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Advanced Pharmacy Technology, TCC (AP91)  Technical Certificate of Credit

Campus Locations: Valdosta

Purpose: The Advanced Pharmacy Technology Technical Certificate prepares students with entry level skills to be successful in a retail pharmacy and hospital settings.

Curriculum: Students will complete courses in pharmacy fundamentals, calculations, dispensing, sterile compounding, pharacology, advanced pharmacy principles, and clinical/practicum practice.

Careers: Pharmacy Technicians are trained to work in three main pharmacy career fields: Community Setting (Retail), Hospital, and Home Health.

**The Georgia Board of Pharmacy does not approve registrations for individuals who are currently on criminal probation for offenses including, but not limited to: theft, fraud, forgery, providing a false name, any crime of moral turpitude, or any crime related to substance abuse. In limited circumstances, the Georgia Board of Pharmacy may approve registrations for individuals who are on criminal probation for minor traffic offenses. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not considered a minor traffic offense.**


  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or High School Equivalency transcript or college transcripts showing successful completion of 60+ semester credits or 72+ quarter credits
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable
  • Present acceptable ACCUPLACER, ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, PSAT, or SAT scores or GED score of 145 or higher or have one of the following: an associate degree or higher or have a HOPE GPA of 2.6 after the completion of 10th grade. Documentation on a college transcript of successful completion of appropriate courses from a regionally accredited college or university may be accepted in lieu of test scores.

Additional Program Requirements:

  • American Heart Association Provider CPR Certification, physical examination, up-to-date immunizations, criminal background check and drug screen required prior to start of clinical rotation.
  • Students must obtain a Pharmacy Technician License from the Georgia Board of Pharmacy to participate in the practicum portion of the program.
Curriculum Outline (32 hours)
General Education Core 3
MATH 1012

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Diploma Level Math Scores or MATH 0090 w/ a “C” or better Co-requisite(s): None Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, geometric concepts, technical applications, and basic statistics.

Occupational Courses 29
PHAR 1000

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 4 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): MATH 1012 or MATH 1111, COLL 1010 Co-requisite(s): None This course develops knowledge and skills in pharmaceutical calculations procedures. Topics include: systems of measurement, medication dispensing calculations, pharmacy mathematical procedures, and calculation tools and techniques.

PHAR 1010

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 4 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): None Provides an overview of the pharmacy technology field and develops the fundamental concepts and principles necessary for successful participation in the pharmacy field. Topics include: safety, orientation to the pharmacy technology field, Fundamental principles of chemistry, basic laws of chemistry, ethics and laws, definitions and terms, and reference sources.

PHAR 1020

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): None Co-requisite(s): PHAR 1000, PHAR 1010 This course introduces the student to principles of receiving, storing, and dispensing medications. Topics include: purchasing, packaging, and labeling drugs; pharmacy policies and procedures; documentation; inventory and filing systems; compounding; storage and control; pharmacy equipment; and health care organizational structure. This course provides laboratory and clinical practice.

PHAR 1030

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 3 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 3 Pre-requisite(s): PHAR 1000, PHAR 1010 Co-requisite(s): PHAR 1040, PHAR 1050 Continues the development of student knowledge and skills in preparing medication, processing glassware, and maintaining an aseptic environment. Topics include: aseptic and sterile techniques, parenteral admixtures, hyperalimentation, chemotherapy, filtering, disinfecting, contamination, ophthalmic preparations, infection control, and quality control.

PHAR 1040

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 4 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): Program Admission Co-requisite(s): PHAR 1030, PHAR 1050 The course introduces the students to principles and knowledge about all classifications of medication. Topics include: disease states and treatment modalities, pharmaceutical side effects and drug interactions, control substances, specific drugs, and drug addiction and abuse.

PHAR 1050

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 0 Lab 2 - 0 Lab 3 - 15 Pre-requisite(s): PHAR 1000, PHAR 1010 Co-requisite(s): PHAR 1030, PHAR 1040 Orients students to the clinical environment and provides experiences with the basic skills necessary for the pharmacy technician. Topics include: storage and control, documentation, inventory and billing, community practice, institutional practice, and communication,

PHAR 2060

Weekly Contact Hours: Lecture - 2 Lab 2 - 2 Lab 3 - 0 Pre-requisite(s): COMP 2000 or COLL 1010, PHAR 1030, PHAR 1050 Co-requisite(s): PHAR 2070 This course presents the advanced concepts and principles needed in the pharmacy technology field. Topics include: physician orders, patient profiles, pharmacy data systems, job readiness, legal requirements, inventory and billing, pharmaceutical calculations review and pharmacology review.


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