma Program emphasizes the basic technical skills, theoretical concepts and clerical functions required to operate a pharmacy. Graduates are qualified to work under the direction of a licensed pharmacist in long-term care facilities, drug stores, drug manufacturers, wholesale drug houses and health maintenance organizations. They are also eligible to apply for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Examination (CPhT).

Career Opportunities

As the nation’s population ages, pharmacies are expanding their patient care services. As a result, the role of and demand for pharmacy technicians is increasing. With advanced training and experience, pharmacy technicians can obtain supervisory positions, seek specialization (e.g. oncology, nuclear pharmacy) and/or become a pharmacy specialist or a pharmacist. Technicians may also choose to pursue further studies in sterile products admixture, pharmacy automation and health information systems.

Job Outlook

Pharmacy technicians are in high demand. Employment in this field is expected to grow by 32 percent (much faster than average) from now until 2020 (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Articulation

This Applied Technology Diploma (A.T.D.) is upward compatible with Seminole State’s Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Pharmacy Management.

Certifications

Graduates of this program are qualified to earn the following industry certifications:

  • National Pharmacy Technician Certification, Institute for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians, (COPT001)
  • Pharmacy Technician, Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, (PTCBD001)

Placement and Salary Information

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Program Admission

Students must be eligible to enroll in ENC 1101 and any General Education mathematics course prior to starting the core pharmacy technician courses.

State Boards have a responsibility to protect the public. In carrying out this responsibility, the Board of Pharmacy reserves the right to deny licensure to anyone who has been convicted of a crime other than minor traffic violations. Pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, the Florida Board of Pharmacy shall refuse to issue a license, certification or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been: 

  • Convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendre (no contest) to a felony violation regardless of adjudication of chapters 409, 817 or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application.
  • Terminated for cause from the Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent five years).
  • Terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent five years).

All students entering a healthcare program with a clinical component are required to complete a criminal background check. Students must be free of offenses which could potentially disqualify them from working in a healthcare environment (Florida Statutes 456.0635, 435.04 and 316.193). Admission into clinicals is at the discretion of the clinical agencies. Students applying for admission to the program are required to complete a drug screening and an FBI criminal background check including:

  • Online check of the Office of the Inspector General related to parties excluded from participation in Medicare/Medical and all federal healthcare programs.
  • Online search of U.S. General Services Administration of parties excluded from federal procurements and non-procurements programs.
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Courses
Available Courses Shown in Green
Required Courses
34
Note: BSC 1020, BSC 1084 or BSC 2093C and BSC 2094C may substitute for HIM 1453
General Education Courses
6

Mathematics General Education course

3
Credits
Total Credits:
40
This program has been identified as a U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Program. For more information, visit seminolestate.edu/gainful-employment

Textbook information will be available online for each term's courses 45 days prior to the first day of classes for the term.

Each course offered by Seminole State is listed alphabetically and organized by the course prefix, catalog number and description. The courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System, a system used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 32 non-public institutions. Seminole State controls the description, credit and content of its own courses.

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