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Pharmacy Technician Technical Certificate

Pharmacy Technician Technical Certificate
Type: Tech Cert
Major Code: PHARM-ATD
CIP: 0351080503
Educational Plan: PHARM-ATD


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 as a pharmacy technician. 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).


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


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

Visit Smart-College-Choices.com to access employment numbers and the estimated average, annual full-time wage for graduates of this program.

Program Admission

All students enrolled in a Healthcare Professional program with a clinical or practicum component will be required to complete a full background check with drug/alcohol screening. Students are encouraged to review the clinical facility requirements prior to beginning their course work.

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Note: BSC 1020, BSC 1084 or BSC 2093C and BSC 2094C may substitute for HIM 1453

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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.

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