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Pharmacy Technology

Associate of Applied Science

Learn to work in a pharmacy, including medication dispensing, business administration and supervisory skills. This program includes training within laboratory and clinical settings.

Selective Admissions Program: In order to be fully admitted to this program, you must fulfill the requirements listed in Program Admissions. See an advisor for details.

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options:  Work in hospitals, nursing care facilities and drug stores and with drug manufacturers, wholesale drug houses and health maintenance organizations.

Academic Options: While this program was not designed to transfer to a 4-year university, it may apply toward Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) or other programs. See Pima’s Transfer Partnerships page to determine which universities offer BAS programs, and research how the universities may accept this program in transfer.

Program Requirements

Students must receive a grade of "C" or better in all core courses to progress to the next semester.

Program Prerequisites

Students must have completed the following prerequisites before they may begin the application process.

REA 091  Reading Improvement II OR Reading Compass score at REA 112
MAT 092  Elementary Algebra OR Math Compass score at MAT 122 or higher
PHT 170  Introduction to Pharmacy Technology
PHT 171IN  Pharmaceutical Calculations *
PHT 172  Drug Therapy I *
PHT 174  Pharmacy Operations *
Subtotal 0-7

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses.** Select courses to fulfill C or G requirements.*** A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Communication Requirement 6
Analysis and Critical Thinking Requirement
The Math Competency must also be met and may be met by the math program prerequisite.
Humanities and Social Science Requirement 6
Subtotal 12-15

Required Core Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
PHT 170 Introduction to Pharmacy Technology 2
PHT 171IN Pharmaceutical Calculations 4
PHT 172 Drug Therapy I 4
PHT 174IN Pharmacy Operations 3
PHT 178IN Computer Applications for Pharmacy 3
PHT 180IN Sterile Products 4
PHT 181 Interprofessional Relations in Pharmacy 3
PHT 182 Drug Therapy II 4
PHT 187 Pharmacy Law and Ethics 3
PHT 190LB Pharmacy Technician Internship 4
PHT 197 Clinical Seminar 2
Subtotal 36

Required Support Courses

A grade of C or better is required for graduation.

Course # Course Title Credits
BIO 100IN Biology Concepts 4
  or BIO 181IN   General Biology (Majors) I [SUN# BIO 1181]   
CHM 130/130LB or 130IN Fundamental Chemistry  [SUN# CHM 1130] 5
 or CHM 151/151LB or 151IN   General Chemistry I [SUN# CHM 1151]   
CHM 140/140LB or 140IN Fundamental Organic and Biochemistry [SUN# CHM 2230] 5
 or CHM 152/152LB or 152IN   General Chemistry II [SUN# CHM 1152]    
Subtotal 14
Total 62-72

* Credits counted in the Required Support Courses

** Other general education requirements are fulfilled by required core and support courses:  Analysis and Critical Thinking Requirement - BIO 100IN (or 181IN) and CHM 130IN (or 151IN) fulfill the credit requirements for this category; Computer and Information Literacy Requirement - core courses fulfill this requirement.

*** In the general education requirements, select at least one course marked "C" (Cultural diversity) or "G" (Global awareness).