Pharmacy Technician

The Certificate of Competency (CCT) in Pharmacy Technician program prepares students for entry-level pharmacy practice in retail, hospital, and institutional settings. Students will process and prepare medications, dispense medications, and learn inventory and quality control practices. The program includes instruction in medical and pharmaceutical terminology, legal and regulatory standard, customer service, prescription analysis and interpretation, mathematical calculations for dosing and solution preparation, safety procedures, and billing practices. The curriculum for this program includes a 200-hour practicum and meets the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) requirement for students to take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) or the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT).

This program is designed to meet education requirements for licensure or certification in the State of Arizona. Granting licensure and certification is the sole responsibility of the state board or approval agency. This program is only offered and available to students located in the State of Arizona. The Maricopa County Community College District and colleges define student location within Administrative Regulation 2.2.3(7).


Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Degree Type
Certificate of Competency (CCT)
Academic Plan
Pharmacy Technician (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total Clock Hours Required
Effective Term
Fall 2024
Admissions criteria

1. 18 years of age to enroll.

2. Background check requirements: Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Background Check Standards. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Background Check Policy.

3. Clinical health and safety requirements must be met. Upon conditional program enrollment, the student must comply with all requirements of the MCCCD Clinical Health and Safety Policy.

4. Inability to comply with background check requirements and/or clinical health and safety requirements at the start of classes may result in cancellation of enrollment.


Students are required to apply and receive their temporary pharmacy technician trainee registration through the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy. This program has a 200-hour clinical practicum requirement with a scheduled meeting pattern that varies from the class schedule. Clinical practicum is off campus at an industry partner (hospital or retail pharmacy). Students are responsible for their own travel. Clinical practicum is unpaid. Students must complete all 200 hours of clinical practicum and pass each course with a grade of 75% or greater to pass the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Describe the role of the pharmacy technician in retail, hospital, and institutional settings. (PHC150, PHC153, PHC155, PHC122, PHC253DC)
  • Apply all legal, regulatory, professional, and ethical standards applicable to the role of pharmacy technicians. (PHC150, PHC153, PHC155, PHC122, PHC253DC)
  • Employ proper customer service procedures related to professional communication, appearance, and knowledge of allowed duties when working under a licensed pharmacist in a variety of settings. (PHC150, PHC153, PHC155, PHC122, PHC253DC)
  • Demonstrate familiarity with brand and generic drug names, appearance, manufacturer, dosage forms(s), and route of administration for at least the top 200 drugs. (PHC153, PHC155, PHC122, PHC253DC)
  • Analyze a prescription for accuracy. (PHC153, PHC155, PHC122, PHC253DC)
  • Perform mathematical calculations for dosage determinations and solution preparations. (PHC153, PHC155, PHC122, PHC253DC)
  • Demonstrate safe medication preparation. (PHC153, PHC155, PHC122, PHC253DC)
  • Practice safe and appropriate dispensing principles. (PHC153, PHC155, PHC122, PHC253DC)
  • Prepare for the national pharmacy technician certification and licensure as required by State of Arizona Regulations. (PHC150, PHC153, PHC155, PHC122, PHC253DC)
Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleClock Hours
Prerequisites: Program admission.
Required courses
Course #Course TitleClock Hours
Clock Hours:602
PHC150Introduction to Pharmacy Practice90
PHC153Basic Pharmacy Practice132
PHC155Advanced Pharmacy Practice150
PHC122Pharmacy Technician Certification Review30
PHC253DCPharmacy Technician Practicum200

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