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    Dec 02, 2021  
DCC Catalog

Pharmacy Technician, (CSC)

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Program Info

Minimum credits: 25
Length: 2 semesters

Division: Workforce Services
Contact: 434.797.6437
Award: Career Studies Certificate
Plan Code: 221-190-08 CIP Code: 51.0999


Program Description

The Career Studies Certificate in Pharmacy Technician prepares students to assist and support licensed pharmacists to order, stock, package, and dispense medications to patients.

This program is academically rigorous, with more applicants than available seats in the program. Therefore, admission is on a selective basis, not first-come, first-served, based upon the student’s academic background as well as the timely and successful completion of Developmental Studies requirements. Approximately one-half of the class will be selected by August of each year from applicants meeting the second admissions requirement before January 1 and interviewed during February or March. The remaining spots in the class will be filled during June from those applicants meeting the second requirement before May 16.

Admission Requirements: In addition to the general college admission requirements entry into this program requires:

  • A drug test (6 panel) screening and back ground check must be obtained prior to the HLT 290 - Coordinated Internship .
  • A physician’s report of good physical and mental health. (The required health certificate form will be provided by DCC and may be completed by a physician of the student’s choice.)

Re-admission Requirements: Students wishing to be re-admitted to the program will follow the same procedures outlined above, with additional requirements regarding repetition of previous coursework that may be obtained from the Workforce Services Office.

Program Outcomes: Graduates will be able to:

  • Act ethically and maintain the confidentiality of patient records;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills of the sciences as applied to pharmaceutical principles;
  • Perform mathematical calculations essential to the duties of a pharmacy technician;
  • Receive and screen prescriptions and medication orders for completeness, accuracy, and authenticity;
  • Assist pharmacists in preparing, storing, and distributing medication products requiring special handling and documentation;
  • Prepare medications requiring compounding for sterile and non-sterile products and chemotherapy/hazardous products; and
  • Pass either state or national certification exams on the first attempt.

Program Requirements: To receive the Pharmacy Technician Career Studies Certificate, you must complete a minimum of 25 credits with a grade point average of 2.00 or better.

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