Pharmacy Technician

Degree offered

Certificate of Recognition in Pharmacy Technician

Credits required 12


Patricia Dent

Program Contact

TBA - for initial inquiry information, contact ext. 4444

Program Code: PH

Program Goal Statement

This credit program will prepare the graduate to be an entry level pharmacy technician and to take the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) examination.  It provides an orientation to the role and working environment of the pharmacy technician in inpatient and outpatient settings and the legal responsibilities and technical activities of the pharmacy technician.  An introduction to pharmaceutical sciences and functions of a pharmacy technician in health care is included. The role of the pharmacy technician, areas of specialization in the field, technical standards, state registration requirements and employment opportunities are discussed.  The medical and legal aspects pharmacy technicians will encounter in their training and employment settings are addressed, as well as relevant topics such as government regulation, career pathways, membership organizations, ethics, and how medication therapy management is changing the practice of pharmacy are included.  This program will include onsite laboratory instruction and external clinical experiences to provide students learning opportunities to prepare them as community and hospital pharmacy technicians.  Assessment strategies for lecture and laboratory will be guided by the materials tested in the PCTB examination.

Program Information 

  •  Students who successfully complete the Pharmacy Technician program will receive a Certificate of  Recognition. 

Program Requirements

Program Courses

HLT 106Medical Language

3 credits

HLT 144Pharmacy Technician I

8 credits

OFC 102Computer Keyboarding

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:12

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall 1

HLT 106, HLT 144, OFC 102

Essential Functions 

  • The Pharmacy Technician Certificate program essential functions include certain cognitive, physical and behavioral abilities which are necessary to perform the duties of a professional pharmacy technician.  In order to meet the course requirements, students must possess the following basic abilities.
  • Cognitive ability sufficient to learn and use the body of knowledge necessary to meet the program curriculum requirements and attain career entry status in the profession.
  • Physical ability, sufficient mobility, and motor coordination to safely process patient prescriptions while in the upright position. 
  • Visual acuity sufficient to read and interpret physician orders.
  • Hearing ability sufficient to respond to messages and requests from patients, physicians, staff and to respond to equipment signals.
  • Communication skills sufficient to allow for communication with instructors, staff, patients, and physicians.
  • Emotional stability sufficient to interact professionally with instructors, staff, patients, and physicians, respect patient confidentiality, use reasonable judgment and accept responsibility for their actions.

Admission Requirements

High school diploma or a state-approved high school equivalency credential required.  High School Algebra I or higher, with a grade of "B-" is required.  This is a restricted program based on selective academic review.

Requirements Upon Admission

  • Accepted applicants must have a physical examination, tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella (chicken pox) immunizations, or titre (blood tests to prove immunity).  A TB test is required.  Health insurance and professional liability insurance are required.  A ten-panel random drug screen is required upon entrance. The fee is paid by the student.
  • Upon admission to the program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check.  These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience.  Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement.  The College is authorized by the Commonwealth's Department of Criminal Justice to access CORI records.  Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

    For more information regarding the College's CORI/SORI check process, please contact the Human Resource Department at (508) 678-2811, ext. 2194.

  • Laboratory tests, including drug screening and CORI/SORI checks may be required by clinical agencies.
  • Students must have current CPR Certification from the American Heart Association (Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers).

Grade Requirements

Additional Costs

  • Students accepted into the program are responsible for associated costs such as lab coat, name tag, graduate pin, review course, national certification examination, liability insurance and practicum costs including travel.  Transportation to the practicum sites is the students responsibility.  Students should be prepared to travel an hour or more from campus.

After BCC

  • Upon completion of this program graduates are prepared for entry level practice as a pharmacy technician and are eligible to take national Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) examination.  Career pathways include related health care fields, continued education to be become a pharmacist, employment in inpatient hospital settings, independent pharmacies, geriatric and assisted living facilities, and involvement in third party, prior approvals and appeals.



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