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Pharmacy Technology

Curriculum Description

The Pharmacy Technology Program prepares individuals to assist the pharmacist in duties that a technician can legally perform and to function within the boundaries prescribed by the pharmacist and the employment agency.

Students will prepare prescription medications, mix intravenous solutions and other specialized medications, update patient profiles, maintain inventories, package medications in unit-dose or med-card form and gather data used by pharmacists to monitor drug therapy.

Employment opportunities include retail, hospitals, nursing homes, research laboratories, wholesale drug companies and pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. Graduates from the program may be eligible to take the National Certification Examination to become a certified pharmacy technician.

The following represents one way in which the diploma can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow the recommended curriculum model below should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.


NC CIP: 51.0805
POS Approved: Fall 2020

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry NEW VERSION 3 0 0 3
PHM 110 Introduction to Pharmacy 3 0 0 3
PHM 111 Pharmacy Practice I 3 3 0 4
PHM 115 Pharmacy Calculations 3 0 0 3
  Total: 12 3 0 13

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
PHM 118 Sterile Products 3 3 0 4
PHM 120 Pharmacology I 3 0 0 3
PHM 140 Trends in Pharmacy 2 0 0 2
Select one:
Intro Interpersonal Com REVISED (3) (0) (0) (3)
Public Speaking REVISED REQUISITE (3) (0) (0) (3)
Oral Communication 3 0 0 3
  Total: 11 3 0 12

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
PHM 125 Pharmacology II 3 0 0 3
PHM 132 Pharmacy Clinical 0 0 6 2
PHM 134 Pharmacy Clinical 0 0 12 4
PHM 165 Pharmacy Prof Practice 2 0 0 2
  Total: 5 0 18 11

Total Credit Hours: 36

Additional Information

Additional Admission Requirements

  1. Completion of high school or college credits in biology and algebra.
  2. Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification
  3. Completion of Program orientation requirements.
  4. A grade of ‘C’ or better in all required related and program specific courses is mandatory for admission and progression in Pharmacy Technology.
  5. Completion of the Forsyth Tech Student Medical Form turned in prior to first day of class.

This program has limited enrollment. Students are chosen by a selective admissions process based on grades earned in required related courses (e.i. biology, English, psychology, etc.) and completion of any training such as CPhT certification, certified nurse assistant (CNA I or CNA II), emergency medical technician (EMT), paramedic, or any diploma or degree in a health or non-health field. The Admissions Office can provide additional information on the selection process.

A grade of D or any withdrawal in any required science course, PHM prefix course, or prerequisite course while enrolled in the program will result in dismissal of the student from the curriculum. Re-admission may be possible but requires re-application and approval by the college and may be on a space available basis.

Criminal Background Checks/Drug Screening
Clinical agencies require criminal background checks and/or drug screening for students assigned to their facility for clinical education. In addition, national and/or state registry and/or licensure boards may prohibit
eligibility for registry or licensure based on criminal background records. Please refer to the Health Technologies section on for further information and updates.

Status of No-Rehire at a designated Clinical Affiliate
If you have worked in the past for any of your chosen health program’s designated clinical sites, and been released with a status of “No Rehire”, you will not be eligible for clinical rotation to any clinical site that the facility is affiliated with. If this occurs and you are not able to meet your program competency requirements due to specialty of services offered at a site or number of locations omitted from your clinical rotations, you will be withdrawn from the program.