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Pharmacy Technician Program

Program Overview

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.

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program the student will be able to:

  • Apply scientific concepts of biology, chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology to the practice of pharmacy.
  • Perform pharmaceutical calculations applicable to a wide variety of job settings.
  • Demonstrate clinical knowledge of a wide range of drug classes.
  • Interpret and fill prescriptions in both retail and institutional settings under the supervision of a pharmacist.
  • Apply the laws governing the practice of pharmacy at the state and federal levels.

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High School Course Recommendations

The following courses are not required for entrance into the program, but they are highly recommended.


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Download Program Information

Program information is available as a Microsoft Word (doc) file. To download the information, please select the link below:

pharmacytechnician.doc [Microsoft Word File] You must have Microsoft Word installed on your computer to view this document.

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