2021-2022 College Catalog

Pharmacy Assistant TCC

Pharmacy Assistant TCC (Major Code: PB71)

Program Description

The Pharmacy Assistant Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) is designed to provide students with short-term training to prepare them for entry-level employment in a various settings such as retail pharmacies, nursing homes, etc. Students will receive didactic instruction and laboratory training in anatomy and physiology, fundamental concepts and principles for receiving, storing, and dispensing medication.

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.

Career Information

Occupation

Entry-Level Pharmacy Technician

Employment Opportunities

The skill set provided by this program is vitally essential to work in retail, hospital, and mail-order pharmacies; telepharmacy; and pharmacy benefit management (PBM). Entry-level pharmacy technicians must be knowledgeable in assisting a licensed pharmacist in the preparation of prescriptions for patients.

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 $25,000 a year.

Salary Potential: $25,000-30,000
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 previous post-secondary credits

Student Performance/Graduation Requirements:

  • 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.

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://www.tcsg.edu/about- tcsg/state-board/policy-manual/

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:3 Terms

Credit Hours: 35

Estimated Program Cost: $5,559

 

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 (3 Credits)

MATH 1012Foundations of Mathematics

3

Occupational Courses (32 Credits)

COMP 1000Introduction to Computer Literacy

3

ALHS 1011Structure and Function of the Human Body

5

ALHS 1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences

2

PHAR 1000Pharmaceutical Calculations

4

PHAR 1010Pharmacy Technology Fundamentals

5

PHAR 1020Principles of Dispensing Medications

4

PHAR 1040Pharmacology

4

Total Credit Hours: 35

 

Program Outcomes

1. Graduates will assist in the prevention of medication errors.
2. Graduates will package and store medication.
3. Graduates will use computer technology to process prescriptions/ medication orders.
4. Graduates will identify the drug classifications of various disease systems.

5. Graduates will be knowledgeable in maintaining medication and pharmacy inventory.

6. Graduates will calculate dosages for medication accurately while applying critical thinking skills in patient care scenarios.