Pharmacy Technology

Contact(s): Kim Lewis

The purpose of the Pharmacy Technology Program is to prepare graduates to become pharmacy technicians.   The Pharmacy Technology program at SCC prepares individuals to assist the pharmacist with duties that a technician can legally perform; and to function within the boundaries prescribed by the pharmacist and the employment agency. Students will prepare prescription medications, mix intravenous solutions and other specialized medications, update patient profiles, maintain inventories, package medications in unit-dose or med-card form, and gather data used by pharmacists to monitor drug therapy. 

Employment opportunities include retail, hospitals, nursing homes, research laboratories, wholesale drug companies, and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. Graduates of the program may be eligible to take the National Certification Examination to become a certified pharmacy technician.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to adequately assist the pharmacist.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in all areas of pharmacy technology clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate how to safely handle, store, and dispense medications.
  • Utilize pharmacy practice error prevention strategies.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as a pharmacy technician.

Pharmacy Technology – Associate in Applied Science – A45580

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester ICredit Hours
PHM 110 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
PHM 111 Pharmacy Practice I 4
PHM 115 Pharmacy Calculations 3
PHM 120 Pharmacology I 3
PHM 132 Pharmacy Clinical 2
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
 Credit Hours16
Semester II
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
PHM 140 Trends in Pharmacy 2
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 3
 Credit Hours8
Semester III
PHM 165 Pharmacy Prof Practice 2
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 3
PHM 125 Pharmacology II 3
PHM 118 Sterile Products 4
PHM 134 Pharmacy Clinical 4
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
Semester I
BIO 163 Basic Anatomy & Physiology 5
PHM 160 Pharm Dosage Forms 3
PHM 155 Community Pharmacy 3
PHM 150 Hospital Pharmacy 4
 Credit Hours15
Semester II
PSY 150 General Psychology 3
Humanities Elective * 3
 Credit Hours6
Semester III
PHM 138 Pharmacy Clinical 8
PHM 265 Professional Issues 3
ENG 112
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
or Professional Research & Reporting
3
 Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours75

*Please see the Suggested Humanities and Social/Behavioral Science Elective List for AAS Majors webpage.

Pharmacy Diploma – D45580

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Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SpringCredit Hours
PHM 110 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
PHM 111 Pharmacy Practice I 4
PHM 115 Pharmacy Calculations 3
PHM 120 Pharmacology I 3
PHM 132 Pharmacy Clinical (2nd week session) 2
ACA 111 College Student Success (1st week session) 1
 Credit Hours16
Summer
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
CIS 110 Introduction to Computers 3
PHM 140 Trends in Pharmacy 2
 Credit Hours8
Second Year
Fall
PHM 165 Pharmacy Prof Practice 2
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy 3
PHM 125 Pharmacology II 3
PHM 118 Sterile Products 4
PHM 134 Pharmacy Clinical 4
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours40

Pharmacy - CCP

Tuition-waived program for Career & College Promise (high school juniors and seniors)

ACA 111College Student Success1
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3
PHM 110Introduction to Pharmacy3
PHM 111Pharmacy Practice I4
PHM 115Pharmacy Calculations3
PHM 120Pharmacology I3
Total Credit Hours17

The Pharmacy Technology AGE Pathway offers students a place to begin their journey toward a career in Pharmacy Technology.  The AGE pathway gives students the opportunity to complete all of the general education courses required in the Pharmacy Technology program.  After completion of these courses, students who choose to continue in to the degree program will be able to focus on Pharmacy Technology specific courses.

For more information, please contact:  Melanie Alexander

AGE Pathway

ACA 111College Student Success1
BIO 163Basic Anatomy & Physiology5
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3
or ENG 114 Professional Research & Reporting
MAT 143Quantitative Literacy3
PSY 150General Psychology3
Humanities *3
Elective *40
Total Credit Hours64

*Humanities list

Choose 3 credits from the following:
ART 111Art Appreciation3
ART 114Art History Survey I3
ART 115Art History Survey II3
DRA 111Theatre Appreciation3
ENG 125Creative Writing I3
HUM 120Cultural Studies3
HUM 122Southern Culture3
HUM 150American Women's Studies3
HUM 160Introduction to Film3
MUS 110Music Appreciation3
MUS 112Introduction to Jazz3
MUS 113American Music3
MUS 210History of Rock Music3
REL 110World Religions3
REL 211Introduction to Old Testament3
REL 212Introduction to New Testament3
REL 221Religion in America3

*Elective list 

Choose 40 credits from the following:
ART 111Art Appreciation3
ART 114Art History Survey I3
ART 115Art History Survey II3
ART 116Survey of American Art3
ART 117Non-Western Art History3
BIO 110Principles of Biology4
BIO 111General Biology I4
BIO 112General Biology II4
BIO 140Environmental Biology3
BIO 140AEnvironmental Biology Lab1
BIO 163Basic Anatomy & Physiology5
BIO 165Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 166Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 275Microbiology4
BUS 110Introduction to Business3
BUS 115Business Law I3
BUS 137Principles of Management3
BUS 228Business Statistics3
CHM 131Introduction to Chemistry3
CHM 131AIntroduction to Chemistry Lab1
CHM 132Organic and Biochemistry4
CHM 151General Chemistry I4
CHM 152General Chemistry II4
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3
CIS 115Introduction to Programming and Logic3
CJC 111Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJC 121Law Enforcement Operations3
CJC 141Corrections3
COM 231Public Speaking3
CSC 134C++ Programming3
CSC 139Visual BASIC Programming3
CSC 151JAVA Programming3
CTS 115Information Systems Business Concepts3
ECO 251Principles of Microeconomics3
ECO 252Principles of Macroeconomics3
EDU 216Foundations of Education3
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3
ENG 112Writing and Research in the Disciplines3
ENG 113Literature-Based Research3
ENG 114Professional Research & Reporting3
ENG 125Creative Writing I3
ENG 231American Literature I3
ENG 232American Literature II3
ENG 233Major American Writers3
ENG 241British Literature I3
ENG 242British Literature II3
ENG 251Western World Literature I3
ENG 252Western World Literature II3
ENG 253The Bible As Literature3
HEA 110Personal Health/Wellness3
HIS 111World Civilizations I3
HIS 112World Civilizations II3
HIS 121Western Civilization I3
HIS 122Western Civilization II3
HIS 131American History I3
HIS 132American History II3
HIS 236North Carolina History3
HUM 110Technology and Society3
HUM 115Critical Thinking3
HUM 120Cultural Studies3
HUM 121The Nature of America3
HUM 122Southern Culture3
HUM 150American Women's Studies3
HUM 160Introduction to Film3
HUM 180International Cultural Exploration3
MAT 143Quantitative Literacy3
MAT 152Statistical Methods I4
MAT 171Precalculus Algebra4
MAT 172Precalculus Trigonometry4
MAT 263Brief Calculus4
MAT 271Calculus I4
MAT 272Calculus II4
MAT 273Calculus III4
MUS 110Music Appreciation3
MUS 112Introduction to Jazz3
MUS 113American Music3
MUS 210History of Rock Music3
PED 111Physical Fitness I1
PED 113Aerobics I1
PED 120Walking for Fitness1
PED 121Walk, Jog, Run1
PED 125Self-Defense: Beginning1
PHI 215Philosophical Issues3
PHI 240Introduction to Ethics3
PHY 110Conceptual Physics3
PHY 110AConceptual Physics Lab1
PHY 151College Physics I4
PHY 152College Physics II4
POL 120American Government3
POL 210Comparative Government3
PSY 150General Psychology3
PSY 237Social Psychology3
PSY 241Developmental Psychology3
PSY 263Educational Psychology3
PSY 281Abnormal Psychology3
REL 110World Religions3
REL 111Eastern Religions3
REL 112Western Religions3
REL 211Introduction to Old Testament3
REL 212Introduction to New Testament3
REL 221Religion in America3
SOC 210Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 213Sociology of the Family3
SOC 232Social Context of Aging3
SPA 111Elementary Spanish I3
SPA 112Elementary Spanish II3
SPA 141Culture and Civilization3
SPA 161Cultural Immersion3
SPA 181Spanish Lab 11
SPA 182Spanish Lab 21
SPA 211Intermediate Spanish I3
SPA 212Intermediate Spanish II3
SPA 281Spanish Lab 31
SPA 282Spanish Lab 41