Pharmacy Technology

Program Overview

The Pharmacy Technology diploma program 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 registered pharmacist.  A variety of clinical experiences are designed to integrate theory and practice.

The mission of the Pharmacy Technology program is to produce caring, competent, trustworthy and certified Pharmacy Technology graduates.

Students will be accepted into the Pharmacy Technology diploma program each fall semester.  A full-time student can complete this program in 4 semesters.  To graduate, a student must earn a minimum of 56 semester credit hours.

The Pharmacy Technology diploma program offered by Oconee Fall Line Technical College is accredited by ASHP (American Society for Health System Pharmacists) and ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) upon recommendation of the ASHP and ACPE Boards of Directors.  More information on this accrediting body can be found at www.ashp.org.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Pharmacy Technology diploma program must have good work ethics, be people-oriented and possess great organizational skills.  Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Offered at the Following Campus

South Campus (Dublin)

Salary Potential

$24,960.00 – $45,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees: $6,924.00
Books & Supplies: $2,000.00

Additional Fees

Malpractice Insurance:  $11.00
Drug Screen:  $39.00
Criminal Background Check:  $49.50
PTCE Application Fee: $129.00
BLS for Healthcare Provider:  $7.00
Georgia State Board of Pharmacy Registration:  $100.00
GAPS Background Check:  $36.25
HCA Clinical Fee:  $59.50
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the approved programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Pharmacy Technology program are prepared for responsible employment positions in hospitals, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and retail pharmacies.

Additional information regarding employment, regulations, certification, job outlook and salary may be found at:
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
Pharmacy Technician Certification Board
Georgia Board of Pharmacy Registration Information

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet assessment requirements by taking the entrance placement test. In lieu of the placement test, official scores on COMPASS, ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT or GED may be substituted.

Admission Process

If the number of qualified students wishing to enter a program exceeds the number of spaces available in a particular program, those qualified students will enter into a competitive selection process for acceptance.

Access links and forms for Competitive Admissions Programs.

Curriculum

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Course Overview

  • GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
  • ENGL1010Fundamentals of English I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1012Foundations of Mathematics3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • PSYC1010Basic Psychology3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • OCCUPATION COURSES
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • ALHS1011Structure and Function of the Human Body5 credit hours75 contact hours
  • ALHS1040Introduction to Health Care3 credit hours75 contact hours
  • and one of the following:
  • ALHS1090Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • BUSN2300Medical Terminology2 credit hours30 contact hours
  • PHAR1000Pharmaceutical Calculations4 credit hours60 contact hours
  • PHAR1010Pharmacy Technology Fundamentals5 credit hours90 contact hours
  • PHAR1020Principles of Dispensing Medications4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • PHAR1030Principles of Sterile Medication Preparation4 credit hours90 contact hours
  • PHAR1040Pharmacology4 credit hours60 contact hours
  • PHAR1050Pharmacy Technology Practicum5 credit hours225 contact hours
  • PHAR2060Advanced Pharmacy Technology Principles3 credit hours60 contact hours
  • PHAR2070Advanced Pharmacy Technology Practicum5 credit hours225 contact hours
  • Credit Hours: 56