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Pharmacy Technician

A pharmacy technician works under the supervision of a pharmacist to assist with filling and dispensing medications, maintaining patient records, medicatiion labeling and other job-related duties.

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Southwest offers a two-semester Pharmacy Technician Technical Certificate program that begins each fall and spring.

Students in the program will rotate in assigned pharmacy settings. During this period, the program calendar will differ from the academic calendar. The Pharmacy Technician program is accredited by the American Society of Health System Pharmacists (ASHP).

This program has an application deadline of July 1 for fall and November 1 for spring enrollment. For more information view the Pharmacy Technician General and Admission Procedures

Retention Policy

Students in the Pharmacy Technician Program must pass all units of instruction with a minimum grade of “C.” Should the student fail one course, they they may retake that course the following semester if space is available. Should the student fail more than one course, it will be neccessary for the student to reapply for readmission into the program. The student must make written application to the Admissions Committee 30 days prior to the beginning of the registration period of the semester in which the student wishes to be admitted.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all units of instruction and maintain a cumulative average of “C” or above over the 12-month period. The clinical rotation must be completed with a “B” average or above in each clinical setting.

Pharmacy Technician Program