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Pharmacy Technician

Pharmacy technicians directly impact a patient’s health in both community and hospital pharmacy practice since it is their job to safely and effectively prepare medications for dispensing by the pharmacist. They gain great satisfaction in helping the patient through the prescription process and customer service.

What can I do in pharmacy technology?

Pharmacy technicians work closely under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist to prepare prescription medications, provide customer service, and perform administrative duties, such as ordering medication and taking inventory.

What characteristics and skills do I need to work in this field?

Pharmacy technicians need to have an eye for detail, good interpersonal and communication skills, and a professional attitude. Some of the technical skills required are proficiency in dosage calculations, pharmacy law, pharmacology, medical insurance plans, computer skills and knowledge of Board of Pharmacy practice regulations.

Where can I work?

Pharmacy technicians work anywhere there is a pharmacy, including hospitals, nursing homes, mail-order facilities, community/retail pharmacies, cancer centers and even correctional facilities.

What does Trident Technical College offer?

Trident Technical College’s Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). It includes lecture, lab and practicums or clinical rotations to prepare students to sit for the national certification exam and gain employment.

Accreditation

The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP). ASHP is the only nationally recognized non-governmental, non-profit pharmacy association that accredits pharmacy technician training programs in the United States.

South Carolina Board of Pharmacy Registration

Pharmacy Technician students are required to be registered with the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy to participate in clinical externships and for employment in a pharmacy.

South Carolina Board of Pharmacy State Certification

To be a state-certified technician with the South Carolina Board of Pharmacy, you must be a graduate of an ASHP-accredited pharmacy technician program, be PTCB-certified and have 1,000 hours of employment experience in a pharmacy.

National Certification

All graduating students are required to sit for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) Examination. Tri-county area pharmacies are seeking PTCB-certified technicians. This exam is taken online at a local testing site.

Pharmacy Technician General Information

Clinical Training

  • Clinical training is an integral part of this program; two semesters of the program include some clinical experience.
    • In the Spring terms, students are required to participate in community/retail pharmacy clinical rotations.
    • In the Maymester/Summer term, students are required to participate in hospital/IV infusion clinical rotations. This provides on-the-job training as well as future employment opportunities.   
  • All clinical sites are local to the tri-county/Charleston area. They include area hospitals, community pharmacies and home-health agencies.

Graduates from Trident Technical College's Pharmacy Technician Program provide vital technical support in pharmacy centers. Distinctive program features are:

  • one year to completion
  • accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
  • eligibility to sit for the national certification examination administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB)
  • hospital and retail pharmacy experience during clinical rotations
  • maintenance of over 20 different hospital and retail pharmacy clinical affiliates 
  • simulated pharmacy classroom/lab on Main Campus 
  • highly qualified faculty including registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians

Pharmacy Technician students are eligible to apply for the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) with a focus in pharmacy management. Please see the Program Coordinator for more information.