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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 the program, graduates will be awarded a Pharmacy Technician Applied Technology Diploma and are eligible to apply to the Florida Board of Pharmacy for registration as Registered Pharmacy Technicians.

To apply for this program of study, students must obtain a program application from the Division of Health Sciences, or from the link at left. This packet will contain a current listing of licensure and course/program requirements.

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 see  College Orientation .
  6. Submit Pharmacy Technician Program application including Core Performance Standards Form <click here> by the published deadline.
  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. If required, take the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT). Check with the Program Coordinator or with your academic advisor to see if PERT scores are required for you.
  10. Successful completion of prerequisite courses.
  11. Acceptance to the Pharmacy Technician Program is a competitive process. Applicants are selected using a cumulative point system based upon meeting the admissions criteria published in the program application packet.

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.
  • Satisfactory 10-panel drug screen.

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•+* ENC1101, English Composition I 3
+* MTB1371, Health Math (or approved substitute) 2
#* HSC1531, Medical Terminology 2
+* BSC1020, Human Biology (or BOTH BSC 2085 and BSC 2086) 3
+* BSC1020L, Human Biology Lab (or BOTH BSC 2085L and BSC 2086L) 1
* CGS1570, Microcomputer Applications 3
* HSC1004, Overview of Health Professions 3
+#* PTN1101, Intro to Pharm Tech Practice 3
+#* PTN1121, Pharmacological Agents I 3
+*# PTN1102, Pharmacy Calculations for Technicians 3
+#* PTN1122, Pharmacological Agents II
+#* PTN1131, Applied Pharmacy Operations I 3
+#* PTN1131L, Applied Pharmacy Operations I Lab
+#* PTN1940, Pharmacy Technician Practicum 7

+ Prerequisites required.
# Applies only to A.S. degree and certificate programs.