Pharmacy Technician Program

Program #24219

This program prepares students for an entry-level position as a pharmacy technician at a community and institutional pharmacy. The certificate program exceeds the State Board of Pharmacy’s registration requirements and meets American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) crediation standard.

Core Courses
MEOC 104 Medical Terminology48
MEOC 130 Introduction to Pharmacy Technician60
MEOC 140 Pharmaceutical Mathematics36
MEOC 121Pharmacology I36
MEOC 122 Pharmacology II36
MEOC 135 Human Relations for Healthcare Workers36
MEDO 230 Pharmacy Operations Lab36
MEDO 220 Out-Patient Lab for the Pharmacy Technician48
MEDO 221 In-Patient Lab for the Pharmacy Technician48
MEDO 317 Out-Patient Externship for the Pharmacy Technician24
MEDO 316 In-Patient Externship for the Pharmacy Technician24
Total Hours432
First Year
Fall TermHoursWinter TermHoursSpring TermHours 
MEOC 13060MEOC 14036MEDO 23036 
MEOC 10448MEOC 12136MEOC 12236 
  MEOC 13536 
 108 72 108 
Second Year
Fall TermHoursWinter TermHoursSpring TermHoursSummer TermHours
MEDO 22048MEDO 22148MEDO 31724MEDO 31624
 48 48 24 24
Total Hours 432

MEDO 230 36 Hours Pharmacy Operations Lab

Prerequisite(s): MEOC 130 Introduction to Pharmacy Technician and Keyboarding score of 30 or above or passing grade in COMP 685 - Beginning Keyboarding or Keyboarding Challenge Exam with a pass rate of 30 net words a minute.

This course introduces students to the operations of a pharmacy. It provides them with a working knowledge of the structural, functional, business and inter-relational aspect of pharmacy as part of the health care system. Through hands-on instruction, students develop the entry-level skills needed to assist in a pharmacy operation. (Apportionment)

MEDO 220 48 Hours Out-Patient Lab for the Pharmacy Technician

Prerequisite(s): MEOC 104 Medical Terminology; (or MEOC 110 Medical Terminology II); MEDO 230 Pharmacy Operations Lab; MEOC 121 Pharmacology I; MEOC 122 Pharmacology II; MEOC 130 Introduction to Pharmacy Technician; MEOC 140 Pharmaceutical Mathematics; Keyboarding Proficiency score of 30 or above OR passing grade in COMP 685 Beginning Keyboarding.

The practical lab class is designed to prepare the student for an externship at neighboring pharmacies. Upon completion of the lab classes, the student should be able to step into an out-patient pharmacy and begin working with minimal additional training. Textbook Required. (Apportionment)

MEDO 221 48 Hours In-Patient Lab for the Pharmacy Technician

Prerequisite(s): MEDO 230 Pharmacy Operations Lab; MEOC 121 Pharmacology I; MEOC 122 Pharmacology II; MEOC 140 Pharmaceutical Mathematics; Keyboarding Proficiency score of 30 or above OR passing grade in COMP 685 Beginning Keyboarding.

The practical lab class is designed to prepare the student for an externship at neighboring pharmacies. Upon completion of the lab classes, the student should be able to step into an in-patient pharmacy and begin working with minimal additional training. Textbook Required (Apportionment)

MEDO 316 24 Hours In-Patient Externship for the Pharmacy Technician

Prerequisite(s): MEDO 220 Out-Patient Lab: Pharmacy Technician; MEOC 135 Human Relations for Health Care Workers; and MEDO 221 In-Patient Lab Pharmacy Technician.

This course is designed to provide pharmacy technician students with field experience in an in-patient pharmacy setting. It requires weekly class meetings plus 200 hours of externship in an approved and contracted pharmacy. Class topics include portfolio development, job search, professionalism, current issues in pharmacy, and work performance. (Apportionment)

MEDO 317 24 Hours Out-Patient Externship for the Pharmacy Technician

Prerequisite(s): MEDO 220 Out-Patient Lab: Pharmacy Technician; MEOC 135 Human Relations for Health Care Workers; and MEDO 221 In-Patient Lab: Pharmacy Technician.

This course is designed to provide pharmacy technician students with field experience in an out-patient/retail pharmacy setting. It requires weekly class meetings plus 120 hours of externship in an approved pharmacy. Class topics include portfolio development, job search, professionalism, current issues in pharmacy, and work performance. (Apportionment)

MEOC 104 48 Hours Medical Terminology

Required course for Pharmacy Technician Certificate and Medical Assisting Certificate program, but also welcomes all students preparing for a variety of professional/paraprofessional careers in the medical field. Learn medical terms or strengthen prior knowledge. Offers basics of terminology, anatomy and diagnostics. (Apportionment)

MEOC 121 36 Hours Pharmacology I

Prerequisite(s): MEOC 104 Medical Terminology.

Bring original certificate to first class. Equips students with the necessary beginning theoretical knowledge. Includes categorizing, differentiating between drug classifications and inventorying. Provides a basic knowledge and understanding of drug effects on the body. TITLE Pharmacology I Textbook Required (Apportionment)

MEOC 122 36 Hours Pharmacology II

Prerequisite(s): MEOC 104 Medical Terminology.

Bring original certificate to first class. Provides a continuation of theoretical knowledge acquired in Pharmacology I. Includes categorizing, inventorying and differentiating between drug classifications. Equips students with an advanced knowledge and understanding of drug effects on the body. Textbook Required (Apportionment)

MEOC 130 60 Hours Introduction to Pharmacy Technician

Course orients students to pharmacy practice and the work of pharmacy technicians. It covers pharmacy technician registration process and educational requirements, the role of the technician, duties and tasks technicians perform as regulated by pharmacy law, and the necessary abilities and skills for a successful career as a pharmacy technician. Textbook Required. (Apportionment)

MEOC 135 36 Hours Human Relations for Healthcare Workers

Covers basic communications skills with emphasis on health care. Includes non-verbal communication, group communication, conflict resolution, ethics in health communication, elements of intercultural communication, resume writing, job application and interviewing techniques. Textbook Required. (Apportionment)

MEOC 140 36 Hours Pharmaceutical Mathematics

A review of basic mathematics focusing on its application to common pharmaceutical calculations, abbreviations and units; how to interpret pharmaceutical documents using acquired pharmaceutical math knowledge. Textbook Required. (Apportionment)