Pharmacy Technology

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Pharmacy Tech with Medicine bottleProgram Requirements:

The PTP will grant graduates an Associate in Science degree. The following outlines the proposed coursework required. All required pre-requisites should be fulfilled before advancing to the next course within a sequence. A grade of "C" or better must be earned for a course to be considered as fulfilling a pre-requisite requirement for all the PHARM courses.


Enrollment Eligibility:
Effective Fall of 2012 to be eligible for enrollment in the PTP program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of AH 110 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Completion of MATH 100 or MATH 102 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Completion of BIOL 100 or 102 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Completion of PHARM 300 with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Completion of BUSTEC 302 or equivalent, with a grade of "C" or better
  • Completion of CISC 302 or equivalent, with a grade of "C" or better
  • Completion of PHARM 315 with a grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment with current grade of "C" or better
  • Completion of PHARM 320 with a grade of "C" or better or concurrent enrollment with current grade of "C" or better
  • Completion of a pre-enrollment form (includes official copies of all college transcripts) received by May 15 for the following Fall Semester.
  • AHSP requires that all applicants for enrollment must have a high school diploma, G.E.D., or be currently attending high school. Due to the heavy demand of this program and to promote student success, applicants must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. before applying to this program.

Application is available online. Only completed application packets will be considered. Completed applications must include all official college transcripts. Grades in progress will be accepted. Transcripts with posted grades must be submitted by June 10.

Enrollment Process:
Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Only students who meet the enrollment requirements will be considered for the program.
  • Selection will be based on a random lottery process, should the number of qualified applicants exceed available spaces in the program.

This degree program is designed for students who will be available to attend classes and practicum full-time during the fall and spring semesters. Upon completion of this program, and practicum courses, the student will be fully eligible to take the State or National Board Examination to become certified pharmacy technician.




Upon request by the site, students may have to provide evidence of a current physical examination performed by a licensed health practitioner. The following forms need to be completed and a copy on file in the director’s office:

  • Immunization Record (new record yearly)

The student will be required to have proof of immunization as required by the site. The common immunizations are:

  • A negative result on the TB skin/chest x-ray test
  • Diphtheria
  • Tetanus
  • Rubella
  • Rubeola
  • Varicella (or has positive titers)
  • Hepatitis B (or has signed a waiver for non-compliance for Hepatitis B)

The Hepatitis B series should have the second injection completed by the start of the program.

Students submit their immunization record to the instructor and/or Program Director. This form must be completed prior to the first day of supervised practice. The form will be kept for two years, then discarded (shredded). It may be kept longer if the national accreditation agency mandates it.

  • Since some facilities are required to have a copy of the Health Form, students may need to duplicate the form, so that there is a copy for CRC, student, and the site.

Students may also be required to undergo a drug test. The cost for the drug test MAY be covered by the facility requesting the test. If not, the student will be responsible for this cost. This test needs to be completed and cleared before the student can start the supervised practice. Students must have a clean drug screen to participate in the program. There is no retest for a failed drug screen. While in the program, students may be subjected to additional/random drug screening. The college will pay for the random drug screening.

Some sites may also require a background check. The cost MAY be covered by the facility requesting the check otherwise the student will be responsible for the cost. Please check with the site. The background check must be completed and cleared before the student can start the supervised practice.

Background check procedure:

  • Students will submit the required information (may include blood/urine test) to the background check company that the college has a working agreement with.
  • The Dean of Career and Technology will review the confidential background information and only forward the names of the students who passed to the faculty.
  • The Dean will contact each student who does not pass the background check with an explanation for why the student cannot participate in the practicum course. Students will have the option to drop the class.
    • Each case of a failed background check will be evaluated on its own merits based on the requirements of the health facility.
    • A failed background check includes violent misdemeanors and all felony convictions.

The instructor will not have access or knowledge of any information regarding the results of the background check except who pass and who do not pass. Reasons for passing or not passing will be kept private and confidential.

The Dean of Careers and Technology secures and protects the results of the drug screens and background checks from any unauthorized access.


Some sites may also require that a student complete bloodborne pathogen training. Check with the practicum site or the Program Director if one is required or if they require a specific training program. Otherwise, there is a free training site available at:

The student will need to print off a training completion certificate as proof of successful completion. The training/certification program must be OSHA or California OSHA approved.


All students must have malpractice insurance (from MARSH USA). Proof of this policy is given to the student and kept on file in the Area office on campus. Information on Professional Liability Insurance offered can be found online at MARSH USA. The limits of liability for students are: $1,000,000 each incident or $3,000,000 aggregate. Student will purchase the liability insurance at the beginning of the semester. Information is provided in each lab or practicum course. The liability insurance is valid from August of the current year to August of the following year. If a student purchases liability insurance during the fall semester, that insurance will be valid until August of next year. If a student purchases liability insurance in spring semester, the liability insurance will be valid until August of that same year. Liability insurance is purchased per year as needed regardless of how many practicum courses the student is enrolled in.


Students are responsible for the cost of all personal medical care during the Program; therefore, it is strongly advised that each student carry adequate medical insurance. Some facilities will require the students to carry medical insurance and provide them with proof.


The site shall provide first-aid treatment to the student needing such care, but shall not be obligated to furnish any other medical or surgical treatment. All California resident students will be covered for on-the-job injuries through the District Worker’s Compensation plan when the student is not being paid by the facility where they are being trained and the program qualifies for worker’s compensation coverage. If injured on the job, the student must inform the practicum coordinator/program director immediately.


It is the responsibility of each student to provide his/her own travel to and from the site. Every student must sign the Agreement to Participate and Waiver/Assumption of Risk (on file in the college area office) before he/she can participate in the practicum experience. The student voluntarily assumes all risks associated with participating in this practicum experience.