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Pharmacy Technology (CTPHAR)



This certificate program prepares students for pharmacy technician entry-level positions in hospitals, retail stores, and other specialty areas of pharmacy practice, where they work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Students learn to blend a high attention to detail with patient care. This is a full time program and courses are required to be completed in sequence.

For more detailed information regarding the health care programs at WCC, please visit our "Welcome to Health Care" home page at www4.wccnet.edu/departments/health


Eastern Michigan University, several BS degrees.

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: www.wccnet.edu/curriculum/articulation/levelone/colleges.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must complete the following WCC courses or equivalent transfer college courses with a grade of "C+" (minimum GPA of 2.3) or better:
- MTH 167 Math Applications for Health Science or MTH 169 Intermediate Algebra
- BIO 101 Concepts of Biology or higher level college biology course
- ENG 111 English Composition
- CIS 100 Introduction to Computers and Software Applications or CIS 110 Introduction to Computer
Information Systems
- Overall cumulative high school GPA or college GPA (if the student has completed 12 college credits
or more) must be a minimum of 2.3 or better.

Admission to the Pharmacy Technology program is contingent upon students declaring that they have specific physical and cognitive abilities. These requirements are detailed in the Pharmacy Technology program admission packet. WCC reserves the right to request that students successfully demonstrate the specific cognitive and physical abilities related to the Pharmacy Technology program.

A criminal background check will be done on each student prior to program admission. Students will be excluded from acceptance to the program for any felony conviction record and/or any controlled substance conviction.

Applying for Admission to the Program

A limited number of students are admitted to the Pharmacy Technology program each year. Application packets may be downloaded from the WCC Web site. Download the Pharmacy Technology program application packet: www4.wccnet.edu/departments/health/pdfs/pharmacy_technology_application_packet.pdf
Completed and signed applications must be delivered to the Health Admissions Technician at the Student Connection, located on the second floor of the Student Center Building.
Applicants will be screened based on the following criteria:

- Completion and submission of an application for admission to the Pharmacy Technology program
- Completion of all prerequisite courses (Major Area Requirements)
- Date of application to the program
- Residency status (Washtenaw County residents are given priority)

Continuing Eligibility

- Program courses are sequential and complemented with appropriate support courses.
- Students must complete all first-semester courses with a grade of "C" (minimum GPA of 2.0) or better to progress to the second semester.
- Students must complete all program courses with a grade of "C" (minimum GPA of 2.0) or better in order to graduate from this program.
- Students must possess a valid high school diploma or GED by the end of the program.
- Students must be at least 18 years of age to graduate from this program.
- Students who have a felony conviction record are not allowed to continue in the program or to take the National Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board.

Additional requirements to be completed prior to the experience course PHT 198 include:

- Completion of a satisfactory physical examination, taken at their own expense, and documented on the WCC health form. This form contains verification of childhood immunizations, negative TB test, and evidence of Hepatitis B vaccination or a signed waiver. Students must complete any other requirements designated by the pharmacy clinical site (i.e. required annual flu vaccine).
- Students must maintain and provide proof of personal health insurance coverage.
- Demonstration of proficiency in the English language prior to placement in the experience course. Please refer to the application packet for further details.

Contact Information

Math, Science & Health
Allied Health Department
Susan Travis


(Items marked in orange are available online.)
Major/Area Requirements
Class Title Minimum Credits
BIO 101 Concepts of Biology 4
CIS 100 or Introduction to Computers and Software Applications
CIS 110 Introduction to Computer Information Systems 3
ENG 111 Composition I 4
MTH 167 or Math Applications for Health Science
MTH 169 Intermediate Algebra 3 - 4
Total 14 - 15
First Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
HSC 101 Healthcare Terminology * 1
PHT 100 Introduction to Pharmacy and Health Care Systems 4
PHT 103 Pharmaceutical Calculations 2
PHT 145 Prescription Processing and Compounding 2
Total 9
Second Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
PHT 101 Pharmacology for Pharmacy Technicians 4
PHT 198 Pharmacy Experience 4
Total 8
Total Credits Required
31 - 32

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