Health Science

Pharmacy TechPharmacy Technician - Diploma

The Pharmacy Technician diploma enables students to prepare and dispense medications under the supervision of a registered pharmacist and to assume other pharmacy-technician duties in both retail and hospital settings. HGTC’s curriculum combines classroom and experiential learning, with students training in pharmacies to experience the duties carried out by the pharmacist and pharmacy technician in preparing medications, filling prescriptions, pricing, recording patient profiles, calculating medications, compounding IV fluids, handling controlled substances, and other pharmacy-related duties. 

The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists, Accreditation Services Division, 7272 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD, 20814.
A new commission, the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC), is being formed through collaboration with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). For more information about HGTC’s accreditations, click here.

For more information contact:

Janet Ibrahim (843) 477-2117

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Career Outlook

Pharmacy technicians can find employment in the following settings:

  • Hospital pharmacies
  • Retail pharmacies
  • Chain drugstores
  • Independent drugstores
  • Mass merchandisers (Wal-Mart, Target, Sam’s, Costco, K-Mart, etc.)
  • Clinic pharmacies
  • Mail-order prescription pharmacies
  • Pharmaceutical companies

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Specific Admission Requirements for Program

  • Criminal Background Check
  • Urine Drug Screening
  • Submit a Health Sciences Division Student Health Record Form indicating the candidate has the ability to perform the physical tasks required in the program
  • Completion of the General Hospital Orientation (GHO)
  • Students will be responsible for purchasing additional clinical liability insurance
  • Proof of CPR certification for Health Care Providers
  • Student must be at least 18 years of age at time of graduation

Course Sequence and Progression Requirements

A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for all PHM-prefixed courses for progression and graduation.


Curriculum Sequence

First Semester  - Fall
AHS 102 Medical Terminology 3
AHS 104 Medical Vocabulary/Anatomy  
PHM 101 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
PHM 103 Pharmacy Law & Ethics 2
PHM 111 Applied Pharmacy Practice Laboratory 2
PHM 112 Pharmacy Mathematics 2
PHM 114 Therapeutic Agents I 3
  TOTAL 15
Second Semester - Spring
CHM 105 General, Organic & Biochemistry 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 155 Communications I  
PHM 110 Pharmacy Practice 4
PHM 113 Pharmacy Technician Math 3
PHM 152 Pharmacy Technical Practicum I 2
  TOTAL 16
Third Semester - Summer    
PSY 103 Human Relations 3
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3
PHM 118 Community Pharmacy Seminar 1
PHM 124 Therapeutic Agents II 3
PHM 175 Pharmacy Technician Practicum 3
  TOTAL 13