Pharmacy Technology

The Pharmacy Technology program prepares students to work as pharmacy technicians. These allied health professionals assist and support licensed pharmacists in providing prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, medical equipment and supplies, pharmaceutical care services, and other health care products and services for patients. The Pharmacy Technology Program curriculum is composed of classroom, laboratory, and clinical components. Classroom instruction is coordinated with laboratory activities and clinical experiences and provides a broad knowledge of prescription medications, pharmacology, medication therapy, drug interactions, anatomy and physiology, drug delivery systems, pharmacy administration, and clinical pharmacy services.  Simulated laboratory activities and clinical experiences allow students to develop and enhance skills to perform pharmacy-related functions, to operate automated and robotic pharmacy equipment, and to provide pharmacy services.  Clinical practice takes place in hospital, community and specialty pharmacies.

Perry Health Sciences Admissions
919-747-0402
[email protected]

All Applicants Must Complete the Following Requirements:

  • Complete the NC RESIDENCY DETERMINATION INTERVIEW.  
    A residency determination will be provided within 3 business days of completion. For more information regarding residency, visit: https://ncresidency.cfnc.org/
  • Complete the Wake Tech Community College Application for Admission.  
  • Provide official transcripts (in a sealed envelope) of ALL previous education, including high school or GED scores and college transcripts if applicable. Applications will not be processed until ALL transcripts have been received. Applicants can send a Request for High School or Prior College Transcript form to schools they have attended and have their transcripts sent directly to Wake Tech. Faxed or opened transcripts are not official and will not be accepted. High school transcripts must be complete and must show date of graduation. Applicants may call the Student Information Center at 919-866-5500 to see if transcripts have been received.
  • Apply for Financial Aid and Veterans benefits. Students applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit all supporting documents to make sure their request can be processed in time for the start of the semester. Be sure to include the Wake Tech school code: 004844.
  • Take the placement test. Schedule and prepare for the test at the Testing Center website. Students who meet certain requirements may be exempt from testing.
  • Have met requirements for Algebra.
  • Have met requirements to place into English 111 and Math 110.
  • Effective Fall 2017- Math 110 course must be completed in the last 5 years.
  • Once all admissions requirements have been met, submit a Satisfaction of Admissions Requirements checklist to an advisor to be considered eligible for the PHM program.  
  • Admission into PHM classes is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional Requirements

  • Health Form: Clinical sites require current health records on all students. The Wake Tech form requires a physical exam and immunization records; more information is provided at the orientation session. Students may need additional vaccinations or medical tests as well as a physical exam. 
  • Criminal Background Check and Drug Screening*: Clinical sites also require criminal background checks on all students. Wake Tech has arranged with an agency to conduct these checks. More information is provided at the orientation session. 
  • Provide documentation of healthcare provider CPR certification.
  • Comply with the Technical Standards outlined for the Pharmacy Technology program.

CPR certification can be obtained through Wake Tech.   CPR Class Information

  • Provide documentation of health insurance
  • Once admitted into the Pharmacy Technology classes, students are required to attend a mandatory departmental orientation and complete all clinical site requirements. 

Students must be accepted into the Pharmacy Technology program to register for PHM courses.

*Information obtained from the criminal background checks and drug screenings could jeopardize the students' ability to participate in clinical experiences, to complete the program, and to be certified, registered and employed as a pharmacy technician.

**Any student that has not met all requirements WILL NOT be allowed to attend clinical courses and cannot advance in the program. 

Note: Wake Tech Community College is continuously evaluating admissions procedures and reserves the right to make changes as necessary.

Background Checks

The hospitals with whom the College has contracted to provide clinical training and experience, under the direction of the hospitals’ accrediting body, JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations), are requiring that all students and faculty who are assigned to their site provide a criminal background check to the College and that the College notify the hospitals of any individuals who have criminal records.  The term “criminal record” is at this point in time being understood broadly to include the charge or conviction of any felony or misdemeanor crime, excluding minor traffic violations, within the last 10 years.

Students admitted to programs that require a clinical component will be required to provide the College with an official criminal background check in order to meet the requirements of the clinical site.  The criminal background check will be required when the applicant is admitted to the clinical portion of a health sciences curriculum.  The College will direct this process by identifying the agency performing the check and maintain control of the information through the Criminal Background Check Administrator.  Effective immediately, the cost of the criminal background check process will be $29.00.  Fees pertaining to the criminal background check are subject to change without warning.

Convictions for certain crimes and/or evidence of drug use may disqualify students from participating in clinical or co-op experiences.  Although an applicant’s criminal background will not prohibit admission to a health sciences curriculum, the inability to participate in clinical or co-op experiences would prohibit the student from progressing and completing the program successfully.

NOTE:  Once a student is accepted into their health sciences program, they must have their criminal background check completed by the assigned deadline that will be noted on the approval letter.  If this is not completed by this deadline, the student will be removed from the program.

**Students who are aware that they have a criminal background prior to application and acceptance into a health sciences program may complete the criminal background check process for determination if they would be able to progress through a health sciences program even before they apply for entry.  Students should be advised that criminal background checks are good for one year. 
If you are interested in having a criminal background check ran prior to acceptance or if you have questions pertaining to the criminal background check process, please contact Laura Saparilas, Criminal Background Check Administrator, at 919-747-0105 or [email protected].