2021-2022 College Catalog

Pharmacy Assistant Diploma

Pharmacy Technology Diploma (Major Code: PT22)

Program Description

The Pharmacy Technology Diploma is designed to enable the student to acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for employment within a pharmacy. Program graduates will be able to perform a variety of technical duties related to preparing and dispensing drugs in accordance with standard procedures and laws under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. A variety of clinical experiences are designed to integrate theory and practice.  Graduates will be prepared for employment with experience as a pharmacy technician. As a program graduate, students will be eligible to sit for a national pharmacy technician certification exam. 

The Pharmacy Technology Program conducted by Atlanta Technical College is accredited by the ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) and ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) upon recommendation of the ASHP and ACPE Board of Directors. More information on this accrediting body can be found at www.ashp.org.

The Pharmacy Technology Program is a PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board)-recognized Education/Training Program and a PTCB-recognized training program for Certified Compounded Preparation Technician (CSPT) candidates.

Programmatic Accreditation

The Pharmacy Technology Program conducted by Atlanta Technical College is accredited by the ASHP (American Society of Health-System Pharmacists) and ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) upon recommendation of the ASHP and ACPE Board of Directors. More information on this accrediting body can be found at www.ashp.org.

The Pharmacy Technology Program is a PTCB (Pharmacy Technician Certification Board)-recognized Education/Training Program and a PTCB-recognized training program for Certified Compounded Preparation Technician (CSPT) candidates.

Career Information

Occupation

Pharmacy Technicians 

Employment Opportunities

The skill set provided by this program equips graduates to work for retail and hospital pharmacies. Additionally, these same skills are advantageous to work for online/mail-order, compounding, specialty, long-term care pharmacies, home infusion facilities, and health insurance companies.
NOTE: A felony conviction may limit employment opportunities.

Career Projections

The number of jobs in this field is expected to increase by 7.8% nationally and 4.3% in the State of Georgia over the next several years. Estimated salaries in this field start at $30,000 a year.

Salary Potential: $25,000-35,000
Labor market data was compiled using Economic Modeling Specialists, international and is updated annually. 

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Admission Requirements

General College Admissions Requirements

Program Specific Admissions Requirements

  • Must be 17 years of age
  • Cannot be convicted of a felony that occurred within the last ten 10 years, and/or any conviction that was drug or pharmacy-related
  • Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math
  • The Office of Enrollment Services will determine the transfer of pervious post-secondary credits

Student Performance/Graduation Requirements:

  • Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.
  • Must complete MATH 1012 with a minimum letter grade of B within 2 attempts.
  • Must complete PHAR 1000 with a minimum letter grade of B within 2 attempts. 

Licensure/Certification: Upon completion of the Pharmacy Technology program, students may register to take a national pharmacy technician certification exam. In order to sit for this certification exam, a candidate must have received a high school diploma or GED by the application receipt deadline for the exam and have never been convicted of a felony.

Practicum Education: Pharmacy Technology students will be required to complete practicum assignments, which will be given by the instructor at the beginning of the semester. Requirements for practicum courses include a minimum of 20 hours a week in a supervised setting, for a total of 225 hours per practicum experience. Students may not receive compensation from the sites for these hours. Students are evaluated by the practicum site preceptor, the program instructor, and by submission of weekly timesheets. The students are required to adhere to his/her practicum schedule at all times and complete a total of 450 hours to meet graduation requirements. All students must be aware that traveling may be required for practicum rotations.

Blood and Airborne Pathogens

Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens.

These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations due to potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at https://tcsg.edu/tcsgpolicy/tcsg_policy_manual.pdf.

Program Contact Information

Amanda Daniels
Program Coordinator, Pharmacy Technology Department
Brenda Watts Jones Allied Health Building H149D
404-225-4559
adaniels@atlantatech.edu

Program Length and Cost

Minimum Program Length in Semester Terms: 5 terms

Credit Hours: 56

Estimated Program Cost: $9,743

 

Program Additional Fees (Cost are estimated and are subject to change):

  • Books & Supplies: $2,000.00
  • CPR Card: BLS for Healthcare Providers through AHA or ALHS 1040
  • Liability Insurance: $11.00 per year
  • Uniform: $100.00 (varies by size)
  • Pharmacy Technician Registration/Fingerprint: $137.00
  • Immunization Records: Based on Healthcare Provider Source
  • Criminal Background Check/10 Panel Drug Test: $78.50
  • ACEMAPP $50
  • Certification Exam: $129.00

 

Course Outline

General Education Courses (9 Credits)- Take each of the following

ENGL 1010Fundamentals of English I

3

PSYC 1010Basic Psychology

3

MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics

3

Occupational Courses (47 Credits)

COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy

3

ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences

2

ALHS 1040Introduction to Health Care

3

ALHS 1011Structure and Function of the Human Body

5

PHAR 1000Pharmaceutical Calculations

4

PHAR 1010Pharmacy Technology Fundamentals

5

PHAR 1040Pharmacology

4

PHAR 1020Principles of Dispensing Medications

4

PHAR 1050Pharmacy Technology Practicum

5

PHAR 1030Principles of Sterile Medication Preparation

4

PHAR 2060Advanced Pharmacy Technology Principles

3

PHAR 2070Advanced Pharmacy Technology Practicum

5

Total Credit Hours: 56

Program Outcomes

1. Graduates will assist in the prevention of medication errors.
2. Graduates will use computer technology to process prescriptions/medication orders.
3.Graduates will calculate dosages for medication accurately while applying critical thinking skills in patient care scenarios.
4. Graduates will collect, organize, and evaluate information required for direct patient care and medication management.
5. Graduates will identify the drug classifications of various disease systems.

6. Graduates will compound medications for oral and parenteral use under Pharmacist supervision.

7. Graduates will obtain the knowledge required to pass the National Pharmacy Technician Certification exam upon graduation.