Pharmacy Technician Course Sequence

Prerequisites:

MATH 40 / ENGL 52 / READ 54 or equivalent scores on Assessment Battery.

List of Core Courses:

  • HO 56 - Medication Calculations (9 weeks) (1.0 unit)
  • PHAR 50 - Pharmaceutical Calculations (9 weeks) (1.5 units)
  • PHAR 55 - (Formerly 60) Pharmacy Introduction (9 weeks) (1.5 units)
  • PHAR 56 - (Formerly 60L) Pharmacy Skills Lab (9 weeks) (1.0 unit)
  • PHAR 57 - (Formerly 62) Pharmacy Operations I (9 weeks) (1.5 unit)
  • PHAR 63 - Pharmacy Operations II (2.0 units)
  • PHAR 64 - Pharmacy Operations III (Sterile Compounding) (2.0 units)
  • PHAR 65 - Pharmacy Operation IV (Non-sterile Compounding) (2.0 units)
  • PHAR 81 - Over-the-counter Products (3.0 units)
  • PHAR 83 - Pharmacy Technician Pharmacology I (3.0 units)
  • PHAR 85 - Pharmacy Technician Pharmacology II (3.0 units)
  • PHAR 90 - Clinical Experience I (3.0 units)
  • PHAR 95 - Clinical Experience II (5.0 units)
  • MA 161 - Medical Terminology (3.0 units)**
  • A&P 120 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (4.0 units)

TOTAL CERTIFICATE REQUIREMENTS: 31.0Units

** AP 120 may be substituted for MA 161.

An Associate in Arts Degree can be earned by completing the above course work plus electives and general education requirements to achieve a minimum of 60 units following Cerritos College Associate in Arts General Education Plan A.

Four Semester Plan
The Pharmacy Technician Program is a full-time vocational program. The following course sequence is to be followed to complete the program in four semesters:

1st Semester:

  • PHAR 55 - (Formerly 60) Pharmacy Introduction (9 weeks) (1.5 units)
  • PHAR 56 - (Formerly 60L) Pharmacy Skills Lab (9 weeks) (1.0 unit)
  • PHAR 57 - (Formerly 62) Pharmacy Operations I (9 weeks) (1.5 unit)
  • PHAR 63 - Pharmacy Operations II (2.0 units)
  • HO 56 - Medication Calculations (9 weeks) (1.0 unit)
  • PHAR 50 - Pharmaceutical Calculations (9 weeks) (1.5 units)
  • MA 161 - Medical Terminology (3.0 units)

2nd Semester:

  • PHAR 81 - Over-the-counter Products (3.0 units)
  • PHAR 65 - Pharmacy Operation IV (2.0 units)
  • PHAR 83 - Pharmacology I (3.0 units) or PHAR 85 - Pharmacology II (3.0 units)

3rd Semester:

  • PHAR 64 - Pharmacy Operations III (2.0 units)
  • PHAR 83 - Pharmacology II (3.0 units) or PHAR 85 - Pharmacology I (3.0 units)
  • PHAR 90 - Clinical Experience I (3.0 units) *

*(includes on-campus hours and 24-32 clinical hours per week arranged)

4th Semester:

  • PHAR 95 - Clinical Experience II (5.0 units) **

**(includes on-campus hours and 32-40 clinical hours per week arranged)

Three Semester Plan
Full-Time students may opt to complete the program in 3 semesters. The followingcourse sequence is to befollowed to complete the program in three semesters:

1st Year: Fall Semester (Alternative Spring Semester)

  • PHAR 55 - (Formerly 60) Pharmacy Introduction (9 weeks) (1.5 units)
  • PHAR 56 - (Formerly 60L) Pharmacy Skills Lab (9 weeks) (1.0 unit)
  • PHAR 57 - (Formerly 62) Pharmacy Operations I (9 weeks) (1.5 unit)
  • PHAR 63 - Pharmacy Operations II (2.0 units)
  • HO 56 - Medication Calculations (1.0 unit)
  • PHAR 50 - Pharmaceutical Calculations (1.5 units)
  • MA 161 - Medical Terminology (3.0 units)
  • PHAR 81 - Over-the-counter Products (3.0 units)

1st Year: Spring Semester (Alternative Fall Semester)

  • PHAR 64 - Pharmacy Operations III (2.0 units)
  • PHAR 65 - Pharmacy Operation IV (2.0 units)
  • PHAR 83 - Pharmacology I (3.0 units)
  • PHAR 85 - Pharmacology II (3.0 units)

2nd Year: Summer Session (Alternative Spring Semester)

  • PHAR 90 - Clinical Experience I (3.0 units) *
  • PHAR 95 - Clinical Experience II (5.0 units) **

*(includes on-campus hours and 24-32 clinical hours per week arranged)
**(includes on-campus hours and 32-40 clinical hours per week arranged)