Pharmacy Technician

The Certificate of Competency in Pharmacy Technician program meets Pharmacy Technician Certification Board requirements for students to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. Students will learn interpersonal skills and regulatory standards required of pharmacy technicians. Includes roles and responsibilities of the technician in a variety of entry-level pharmacy operations, response to regulatory issues, adherence to quality assurance procedures, patient and medication safety procedures, the procedures for handling of medications and filling medication orders, procurement, billing, reimbursement, inventory management procedures, and use of pharmacy technology and informatics database software.


Major Code: 
Certificate of Competency (CCT)
Total Clock Hours: 
Effective term: 
2019 Fall 1
Award notes

Students will be required to take a randomized urine drug screen and submit a negative result prior to be eligible to participate in clinicals. The expense of the urine drug screen is the student`s responsibility.

Students are required to complete 24 hours of job shadowing during this course to be eligible for clinical externship. Job shadowing sites are specific and may require hours different than the regular scheduled meeting pattern.

Students are required to complete 200 hours of clinical externship to complete this program. Externship hours are site specific and may require attendance any day of the week, including during unscheduled days and times.

Students are required to apply and maintain an Arizona State Pharmacy Technician Trainee license at the beginning of this program, so it will be received prior to job shadowing.

Graduates are eligible to apply for the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination (PTCE).

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleClock Hours
Prerequisites: Program admission.
Admission criteria

1. 18 years of age to enroll

2. High school diploma or GED

3. Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card (DPS)

4. Proof of immunizations

5. Healthcare Level CPR Card

6. Healthcare signature form completed

7. MCCCD Supplemental Background Check

8. Accuplacer reading score of 74 or greater or Accuplacer next generation score of 249 or greater, or ACT reading score of 22 or greater, or high school GPA of 3.0 or higher (within the last 10 years), or GED reading score of 175 or higher, or successful completion of RDG100 or CRE101 with a grade of C or better.

9. Accuplacer for elementary algebra (score of 20 or above) or transcript proof of passing score in class MAT081 and MAT82 or MAT090.

10. Current and valid government-issued photo identification.

11. Required to sign up and pay for Castle Branch and myClinicalExchange.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleClock Hours
Clock Hours:652
ISP108BKeyboarding II36
PHC101Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians60
PHC102Pharmacy Tech I120
PHC102ABPharmacy Tech II128
PHC107Math and Dosages90
PHC122Pharmacy Tech Certification Review18
PHC114Pharmacy Tech Externship200
Program Competencies
  • Type alphabetic, numeric, and symbol keys by touch at a speed of 25 words per minute with 98% accuracy. (ISP108B)
  • Apply foundational professional knowledge and skills. (PHC101, PHC102, PHC102AB, PHC107, PHC114, PHC122)
  • Process and handle medications and medication orders. (PHC101, PHC102, PHC102AB, PHC107, PHC114, PHC122)
  • Prepare sterile and non-sterile compounding. (PHC102AB, PHC107, PHC122)
  • Apply patient and medication safety. (PHC101, PHC102, PHC102AB, PHC107, PHC114, PHC122)
  • Describe current technology and informatics in the healthcare environment to ensure safety and accuracy of medication dispensing. (PHC102, PHC102AB, PHC107, PHC122)
  • Compare and contrast the roles of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians in ensuring compliance with professional standards. (PHC101, PHC102, PHC102AB, PHC107, PHC122)
  • Apply quality assurance practices in the pharmacy, including communication procedures and error prevention/correction. (PHC101, PHC102AB, PHC122)

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