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Pharmacy Technician AAS
Semester Hours:  63
Effective Term: Fall 2018
Prerequisites: 1. RDG100 and MAT086.
2. HS diploma or GED.
3. PreProgram Requirements: Apply for admission 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 AAS 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 AAS (62-63 Credits)

High School Diploma or GED;
MAT086 and RDG100.

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

General Education Requirements (23-24)

Written Communications (3)
ENG101 English Composition III (3)

Oral Communications (3)
COM263 Intercultural Communication (3) fulfilled by core

Arts and Humanities (3)
ART100 Art Appreciation (3)
MHL100 Music Appreciation(3)

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
ECN202 Principles of Microeconomics (3)

Physical and Biological Sciences (8)
CHM151 General Chemistry I (4)
CHM152 General Chemistry II (4)

Mathematics (3-4)
MAT121 Intermediate Algebra (4) or higher

Core Requirements (30)
BIO181 General Biology I (4)
BIO182 General Biology II (4)
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Phys II (4)
COM263 Intercultural Communication (3)
also fulfills Oral Communications
HCC111 Health Care Law and Ethics (2)
HCC116 Medical Terminology (3)
HPM162 Basic Pharmacology for Health Occupations (3)
HPM173 Pathophysiology (3)

Specialty Requirements (12)
PHT105 Pharmacy Techniques (3)
PHT105LL Pharmacy Techniques Lab (2)
PHT150 Pharmacy Calculations (1)
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;
a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale;
at least 20 credits from CAC.
Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
1. (Comprehension Level) Summarize the roles and responsibilities of the professional pharmacy technician. (CSLO 1 & 2)
2. (Application Level) Apply medical and pharmaceutical terminology to understanding and classifying patients' conditions. (CSLO 1, 2, 3, & 4)
3. (Comprehension Level) Identify the most frequently used drugs and describe the purposes, correct dosages, and possible side effects, as well as precautions for all drug classifications. (CSLO 2, 3, & 4)
4. (Application Level) Solve pharmaceutical calculations to determine accurate medication dosages. (CSLO 2 & 3)
5. (Synthesis Level) Perform cashier functions to correctly complete customer transactions. (CSLO 2 & 3)
6. (Application Level) Demonstrate thorough pharmaceutical record keeping practices in the preparation of prescriptions. (CSLO 2 & 3)
7. (Evaluation Level) Interpret and apply pharmaceutical standards in compiling and preparing prescriptions. (CSLO 1, 2, 3, & 4)
8. (Evaluation Level) Interpret, evaluate, and apply professional law and ethics as it relates to the pharmacy technician's responsibilities and scope in Arizona. (CSLO 1, 2, 3, & 4)
9. (Evaluation Level) Support other pharmacy staff with processes requiring advanced levels of comprehension. (CSLO 1, 3, & 4)
10. (Synthesis Level) Combine hands-on training with the leadership skills necessary to transition to advanced pharmacy roles. (CSLO 3)
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, Regulations, and Other Tools for Pharmacy Technician Education and Training Programs from ASHP-PTAC: