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, responses 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, and inventory management procedures, and use of pharmacy technology and informatics database software. Students must complete 200 hours of in-person externship in order to complete this program.


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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Academic Plan
Pharmacy Technician (CER)
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Students are required to apply and receive their temporary pharmacy technician trainee license through the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy during the first few weeks of class in order to attend job shadowing and clinical externship. This program has a 200 hour clinical externship requirement that scheduled meeting pattern varies from the class schedule. Clinical externship is off campus at an industry partner (hospital or retail pharmacy). Students are responsible for their own travel. Clinical externship is unpaid. Students must complete all 200 hours of clinical externship and pass each course with a grade of 75% or greater to pass the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Implement standard procedures for handling and processing medications and medication orders while working under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.
  2. Perform mathematical, computer related, and billing aspects of the pharmacy technician`s role.
  3. Apply verbal, nonverbal, and written communication principles and skills in an effective and culturally competent manner within a team setting.
  4. Uphold all legal, regulatory, professional and ethical standards applicable to the role of pharmacy technicians.
  5. Implement regulatory and quality control guidelines required to ensure safe and compliant medication preparation.
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking in the analysis of the investigational drug process, medication use (including off-label indications), and emerging drug therapies.
  7. Appraise the pharmacy technician`s role in supporting wellness promotion and disease prevention programs.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Admission Criteria

1. Health and safety documents

2. Current and valid government issued photo identification

3. 18 years of age to enroll

4. High school diploma or GED

5. Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card (DPS)

6. Proof of immunizations

7. Healthcare Level CPR Card

8. Healthcare signature form completed by physician

9. MCCCD Supplemental Background Check

10. MCCCD Random Drug Screen showing negative results

11. Reading Course Placement (must have one)

12. High school GPA 3.0-4.0

13. ACT Reading score of 22 or higher

14. GED (Reasoning Through Language Arts) score of 175-200

15. Accuplacer Next Generation Reading score of 249 or higher

16. Completion of RDG100 or CRE101 with a grade of C or better

17. Math Course Placement (must have one)

18. Accuplacer Classic Elementary Algebra score of 20 or higher

19. Completion of MAT081 and MAT082 or MAT090 with a passing grade of C or better

Course Sequence by Block

The following is the suggested course sequence by block. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with a navigator to discuss their academic and career goals.
  • The course sequence is laid out by block and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • This is a cohort program in which students progress through their course of study together in the required course sequence.

Courses Sequence

Block 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 1
Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
ISP108B Keyboarding II Co-requisite with PHC101 36
PHC101 Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians Critical course Gateway course 60
PHC102 Pharmacy Tech I 120
PHC102AB Pharmacy Tech II 128

Block 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Block 2
Course Name Requisites Notes Clock Hours
PHC107 Math and Dosages 90
PHC122 Pharmacy Tech Certification Review 18
PHC114 Pharmacy Tech Externship 200
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of ‘P’ or ‘C’ or better (depending on the course grading scale) for all courses required within the program.

Weekly hour requirements vary by program. Students should meet with a navigator to discuss these requirements further. Actual completion times may vary. A separate $15 Registration Fee will be charged per academic year.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Competency in Pharmacy Technician (

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