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Durham Technical Community College - Pharmacy Technician Program

Pharmacy Technician Program

General Info

The Durham Industrial Education Center officially opened its doors on 1961. On 1986, the institution to change its name to Durham Technical Community College.
  • The primary mission and purpose of Durham Technical Community College are to provide postsecondary education that prepares students for careers in vocational and technical fields, the first two years of a baccalaureate degree to prepare students for professional careers, basic skills and general education programs that enable students to live productive lives, and skills development courses that meet workforce training needs of the residents and employers of Durham and Orange counties. The college seeks to inspire an active desire for lifelong learning and knowledge that will serve them well in the global workplace.
  • Durham Tech offers programs of study leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate in areas of business, health, general education, industrial and engineering technologies, and public service. In addition, the college offers the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees through the University Transfer program and the Associate in General Education. High school graduation or high school equivalency is required for admission to all curriculum programs.

The Program

Pharmacy Technician Program

The Pharmacy Technology program prepares the student to become a pharmacy technician. These allied health professionals are employed in a variety of pharmacy practice settings. Supervised by a registered pharmacist, they perform a variety of technical duties related to preparing and dispensing drugs in accordance with standard procedures and laws.
  • Pharmacy technicians are trained to interpret physicians' medication orders, fill orders to be checked by pharmacists, and deliver the orders. They prepare admixtures of intravenous solutions, replenish drugs, maintain patient profile records, prepare bulk formulations, assist with over-the-counter drugs and health aids, and perform clerical duties, including processing insurance forms required by third-party payers.
  • Pharmacy technicians are vital assets to pharmacists because their training allows them to perform technical pharmaceutical procedures, thus enabling pharmacists to devote additional time to their professional tasks.
  • The Pharmacy Technology student receives training in medication dispensing procedures. Additional study includes pharmacology, pharmaceutical math, microcomputers, and pathophysiology. The student practices procedural skills in a simulated pharmacy technology laboratory. Clinical practice takes place at Duke University Medical Center, Durham Regional Hospital, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Rex Healthcare, Person Memorial Hospital, Lincoln Community Health Center, and selected retail pharmacies.
  • Many area hospitals are rapidly expanding their pharmacy services to meet the increasing need for higher quality patient care and to conform to governmental regulations. Such expansion has created a greater need for technical support personnel to carry out routine functions in dispensing drugs. Pharmacy Technology graduates are prepared to meet this need, and job opportunities for these graduates remain excellent. In addition to employment in hospitals, graduates may also be employed by nursing homes, retail drug stores, drug manufacturers, research laboratories, wholesale drug companies, and home health care agencies.
  • While a student may enroll in this diploma program any semester, the three-semester day sequence of courses shown in the plan of study is based on a full-time student enrolling in the summer semester. A Retail Pharmacy Technician certificate option is also available.

Admission Requirements

Completed application: transcripts; placement testing at specified levels or completion of specified remedial course; completion of hgih school chemistry or equivalent. Clinical training requires physical and immunization documentation along with reference evaluation form.


Accredited American Society of Health System Pharmacists.

Academic Degree

  • Pharmacy Technology Diploma
  • Retail Pharmacy Technician Certificate Day Program


Durham Technical Community College
1637 Lawson Street
Durham, NC 27703
Durham Technical Community College

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Added: Thu Aug 26 2010
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