Pharmacy Technology

The Pharmacy Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist the pharmacist in duties that a pharmacy technician can legally perform and to function within the boundaries prescribed by the pharmacist and the employment agency.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of health care and pharmaceutical principals. Content emphasizes the pharmacy technician as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics. Students prepare prescription medications, mix intravenous solutions and other specialized medications, update patient profiles, maintain inventories, package medications and gather data used by pharmacists to monitor drug therapy.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the certification exam with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB). Employment opportunities are vast within the global health care system. Employment opportunities include retail, hospitals, nursing homes, research laboratories and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities.

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Pharmacy Technology (A45580)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science degree – Pharmacy Technology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • Complete a CPCC application.
  • Submit high school transcripts, as well as any college transcripts, to Admissions, Records and Registration.
  • Take required placement tests.
  • Meet with a counselor or advisor to review placement test scores, program information and select courses for registration.
  • Complete any required Developmental Education courses with a grade of 'C' or better.
  • Student must take the TEAS exam and have scores to submit with their applications.
  • Complete and submit a Pharmacy Technology AAS degree application by the deadline date.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites. Check the Courses section for details.
  • Progression in this program is dependent upon a grade of “C” or better in all general education courses, as well as major and related courses.

Applicants to the Pharmacy Technology AAS degree program are selected on a “best prepared” basis. The point system was implemented as an objective means for evaluating Pharmacy Technology applicants. Applicants are ranked based upon points earned, and the students with the highest number of points will be selected each year. Admission points are assigned according to the applicant’s documented record. Criteria for selection include scores on standardized tests, past academic performance and experience in the field of interest.

Notes

Students must demonstrate basic computer competencies through course work or testing. The division director of Computer Office and Information Systems determines equivalent competency.

Costs of this program, in addition to tuition and textbooks, include uniforms, physical examination, criminal background check and specific vaccinations. The student must provide proof of health and accident insurance.

The North Carolina State Board of Pharmacy may request information regarding having been charged with or convicted of violating any controlled substances laws or charged or disciplined by any licensing or permitting authority, federal or state on the application for registration. The Board of Pharmacy may decide not to register an individual based on the results of an investigation. A candidate may be disqualified for Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) certification upon the disclosure or discovery of:

  • criminal conduct involving the candidate.
  • State Board of Pharmacy registration or licensure action involving the candidate.
  • violation of a PTCB Certification policy, including but not limited to the Code of Conduct.

In order to participate in clinical education experiences at health care facilities, students are required to submit results of a criminal background check at their own expense. As a condition of program admission, students are required to verify that they are United States citizens or are otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States. Students also are required, at their own expense, to submit to a 13-panel drug screen.

Contact Information

The Pharmacy Technology program is in the Medical Careers and Cosmetology Division. For more information, visit the website at cpcc.edu/medicalcareers/pharmacy-technology. If further assistance is needed, contact the Program Chair at 704.330.6432.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
PSY 150General Psychology3.0
Select 3.0 credits from the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Introduction to Communication
Public Speaking
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Major Requirements
PHM 110Introduction to Pharmacy3.0
PHM 111Pharmacy Practice I4.0
PHM 115Pharmacy Calculations3.0
PHM 118Sterile Products4.0
PHM 120Pharmacology I3.0
PHM 125Pharmacology II3.0
PHM 140Trends in Pharmacy2.0
PHM 150Hospital Pharmacy4.0
PHM 155Community Pharmacy3.0
PHM 160Pharm Dosage Forms3.0
PHM 165Pharmacy Prof Practice2.0
PHM 132Pharmacy Clinical2.0
PHM 134Pharmacy Clinical4.0
PHM 138Pharmacy Clinical8.0
PHM 265Professional Issues3.0
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3.0
Take 1 course from the following:3.0-5.0
Introduction to Human Biology
Principles of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
Basic Anatomy & Physiology
Anatomy and Physiology I
Total Credits75-77

Pharmacy Technology Diploma (D45580)

The Diploma Program prepares graduates to perform essential functions in various areas of retail pharmacy practice. The program provides employers with a competent technician to assist the pharmacist within their scope of practice and to perform necessary unsupervised daily tasks including basic to extensive medication preparation, dosage calculations, compounding, patient information maintenance, inventory and quality control. Graduates of the diploma program are eligible to take the National Certification Exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) to become a Certified Pharmacy Technician.

General Education Requirements
BIO 161Introduction to Human Biology3.0-5.0
or BIO 110 Principles of Biology
or BIO 111 General Biology I
or BIO 112 General Biology II
or BIO 163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology
or BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I
MAT 143Quantitative Literacy3.0-4.0
or MAT 152 Statistical Methods I
or MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra
or MAT 172 Precalculus Trigonometry
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3.0
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
COM 110Introduction to Communication3.0
or COM 231 Public Speaking
Major Requirements
PHM 110Introduction to Pharmacy3.0
PHM 111Pharmacy Practice I4.0
PHM 115Pharmacy Calculations3.0
PHM 120Pharmacology I3.0
PHM 140Trends in Pharmacy2.0
PHM 118Sterile Products4.0
PHM 125Pharmacology II3.0
PHM 165Pharmacy Prof Practice2.0
PHM 134Pharmacy Clinical4.0
Total Credits43-46

The Pharmacy Technology curriculum prepares individuals to assist the pharmacist in duties that a pharmacy technician can legally perform and to function within the boundaries prescribed by the pharmacist and the employment agency.

Course work includes and builds upon the domains of health care and pharmaceutical principals. Content emphasizes the pharmacy technician as a member of the interdisciplinary team providing safe, individualized care while employing evidence-based practice, quality improvement and informatics. Students prepare prescription medications, mix intravenous solutions and other specialized medications, update patient profiles, maintain inventories, package medications and gather data used by pharmacists to monitor drug therapy.

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply to take the certification exam with the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Employment opportunities are geared toward the retail sector.

Health Sciences Certificate with a Specialization in Fundemantals in Pharmacy Technology (C45940-C1)

This certificate is available to high school students through the Career and College Promise program.

Major Requirements
HSC 110Orientation to Health Careers1.0
HSC 140Transcultural Healthcare2.0
HEA 112First Aid & CPR2.0
MED 121Medical Terminology I3.0
PHM 110Introduction to Pharmacy3.0
PHM 140Trends in Pharmacy2.0
Total Credits13

Courses

PHM 110. Introduction to Pharmacy. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces pharmacy practice and the technician's role in a variety of pharmacy settings. Topics include medical terminology and abbreviations, drug delivery systems, law and ethics, prescription and medication orders, and the health care system. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the role of pharmacy technicians, read and interpret drug orders, describe quality assurance, and utilize pharmacy references.

PHM 111. Pharmacy Practice I. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides instruction in the technical procedures for preparing and dispensing drugs in the hospital and retail settings under supervision of a registered pharmacist. Topics include drug packaging and labeling, out-patient dispensing, hospital dispensing procedures, controlled substance procedures, inventory control, and non-sterile compounding. Upon completion, students should be able to perform basic supervised dispensing techniques in a variety of pharmacy settings.

Corequisites: Take PHM 110 and PHM 115

PHM 115. Pharmacy Calculations. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an introduction to the metric, avoirdupois, and apothecary systems of measurement and the calculations used in pharmacy practice. Topics include ratio and proportion, dosage determinations, percentage preparations, reducing and enlarging formulas, dilution and concentration, aliquots, specific gravity and density, and flow rates. Upon completion, students should be able to correctly perform calculations required to properly prepare a medication order.

PHM 118. Sterile Products. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an introduction to intravenous admixture preparation and other sterile products, including total parenteral nutrition and chemotherapy. Topics include aseptic techniques; facilities, equipment, and supplies utilized in admixture preparation; incompatibility and stability; laminar flow hoods; immunizations and irrigation solutions; and quality assurance. Upon completion, students should be able to describe and demonstrate the steps involved in preparation of intermittent and continuous infusions, total parenteral nutrition, and chemotherapy.

Prerequisites: Take PHM 110 PHM 111 Minimum grade C

PHM 120. Pharmacology I. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the study of the properties, effects, and therapeutic value of the primary agents in the major drug categories. Topics include nutritional products, blood modifiers, hormones, diuretics, cardiovascular agents, respiratory drugs, and gastrointestinal agents. Upon completion, students should be able to place major drugs into correct therapeutic categories and identify indications, side effects, and trade and generic names.

PHM 125. Pharmacology II. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides a continuation of the study of the properties, effects, and therapeutic value of the primary agents in the major drug categories. Topics include autonomic and central nervous system agents, anti-inflammatory agents, and anti-infective drugs. Upon completion, students should be able to place major drugs into correct therapeutic categories and identify indications, side effects, and trade and generic names.

Prerequisites: Take PHM 120 Minimum grade C

PHM 132. Pharmacy Clinical. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-6.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an opportunity to work in pharmacy settings under a pharmacist's supervision. Emphasis is placed on effective communication with personnel, developing proper employee attitude, and dispensing of medications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of pharmacy operations, utilize references, dispense medications, prepare patient charges, and efficiently operate computers.

Prerequisites: Take PHM 111 with a minimum grade of C

PHM 134. Pharmacy Clinical. 4.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-12.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an opportunity to work in pharmacy settings under a pharmacist's supervision. Emphasis is placed on effective communication with personnel, developing proper employee attitude, and dispensing of medications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of pharmacy operations, utilize references, dispense medications, prepare patient charges, and efficiently operate computers.

PHM 138. Pharmacy Clinical. 8.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-24.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an opportunity to work in pharmacy settings under a pharmacist's supervision. Emphasis is placed on effective communication with personnel, developing proper employee attitude, and dispensing of medications. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of pharmacy operations, utilize references, dispense medications, prepare patient charges, and efficiently operate computers.

PHM 140. Trends in Pharmacy. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the major issues, trends, and concepts in contemporary pharmacy practice. Topics include professional ethics, continuing education, job placement, and the latest developments in pharmacy technician practice. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the topics discussed.

Prerequisites: Take PHM 110 with a minimum grade of C

PHM 150. Hospital Pharmacy. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an in-depth study of hospital pharmacy practice. Topics include hospital organizational structure, committee functions, utilization of reference works, purchasing and inventory control, drug delivery systems, and intravenous admixture preparation. Upon completion, students should be able to explain hospital organization/committee functions, interpret and enter patient orders, fill unit-dose cassettes, and prepare intravenous admixtures.

Corequisites: Take PHM 118
Take PHM 118 with a minimum grade of C

PHM 155. Community Pharmacy. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the operational procedures relating to retail pharmacy. Emphasis is placed on a general knowledge of over-the-counter products, prescription processing, business/inventory management, and specialty patient services. Upon completion, students should be able to provide technical assistance and support to the retail pharmacist.

PHM 160. Pharm Dosage Forms. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is a study of pharmaceutical dosage forms and considerations in their manufacture. Topics include bioavailability, routes of administration, tablets, capsules, solutions, syrups, suspensions, elixirs, aerosols, transdermals, topicals, ophthalmics, otics, and other dosage forms. Upon completion, students should be able to describe the characteristics of the major dosage forms and explain how these characteristics affect the action of the drug.

PHM 165. Pharmacy Prof Practice. 2.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides a general overview of all aspects of pharmacy technician practice. Emphasis is placed on pharmacy law, calculations, compounding, pharmacology, and pharmacy operations. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in the areas required for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Examination.

PHM 265. Professional Issues. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides a comprehensive discussion of topics common to the practice of the pharmacy technician. Emphasis is placed on application of professional competencies including legal/ethical issues, leadership/management concepts and employability skills. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in pharmacy workplace skills and leadership/management roles.

Prerequisites: Take PHM 165 Minimum grade C