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Pharmacy Technology

Program Description:  The Pharmacy Technology Program is a sequence of courses that prepare students for careers in the pharmacy field. Learning opportunities develop academic and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Pharmacy Technology program graduates are prepared to function as pharmacy technicians in positions requiring preparations of medications according to prescriptions under supervision of a pharmacist. Program graduates are to be competent in the college level areas of communications, math, and interpersonal relations. Program graduates are to be competent to perform basic occupational functions including pouring, weighing, or measuring dosages, and grinding, heating, filtering, or dissolving and mixing liquid or soluble drugs and chemicals. They are also to be competent in procuring, storing, and issuing pharmacy materials and supplies, as well as maintaining files and records. 

Award Levels:  Diploma and Degree

Employment Opportunities: 

Retail Pharmacies

Hospital Pharmacies

Clinics

Health Maintenance Organizations

Medium Salary:  $29,320 per year or $14.10 per hour

Job Outlook:  According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook (2012), the employment of pharmacy technicians will increase 20 percent from 2012 to 2022.

Regulatory Requirements 

The Georgia Board of Pharmacy has adopted Rule 480-15-02. This rule requires pharmacy technicians (including students working in pharmacies) to register with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy before performing technical duties in a pharmacy in Georgia.

The items listed below are required for students to participate in the Pharmacy Technology clinical experiences.

1. Background Check and Drug Screen (performed by PreCheck)

2. Health screening (e.g. dental and medical exam, immunizations including Hepatitis B vaccination series or sign a declination)

3. Register with the Georgia Board of Pharmacy