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AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A45580A)

The Pharmacy Technology Program prepares individuals to become 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.

Students will gain a broad knowledge of pharmacology, drug uses, actions, interactions and side effects, medication therapy, pharmaceutical calculations, anatomy and physiology, drug delivery systems, pharmacy practice, purchasing and inventory control and pharmacy law and regulations. Through simulated pharmacy laboratory activities, students will increase their skills in using pharmacy computer software, interpreting prescriptions, processing medication orders, compounding IV admixtures and parenteral nutrition, compounding pediatric medications, creating veterinary dosage forms, managing pharmacy operations, and utilizing critical thinking to resolve patient problems.

Through the clinical experience, students will increase knowledge and skills in creating and maintaining patient profiles, effectively participating on the health care team, filing insurance claims, managing automated medication dispensing systems, operating robotic pharmacy equipment, staffing patient care clinics, providing exceptional customer service, leading quality improvement programs, supervising and managing pharmacy technicians, and reconciling medications for ER patients. The clinical practice will take place in hospital, community and specialty pharmacies. Graduates may be employed in hospitals, medical centers, private and chain pharmacies, and specialty pharmacies, including medication compounding, long term care medication therapy management, and IV infusion pharmacies. Students are required to pass the national certification examination administered by the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board prior to the beginning of the second fall semester.  Therefore, graduates of the AAS program will be nationally certified upon the completion of the program.


AAS - Associate in Applied Science program (WT Course ID #: A45580B)

Admissions Information

In coordination with the mission of the North Carolina Community College System and the purpose of Wake Technical Community College, the purpose of the Pharmacy Technology Program is to prepare graduates to become 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 curriculum prepares individuals to assist the pharmacist in duties that a technician can legally perform and to function within the boundaries prescribed by the pharmacist and the employment facility.

The Pharmacy Technology bridge program is an accelerated, associate’s degree program offered as an option for pharmacy technicians that have at least 3 years of working experience in the industry, within the last 10 years.  This program is for technicians that wish to pursue an academic program comprised of general education courses as well as pharmacy technician basics. The associate's degree also offers options to students who plan to use the degree as the foundation for further education. The program strives to balance technical training and classroom instruction in order to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the needs and goals established by the pharmacy profession.

Online Classes with Evening and Weekend Labs.