2020-2021 Catalog

Pharmacy Technician

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Certificate in Applied Science

22 Credit Hours

The certificate prepares students to perform a variety of technical duties related to the preparation and dispensing of medication under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist. Upon completion of this program, students will be eligible to apply for SC Board of Pharmacy state certification.


American Society of Health-System Pharmacists/
Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education
4500 East-West Highway, Suite 900
Bethesda, MD 20814

Major Requirements

PHM 101 Introduction to Pharmacy 3
PHM 109 Applied Pharmacy Practice 2
PHM 111 Applied Pharmacy Practice Laboratory 2
PHM 112 Pharmacy Math 2
PHM 113 Pharmacy Technician Math 3
PHM 114 Therapeutic Agents I 3
PHM 124 Therapeutic Agents II 3
PHM 164 Pharmacy Technician Practicum II 4 *

To receive experiential credit for PHM 164, students must submit an affidavit of employment of 500 hours for each course or more in a community or hospital/institutional pharmacy from their employer on company letterhead, and a current copy of your Board of Pharmacy registration.

Total:   22

Admission Requirements

Applicants must complete all of the following requirements:

General College Admission Requirements

Achieve admission to TTC by meeting the college’s requirements for certificate programs. See the current college Catalog. Please note that applicants not achieving appropriate test scores will be required to complete courses indicated by placement test scores.

NOTE: Admission to TTC does not guarantee admission to the Pharmacy Technician program

Program Admission Requirements

Applicants should ensure that each of the following admission requirements is on file in the admissions office as soon as it is completed. Information may be submitted in person or by mail to:

Trident Technical College
Admissions Office, AM-M
(Student Center, Bldg. 410, Room 110)
P.O. Box 118067
Charleston, SC 29423-8067

Upon admission to the college and submission of official high school and college transcripts, complete the online Health Sciences Application through the TTC portal.  Once the application is received, complete the following prerequisite steps:

a. Achieve the qualifying scores on the TTC placement test, SAT or ACT; or satisfactorily complete RWR 100 Integrated Transitional Reading and English and MAT 032 Developmental Mathematics; or satisfactorily complete the equivalent courses from an approved, regionally accredited postsecondary institution.

b. Complete the online Information Session on the TTC Portal page for Pharmacy Technician and achieve a 100% score on the online quiz following the session to verify the information was reviewed and understood.

III. General Admission Procedures for the Pharmacy Technician Program

Applicants who meet college and program requirements will be considered qualified and will be admitted on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. Qualified applicants will be notified via my.tridenttech.edu email indicating the year and semester that they have been admitted. Students will be required to provide a completed, current Health Sciences – Student Health Record including all immunizations and titers, TB (PPD) tests, as well as current Healthcare Provider CPR certification, major medical insurance and medical professional liability coverage.

Students will also be notified by my.tridenttech.edu email the date and time of the mandatory program orientation. Failure to attend will result in forfeiture of seat in the program.

S.C. Code of Law prohibits pharmacies from employing anyone who has been convicted of a felony offense relating to controlled substances.

Note: Falsification of any information submitted will make a student ineligible for admission to or continuation in the Pharmacy Technician program.

IV. Course Progression

In order to progress to the next semester once accepted into the program, students must:

a. Earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the program.
b. Earn a satisfactory grade of S on professional development evaluation.
c. Successfully meet a stringent clinical attendance policy.

 V.  Readmission to a Program

Students who receive a W, D or F in a prerequisite, co-requisite or PHM course may request consideration for readmission to the Pharmacy Technician program. Readmission to the program is not automatic. See the Health Sciences overview.