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Pharmacy Technology

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Retail Pharmacy Technician
(19 credit hours) 
Pharmacy Technician Diploma
(39-48 credit hours)

Plan for Certificate or Diploma (pdf)

We will start accepting applications (for the 2016 fall admission) in February until the program is full.
Please contact the program coordinator Shannon Hickman at to pick up application and schedule an individual preadmission interview.

Pre-Admission Conference

Program Advisor

Shannon Hickman
Program Coordinator
(606) 878-4865


Program offered at the Laurel Campus.

Program Details

pharmacy techThis program prepares students with the skills and educational background needed to successfully pass the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE) and become a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). The pharmacy technician works under the direct supervision of a licensed pharmacist and assists in routine functions of the pharmacy ranging from ordering, stocking, inventorying, repackaging, compounding, and prescription preparation. Pharmacy technicians may be employed at various settings (e.g., hospitals, chain pharmacies, independent pharmacies, home health pharmacies, managed-care pharmacy services, and mail-order pharmacies).

The essential elements of the program include the history of pharmacy, pharmacy law, medical terminology, drug classification and prescription preparation. Laboratory experience and an externship under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist are required components of the program.

Progression in the Pharmacy Technician program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of “C” or above in each required course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average or above (on a 4.0 scale).

Upon completion of the program, the individual can take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE). When the student passes the exam, they are then granted the title of Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT). National certification exams are given by the “Pharmacy Technician Certification Board” (

Reminder for all prospective students:
Illicit drug use, positive criminal background checks, and questionable/problematic immunization status may prevent future employment as a pharmacy technician, and that externship sites, employers, and State Boards of Pharmacy have regulations about drug use and criminal backgrounds.

Download Program Overview (pdf)
To learn how to apply to SCC see the Admissions Checklist.
2015 Pre-Admission Conference Dates (pdf)

Admissions Process

Application deadline has been extended until May 1, 2015 or until program is full. Students must attend a pre-admission conference or schedule an interview with the program coordinator,

The following materials must be on file by deadline in the program coordinator’s office:
• Applications for admission to SCC
• Official high school transcript or a passing GED official score report
• Transcripts of all post-secondary education or training
• Results of the ACT or Compass scores
• Letter written to the Pharmacy Technology program coordinator stating intent to be admitted to the program
• Documentation of attendance at a pre-admission conference or interview with program coordinator

Admission Criteria

Potential candidates are recommended to the Provost by the PHA Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee will make their recommendations based on the following:
• Preference may be given to applicants with an ACT composite score of 19 or higher
• Preference may be given to those applicants who have completed college algebra
• Preference may be given to those applicants who submit evidence of successful completion of developmental course work or those who have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better taking 12 or more credit hours of college work, including at least one science course
• Preference will be given to Kentucky residents


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