Pharmacy Technician Program
There is a nationwide shortage of pharmacists and qualified pharmacy technicians. As the American population ages, the subsequent rise in prescription volume will further increase the demand for technical support staff. The purpose of the pharmacy technician program at Southern Maine Community College is to offer a two-year associate degree in science that will prepare pharmacy technicians for employment in either an institutional or retail pharmacy setting. There is no other program of its kind in Maine and the program is poised to greatly impact the practice of pharmacy.
A pharmacy technician works under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. They are qualified to fill prescription orders and perform other tasks allowing the pharmacist to spend more time on patient counseling and care. The goal of SMCC is to provide a comprehensive two-year associate degree program that combines general education requirements, basic science requirements and career related courses. The pharmacy profession is varied and includes occupations in hospitals, nursing homes, retail pharmacies, home healthcare and drug wholesalers. The pharmacy technician program will prepare the student for the national certification exam and offer a means to explore different career alternatives and interests within the practice of pharmacy.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program the student will be able to:
High School Course Recommendations
The following courses are not required for entrance into the program, but they are highly recommended.
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