Pharmacy Technician Technical Certificate
Type: Tech Cert
Major Code: 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.
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).
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.
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:
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Students must be eligible to enroll in ENC 1101 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:
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:
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.