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Pharmacy Technician Applied Technology Diploma


The Pharmacy Technician Diploma Program is designed to train students in developing and mastering basic technical skills, theoretical concepts, and clerical functions in the operation of a pharmacy.

Graduates of this program will work under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist in compounding medicinal drugs (measure/weigh/mix), preparing and labeling medicines, filling bottles and vials with the correct quantity of medicine, issuing medicines to the pharmacy customers, maintaining inventory, keeping patient's medication profiles on specified records, forms or computerized systems, collecting, organizing and evaluation of information for direct patient care, medication review, and department management.

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a Certificate as a Pharmacy Technician, and will be eligible to apply for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Examination.

To apply for the Pharmacy Technician Program, students should obtain a program application packet containing a current listing of admission and course requirements.

Applications are available from the Division of Health Sciences, or click the link below.


Admission Requirements:

  1. New students should apply for General Admission to GCSC <click here>.
  2. Returning students who have not attended in 1 year or more must also re-apply for admission.
  3. New students must pay the $20 non-refundable college application fee online, at Enrollment Services, or at the Business Office.
  4. Returning students who have not attended in 1 year or more must pay a $10 non-refundable college application fee online, at Enrollment Services, or at the Business Office.
  5. New students must attend a free online College Orientation prior to course registration, otherwise a "hold" will be placed on student's account; for more information to  College Orientation .
  6. Submit Pharmacy Technician Program application including Core Performance Standards Form <click here>.
  7. Request official transcripts and diplomas from all high schools attended, or GED with scores, and have them mailed to the Admissions Office, with a minimum GPA of 2.0 ("C").
  8. Request official transcripts from all colleges attended and have them mailed to the Admissions Office.
  9. Take the Florida College Entry Placement Test (CPT) and achieve, at least, minimum scores list in the application packet.
  10. Eligibility for English Composition I, ENC1101.
  11. Successful completion of General Education requirements.

Requirements after Conditional Acceptance:

  • Current TB Skin Test, TB blood test, or current chest x-ray report (less than a year old).
  • GCSC Physical Examination (less than a year old) with satisfactory results signed by a physician.
  • GCSC Immunizations Form with satisfactory results signed by a physician.
  • Satisfactory criminal background check, at student's expense, which must be done through GCSC.
  • Copy of current, valid CPR certification and maintain certification throughout the program.  Acceptable cards are either American Heart Association for Healthcare Provider (Basic Cardiac Life Support), or the American Red Cross CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
+* ENC1101  English Composition I   3
+* MTB0375  Health Math (or higher level)   2
#* OST1257  Medical Terminology   2
+* BSC1020  Human Biology (or higher level anatomy class)   3
+* BSC1020L Human Biology Lab (or higher level)   1
+#* PTN1101   Pharmacy Technician Orientation   3
+#* PTN1121   Pharmacological Agents I   3
* CGS1570  Microcomputer Applications   3
+*# PTN1102   Pharmacy Calculations for Technicians   3
+#* PTN1122   Pharmacological Agents II   3 
+#* PTN1131   Applied Pharmacy Operations I   5
+#* PTN1131L  Applied Pharmacy Operations I Lab   1 
+#* PTN1940   Pharmacy Technician Practicum I   5
+#* PTN1941   Pharmacy Technician Practicum II   5
+ Prerequisites required.

# Applies only to A.S. degree, A.A.S. degree, and certificate programs.