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Pharmacy Technician Certificate
Semester Hours:  33-34
Effective Term: Spring 2018
Prerequisites: 1. RDG100 and MAT086.
2. HS diploma or GED.
3. PreProgram Requirements: Apply for admission to the program with the Program Director before enrollment in the program.
4. PreProgram Requirements: Pay for and pass a background check and urinalysis.

Corequisites: None

Program Description: The Pharmacy Technician Certificate prepares entry-level Pharmacy Technicians by emphasizing medical and pharmaceutical terminology, calculations, record keeping, pharmaceutical techniques, law, and ethics. Most core requirements are offered as an online option.

Recommended Proficiencies: None

Course Requirements
Pharmacy Technician Certificate (33-34 Credits)

High School Diploma or GED;
MAT086 and RDG100

PreProgram Requirements:
Apply for admission to the program with the Program Director before enrollment in the program.
Pay for and pass a background check and urinalysis.

Core Requirements (21-22)
COM263 Intercultural Communication (3)
HCC112 Interpersonal Skills (2)

HCC111 Health Care Law and Ethics (2)
HCC116 Medical Terminology (3)
HPM162 Basic Pharmacology for Health Occupations (3)
HPM173 Pathophysiology (3)
BIO181 General Biology I (4)
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)

Specialty Requirements (12)
PHT150 Pharmacy Calculations (1)
PHT105 Pharmacy Techniques (3)
PHT105LL Pharmacy Techniques Lab (2)
PHT164 Pharmacy Certification Review (2)
PHT175 Practicum - Pharmacy Technician (4)

Other Requirements
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all required courses.
Students must earn a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Students must earn at least one-third of the certificate credits from CAC.
Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Summarize the roles and responsibilities of the professional pharmacy technician.
2. (Application Level) Apply medical and pharmaceutical terminology to understanding and classifying patients' conditions.
3. (Comprehension Level) Identify the most frequently used drugs and describe the purpose, correct dosages, and possible side effects, as well as precautions for all drug classifications.
4. (Application Level) Solve pharmaceutical calculations to determine accurate medication dosages.
5. (Synthesis Level) Perform cashier functions to correctly complete customer transactions.
6. (Application Level) Demonstrate thorough pharmaceutical recordkeeping practices in the preparation of prescriptions.
7. (Evaluation Level) Interpret and apply pharmaceutical standards in compiling and preparing prescriptions.
8. (Evaluation Level) Interpret, evaluate, and apply professional law and ethics as it relates to the pharmacy technician's responsibilities and scope in Arizona.

Standards for Program
This program has been designed to meet the requirements of the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC), and the National Pharmacy Technician Association requirements for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Exam (PTCB).

The Arizona State Board of Pharmacy requires that new Pharmacy Technicians must pass the PTCB exam in order to be licensed.

Websites for Arizona State Board of Pharmacy:

Website for PTCB:

Website for Accreditation Standards for Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Programs from ASHP-PTAC:

See attachments for:
1. Arizona State Board of Pharmacy Requirements for Pharmacy Technician
2. Program Sequencing Guide - Pharmacy Technician Certificate