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Pharmacy Technician
Associate of Applied Science and
Certificate of Technical Studies

The Pharmacy Technician Program provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to work as a pharmacy technician under the supervision of licensed pharmacists in retail or hospital clinical pharmacies. College-ready students can complete the Certificate of Technical Studies in Pharmacy Technician in two semesters. With additional course work, students can earn the Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician.

Learning Outcomes:

Recipients of the Certificate of Technical Studies in Pharmacy Technician will have demonstrated

  1. utilization of computer technology in the operation of a pharmacy;
  2. use of effective communication skills and interaction
  3. with a diverse population of health care professionals and patients;
  4. creation of pharmaceutical products using appropriate techniques and skills within accepted guidelines and laws;
  5. performance of mathematical calculations necessary for the preparation and delivery of pharmaceutical products; and
    application of scientific concepts of anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology to the skills of the pharmacy technician.
  6. Recipients of the Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician will have additionally demonstrated
    effective verbal, written, and electronic communication skills necessary for the presentation and management of information; and
  7. integration of critical thinking skills with effective interaction with people of diverse cultural and educational backgrounds and interpretation of legal and ethical issues.

Specific Degree Requirements:

Students pursuing a Pharmacy Technician degree must first meet College admission requirements. Upon the successful completion (minimum of “C”) of qualification courses, submission of a program application, and academic rating forms (references), a student may interview for clinical classes. A maximum of 16 students are accepted in clinical classes. Clinical classes are offered in both the fall and spring semesters.

Selection of the students for the clinical portion of the program is based on the following:

  1. Grade point average
  2. Three academic rating forms (references)
  3. Interview evaluation by selection committee
  4. Eligibility for a Louisiana State Board of Pharmacy work permit

Prior to enrolling in any course with a PHAR prefix, student must demonstrate competency in reading and English and place into MATH 099 as documented by ACT, placement test, or course completion. Students must enroll in all PHAR prefix classes sequentially.

Students selected for clinical classes must submit all clinical information (described earlier), pay a clinical fee in addition to regular tuition and hold a current Louisiana State Board of Pharmacy work permit.

Required courses for Certificate of Technical Studies in Pharmacy Technician:

Qualification Courses Hours
(must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before applying to clinical courses)
ALHT 109: Health Care Systems/Safety 2
ALHT 116: Dosage Calculations 3
ZLGY 110: Medical Terminology 3
ZLGY 120/120L: Human Anatomy and Physiology/Lab 4
PHAR 102: Pharmacy Practice/Lab 4
PHAR 104: Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians 4
Clinical Courses Hours
PHAR 110: Sterile Products/Lab: 3
PHAR 120: Professional Practice 3
PHAR 151: Pharmacy Clinical Practice 10
Total credit hours for the Certificate of Technical Studies in Pharmacy Technician 36


Additional courses required for the Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician

SPCH 115: Interpersonal Communication
  SPCH 110:   Principles of Speech 3
ALHT 105: Medical Ethics and Law 3
ENGL 101: Composition and Rhetoric I 3
BADM 112: Business English
  ENGL 102:   Composition and Rhetoric II 3
HMAN Elective 3
PSYC 202: Practical Psychology
  PSYC 220:   Developmental Psychology 3
MATH 102: College Algebra 3
CIS 105: Introduction to Computer Concepts 3
Science Elective 3
Total credits for Associate of Applied Science in Pharmacy Technician 63


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