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Pharmacy Technician

Career Studies Certificate

PURPOSE: The Pharmacy Technician program is designed to prepare students to assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing health care and medications to patients. Students will obtain a broad knowledge of pharmacy practice and be skilled in the techniques required to order, stock, package, prepare, and dispense medications under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist.

OCCUPATIONAL OBJECTIVES: Pharmacy technicians work in the following types of pharmacies: hospitals, retail, home health care, nursing homes, clinics, nuclear medicine, and mail order. Pharmacy technicians can be employed with medical insurance companies, pharmacy software companies, drug manufacturing and wholesale companies, food processing companies, and as instructors in pharmacy technician training programs. Currently, hospital, home health care, and retail pharmacies hire the majority of technicians.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: General college curricular admission

PROGRAM NOTES: Students must complete the English and mathematics placement testing and any required developmental courses based on the placement test results. Students must place at MTE 4 or take MTH 126 for entry into the Pharmacy Technician program. Students choosing to enroll in HLT 290 must have transportation and must be able to complete the 160-hour internship of HLT 290. Students may have to complete hours during the day, evening, or weekend, depending on the internship site. Students must pass HLT 143, HLT 250, and HLT 261 with a “C” or better to advance to HLT 262, HLT 290, or HLT 298.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT DISCLOSURE INFORMATION: Please see to access gainful employment disclosure information for this program.






HLT 143

Medical Terminology I




HLT 250

General Pharmacology




HLT 2611

Basic Pharmacy I




HLT 262

Basic Pharmacy II




HLT 298 
HLT 290

Seminar and Project in Health (Pharmacy Technician)
or Coordinated Internship











Total Minimum Credits for Career Studies Certificate in Pharmacy Technician 16


1 AST 101 should be taken if student does not have a keyboarding speed of at least 25 wpm. AST 101 may be taken prior to or concurrently with HLT 261.


HLT 100 First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 2 cr.

Focuses on the principles and techniques of safety, first aid, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.Lecture 2 hours per week.

HLT 105 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1 cr.

Provides training in coordinated mouth-to-mouth artificial ventilation and chest compression, choking, life-threatening emergencies, sudden illness, and AED skills for adults, children, and infants. Equivalent to EMS 100.Lecture 1 hour per week.

HLT 106 First Aid and Safety 2 cr.

Focuses on the principles and techniques of safety and first aid.Lecture 2 hours per week.

HLT 110 Concepts of Personal and Community Health 3 cr.

Studies the concepts related to the maintenance of health, safety, and the prevention of illness at the personal and community level.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 115 Introduction to Personal and Community Health 1 cr.

Introduces and focuses on the principles of personal and community health.Lecture 1 hour per week.

HLT 116 Introduction to Personal Wellness Concepts 3 cr.

Explores the relationship between personal health and physical fitness as they apply to individuals in today's society. Includes nutrition, weight control, stress, conditioning, and drugs.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 119 First Responder 3 cr.

Provides knowledge and proficiency in basic life support and in actions necessary to minimize patient discomfort and prevention of further complications. Meets requirements for Virginia certification as a first responder. Equivalent to EMS 101.Prerequisite: CPR certification at the health care provider level.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 121 Introduction to Drug Use and Abuse 3 cr.

Explores the use and abuse of drugs in contemporary society with emphasis upon sociological, physiological, and psychological effects of drugs.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 143 Medical Terminology I 3 cr.

Provides an understanding of medical abbreviations and terms. Includes the study of prefixes, suffixes, word stems, and technical terms with emphasis on proper spelling, pronunciation, and usage. Emphasizes more complex skills and techniques in understanding medical terminology.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 145 Ethics for Health Care Personnel 1 cr.

Focuses on ethical concepts of health care. Emphasizes confidentiality; maintaining patient records; personal appearance; professionalism with patients, clients, and associates; and an awareness of health care facilities.Lecture 1 hour per week.

HLT 200 Human Sexuality 3 cr.

Provides a basic understanding of human sexuality. Includes anatomy, physiology, pregnancy, family planning, venereal diseases, and sexual variations.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 203 Men's Health 3 cr.

Provides an overview of the male anatomy and examines health status from birth to death from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include major, chronic, and infectious diseases; mental health, andropause, stress, sleep, aging, exercise, nutrition, sexual health, and grooming; and the impact of a male role model on health.Total 3 hours per week.

HLT 204 Women's Health 3 cr.

Explores current issues related to women's health and wellness with an emphasis upon prevention of disease and optimum well-being. Takes a multi-ethnic approach to exploring the most up-to-date findings, diagnostic tools, and treatments for breast cancer, reproductive tract illness, heart disease, and other common diseases faced by women from puberty through menopause.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 215 Personal Stress and Stress Management 3 cr.

Provides a basic understanding of stress and its physical, psychological, and social effects. Includes the relationships between stress and change, self-evaluation, sources of stress, and current coping skills for handling stress.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 226 AIDS Awareness 2 cr.

Provides basic understanding of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), AIDS-Related Complex (ARC), and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Infection. Includes information on the etiology of AIDS, historical perspectives, signs and symptoms, HIV antibody testing, safer sex guidelines, AIDS in the workplace (including health care settings), psychosocial issues, death and dying issues, homophobia, and HIV transmission and prevention.Lecture 2 hours per week.

HLT 230 Principles of Nutrition and Human Development 3 cr.

Teaches the relationship between nutrition and human development. Emphasizes nutrients, balanced diet, weight control, and the nutritional needs of an individual.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 250 General Pharmacology 3 cr.

Emphasizes general pharmacology for the health-related professions, covering general principles of drug actions/reactions, major drug classes, specific agents within each class, and routine mathematical calculations needed to determine desired dosages.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 261 Basic Pharmacy I 3 cr.

Explores the basics of general pharmacy, reading prescriptions, symbols, packages, and pharmacy calculations. Teaches measuring compounds of drugs, dosage forms, drug laws, and drug classifications. Part I of II.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: HLT 250.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 262 Basic Pharmacy II 3 cr.

Explores the basics of general pharmacy, reading prescriptions, symbols, packages, and pharmacy calculations. Teaches measuring compounds of drugs, dosage forms, drug laws, and drug classifications. Part II of II.Prerequisites: HLT 250 and HLT 261.Lecture 3 hours per week.

HLT 298 Seminar and Project in Health (Pharmacy Technician) 4 cr.

Provides the student with an overall perspective of the pharmacy technician's role in practice through virtual simulation and field experience in retail and clinical pharmacies.Prerequisite: HLT 261.Prerequisite or Co-requisite: HLT 262.Lecture 4 hours per week.

Name Program Email Phone
Allied Health Advisor Pharmacy Technician CSC 804/523-5375
Pramod Jain Pharmacy Technician CSC 804/523-5375


Common Job Titles1: Accredited Pharmacy Technician; Billing and Quality Technician; Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT); Compounding Technician; Lead Pharmacy Tech, Certified Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech, CPhT); Lead Pharmacy Technician (Lead Pharmacy Tech); Pharmacy Technician (Pharmacy Tech); Senior Pharmacy Technician; Technician; Technician, Inventory Specialist

Labor Market Statistics (Richmond, MSA)

Projected number of jobs by 2026: 1,880

Current Wage Range (Entry - Experienced): $21,600 - $34,100

1 This program may prepare you for one or more of the listed jobs; however, graduates may not be qualified for all of the jobs listed in this section.

Reynolds Community College makes every attempt to provide students with the best, most accuarate information possible. The data was sourced from external agencies (O*NET and JobsEQ) on February 08, 2017.