A.T.D., Pharmacy Technician

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.

Please visit the Pharmacy Technician web page for additional information.

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Available Courses
Required Courses
This course is a presentation of the essential anatomy and physiology of the human body. All body organ systems are discussed in a format of lecture, diagrams and audio-visual material. The course will introduce some aspects of chemistry and microbiology as it relates to healthcare, although emphasis is not placed in these areas. A knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the human body as a basis for later study of disease processes is an essential part of the curriculum for students in the health profession.
Note: BSC 1020, BSC 1084 or BSC 2093C and BSC 2094C may substitute for HIM 1453
This course is designed to provide the student with an overall understanding and orientation to the field of pharmacy technology. Included in the course is an overview and historical development of pharmacy and the healthcare delivery system. It will introduce the student to the organizational structure and function of the pharmacy in various areas, such as retail, hospital, nursing home and home health care. Included in the course is the use of computer applications in processing pharmacy prescription data, discussion of medical-legal concepts as they relate to the practice of the pharmacy technician and understanding how communication skills are linked to customer care and routine inquiries. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is the first part of a two-semester course that will include a study of the introduction to pharmacology, biological factors affecting the action of drugs and the various medications prescribed for the treatment of selected illnesses and diseases. Emphasis will be on sources, classifications, strengths, indications, dosages, side effects, precautions of medications and alternative and complementary therapy. The course is designed to include a study of anti-infective drugs, the nervous system, the endocrine system, pain and inflammatory agents. Emphasis will be placed on medication effects on the nervous system, local anesthetics, antiepileptics, antiparkinson, narcotics, analgesics, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and antipsychotic drugs. This course will discuss special considerations for therapeutic agents administered throughout the lifespan. This course will introduce the top 200 prescription drugs. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is the second part of a two-semester course that will continue the study of the introduction to pharmacology, biological factors affecting the action of drugs and the various medications prescribed for treatment of selected illnesses and diseases. This course will be a comprehensive overview of current medications dispensed by classes, their effects on body systems, indications, side effects, dosages and contraindications. The course will include a study of integumentary, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, urinary, respiratory systems, cancer drugs and chemotherapy. Emphasis will be placed on antianginal, hypolipidemic, anticoagulants, antihypertensive, antacids, diuretics, antihistamines, bronchodilators, musculoskeletal and joint diseases, cytotoxic drug and blood modifiers. Also in this course, the student will learn about how the body uses vitamins and electrolytes and available antidotes to treat poisoning. This course will continue the topic on the top 200 prescription drugs. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is equipped to introduce the student to administrative aspects and applications involved in working in the pharmacy setting. Subjects covered in this course include interpretation and evaluation of prescription orders, pharmaceutical dosage forms and materials management of pharmaceuticals. This course will provide advanced understanding of the pharmacy formulary system, computer applications in drug use control, pharmacy management elements and medication errors. It will allow the student to identify the element of patient profiles and the process of handling medications. It will also provide a strong focus on records management, inventory control, compensation and methods of payment for pharmacy services. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
In this course various aspects and hands-on applications are demonstrated and practiced, including the practice of proper common compounding medication and dispensing techniques, counting oral medication, the prescription filling process in a retail pharmacy by focusing on processing the prescription and labeling with required information and the use of appropriate containers and repackaging in predetermined quantities. This course will also allow students to prepare electronic purchase orders, maintain stock inventory and practice the aspect of pharmacy management. This course will introduce a pharmacy software program used in data entry. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
In this course students will be introduced to pharmaceutical calculations. Subjects covered include systems of measurements and conversions between each, actual pharmaceutical calculations of drug dosages, demonstrate ability to use common pharmaceutical volume measurement equipment, measurement of time, temperature, capacity and mass/weight and calculation of ratios, proportion and percentage. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is designed to introduce the student to the professional aspects of working in pharmacy technology. Subjects covered include pharmaceutical medical terminology and medical abbreviations as related to pharmacy practice. It will provide the student with the necessary skills needed to perform operational duties to demonstrate the applications in processing pharmacy prescription data and maintain pharmacy records. Included in this course is the use of pharmaceutical medical terminology and abbreviations used on prescriptions. It will also provide the student with the necessary skills to recognize and practice infection control, safety and security procedures and to identify methods in medical error reduction and prevention in the pharmacy practice. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course will include a study of intravenous delivery of therapy in the hospital setting as well as other therapies to include arterial, epidural and intrathecal. It will focus on patients and their clinical needs, physician treatment plans and collaboration with other healthcare providers. The foundation of infusion therapy will be discussed, including anatomy, physiology, systems for administering parenteral production, reconstituting parenteral medications and infection control, inpatient practice setting, pharmaceutical calculations review and IV Admixture of large volume, IV Piggyback and syringe doses using the laminar hood. Treatment modalities will include parenteral fluids and pharmacologic agents. Legal and ethical aspects of infusion practice will also be reviewed. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course is designed to provide students with practical, hands-on experience in the pharmacy lab. Designed for students to practice and acquire various skills learned in the pharmacy technician program under the direct supervision of the pharmacy instructor. Student skills will be checked off as they are mastered including, but not limited to, receiving, interpreting and filling of prescriptions/medication orders for the inpatient and outpatient practice setting, pharmaceutical calculations, inventory control systems, identification of selected home medical equipment, individual unit doses and patient information/profile systems. Also, this course provides the student with federal and state medical and legal consideration in the various pharmacy settings. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.
This course provides the pharmacy technician student the opportunity to apply pharmaceutical knowledge and techniques learned in the classroom setting in a safe and competent manner under the direction of a pharmacist. Students will be expected to gain experiences in assisting the pharmacist in serving patients, maintaining medications, inventory control and participating in the administration and management of a pharmacy practice at a community (retail) pharmacy setting. Students will gain exposure to on-the-job experience and training in the pharmacy setting and practical application of pharmacy skills and gain experience in all aspects of drug preparation and distribution utilized by participating sites. Lab fee required. Students must complete this course with a grade of "C" or higher.

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This course provides an introductory study of computer and Internet concepts and online web applications. It teaches important computer and digital technology concepts, skills and issues necessary to succeed in careers and in life. Students completing this course will have a solid understanding of computer hardware, software and network fundamentals in addition to learning effective use of social media, online office web applications, collaboration, email and the Internet to aid them with college studies and workforce readiness. This course utilizes lectures and hands-on computer exercises. No prior experience with computers is assumed. Lab fee required.
This is an introductory course in computer applications that focuses on the effective use of word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software programs. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of Microsoft Office 365 and learn skills that have practical applications in real world business situations. This course utilizes lectures and hands-on computer exercises. Lab fee required.
General Education Courses
This is a course in the process of expository writing. Students will read essays and compose papers that are unified, organized, logically developed and supported, clearly stated and well-focused. Research techniques are introduced and incorporated into at least one composition. This course partially satisfies the writing requirement of S.B.E. 6A-10.030. Students must pass the core assignments with a grade of "C" or higher. This class satisfies the General Education State Core Communications requirement for A.A. degree seeking students.
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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.

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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